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Five Fun Ways to Beat the Heat with Ice Cream This July

The hotter the weather gets here in Phoenix, Arizona, the sweeter a scoop of ice cream tastes. A seemingly endless variety of flavors and recipes surround this frozen treat, but the one thing we all can agree on is how much we love ice cream.

With National Ice Cream Day on July 3rd, it seems only fitting to celebrate with these five fun ways to beat the heat with ice cream this July. Enjoy one of these treats in your assisted living apartment or in a nearby eatery.

1. For Breakfast

Breakfast items and ice cream blend so naturally that it's no wonder the internet is filled with recipe ideas starring the most important meal of the day. Although it's not recommended to start every day off with a dessert, it can be a really cool treat on hot mornings when kept in moderation. Check out these three options.

  • Hot Coffee Ice Cream
  • Frozen Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Blackberry Corn Cakes with Ice Cream

2. Ice Cream Sandwiches

Who can turn down the opportunity to pick up and eat ice cream with their fingers? Whether you opt for a salty contrast or a sweet cookie complement, these snacks are hard to resist and enjoyable to make.

  • Ritz Cracker Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Cereal and Milk Ice Cream Sandwiches

A bonus of the last recipe is that you can turn it into a trip down memory lane and use cereals that you ate as a child.

3. Novelties

Some creations don't even look like ice cream by the time they're finished, and that can be half the fun. Utilize the country kitchen here at Bethesda Gardens and give some of these clever ideas a try.

  • Ice Cream Tacos
  • Ice Cream Frosted Cupcakes
  • Ice Cream Bread

4. Ice Cream Crafts

If you decide to host an ice cream social or just have some fun with the fact that its National Ice Cream Day, decorations are a must. You can tailor the colors of your supplies to match your assisted living apartment or mimic the appearance of your favorite ice cream flavors. Either way, these projects are great ways to brighten up a room.

  • Mini Ice Cream Cone Balloons
  • Pom Pom Ice Cream Cone
  • Paper Ice Cream Cone Garland
  • Tissue Paper Ice Cream Sundaes
  • Origami Ice Cream Cone

For a more lasting decoration, try painting these clever flower pots and planting a few seeds or herb sprouts, or arrange a bouquet of carnations and use the floral centerpiece as a conversation starter.

5. Ice Cream Party Games

Round out your celebration of ice cream by inviting your friends and the staff around our Phoenix assisted living community to play a few games, like this memory matching game.

Another way to test your memory would be in a blind taste test. Let blindfolded players taste a variety of ice cream flavors and see how many they can accurately identify. Keep the blindfold handy and challenge players to pin a cherry and toppings on a sundae instead of the traditional tail and donkey.

To top off the fun, bring dessert into the games by arranging ingredients on a table and tasking party goers to create their own sundaes in a set time limit. Award winners by the most creative or tasty looking creations.