Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer S'mores Party


Summer screams s'mores. And turning the traditional campfire treat into a gourmet rustic dessert for guests is easier than you think.

Here is my S'mores Party that I hosted last winter (hence the pine boughs) but it honestly is such a perfect summer treat that I thought I would share this with you for a little inspiration for your next get-together. 

This party is easier than pie! Gourmet marshmallows, homemade (or favorite store-bought) cookies, really good chocolate, and a few little details and you have yourself an impressive party.

This party caught lots of attention last winter and has been the inspiration for many rustic s'mores bars at wedding and parties. Whatever your style, serving this to your summertime guests will surely delight.







I started by covering my table in brown kraft paper. This paper is so versatile and I often wrap presents in it and embellish with twine and fresh sprigs from the garden. It also made a great backdrop for my rustic tablescape and I wrote on the paper with chalk to outline all the steps to making your s'mores.




I gathered all of my supplies: trays, napkins, marshmallows, skewers, Sterno (more on this below), chocolate and cookies. Details below~




Buffet style is perfect for this casual s'mores set-up. I put this out on our long coffee table- keeping it easy for guests to sit and have s'more. 







Start with your marshmallows (gourmet marshmallows from Kimberley's Kitchen of course!). I put out an assortment of popular flavors- my classic Vanilla Bean, Espresso Crunch, and Chai. I also put out some smaller marshmallows (these are my Bites) for smaller guests.






Next you roast it! Did you know that you didn't need a campfire to have a s'more? These Sterno pots used for catering chaffing dishes are perfect for roasting marshmallows indoors. (please use caution and keep children away from the flame). Fresh marshmallows roast very quickly but you can see how perfect they look with a little toasting.




You can go the traditional route and slap a slab of really good chocolate in your s'more, or, you can opt for my chocolate-covered handmade grahams that make even better s'mores. I put out this dark chocolate from Trader Joe's that I am officially obsessed with. I love dark chocolate (and I would also put out milk chocolate for guests) and have probably tried every gourmet brand and variety. 





Then smush with cookies! I made my handmade graham crackers that I smother in dark chocolate to make s'mores easier and tastier. I also included some butter shortbread and mini grahams for little ones. You can put out an assortment of your favorite homemade or store-bought cookies. Something sturdy works best so that it doesn't crumble when you press your marshmallow inside. 



And there you have it! You have just made yourself a divine s'more. Now- time for s'more!




I hope that you will try hosting your own s'mores party. It is easy and lots of fun. 



Here are my sources for my rustic s'mores bar~

Gourmet Marshmallows and Cookies ~ Kimberley's Kitchen (me!)
Cardboard trays & wooden crates ~ Garnish
Napkins ~ Canadian Superstore
Skewers ~ most grocery stores, usually in the Asian food aisle
Soy waxed paper ~ Nature's Pantry, or your local health food store
Chocolate ~ Trader Joe's
Sterno ~ Bulkley Valley Wholesale, or a catering/kitchen supply store
black wire baskets ~ my own collection, purchased from La Petit Maison in Smithers


Kraft paper and chalk ~ Staples, or a craft store

6 comments:

  1. Adorable! Practical, cute and easy to do at home! Love the craft paper and chalk...So, so cute! xo

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  2. Rustic, lovely and oh so yummy looking. I love Trader Joe's Dark chocolate too. 72% Belgium is my fav.

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    1. Thanks so much Sunny! I wish we had Trader Joe's here- I rely on my sister sending me care packages :)

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  3. love love love this! Have I mentioned I LOVE this! Great job my friend! Sharing now ;)

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    1. thanks so much! and thanks for sharing!

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