We went looking for a way to easily serve ice cream at this wedding reception last weekend, and we came up with this idea of using inexpensive paper soufflé cups - the little pleated white ones - with wooden ice cream spoons. It was a rustic autumn wedding, so this worked beautifully. But it's an idea we want to hang on to even for big parties and such.
Tips and purchase links below...
We used a small, 4-ounce (half a cup) size since the portions needed to be small and easy to eat standing up. We used a melon baller to scoop mini scoops of ice cream for each paper cup, and served with a spoon tucked inside each cup.
After each cup has ice cream in it, put on a tray in the freezer to re-harden again. This also helps them last longer at room temperature.
• 4-Ounce Paper Soufflé Cups - Pack of 250, $4.59 at the Webstaurant Store
• Wood Taster Spoons - $13.49 for a case of 1000 at the Webstaurant Store
• Norpro Long-Handled Melon Baller 3 for $14.95 at Amazon. This is the one we used.
&bull OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoop - This is what we wish we would have used! The small version is $10.99 at Amazon.