15 DIY Ideas for Your Next Ice Cream Social
National Ice Cream Day may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a super scrumptious ice cream social to celebrate summer. We know that ice cream cake is a given (because, really, why should you have to choose between ice cream and cake), but why not make your decor cool as well? These 15 DIY ice cream-themed party ideas will make you want to throw an ice cream social weekly.
1. Ice Cream Cone Favor Bags: Send your guests home with treats in this sweet little bag. The retro brown paper bags offer a dose of nostalgia, and the ice cream shapes feature two of our favorite things: Glitter and polka dots! (via Pottery Barn Kids)
2. Ice Cream Cone Piñatas DIY: Is it a piñata? Is it ice cream? With this DIY, you can have both! Fill them with goodies, or if your heart is breaking at the thought of destroying these, just hang them as decor. (via Oh Happy Day)
3. Jumbo Popsicle Garland: While ice cream is always a great treat, sometimes on hot summer days we just crave a refreshing popsicle. Plus, this garland is made using pool noodles, which makes this the ultimate ode to summer. (via Oh Happy Day)
4. DIY Playful Yarn Balls: These yarn balls can be used for all kinds of projects, but our favorite is these adorable ice cream scoops. Use these whimsical faux-sundaes as centerpieces. (via Hostess With the Mostess)
5. Ice Cream Balloons: At Brit HQ, we’re suckers for crazy creative balloons, like these easy-to-make ice cream cone ones. Make them big and small, in every color of the rainbow and with interesting prints on the cones. (via Pottery Barn Kids)
6. DIY Paper Popsicle Memory Game: These colorful popsicle printables are originally made for a memory game (which we love!), but you can also string them together to create a playful popsicle banner. (via Eat Drink Chic)
10. DIY Ice Cream Cone Balloon Weights: We’ve already shown you how to craft ice cream balloons, but why not try something different and go with balloon weights instead? Line these up in your hallway to set the tone for your party as your guests arrive. (via Studio DIY)
11. Watermelon Printable Ice Cream Cone Wrappers: Combine two perfect summertime treats into one with this watermelon cone wrapper. Fill them with some sorbet to continue the fruity theme. (via Design Eat Repeat)
13. DIY Ice Cream Lanterns: Light these ice cream cones up when the sun starts to set for a surprising effect. And when the party is over, keep the lanterns for a year ’round festive look. (via DIY Inspired)
14. No-Melt Pop Invitations: Go retro with these ice pop invites. The slightly sheer paper gives them a creamy feel that’s almost good enough to eat. Plus, we’re always a sucker (get it? sucker?) for anything color blocked. (via Martha Stewart)
Will you be throwing an ice cream party this summer? What’s your favorite way to celebrate summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com