Today’s post was written by Danielle Romanetti of fibre space.
Now that my kiddo is preschool age, I’ve realized that birthday parties will be a regular part of our lives for awhile. With her birthday falling in the hottest stretch of summer, I struggled to think up a suitable theme that wouldn’t land us outside in the sweltering heat or replicate one of the many indoor gym parties we have already attended by this point in the year.
And then I stumbled across Nicecream! Nicecream opened a few months ago on King Street, and I fell immediately in love with their product. They use fresh local grass-fed cream and local ingredients from nearby farms. But the best part about their product is how they make it. They freeze the ice cream flavor that you choose, on the spot, by using liquid nitrogen. The result is a thick, creamy and incredibly fresh cup of ice cream!
My first thought was to have Nicecream cater a party for Maddie’s fourth birthday, but their owner, Gil, was excited to show me their second floor private event space! Tucked inside their historic property, the second floor space is cozy and beautiful, with large windows overlooking King Street, a fun chalkboard wall and full view of their prep kitchen.
For Maddie’s birthday, they set up a table at the entrance of the second floor for cards or gifts. We had our own dedicated bathroom space (this is important for these little ones!!) The parents were offered free Swing’s Coffee downstairs. The room was adorably decorated for us. Each child got a balloon and a party hat. All we had to do was show up!
Once all the children settled into their spots, we were given one dedicated team member to lead the children in two craft projects and a couple of games that they had prepared, all on the ice cream theme. They decorated their own paper ice cream cones and played “pin the cherry on the ice cream cone.”
BONUS: The children got a science lesson too! Our Nicecream team member taught the children about how they make the ice cream, bringing the pot of liquid nitrogen around for each child to see. She explained the science behind how it worked and was able to freeze the ice cream so quickly. She talked about liquid and gas. The kids were mesmerized watching it pour into the mixer and the gas flow back out as the ice cream churned.
And then each child chose their toppings and was served up a fresh cup of vanilla ice cream! Everyone had a wonderful time, and their team handled the entire event beautifully. It was definitely a memorable birthday party and one that I hope to repeat again the future! And Maddie? She was enthralled by the whole experience and continues to ask for another party at the “nice” ice cream place.
726 King St. Alexandria VA