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How to Plan an Ice Cream Themed Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is an important time to express much gratitude and thanks for the educators who work tirelessly to shape young minds.

Your Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) can play an instrumental part in making this happen!

What better way to show your appreciation than with a sweet and fun-filled ice cream-themed celebration for all of your school’s teachers, staff and administrators?

Hosting an ice cream-themed teacher appreciation week is a delightfully fun way to honor teachers while indulging in delicious treats.

Here’s a guide on how to plan and execute this fun week of celebration and love for your school’s teachers, staff and administrators too!


First things first- let’s get the space decorated for the week.

While decorations totally aren’t necessary, they do add a ton of fun to the events and let your school’s employees know what you’ve really gone above and beyond in your planning of the appreciation events.

And decorating for an ice cream themed appreciation week is just about one of the most fun themes, don’t you think?

Balloon garlands are such a eye popping way to decorate for an event.

If you’ve never given it a try, don’t be intimidated from giving it a shot.

This post lays out everything you need to know about creating a ballon arch.
It’s really much more simple than you might think!

Pastel Balloon Garland Arch Kit, 142pcs Pastel Balloons Macaron Rainbow Balloons Ice Cream Foil Party Balloons for Baby Shower Girls Birthday Ice Cream Theme Party Decorations

This ice cream themed balloon kit comes with a fantastic mix of balloon shapes and sizes. Love the creative use of the long balloons to mimic sprinkles!

Rhode Island Novelty 36 Inch Inflatable Ice Cream Cones, Three per Order. No Color Choice

If you’re not ready to create a huge balloon display, start small with a few ice cream cone shaped balloons.

Party Balloon Sprinkles Confetti Balloon Pack - Ice Cream Sprinkle Balloons.(24PCS)

These confetti balloons look like they’re filled with jimmies aka sprinkles!

Outus 2 Pieces Ice Cream Banner Ice Cream Garland Ice Cream Party Decoration Bar Decor for Summer Pool Beach Kid Happy Birthday Party Events Holidays School Supplies

An ice cream themed garland is an even easier decoration to adorn a space. Just unfurl, hang up and enjoy the bright pops of color it adds to the space!

When decorating, I really like to mix different shapes, colors and textures for a well rounded out look.

Kisston 5 Pcs Ice Cream Decorations Ice Cream Bar Banner Ice Cream Party Decorations Ice Cream Bar Supplies Garland Ice Cream Sign for Birthday Party, Baby Shower, Summer Holiday, Bachelorette Decor

This ice cream garland decoration pack offers a lot of choices that can be used to decorate walls, tables, doors and more.

PartyWoo Crepe Paper Streamers 8 Rolls 656ft, Pack of Party Streamers in 8 Pastel Colors for Birthday Decorations, Party Decorations, Wedding Decorations (1.8 Inch x 82 Ft/Roll)

Crepe paper is another easy decoration you can stretch for multiple looks and this palette of ice cream colored crepe paper is just perfect!

Sweet Comic Ice Cream Donut Hanging Swirl Party Decor, 20Pcs Cartoon 2D Comic Donut/Candy Party Ceiling Streamers for Girl Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Kids Candy Wedding Baby Shower Party Supplies

Decorating a room from ceiling to floor is always fun. Even if you can’t reach the ceiling, you can hang a few of these ice cream themed swirls around the room to draw the eye up and around the room.

Gatherfun Ice Cream Party Supplies: 2-Pack Ice Cream Birthday Party Decorations,Disposable Plastic Tablecloth, Ideal Table Cover for Kids & Girls Birthday, Baby Shower & Themed Parties, 54 x 108 Inch

Since you’ll undoubtedly be serving up ice cream at some point in the week, save yourself and the school’s custodians from a sticky mess by covering the tables in the space with an ice cream cone themed tablecloth.

Cheereveal 200 Pcs Ice Cream Confetti, Colorful Summer Ice Cream Truck Table Decorations, Hawaii/Sweet Summer Theme Baby Shower Birthday Party Decorations Supplies

Grab a package of this adorable ice cream icon confetti and sprinkle them across the covered tables for some fun patterns and colors that fit right into the theme.

Creative Converting 346418 Ice Cream Party Centerpiece, 1 ct, Multi-color, Centerpiece measures 9.25" x 6.25"

How cute is this ice cream truck? Perfect for use as a table centerpiece. You could use it to put a sign announcing the day’s appreciation event.

6 Pieces Ice Cream Centerpiece Ice Cream Cart Centerpiece Banana Split Centerpieces Ice Cream Decorations for Ice Cream Theme Party Birthday Baby Shower Party Supplies

Surround the truck with even more honeycomb ice cream confection decorations for extra fun.

Daily Ideas for an Appreciation Week to Remember

Now it’s time to serve up some fun ideas you can use each day of the week that fit perfectly for this ice cream week of fun!


Crayola Ultimate Washable Chalk Collection (64ct), Bulk Sidewalk Chalk, Outdoor Chalk for Kids, Anti-Roll Sticks, Nontoxic, 4+

Bust out sherbet colored chalk and write love notes along the sidewalk to greet the teachers and staff as they report to work for the day.

Continue the theme of letting them know how much you appreciate them with a personalized thank you note inside their school mailbox!

This is a great way to involve even more members of your PTO and students awarded well and ask that everyone takes a few cards to write out.

Ice Cream Thank You Cards - 24 Greeting Cards with Envelopes

How cute are these ice cream thank you note cards?

M Market On Mainstreet Sprinkle Thank You Cards for Baby Sprinkles/Baby Showers, Includes White Envelopes, 25 count

And this sprinkles note card is especially perfect for jimmies-lovers!


First thing Tuesday morning, set up a coffee and tea bar that leans hard into the ice cream theme but won’t give anyone a brain freeze.

Two Rivers Coffee Ice Cream Flavored Coffee Pods, Variety Sampler Pack for Keurig 2.0 K Cup Brewers, 40 Count

This set of ice cream flavor inspired coffee is just perfect!

And don’t forget about the tea drinkers in the bunch!

There’s two great options to choose from:

Pinky Up Matcha Ice Cream Loose Leaf Tea | Whole Leaf Green Tea, 30-55 mg Caffeine Per Serving, Naturally Low Calorie & Gluten Free | 3.5 Ounce Tin, 25 Servings

A Matcha Ice Cream green tea…

Pinky Up Mochi Ice Cream Boba Tea Sachets - Low calorie Whole Leaf Green Tea Bubble Tea - Boba Gift 12 Biodegradable Tea Bags

and a Mochi Ice Cream Boba tea.

Both sound pretty tasty!


Now it’s time to fill their bellies, but not with ice cream.

Let’s save that for later on in the week!

Since lots of sweets are headed their way, a well rounded sub sandwich and salad buffet is an easy luncheon theme that will flex for a variety of tastes and dietary needs.

DYLIVeS 100 Pack Ice Cream Birthday Party Plates, Ice Cream Disposable Tableware Party Table Decorations for Girls Baby Shower, 9'' and 7'' Plates for Appetizer, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert, Serves 50

Pull the theme into the day with special plates that are ice cream themed.

Wouldn’t a salad look pretty on the pink plate?

Gift Boutique 100 Ice Cream Cone Cocktail Beverage, Disposable Paper Sprinkle Dessert Napkin for Tropical Summer Spring Beach Pool Birthday Party Bridal & Baby Shower Table Party Supplies

And don’t forget about napkins to keep faces and fingers clean.

Need guidance on how much food to offer for the luncheon?

This post has all the details about portion sizes for many different types of foods, salads included!


Pop a little gift bag full of treat into their staff mailbox or on their desk for an unexpected surprise as we near the end of the work week.

Whaline Ice Cream Party Favor Bags Summer Colorful Ice Cream Goody Bags Holiday Treat bags with Gift Tag Stickers for Summer Sweet Birthday Baby Shower Party Supplies Gift Wrap, 24Pcs

These striped ice cream themed bags are a good size to fit a variety of small gifts and treats they’re sure to enjoy!

Chupa Chups Cremosa Lollipop Assortment, 2 Ice Cream Flavors, Individually Wrapped Candy for Kids, 16.9 OZ Bag (40 Suckers)

Toss in a few ice cream flavored lollipops

Albert's Chews Ice Cream 240 Piece Bag

Some chewy ice cream candy

Sasylvia 36 Ice Cream Party Decorations Party Gifts Keychain Gifts Appreciation Cute Keychain Ice Cream Favors Thank You Keychain Gifts Party Favors Summer Kids Employee Appreciation Gift Themed Party

A cute ice cream treat keychain

(1) Pack of 3 Count ChapStick Vacation Getaway Collection Lip Balm (Flavors Include Cotton Candy, Snow Cone and Limeade)

And some snow cone flavored lip balm!


End the week with zero surprises by giving them what they’ve know is coming all week long: a fabulous ice cream bar!

HANSGO Ice Cream Scoop, 2PCS 7 inches Nonstick Anti-Freeze Ice Cream Scooper One Piece Aluminum Design Dishwasher Safe

Make scooping quick and easy with a good ice cream scoop!

Smuckers Sundae Syrup Chocolate, Caramel, Butterscotch, and Strawberry (Variety Pack of 4)

Be sure to have a ton of toppings on hand to suit all tastes!

This multipack of Smucker’s sauces and syrups is a good start.

Torani Puremade Sauce Variety Pack, 4 Flavors, 16.5 Ounces Bottle (Set of 4)

And this Torani chocolate and caramel pack will satisfy any chocolate lovers’ palate!

6 oz Clear Plastic Dessert Bowls (16 Pcs) with (8) Scoops and (8) Tongs, Angled Hard Disposable Ice Cream Bar Cups and Candy Buffet Containers Set for Serving Food, Appetizers, Buffets, Party Supplies

Serve up the other toppings in bowls to help staff get through what’s sure to be a long line to get their treat faster.

The Bulk-Priced Food Shoppe Peanut Brittle Crunch Coat Ice Cream Topping (1 lb. Resealable Zip Lock Stand Up Bag), Kosher

If your school isn’t peanut free, this peanut brittle crunch coat topping is a fun choice to offer.

M&M'S Minis Milk Chocolate Candy, Family Size, 16.9 oz Resealable Bulk Candy Bag

Mini M&Ms are great on ice cream and don’t turn into jawbreakers when they get cold.

Oreo Small Cookie Crumbs

A dusting of Oreo crumbs can be the perfect ice cream topping.

Jet-Puffed Vanilla Marshmallow Bits (3 oz Marshmallows Shaker)

Give them the option to sprinkle a healthy dose of mini marshmallows on top.

Oasis Supply, Cookie Dough Bites, Toppings for Ice Cream, Froyo Night, Cupcake, Bakery and Desserts - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Cookie dough balls are a popular ice cream addition.

Jelly Belly 66889 3.1 Oz. Jelly Belly Cold Stone Ice Cream Parlor Mix

This pack of Ice Cream Parlor Jelly Belly jelly beans is a nice dairy-free alternative option to offer that doubles as an ice cream topping too.

Dean Jacob's 4in1 Chocolate Accents ~ 4.68 oz.

Don’t skimp on the ultimate topping- sprinkles!

Sweets Indeed, Candy, Ice Cream Topper, Four Flavors, Gift pack, Cupcake and Cake Topper, Perfect for kids parties - 4 pack (Crumblefetti)

This kind of crumble style ice cream sprinkles is a fun addition for every ice cream bar.

Lamosi Ice Cream Bowls Disposable - 100 Count - 11 oz Paper Ice Cream Sundae Cups, Party Supplies Food Containers for Dessert Snack Frozen Yogurt Soup

These ice cream cups are really cute to serve the treats in!

Over to you

Hosting an ice cream-themed teacher appreciation week is a super sweet way to celebrate the dedication and hard work of educators.

Why not create a fun-filled environment with delicious treats and thoughtful gestures to show your gratitude in a memorable and meaningful way.

Let’s scoop up some gratitude and celebrate the amazing teachers who make a difference every day!

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