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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other Fall Dessert Bar Ideas to Enjoy:
- Fall Inspired Outdoor Dessert Bar
- Tips and Tricks for a Fall Cider Bar
- Quick and Easy Halloween Treat Station
- Simple Holiday Marshmallow Bar
- Valentine’s Day Dessert Buffet