Who doesn’t love a fabulous and chic summer lawn party? With the excellent weather, there is nothing better than an outdoor luncheon soiree, hosted in your very own back yard. An outdoor lawn party on a hot summer day wouldn’t be complete without ice-cream however. So when Magnum Ice Cream asked me to do a post featuring their scrumptious Magnum Bars and summer entertaining, I thought what a perfect opportunity. A preppy All-American bash, centered on decadent Magnum Ice Cream bars and other delectable bites! So grab your friends, summer whites, a Nantucket basket and celebrate summer: The All-American Lawn Party.
The tablescape for the bash was simple, yet elegant. The perfect combination for a classy outdoor affair. Crisp white and blue linens topped the table set with Wedgewood Nantucket Basket china. For a preppy centerpiece I used Nantucket baskets filled with fresh hydrangeas, picked from my garden.
The bar was stocked with yellow straws, napkins and cocktail glasses for my homemade lemonade, served in a cute beehive-shaped dispenser. I have always thought citrus and chocolate pair nicely together, so guests could enjoy a cool glass of lemonade along with their lunch and dessert of Magnum Ice Cream Bar Cupcakes. This way guests can help themselves, and the hostess isn’t spending time in the kitchen preparing multiple different beverages.
After a lunch filled with New England Chicken Salad Sandwiches, various salads and a vibrant crudités tray, guests moseyed on over to another section of the yard where a game of croquet was played. Hannah, the yellow lab joined in on the fun until she tried to run away with one of the balls!
Dessert consisted of Magnum Ice Cream Bar topped cupcakes. A chocolate cupcake is topped with a butter cream frosting with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies mixed in. Top with a mini Magnum Ice Cream Bar, and you can have your cake and eat your ice cream too.
An outdoor lawn party is simple, and can be thrown together in a pinch. Outdoor parties are so much more relaxed and less stuffy than an indoor bash and my favorite part is, your furry friends can come too. Summer is the most fabulous time of year for an All-American Lawn Party; just don’t forget the ice cream. You can purchase Magnum Ice Cream, at your local Kroger grocery store.
Below is the tutorial on the Magnum Ice Cream cupcakes.
12 chocolate cupcakes (Use your favorite cake recipe!)
12 mini Magnum Ice Cream Bars
1 roll thin grosgrain ribbon in multiple colors
Chocolate Cream Wafer Frosting (ingredients and recipe below)
2 sticks butter
2 lb. bag of confectionery sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla
4 tbs half and half
1/3 cup finely crushed chocolate cream wafers
1. Cream butter until light and fluffy, add vanilla and the alternate half and half with sugar until frosting consistency. Fold in wafers.
2. Frost cupcakes by piping frosting high on cupcake with a pastry bag and large star tip. Right before serving add one ice cream bar to each cupcake upside down so stick is facing up.
3. Tie a cute bow on the Magnum Mini Ice Cream Bar, for a preppy touch. Serve immediately.