Pretty in Pink Ice Cream Floats

Growing up, ice cream floats were that thing you got when you were a good kid, did all your chores, ate all your dinner, and showed your parents that you could sit at the table without behaving like a zoo animal. Long story short, they were a treat right up there with milkshakes, staying up late, and junk food. Before making them for this post I can’t honestly remember the last time I had one, but oh em gee I remember why I loved them so much as a kid after making these!

There’s something about the combo of a sweet carbonated beverage  and classic vanilla ice cream that is just plain ah- mazing. And really, does it get much better than a drinkable dessert (bonus points when topped with sprinkles 😉 )? I know there are classic combos like lemon- lime soda or root beer paired with ice cream to make these, but something about swapping in ginger ale (I used cranberry) took these to another level. And since they were part of a cute Valentine’s Day shoot (see that post on my friend Keisha’s blog here), the cute pink colour was a happy bonus of trying a different take on this classic. I think the beauty of these is that they only require 2 ingredients: ice cream and pop, and the rest is up to you and how crazy/ creative you want to get with flavour combos and toppings. But no matter what, there’s a major YUM factor with these and proof that you can’t beat a classic.



Vanilla ice cream

Cranberry or raspberry ginger ail


Red licorice


1.Pour equal amounts of ginger ale into all of your glasses- leave approximately 1 to 2 inches of space at the top of the glass.

2. Top with 1 to 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, adding sprinkles for a fun touch.

3. Finish off with a piece of red liquorice and a party straw for a cute drinkable dessert.




Want more ideas for a Valentine’s Day Party?…


See more from the Heart Eyes Valentine’s Day Party collab on Loving Little’s Blog & get more great Valentine’s Party ideas from some of the other talented ladies who collaborated:

The Cheerio Diaries: Valentine’s Day Vanilla Dip Donuts | Owl Be Your Valentine

Creative Wife & Joyful Worker: Marshmallow & White Chocolate Sprinkle Strawberry Hearts | Teddy Bear Love You Colouring Sheet 

Raising Jay and Abel: 2 Step Valentine’s Day XO Tablecloth

Valentine’s Day Party Details {Bloggers & Makers}


Recipe steps- OHP

Valentine’s Day Party- Vanessa Marie Studios

Heart Flower Wreath & Table Flowers – Sequel Events

Silver Heart Banner & Gold Heart Cupcake Toppers – BC Baby Creations

Cake – Vintage Rose Afternoon Tea

DIY Marshmallow and White Chocolate Sprinkle Strawberry Hearts – Creative Wife and Joyful Worker

DIY Donut Recipe – The Cheerio Diaries

Darling Print – A Little Love Creative

Marshmallows – Marsh & Mallow

Gold Heart Popcorn Holder & Rose Gold Love Balloon – Joonie and Joe

Tissue Paper Garlands & Noise Makers – Fun Fiestas by Ili

DIY Kid’s XOXO Table Cloth – Raising Jay and Abel

Red Heart Banner & Valentines Cards – Pink Paper Boutique

Kid’s Valentine Printable Download – Creative Wife Designs

DIY Potato Stamped Favour Bags & Ice Cream Floats – OHP

Valentine’s XOXO Sprinkles – Dainty Sprinkle Co.



  1. February 7, 2017 / 9:58 am

    This is just darling! LOVE how simple it is to make. Going to try it this weekend 🙂

    • katpetrunia
      February 7, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      Aw thank you! If you do let me know how they turn out! 🙂

  2. February 7, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Yum! These look perfect for Valentine’s Day

    • katpetrunia
      February 7, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      thanks Kendra! I couldn’t resist the pink version 😉

  3. February 7, 2017 / 11:40 am

    These are cute! I love the addition of the red licorice on top:)

    • katpetrunia
      February 7, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you! I thought the licorice would a fun touch and the kids loved it 😉

  4. February 7, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Well these are the just the cutest (the girls included)! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I love all the party decor, awesome job!

    • katpetrunia
      February 7, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Thanks Bridget, it was so much fun but us mamas were so pooped out after lol. Glad you like it! 🙂

  5. February 7, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    These look delicious, and are right up my sweet tooth alley!! You’re speaking my sweet tooth language!! Yum!!

    • katpetrunia
      February 7, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      I’m glad I’m speaking your language Angela, enjoy! 😉

  6. February 7, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Oh my goodness. I just pinned the heck out of your page! Can I be honest and say I have never had an ice cream float!? Now that I’ve read your amazing description, I’m going to have to try them. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Happy Valentine’s 🙂

    • katpetrunia
      February 7, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      You rock Kelly, thank you! You absolutely have to make one and then let me know how mind blowing it was! 😉 Happy Vday to you too!

  7. February 7, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    So pretty and yummy! What a sweet, sweet party!

    • katpetrunia
      February 7, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks Jee, we had a lot of fun!

  8. February 7, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    These look so yummy! I love red licorice so that would probably be my favorite part…next to ice cream of course!

    • katpetrunia
      February 7, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks Esther! And the bonus is the licorice doubles as an edible straw. 😉

  9. Tamara
    February 7, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    This is my childhood drink! My dad would always make this as a special treat.

    • katpetrunia
      February 7, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Same here- it was one of my favourite treats growing up. 🙂

  10. Kelsey
    February 8, 2017 / 11:43 am

    my daughters would LOVE these (and so would I haha)

    • katpetrunia
      February 8, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      We can’t forget about us adults! 😉 If you make them let me know what you think.

  11. February 8, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    These are SO ridiculously cute and sound so tasty!

    • katpetrunia
      February 8, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Thanks Val! I hadn’t had one in so long and these reminded how dangerously good ice cream floats are 😉

  12. February 8, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Those drinks look so good! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  13. February 8, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    These are so, SO cute! Who doesn’t love floats?! And the adorable pink aspect makes them even more amazing! I’m hosting a pink color link up on my blog next Friday (2/17) and I’d love to have you join us!

    • katpetrunia
      February 9, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Thanks Justine, I would love that! What’s the best place to reach you at for the link up?

  14. February 9, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I wasn’t able to try these at the party because of the little rascals around us, but I think I may have to go and treat the kiddos with an ice cream float this weekend !!! Love you !

    • katpetrunia
      February 9, 2017 / 11:07 am

      Love you too my friend! Lol it’s amazing us mamas had the chance to try anything at that shoot! These are so yummy, you totally should (plus you just deserve one 😉 )

    • katpetrunia
      February 13, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Hope you enjoy them as much as we did! 🙂

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