milkshake party

50’s Diner Milkshake Party

50’s Diner Milkshake Party with First Street Ice Cream

Each year we celebrate my grandmother’s birthday with a fun themed party.  When you’re 84 I think every year is cause for celebration.  I’m the one always tasked with coming up with party themes, and this past year I could think of none better than a 50’s diner inspired-party with Diner Milkshakes made with First Street Ice Cream.

milkshake recipe

Planning The Party

Before heading off to Smart & Final, a great place to shop for party food, I made a list of what I need to make our yummy milkshakes:

Shopping List

  1. First Street Ice Cream in Chocolate and Strawberry
  2. First Street Whipped Cream
  3. First Street Maraschino Cherries
  4. milk
  5. plastic cups
  6. milkshake straws
milkshake party

Diner Milkshake party


Shopping For The Party

After planning was complete, it was time to shop.  At Smart & Final, I expectedly found everything I needed for my party and more.  I came across some gumballs and thought they would fit in perfectly with our theme.

I found everything at Smart & Final that I needed for our party and more

Making 50’s Diner Milkshakes

We made both strawberry and chocolate milkshakes for our party and they were a huge hit with our guests.

milkshake recipe

50's Diner Milkshakes

Homemade Milkshake Recipe


  1. 4 cups First Street Ice Cream in Chocolate and Strawberry
  2. 2 cups milk
  3. First Street Whipped Cream
  4. First Street Maraschino Cherries
  5. 1 tspn vanilla extract


  1. Place ice cream, milk and vanilla in blender
  2. Blend until smooth, just 5 seconds
  3. Pour into cups and top with whipped cream and a cherry

For a printer-friendly recipe version click here:  Homemade Milkshake Recipe

First Street Strawberry Ice Cream


blend milkshake ingredients until smooth


Strawberry 50's Diner Milkshakes with First Street Ice Cream


And, if you’re lucky enough to have someone you can bribe into putting on some roller skates and a retro apron to serve milkshakes, it’s a fun touch.  I’m fortunate to have my oldest daughter Rayana, who I can always count on to help me with family events.

time to serve!


50's Diner Party

50's Diner Milkshake Party


For more recipe ideas with First Street Ice Cream from Smart & Final visit them on Twitter and Facebook!


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4 Responses to 50’s Diner Milkshake Party

  1. RockStarMomLV May 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Very cute! Great job as always!

  2. Sara @ May 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Your set up for the party was really cute, love your outfit and that fancy roller skate!!

  3. Jess May 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    The gumballs are such a perfect addition, totally loving it. I bet the guests loved being served old-fashioned style, your daughter is a such a good helper. :) Thanks for sharing, and Happy Birthday to your Grandma!


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