A New Take on Ice Cream Parlor Style: Colorful Cup Holders

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Ice cream float in vintage soda shop

In the 1950s the suggested service for a milkshake was either a glass or a paper lined metal cup holder.


Ice cream parlors of the 50s and 60s typically served ice cream and soft drinks in metal or heavy plastic cups with disposable paper liners. We have a new take on the traditional metal version—colorful plastic cup holders. They’re lightweight and less expensive than the metal ones. And they come in a variety of colors, some of which coordinate with our plastic deli baskets.


Pink, red, black and orange plastic cup holders

Plastic cups are lightweight and reusable as well as colorful.


In addition to ice cream, these cup holders are a great way to serve hot food like french fries. They’re a fun way to serve snacks, candies and other treats. You can use them at birthday parties as party favors—fill them up with goodies and then let the kids take them home!


Servings of ice cream and candy in plastic cups

Serve ice cream along with toppings for a make-your-own-sundae ice cream party!



Yellow, green, red and orange cups filled with fruit

All types of treats can be served in paper lined cup holders, including a variety of fruit.


Green deli basket and matching green cup holder

Finger foods like fries are perfect to serve in paper lined cups.


This colorful assortment of paper cup holders must surely have other uses as well, so be sure to leave a comment with any clever ideas you may have!


Last updated: Sep 23, 2014
Filed under: Retro Food and Recipes, Retro Planet Products Tagged with: food, retro party ideas, tableware