Wednesday, June 24, 2009


(Henry's Gelato, Cary, NC)

With the promise of "Happy Fun for Everyone," the first U.S. Happy Gelato Party did not disappoint at Henry's Gelato Shop in Cary, NC on June 6, 2009. More than 1,000 people attended the party and the smiles on attendees' faces told the tale of a fun-filled day of gelato and entertainment. 

The Happy Gelato Party began at 3:00 p.m. although Henry's was abuzz with anxious customers an hour before the event. The party kicked off with a performance by seasoned Gelato Artist Gio Ice, who came all the way over from Italy for the first U.S. party. A mime-like magician and balloon animal expert, Joe didn't speak one word, but had children and parents laughing and staring in awe of his various antics. The entertainment structure of the party seemed to work well as the Happy Gelato Team continued to change gears with different activities to keep Henry's customers active and entertained in between gelato breaks.

The "American" gelato artist, who will be performing at all of the parties, Fred, was the louder counterpart to Joe Ice, leading the kids and adults in dances and chants about gelato. Fred's chants spoke a little of gelato's history and even include Egyptian-like dance moves to celebrate the Egyptians' part in the history of the Italian ice cream.


(Gio Ice entertaining with balloon animals.)

Not to be forgotten, the gelato itself was a crowd pleaser too. Henry featured the new Happy Gelato flavors for the first time at his shop and the response was overwhelming. Fingers pointed at the Happy Gelato Cookie Crunch, a peanut butter cookie flavor, and Happy Gelato Classic Swirl, a banana split-inspired flavor, all day in the case, and by the end of the day the little that remained in the pans proved they were well received. Joe Ice and Fred also offered customers their own spin on gelato by preparing a handful of lucky patrons Happy Cones - uniquely decorated cones made to look like flowers, chickens, frogs and more.

The games and giveaways provided the most interaction and excitement of the day. Adults and children lined up for a simple game of ball toss for the chance to win free mini footballs and t-shirts. The line didn't end till all the giveaways were gone.

From temporary-tattooed arms, to gelato-filled tummies and abundant smiles from ear-to-ear, everyone walked away from the party...happy.

"We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to host the first Happy Gelato party in our Cary location," said Henry Dirkmaat, owner Henry's Gelato, "the party allowed our business to promote the quality of the gelato product throughout our community."

Happy Gelato Parties are happening across the United States this June - October, be sure to check out one near you by visiting or for party listings.


 (Fred teaching Egyptian-like dance moves.)