The conversation lasted until well past dark and N8tron and I have already started brainstorming lighting options for our next party. I also learned that I seriously overestimated the amount of ice cream we would need. We have tons of it left in our deep freeze which I'm not about to pretend is necessarily a bad thing. I wasn't able to take a picture of any of the ice cream (I was too busy scooping cones for the kids), but it was all served out of bread pans. We filled the large white dishes with ice and put one bread pan in each dish. It worked well as long as we kept an eye on it and rotated the flavors whenever they got a bit too melty.
At the end of the night each family went home with a tiny jar of fudge sauce. Do you see the carafe full of it in the first picture? Yeah, that's still sitting my fridge completely full because, you know, we decided to make a triple batch. Again...not saying that's a bad thing.
Many thanks to all of our friends who joined us, to Jen for making a long trek to come help me, and to the lovely ladies who helped me with the dishes when the night was through! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Did you do anything to celebrate the first day of summer? Would you like to come over for some ice cream?