DIY Donut Hole Ice Cream Shortcake Bar. Perfect for Memorial Day! Make your next Backyard BBQ and Summertime Party with this fun idea for a dessert station!

When it comes to hosting a backyard BBQ–or any summertime party for that matter–there are a few staples. Burgers or hot dogs (or Burger Dogs!). Baked beans. Corn on the Cob. And shortcake for dessert.

Serving up the classics seems to be a summer tradition. But we’ve hosted enough to know that it’s always fun to mix things up a bit.

Fun and Simple Summertime Dessert Bar! Perfect for Memorial Day, Labor Day & the Fourth of July, this fun idea takes all of your no-bake favorites and put them together in an irresistible dessert bowl. At your next backyard bbq, host a Donut Hole Ice Cream Shortcake Bar. It's deliciously brilliant!

Instead of serving the same-old stuff, why not twist it up this year with a red, white and blue DIY Donut Hole Shortcake bar? Guaranteed to please kids of all ages (and grown-ups, too!) this simple idea requires no baking. Check out how easy it is to add this fun idea to your next shindig.

Fun and Simple Summertime Dessert Bar! Perfect for Memorial Day, Labor Day & the Fourth of July, this fun idea takes all of your no-bake favorites and put them together in an irresistible dessert bowl. At your next backyard bbq, host a Donut Hole Ice Cream Shortcake Bar. It's deliciously brilliant!

Gather the Ingredients

Prepping this dessert bar is simple. For starters, you’ll need to grab the following. Or, make it even easier on yourself and invite guests to bring an item on the list.

  • Cake Donut Holes (glazed vanilla, chocolate and/or blueberry)
  • Ice Cream (vanilla, chocolate and/or blueberry)

Then, let the colors of the season help you select a few fruits. You don’t need all of the following, but here’s a list of ideas:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cherries (fresh or maraschino)
  • Starfruit
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Dragonfruit

Now a quick trip to a party store to pick out some patriotic sweets:

  • Red, white & blue candy-covered chocolate candies
  • Red, white & blue sprinkles or jimmies
  • Red, white & blue colored sugar
  • Star sprinkles

And finally, consider popping a few toppings on the table, so party goers have plenty of creative options when building their owns sundaes:

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Whipped Cream
  • Strawberry Syrup
  • White chocolate ice cream syrup
  • Blueberry Syrup
  • Lingonberry or Strawberry jam

Place all ingredients in small, colorful bowls like Good Cook 4-oz Red Ceramic Ramekins or Stoneware Mixing Bowl set. Save the ice cream on ice in a cooler until ready to serve.

Fun and Simple Summertime Dessert Bar! Perfect for Memorial Day, Labor Day & the Fourth of July, this fun idea takes all of your no-bake favorites and put them together in an irresistible dessert bowl. At your next backyard bbq, host a Donut Hole Ice Cream Shortcake Bar. It's deliciously brilliant!

Set Up the Space

With ingredients ready, it’s time to setup your dessert bar. Though you can arrange it anywhere, here are a few fun ideas:

  • Arrange the ingredients buffet-style on an indoor or outdoor bar.
  • Set up a small card table in a corner of your backyard, so there’s a dessert ‘station’ where guests can find all sweet ingredients.
  • Pack individual ingredients in personal-sized boxes for an on-the-go dessert picnic. (Instead of ice cream, try packing pudding!)

Once you’ve decided where the station will be, make sure to give guests everything they’ll need to make dessert. Paper plates or large bowls, plastic spoons for eating and serving, plus napkins or wet wipes are a must. Building these bowls can get a little sticky!

Fun and Simple Summertime Dessert Bar! Perfect for Memorial Day, Labor Day & the Fourth of July, this fun idea takes all of your no-bake favorites and put them together in an irresistible dessert bowl. At your next backyard bbq, host a Donut Hole Ice Cream Shortcake Bar. It's deliciously brilliant!

And Serve!

With your dessert station ready to go, it’s time to unleash the guests! Invite everyone to build their own DIY Shortcakes, stacking together donut holes, ice cream, berries, colored candies and toppings. Encourage them to get creative. You may even consider hosting a Shortcake ShowOff contest, with awards for tallest, most creative, etc. Don’t forget to snap photos and upload them to Instagram with #lovegoodcook. We’d love to see your creations!

Fun and Simple Summertime Dessert Bar! Perfect for Memorial Day, Labor Day & the Fourth of July, this fun idea takes all of your no-bake favorites and put them together in an irresistible dessert bowl. At your next backyard bbq, host a Donut Hole Ice Cream Shortcake Bar. It's deliciously brilliant!

 

DIY Donut Hole Ice Cream Shortcake Bar

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Ingredients

  • Cake Donut Holes (glazed vanilla, chocolate and/or blueberry)
  • Ice Cream (vanilla, chocolate and/or blueberry)
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cherries (fresh or maraschino)
  • Starfruit
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Dragonfruit
  • Red, white & blue candy-covered chocolate candies
  • Red, white & blue sprinkles or jimmies
  • Red, white & blue colored sugar
  • Star sprinkles

Instructions

Select ingredients from the list above. Set ingredients in individual bowls. Invite guests to make their own donut hole shortcakes. YUM! Dessert is served!

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