Few things say “summer fun” like roasting s’mores. There is just something about the open fire pit and sweet gooey sugar treats that draw a jovial crowd to your Seattle patio. Because when a fire-scorched marshmallow makes a luscious piece of chocolate start to melt between two graham crackers — everyone’s inner-kid smiles with delight.
Don’t let the Pacific Northwest outdoor season pass you by without indulging in at least one epic s’mores party. It is the perfect way to get family and friends together.
While you could stick to the classic campfire-toasted s’mores — you might also consider taking your s’mores game up a notch. Put out a do-it-yourself spread of unique s’more crusts and fillings to show everyone you mean business. Because this is an all-ages party theme which everyone can get into.
S’mores “Crust” Ideas
While the classic graham cracker will always hold a special place in our hearts, there is something to be said for mixing things up. Don’t let yourself get stuck within the cinnamon-flavored cracker box. Use the following ideas to bring some additional flair to your s’more crusts.
- Graham Crackers (obviously)
- Donuts (sliced in half)
- Fudge Striped Cookies
- Speculoos Cookies
- Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Coconut Wafers
- Almond Wafers
- Pretzel Crisps
S’mores Filling Options
Like your s’mores crusts, you will want to have the classic s’mores fillings. But, you also shouldn’t be afraid to think beyond the everyday. From fruit and spreads to new candy bars and savory bacon, the following ideas can help you mix up the texture and flavor of the traditional s’more.
- Marshmallows (obviously)
- Chocolate Bars (obviously)
- Cookies & Cream Bars
- Rumchata (for adults to dip roasted marshmallows in)
- Peanut Butter Cups
- Cookie Butter
- Peanut Butter (or nut butter of choice)
- Caramel Topping
- Hazelnut Spread
- Lemon Curd
- Fruit (such as sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, quartered pineapple rings, sliced peaches, and apples)
- Toasted Coconut
- Chopped nuts
S’mores Tools & Extras
The tools don’t have to be complicated. This simple list will get you on track.
- Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
- Wet Wipes (you can thank us after the party)
- Plenty of Comfy Chairs
- Koozie for Your Beverage of Choice
S’mores Fire Pit
Our favorite s’mores fire pit selection is a California Fire Pit. It offers a sturdy and durable design and a spark screen for maximum safety. You will just want to make sure that it is always on a non-flammable surface when you light it. And, that it is always at least 10-feet from any structure.
Have a Help-Yourself-Drink Station
Want to stop mid-marshmallow roast to fetch a fresh cold one for your Uncle Larry? Heck no! (Even if he is your favorite uncle.) By setting up a help-yourself-drink station, you can down on the work you need to do while everyone’s there and focus on having a good time.
For those who inevitably want to “contribute” to your party, this is also a simple way to tell people what to bring — drinks to contribute. All you have to do is put out coolers with ice. Then they can add their own LaCroix, White Claws, and specialty brews. Talk about keeping things simple!
Consider Offering a Few Savory Food Options
Especially if you aren’t also serving dinner, it is a good idea to have a few savory options on hand. Just imagine eating nothing but sugar-filled s’mores all night…and the stomach ache that would ensue. Easy savory appetizers could include:
- Chips and Salsa
- Veggies and Dip (veggies might include carrots, snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, celery and radishes)
- Sliced Cheese and Meat
- Crackers and Hummus
- Smoked Salmon Crostini
Fun Backyard Party Games
While s’mores may be the main event, make sure you have some additional activities planned. Why? For one thing, there are only so much room around the campfire. For another — there are only so many s’mores any one person can eat.
- Boccee Ball
- Kan Jam Ultimate Disc Game
- Backyard Champs Wood Cornhole Set
- Giant Connect 4
- Ring Toss
- Giant Jenga
- Ladder Toss
- Lawn Twister