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How to Create a Gourmet S’mores Bar

We’re sharing how to create a gourmet s’mores bar today!

One of my favorite things to do during the fall and winter seasons is to host an easy chili dinner and gourmet s’mores bar for friends and family.

The weather in the South is fairly mild from October – December which allows us to spend more time outside, relaxing and hanging out on the porches, patio, and by the fire pit.

Creating a gourmet s’mores bar doesn’t have to be really involved or expensive. It can be easily achieved on a big or small scale depending on how many people you’re hosting.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re creating a gourmet s’mores bar…

Using a Workbench as a Dessert Bar:

Consider using workbenches or other pieces of furniture outdoors to make serving dinner and refilling drinks in a central location as easy as possible.

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Add Vintage Pieces and Seasonal Decor to Your Gourmet S’mores Bar:

Look for new ways to mix vintage pieces with new finds. This vintage train case was the perfect perch to hold sweet treats like these moist beet brownies with peanut buttercream frosting.

Play up fall and seasonal décor by using acorns, mini pumpkins, mums, and raffia-wrapped sticks from the yard.

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Keep Gourment S’mores Bar Items Corralled with Jar, Crates and Trays:

Keep things simple when entertaining and all of the necessary s’more ingredients corralled together.

I used this vintage fruit crate to make things convenient. You can find glass containers like these at big box stores or charity shops.

Just make sure they’ve been well cleaned and are completely dry before you place food items inside.

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Vary the height of the containers to make it easier for guests to reach their favorite treats. Using clear 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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As soon as I saw the red lid on this vintage-inspired glass jar, I knew I had to bring it home with me. I picked it up from Kirklands several years ago and it’s perfect for holding freshly baked cookies or graham crackers.

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Keep Guests Cozy:

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.

Use mugs that are generous in size which feels like a luxury any time of the day. You can use store-bought mugs, or personalize mugs to help carry out the theme of your party.

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.

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 can easily find plaid and seasonally inspired blankets at big box stores, charity shops, estate sales, or small business-owned boutiques.

Thoughts on Outdoor Entertaining…

Outdoor entertaining doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate at all. Just think about what will make your guests feel most comfortable and at home.

After all, time spent making memories with friends and family is always time well spent.

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Let us know what kinds of things you put on your gourmet s’mores bar and your favorite flavor combination! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Other Fall Dessert Bar Ideas to Enjoy:

Many blessings,

CoCo

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12 Comments

  1. Hey CoCo – this looks like a fun and delicious idea! We are expected to have record heat this week…we are really wishing for fall to arrive in all of her glory! Until then…we will dream of cooler days and your yummy s’mores. Cheers to a fabulous week!

  2. Everything looks wonderful! I really like the chalkboard light sign! That is such a good a good idea! Did you DIY it? Have a blessed week!

    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth, I really appreciate it. We added a chalkboard to the shutter-style door so we could post a menu when we have outdoor gatherings. It was easy to make and we use it all the time now! Hope you’ve had a blessed week as well, CoCo

    1. I would lose my mind if you came over, Cindy! That would be so much fun. We could hang for hours – maybe even days – and live on smores and our favorite sweet treats. Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

  3. Oh my goodness!!! First, can I just say those brownies are making my mouth water! Did I read that right? Beet Brownies? You MUST divulge the recipe! My husband would seriously eat them all! LOL! I’ve seriously always wanted to do a s’more party but just have never gotten around to it. Now that the weather is FINALLY starting to cool down, you’ve given armed me with plenty of wonderful ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Yes, beet brownies! They were really moist and had so much peanut butter frosting on the top I don’t think the littles suspected a thing 😉 Smores parties are always so much fun and I love how they have such a relaxed vibe too. It’s such a great way to slow down and enjoy the season and each other. Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

    1. That is so sweet of you, Kim, thank you! We keep hoping we’ll have some cooler weather so we can have even more outdoor events. I love smores any time of the year but there is something extra special about having them in the Fall. Big hugs, CoCo

  4. CoCo,
    This is such a great idea!! Love it!! We are going to be having another week of above normal temps. so i have no idea when Fall is going to arrive here…Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

    1. I totally get you, Debbie! It’s 89 and sunny with 66% humidity in Florida today so I totally get ya. I’m definitely ready for it to feel like Fall. Although, at this rate, we might be putting up the Christmas tree by the time it actually feels like it 🙂 Hope you guys get some Fall weather soon. Hugs, CoCo

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