Does anyone else remember ice cream socials? Back in the day an ice cream social was a happening summer party where you got out the hand-crank ice cream maker, invited people over to help crank it and then shared in the rewards of eating homemade ice cream.
Why not have an old-fashioned ice cream social to help celebrate the 4th of July? You don’t have to use an ice cream maker, just pop by the grocery store and get a few gallons of your favorite flavors and all the fixings like chocolate sauce, berries, bananas, nuts, sprinkles and whipped cream. Then invite friends and family over and let the fun begin!
To really do up your social in style, head over to Belladonna on Magazine Street. You may know it as a fabulous day spa, but it’s also a huge retail space jam-packed with many cute things for great summer fun. For example, Belladonna carries the entire Zak line of ice cream dishes for entertaining — bowls, spoons, scoops, compotes and an assortment of containers. Be sure to check out the Zak Tubbie. It’s a foam-core insulated portable container with a freezable gel lid. When frozen, the special gel within the lid helps keep ice cream cold for up to an hour and a half depending on the outside temperature. The Tubbie holds a pint of ice cream for transporting and even comes with a spoon if you decide you can’t wait to dig in!
If your 4th of July plans also include the fabulous Go 4th on the River event, Belladonna has some great quilts and fun mats made from recycled soda bottles that you can take to sit on. The mats are colorful and durable, and you can just hose them off when they get dirty.
And don’t forget the bug spray! Belladonna also carries garden incense sticks that are all-natural and repel mosquitoes and other pesky insects. Just place a couple of the large sticks in the ground near your blanket and enjoy a bug-free evening.
Once you’ve gathered all your necessary supplies at Belladonna, head to the levee in Algiers Point to view the fireworks.
You can even leave the car at home and take the ferry from the French Quarter. When you get off the Ferry go left or right and claim a spot on top of the levee. The view of the New Orleans skyline is spectacular, and you can clearly see the two dueling barges in the river that launch the fantastic fireworks display.
Happy Fourth of July! Until next time, I am the Visual Vamp, and Magazine Street is my beat.