Gourmet S’mores Bar

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you probably already know I have a big farm family. We’re always laughing and cutting up when we get together. Each year we look forward to spending time at my aunt’s home on Thanksgiving night. She makes a huge pot of chili and has a snack bar set up with all of our favorite toppings. After we’ve finished eating dinner, we all sit around a big bonfire, make s’mores and hang out for hours. There’s not a cloud in the sky and I swear it feels like there’s a million stars out.

One of the things I appreciate about being at my aunt and uncle’s farm is how welcoming and relaxing our time is there. They make sure we always have what we need from extra blankets to plenty mugs for hot chocolate.

I’ve tried to replicate that same feeling for friends and family who visit my home on the island. I know a lot of you strive to do the same thing in your home too. Outdoor entertaining can be so much fun this time of year. Several weeks ago, the sweet people from Kirkland’s Home Décor contacted me about partnering with them on a blog post. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate a few of my favorite Kirkland’s products than to create a cozy gourmet s’mores bar on the back patio.

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We use this workbench almost like a buffet. It sits really close to our farmhouse table, which makes serving dinner and refilling drinks for family get togethers a cinch. As you guys know, I’m always looking for new ways to mix vintage pieces with new finds. This vintage train case was the perfect perch to hold my delicious peanut butter brownies.

I’m totally obsessed with these acorns from Kirkland’s. I picked up 2 bags of them when I was out shopping. Seriously, how cute are these? The sticks have been collected from our property and tied with raffia I already had on hand.

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If you’re like me, you like to keep things simple when entertaining. Keeping all of the necessary s’more ingredients in this vintage fruit crate makes it really convenient. I’ve had most of these glass containers for a while now. I like to vary the height of the containers to make it easier for guests to reach their favorite treats. Using glass containers allows them to see what special toppings you have to offer too. I’m always amazed at the creative combinations people come up with.

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I’ve been on the hunt for a new cookie jar the past few months. As soon as I saw the red lid on this vintage inspired glass jar, I knew I had to bring it home with me. It’s perfect for holding freshly baked cookies or graham crackers. I picked this up at Kirkland’s too.

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One of my sisters gave me this galvanized pot for basil. We recently replanted the basil in a bigger pot and decided to repurpose this pot for sticks and other utensils we use to roast marshmallows.

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I know I say this every week, but I seriously heart mums. They are quintessential fall.

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When it’s cold outside guests will definitely want something warm to drink. I usually serve coffee, cider and hot chocolate. We even keep extra milk on hand too. These mugs are some of my favorite mugs. I picked these up on sale at Kirkland’s.  I mean, who doesn’t want to drink out of a Hello, Beauty Full mug? They’re generous in size, which I really like. A steaming cup of goodness feels like a luxury any time of the day.

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I also like to keep coffee syrups, spices, various creamers and mugs on one tray too. That way it can be easily moved from the outdoor buffet area to the table or the fire pit area for guests to enjoy.

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Finally, you can’t have a gourmet s’mores bar or any other outdoor event without elements of comfort for your guests. Things like pillows and extra blankets are must haves. You guys know my weakness for plaid blankets and baskets. I found the Home Sweet Home burlap pillow at Kirkland’s too.

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Outdoor entertaining doesn’t have to be expensive. Just think about what will make your guests feel most comfortable and at home. Time spent making memories with friends and family is always time well spent.

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A very special thank you to Kirkland’s Home Décor for partnering with me on this post. All thoughts, opinions and shopping experiences are my own.

See you guys back here tomorrow.   I’ll share more of our fall inspired outdoor entertaining space on back patio.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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19 Comments

  1. I want to eat everything on this stores bar! Heading to Kirkland to buy those mugs, thanks for the tip.

    1. Ha ha I know what you mean, Casey, I had to send the extra bags of candy to my parents house so I wouldn’t tempted during the week 🙂 Hope you find the mugs and have an awesome day, CoCo

  2. I love everything about this display. It makes me want to decorate my back porch for fall. Love the glass jar with the red lid and the burlap pillow. Too cute!

    1. That’s really sweet of you to say, thank you so much! Those glass jars with the red lids have me totally rethinking my kitchen 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  3. I love everything about this! What a beautiful and cozy way to hang out with family and friends and have amazing food! Not to mention your styling talents is seriously off the charts, my friend. 🙂

    1. Such kind and sweet word, Kimm, I flattered, thank you! I figured life is too short not to celebrate the ones you love the most, bring on the autumn chill! Hugs, CoCo

  4. Love those acorns!!! Need them immediately for my mantel.
    And the hello beauty full mug for my morning coffee. The way I look when I wake up, I need the encouragement! 🙂

    1. ha ha you’re killing me Lindsey! I bet you look amazing don’t even be trying to play us! Seriously, those acorns #obsessed! Hugs, CoCo

    1. I appreciate it, Amy, thank you so much! It was fun to be able to mix and match new stuff with a few vintage things I already had on hand. Everything in those jars is so tempting. I may be on the treadmill a while 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  5. That is so welcoming! What a fun and festive way to welcome fall to the South. I know I am loving my time outside right now. Love the jar, pillow and everything else! Beautiful!

    1. I know exactly what you mean, Nancy! The weather has been amazing these past few days. I know a lot of people that are folding up their rugs and bringing patio furniture inside. I feel like we’re just getting started with outdoor entertaining ideas 🙂

  6. Super cute and creative, CoCo! I love s’mores but I’ve never made a DIY s’mores bar. What a great idea for casual, relaxed family gathering.

    1. I love s’mores Jamie! They feel like a guilty pleasure because they’re so sweet 🙂 I leave these supplies in the fruit crate all season so it’s easy to grab and go when we have company over. Hugs, CoCo

    1. I really appreciate that Lori, thank you so much!

  7. Hey CoCo – This s’mores bar is off the hook! You have created such a fun, warm and inviting place. We love all of you creative touches and attention to detail! Please add the adorable pillow and mugs to our crate!

    1. I’m so glad you guys like the smores bar! I’m thinking it’s going to be a popular place to be once the weather gets a little cooler. You may be able to order the pillow and mugs online or check in your local area. They were on sale at my Kirklands the week, I completed this post. Hugs, CoCo

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