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Beat the heat with the ultimate summer treat! Creamy, cold and delicious -- ice cream is the star of summer desserts, and there's no better way to end National Ice Cream Month than with an ice cream social!

Whether you make your own ice cream at home or serve the store-bought version, be sure to brush up on our best tips for hosting an ice cream social. Vanilla and chocolate are popular flavors to serve, but it's fun to create new flavors inspired by the summer's most outrageous desserts. Plus, we've got plenty of low-calorie ice cream recipes that are perfect for those watching their waistlines, too!

We'll help you host a stylish ice cream soiree with the summer's best ice cream essentials. We've found the perfect machine for whipping up fast and easy frozen treats, old-fashioned scoops for nostalgic fun and more must-haves for making and serving ice cream.

Check out the slideshow above for our five favorite picks for a summer ice cream social! Plus, don't forget to use our Host Handbook to help you plan your summer parties! Check out our perfect menu for an ice cream social below!

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Tags: KD Finds, Ice Cream, Dessert, Kid-Friendly, Summer

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