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a mini ice cream social…

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

With a new baby on the way, we thought it would be fun to do something just for Ruby and her friends to celebrate summer before our lives change and our family grows in the fall. So when our friends at Carmela Ice Cream created a new space at their W. 3rd shop to use for an ice cream party, we quickly took them up on the offer to spend a little time inside away from the summer heat to cool down with a few bites of food and scoops of ice cream with Ruby, her besties, and their parents.

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

We certainly tested the patience and decision-making of two year olds, as they had to wait in line for their turn to get ice cream and then they could only pick two flavors out of the four that we offered them. It was fun to see what they decided on.

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

Topping time! Everyone's favorite part…

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

As much as I usually love outdoor parties, it doesn't work as well with melting ice cream. And it was just nice to have a space where the kids could play and draw and get out all that extra pre and post-ice cream energy.

Raspberry Rose Sorbet

We loved this raspberry rose sorbet so much that Carmela kindly offered the recipe for us today!

Raspberry Rose Sorbet
(serves 8)

You'll need:
2 cups purified water
1 1/2 cup cane sugar
1 Tbsp rose water
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Here's how:
1. Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan. Remove from heat once sugar fully dissolves. Set syrup aside to cool.

2. Once syrup is cool, blend with raspberries, rose water and lemon juice. Strain into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Let cool for 4 hours or overnight.

3. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.

4. To make a fun summer drink, combine a couple scoops of sorbet with sparkling water!

Raspberry Rose Sorbet Spritzer

P.S. We made sure to feed the kids, too, before letting them inhale all that ice cream. Stay tuned for some pretty fun, kid-friendly food coming next week!

{Photos by Bob Cho. Ice cream by Carmela Ice Cream in Los Angeles. Plates and decorations by Oh Joy for Target.}


  1. Wow these pics look adorable. Looks like they had fun. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Would love to try it. Ruby looks like a happy camper ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love ice cream! I’m so going to check this place out!! This party looks like it was so much fun. You guys are such thoughtful parents ๐Ÿ™‚
    Allison over at Allison’s Eye

  3. What a great idea! And how cute this is ๐Ÿ™‚ Joy, where does Ruby’s adorable dress come from? So lovely!!!

  4. Thanks for your reply! We’re actually going to London next week (what are the odds!),I’ll make sure to pass by this shop and hopefully I’ll find something as pretty for my little Jade, she’s the same age as Ruby ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This is completely adorable! My husband and I are in the process of adopting and we can only hope our family is as adorable as yours!

  6. So love the idea of Raspberry and Rose Sorbet!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. So important to take advantage of it just being the three of you before baby number 2 arrives – I am trying so hard to do the same. x


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