DIY Ice-Cream Soda for a Party or Wedding | September 11, 2009

DIY Ice-Cream Soda

DIY Ice-Cream Soda

Inspired by Jordan Ferney's brilliant wedding concept for an Old Fashioned Soda Bar, I set out to create these fun, retro-inspired label designs for soda bottles that hark back to the glorious era of soda fountains! These can be used for your party or wedding to create your own Soda Shop or to add a gorgeous beverage stand to your Ice-Cream Parlour theme. Guests can select from a brightly coloured array of flavoured sodas to make their own delicious Ice-Cream Sodas!

DIY Ice-Cream Soda

For those who don't know, the Ice-Cream Soda, also known as a 'Spider' down here in Oz, is a mixture of flavoured soda and Ice-Cream. The carbonated soda causes the Ice-Cream to 'float' and also creates a foam on the surface (similar to beer). It is essentially a dessert beverage, and a very delicious one at that!

I've created labels for Root Beer, Sarsaparilla, Raspberry, Blueberry, Lemon, Lime, Orange and Cream Soda. You can download these below!


Buy cheap, no brand, plain soda water bottles. Empty out a portion of the contents and replace with cordial or syrup using a funnel. You will have to experiment with the ratio of soda to syrup to find out what works best for you. You could even make your own syrups! This article, for example, has a good recipe for homemade soda syrup. You can find many like this on the web. If you're going with pre-made syrups- there are many available including for Root Beer, Sarsaparilla and Cream.

Once you've filled your bottles, soak them in boiling water for a couple of hours, peel off their labels and re-label them with the retro designs. I've printed them on photo quality semi-gloss white A4 paper, cut them out using a guillotine and taped them on the sides with double-sided tape before attaching to the bottle.


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These labels are purely decorative, so if you get any liquid on your label, the ink on the labels may run or smudge or stain and destroy the design. If you use a photo quality paper there is less chance of this happening but I would still make sure you've filled the bottles with your syrup or cordial and wiped the bottles off before putting any of the labels on. Obviously, this also means you cannot store your bottles in ice! I haven't tested storing these in the fridge to see whether the condensation would affect the labels. However, an easy solution would be to avoid cold storage altogether and simply add ice to your soda glasses instead.

DIY Ice-Cream Soda


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If you're having a large party or wedding and re-labelling vast amounts of bottles is too time consuming and costly an excercise, a much easier alternative is to re-label only one of each flavour and use these purely as a display, as a sort of visual menu, for guests to choose their flavour. Have somebody serve the soda, behind the bar, into old-fashioned soda glasses with soda that you have bought in bulk. You will still have that feel of a Soda Shop but without the time and expense.

DIY Ice-Cream Soda

I've also created these bottle top labels that are handy to hide any branding from your original soda bottle. I've provided two font options for each soda flavour. You can choose your favourite or you can use both and mix and match.

DIY Ice-Cream Soda


The circles in these bottle top designs are 2.5 cm in diameter. Either cut out very carefully by hand with a scissors, use a circle cutter, or a circle punch of a similar size. Attach to lid with double-sided tape.

DIY Ice-Cream Soda




IMPORTANT NOTE: The downloadable pdfs in this article (and across my entire site) are free for personal use only. As a courtesy, if you wish to link to anything on this article, please link to this page and not directly to a downloadable file. Thanks for reading this boring footer stuff! :)

{all images by Amy Moss}



DIY Ice-Cream Parlour "Make your own Sundaes" Buffet Concept for a Wedding or Party

Lots of visual inspiration, ideas, tips and free downloadable goodies to help you re-create your own old-fashioned Ice-Cream Parlour buffet for your party or wedding.




posted under: Desserts, Do It Yourself, Drink, Food, Free Stuff, Parties, Vintage Style, Weddings


  1. Your Killing me with all this cuteness!!
  2. seriously? could these be any cuter? i may have to do a blog re-post.
  3. You are so creative! This looks like a wonderful idea! Ice-cream soda sounds so much more fancy than 'spoiiider' here in Oz :)
  4. Eeeeek! Your cuteness makes my heart stop. Please stop with the sweet freebies. Actually, don't.
    Some friends and I are going to use your icecream parlour and soda printables for a picnic in the park, I will get pics to you to show you how much everyone loves them!
  5. Katy Potaty- a picnic in the park sounds like a fun idea, can't wait to see the photos! :)
  6. haha, I love it !!
    So colourful ! And so cute ! *-*
  7. LOVE this!
  8. These are stunning! Your work is amazing and you are so generous to be offering it for free. The photography is beautiful as well. Maybe you should do photo styling tips for the rest of us :)
  9. This is pure eye candy and an adorable idea. Your site is beautiful.
  10. Your blog is so nice, i love it !
  11. This is awesome! I wish you had taught us this BEFORE I threw my sister's bridal shower!
  12. They are gorgeous Amy! Thanks so much for all your great printables... I love them!

    I have some at my blog too if you want to check it out sometimes ;)
  13. I have to tell you how IN LOVE i am with your blog. I am so inspired and jealous that you come up with these things. I even blogged about your iceam palour the other day

    I added you to my blog roll!
  14. I just came across your blog the other day and am in love. Your graphics are total eye candy and I can't wait to incorporate them in to some of my parties.

  15. These are fabulous! Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em!

    Recently discovered your blog and subscribed immediately. Great work!
  16. I absolutely LOVE this idea! The colors are fabulous and it's very vintage.
  17. i came across your blog after seeing your ice- cream parlour idea on another blog i read (which i featured on my blog btw) and i just love all your super cute ideas! and so weird that our blog names are so similar!
  18. Coming to your blog is for me like a kid entering a candy store! Thanks so much!
  19. i adore your blog!!!
  20. OH MY GOSH! You have done it again. You're killing me with your creativity. Keep up the fantastic work. I just adore your site!
  21. Ummm how nice? wow have not had cream soda since I was a kid, such a sweet idea. I could drink one now!
  22. You have a wonderful talent. These images look amazing again and I adore the gorgeous templates you have provide. Many thanks for all your efforts and generosity in sharing all these details.
  23. i arrived here via bday girl and i'm so happy i did! what a gorgeous blog, really pretty. keep up the great work.
  24. These labels are sooo cute! I found you and absolutely love your blog.
  25. so amazing...i've been following ur blog for a while and i'm in love everytime....
  26. just came across your blog- love it and love the soda idea and the diy tips.

  27. Such a fun and festive idea! The soda is so colorful and with the ice cream it is sure to be a hit at any party or wedding!
  28. Love, love, LOVE this idea! Preppy, quirky, fun and playful...perfect for a spring wedding.

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  29. Another genius creation! I've been looking for an excuse to have a party just so I could play around with your DIY Ice Cream Parlour idea, and now this!

    I'll be sure to feature these in my blog.

    Keep it up!
  30. Thanks all, for the great comments- I'm also really appreciative to those who have linked this on their blogs! Very cool. Thanks!
  31. Kirsten Rutherford | Sep 21, 2009
    I LOVE your design and think the idea is fabulous...but why have you spelt smooth 'Smoothe'????
  32. oops! Thanks for catching that Kirsten, I've re-uploaded the pdfs with the correction. Thanks again! :)
  33. As usual this is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing all this beautiful labels :)
  34. you did it again! amazing! simply amazing!
  35. oh WOW...thank you so much for offering this. Your blog is beautiful. I did a blog re-post on this item linking my blog back to yours.
  36. Hello,

    I'd love to feature this project on our new blog, Pairs and Paris, but only with your permission.

    Contact us for verificiation.

  37. These are so pretty I want to place them on a shelf in my office and stare at them all day!
  38. Tammy | Jul 20, 2010
    Hi --
    Just wondering where you found the bottles you used? I've searched and haven't been able to find those. I really like the twist on cap kind but all I've been able to find is the cork. Would you mind sharing?

  39. I did a blog re-post on this item linking my blog back to yours.
  40. I was also wondering where you found your bottles, I've looked EVERYWHERE for them and can't seem to find them. I'd love to know where to get my hands on some!
  41. Hello!
    We are "Lidiana" and we are from spain.
    Our blog is shabby chic, femininely and very nicely, but we are charmed with yours!
    We like it.. EAT DRINK CHIC !!!
    We have created a post in honor to this "ice-cream soda for a party or wedding"
    And we have made our own bottles with your precious DIY!
    Look at please, I hope that you like,
    Thank you very much
    Lidiana, regards from Spain.
    i love your diys
  42. Thank you so much for this inspiration again. I'm really getting addicted to your blog! I made some raspberry and blueberry soda myself using your labels and posted it, linking to your website:

    I hope you like it.
  43. lynne | Oct 1, 2011
  44. Katherine | Dec 30, 2011
    these are amazing! thank you - I am using them to do candy buffet tags for my wedding. I love them!
  45. Sarah | Jan 13, 2012
    How did you seal them without the soda going flat?
  46. So sweet!! Love this concept :) Thanks for sharing. Trackback:
  47. mas | Apr 8, 2012
    i can't say thank you enough :)
  48. Kate | May 2, 2012
    Hey there!!! I love your site in general! This in particular is precious! I went to download the printables... but half of them came up black. Is it just not loading proper, but will still print right? I'm really hoping to use these for a 1950's party I'm planning!
  49. Hi Kate, they should print just fine. I think it's just the viewer on your computer that has an issue with my files. Give it a try- let me know if there's still an issue. Thanks!
  50. Melissa | Jul 6, 2012
    Hi Amy! Have the same problem as Kate. I printed it, but it came particulary black, like Kate told you too. So sad about this! It's soooo pretty!!
  51. Yetta | Jul 28, 2012
    Hello I love your work! I'm having trouble finding the water bottles. Could you please tell me where you purchased them? Thank you in advance!
  52. hello,

    thanks you SO much for sharing these wonderful labels with us. these are really the prettiest soda labels I've ever seen!

    I think I would buy a bottle just because of these labels, if it was at a shop:)

  53. Okay, so I'm rather late to this party but wanted to say, anyway, how GORGEOUS these labels are!

    If you want to be completely anal-retentive like I am, you could modge-podge or clear contact over the labels. That way, they should survive any spills or ice.
  54. laura | Jan 26, 2013
    where did you buy these bottles???? xx
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  56. mehmet | Sep 27, 2014

    I tried to do that ice cream soda but it was so solid, do have more detailed recipe, I will be very happy if answer my mail,


    Mehmet Arslanturk,
  57. Sweet pie | Oct 25, 2014
    I really want to do this at my party and was wonder if you would share the link to where you got those amazing bottles! Thanks so much for this beautiful inspiration!
  58. Anastasia | May 10, 2015
    Thank you!!! The printables are AMAZING. Love it!
  59. Amy, this is an amazing post. Thank you for sharing this DIY masterpiece. I look forward to reading & getting inspired by more of your posts :)
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