Summer has arrived, school is out, and it’s time to throw some backyard parties!
Although I love a barbeque, they can be a lot of work (not to mention the fact that we don’t own a grill). This year, I’ve much preferred hosting s’mores parties—it’s easier, it feels super festive, and there’s basically no s’mores combo I don’t love.
We recently bought a fire pit for our backyard, and we’ve invited various groups of friends over to make s’mores several times. It’s been a blast every time, and my little girls think it’s the best thing ever :)
We’ve had some pretty amazing s’mores–my husband’s favorite is dark chocolate and raspberries on a regular graham cracker, while I’m pretty partial to one made with those coconut and caramel Girl Scout cookies. Fresh peach slices with homemade caramel sauce on a cinnamon graham cracker is pretty mind-blowing as well. And whenever we put out Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, those are gone in a flash.
Now that we’ve done it a few times, I’ve learned some tricks for making it as simple and fun as possible:
- Plan for 3-4 s’mores per person.
- Skip those giant marshmallows or square s’more marshmallows. They’re too big to roast easily, they overpower the other fillings in your s’more, and they’re way too big to eat easily. Stick with the regular large marshmallows.
- Invite your guests to each bring some sort of filling or cookie–you’ll be amazed at the inventive items people bring!
- Spring for some real marshmallow roasting forks. They’re convenient and they’re easier than sticks, branches, or other alternatives.
- Marshmallows are sticky and chocolate melts fast, so it’s really helpful to put some wet wipes on the table so people can clean off their hands (or sticky children’s faces) easily.
- Put a garbage pail by the food table so you can easily dispose of chocolate wrappers, overly-toasted marshmallows and wipes.
- We don’t serve any food except for s’mores, but a big pitcher of iced tea or ice water is always welcome on a warm summer evening, especially when you’re consuming that much sugar!
Happy marshmallow roasting! And if you host a s’mores party, let me know what combos were the most popular!