Like many of you, my summer plans have changed dramatically this year. With canceled camping trips, family vacations postponed and many parks still closed in my state, I will be spending a lot more time this summer at home with my five little girls.
I have always tried to make the most of every situation, so I see this as a fantastic opportunity to do fun things at home – like having a party in the gardens! It’s also a good excuse to finally make my yard as magical as possible so that we can have pizza evenings and an evening s’mores on the fly.
SETTING UP THE BACKYARD
Because I plan to do it all summer, I wanted materials that I could use over and over again. For the garden table, I bought these cute red striped fabric napkins. The color is great, so they can be used on other occasions like Memorial Day, 4e July or even Christmas! I lined them up on my table like a table runner and used the rest to wipe the sticky fingers.
When setting up any type of buffet or bar, I like to add height, so I hung them galvanized cake stands put things in place.
HOW TO MIX YOUR SORE
In addition to the obvious ingredients of Graham’s cookies, chocolate, and marshmallows, think of new and unusual touches to add to your S’mores. Here are some ways to mix things up:
- Try graham chocolate cookies or basic cookies.
- Choose different flavors of chocolate such as cream of cookies, dark chocolate or Reese (my favorite).
- Do you want a salty action added to the mix? Prepare chips or pretzels!
- Get fruity with sliced strawberries or raspberries (it was a huge success with my kids).
- Top it off with Nutella or fruit spread or a hint of cinnamon.
TIP: CREATE INDIVIDUAL KITS FOR CHILDREN!
I store a lot of food in these glass containers, so I bought some to put ingredients specifically. This way, I can take out the containers over and over again for our s’mores parties! For spreads like Nutella and jams, you can use them Spice jars or ramekins.
One of my biggest obstacles with manners is the mess! With five children, I had to find a way to contain things a bit and stop the madness of everyone trying to do things at the same time. I used these metal buckets create s’mores individual kits And it worked like a charm. Everyone started with a small portion of S’mores ingredients and could go get more to put in their bucket when they were ready for the second round. In addition, these buckets act like a small garbage bucket for packaging!
HOW TO GRILL SORES WITHOUT A FIREPLACE: THE MOST POTS TERRA COTTA!
My last obstacle was to decide how to toast our customs. If you have a rear fireplace, then I am totally jealous of you and this is the way to go! I don’t have a home, so I wanted a safe alternative for my kids.
An economical solution was to make small fires with terracotta pots! I used this tutorial and does three mini fires in seconds. Make sure you buy charcoal that lights instantly, otherwise you will need to add lighter fluid.
I wanted the lights to be separated from the food, so I put them on this little rolling cart which usually houses my children’s school supplies. The school is no longer in session, we use it for all things sore! It can stay outside and I can place the charcoal briquettes in the lower level and keep the other supplies in the intermediate level.
Have fun and enjoy! Seriously, if there’s anything that quarantining me for three months has taught me, it’s to savor every little moment!
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