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Sunday Sundaes

June 4, 2013

The countdown to summer break was almost as exciting as the countdown to Christmas. I can still remember the first few mornings waking up and thinking I was late for school; but quickly remembering I could sleep-in for the next few months. The only way to tell Tuesday apart from Saturday was the morning sky, filled with hot air balloons. And that meant waterskiing and long bike rides! I’d wear my Dad’s t-shirts as oversized pajamas and eat cantaloupe with vanilla ice-cream for breakfast!

It was the life!

Now that I’m grown, I find myself wanting to create family traditions of our own. An ice-cream social held on the first Sunday in June might have to be one of them!

This sundae was inspired by Austin’s Grill, a restaurant we make sure to visit every time we’re home visiting family. A frosted dish rimmed in fudge and rainbow sprinkles screams, I’m the happiest sundae you ever did see!

An ice-filled galvanized bucket keeps pint sized ice-cream frozen and ready for easy self-serving. Provide classic flavors alongside varieties including sorbet as a dairy-free option.

Keep the vibe fun and happy with a bold banner (tissue paper sewn together), vintage scoops and metal serving trays, chalkboard menu, dainty glass dishes, and assorted patterned serving utensils (c/o  Sucre Shop).

Cones (stored in an apothecary jar) give another option and allow for unexpected guests to join the party. A spread of cookies adds dimension to taste while serving as another focal point on the serving table.

This post is in conjunction with a commissioned piece for Ballantyne Magazine.


  • Reply lauren June 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    SO cute Missy! Man.. summer break was the life as a kid..I laughed at your “cantaloupe w/ ice cream”, my kids are waking up asking for freezies.. ha! To be a kid again.. sigh:)

  • Reply Karen June 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Here’s a hello all the way from Northern Ireland, I came across your blog just the other week and now I am ADDICTED to it!!!! I LOVE all your ideas, I love to see your clothes, I love feeling as if I get to see a little of American life! AND oh boy do I LOVE the look of these sundaes!!!!!!

  • Reply Devon Riesenberg June 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Missy! You are just so talented with the creativity! I love this idea and I especially adore how cute and whimsical you made the ice cream spread look. How did you cut the tissue paper into perfect circles? Or did you buy them that way? Also, I’m dying to know the brand of the chalk pen you use so much?? I have one but constantly have to shake it to make the ink come out thick and even…xoxo!!

  • Reply Dee Riley June 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Missy, love your blog!! Hello from the Midlands, UK ….More Yummy Mummy & make up tips & Home stuff please xoxo

  • Reply Jaclyn June 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    OMG i love this idea! what a wonderful way to start off summer!! thanks for sharing

  • Reply Alanna @Toronto Mama June 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Adorable! Absolutely love this idea. Rimming the glass with sprinkles? Clever girl!

  • Reply Ashley Poulsen June 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Missy! This turned out so cute! It’s over the top adorable! It was fun being able to watch you work your creative magic behind the scenes 🙂

  • Reply Kim June 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Love this post! I was just thinking about how I was missing sundaes from a local shop back home this morning and then saw your post! Is your whipped cream homemade? If so, will you share the recipe? Thanks

  • Reply Lynn Hovis June 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Ummm…. Now I’m dying for ice cream! Thanks a lot girl! 😉 the fudge and sprinkles on the rim!?! Yes pleeeeease!

  • Reply Annie June 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    This is delicious in every way! 🙂 You know how much I love ice cream and the salted caramel. My mouth is literally watering sister!

  • Reply Janelle June 5, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Wow! This sounds like a great idea! Would you mind if I adapt this one? Would also like to know if you took all the photos. If you did, you’re so good! Keep it up!

  • Reply Dani Fiori June 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

    LOVE that sprinkle rimmed glass! Extra yum! Xo

  • Reply Ashley June 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    What a great way to Start off summer!! Love this idea.

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • Reply Megan June 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Now this is my kind of kick off to summer! Such a great idea and start to a family tradition! Love the hot fudge and sprinkle dipped cups! Adorable.

  • Reply Janelle W June 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I want to know what you use to write on your chalk board? I have been trying everything but nothing seems to make it look like that!

  • Reply Rachel June 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Fabulous post (as always) you really know how to set things up for a fabulous shoot. I spy w my little eye a phenomonal chalkboard frame. Wherever did you find that gem?

  • Reply Rebekah January 6, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Just now stumbling upon this post, and loving it! With the big holidays behind and the new year ahead, I’m already thinking about summer parties and get togethers. This is the perfect thing! “Sunday Sundaes” – I love it! Thank you!

  • Reply Dana Lemon May 12, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    What size is that chalkboard menu?

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