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Great ice cream shop/bakery for informal birthday party?

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I may be a horrible mother, but I'm planning my daughter's 1st birthday party (family and a couple of friends only) and of course, it falls on a horrendous weekend in terms of work commitments. The easiest way out is to hold the "gathering" at a place with the cake or ice cream that I should be providing. I won't reserve or book or anything, just ask all to gather on a Sunday afternoon for an hour or so to toast ice creams cones (or cupcakes) in honor of our darling girl.

Any recommendations for cute yet spacious places that fit the bill? I was thinking Liberty Custard, and still might keep that as the place, but nearly everyone (myself included) is coming from North Minneapolis to St. Cloud, so it does seem a little south.

Any recommendations?

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  1. The things that come to mind are Crema Cafe (34th? and Lyndale) and Cake Eater Bakery (http://cakeeaterbakery.com). The first is more of an ice cream place, and the second is more focused on cupcakes. Both are very good.

    Neither are huge, though. Actually I can't think of any ice cream places or bakeries that I'd really describe as "spacious" (maybe Turtle Bread, but somehow I can't imagine having a party there), so I think, unless you're going to be a party of 5 or less, you might want to make a reservation. Alternately, you might consider getting the goodies for takeout and then having the party at one of the parks.

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    Crema Cafe
    3403 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    1. The 50"s Grill in Brooklyn Center. They have a great bakery attached to the restaurant and a full ice cream parlor menu.

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      Brooklyn Center Restaurant
      5637 Brooklyn Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55429