I’m not a fan of Valentine’s day at all (don’t worry – this isn’t a Valentine’s post) and we generally don’t celebrate or do anything special. But this Valentine’s day was different; while we were busy doing our usual Saturday night nothing, our daughter Facetimed us. We text often and talk from time to time, but rarely do we Facetime. But when I saw her call, I knew exactly why she was calling. You see, shortly after she and her boyfriend graduated from college in December, he asked for permission to marry our daughter. While we didn’t know when or where the proposal would happen, we knew it was coming. And Valentine’s Day is perfect for a proposal, don’t you think? We were over the moon excited that they were engaged and couldn’t wait for them to get married!
Since they decided on a short engagement, she immediately started planning. One of the first things she said she wanted was a s’mores bar. Honestly, at the time, I thought it was an odd request but she insisted. After giving it some thought, I remembered all the good times we enjoyed while she was growing up that involved s’mores. There was Girl Scout camp, family camping, and visiting family that lived in the country. There’s just something special about roasting marshmallows and squishing them between graham crackers and a Hershey’s chocolate bar! Since a wedding is obviously a special moment in life, s’mores is really the perfect choice to serve at a wedding. So I went to work planning the perfect s’mores bar for my little girl’s wedding.
I spent way too much a little time on Pinterest to get some inspiration and found tons of terrific ideas. I decided to have special recipes and create a special wedding menu. No one really needs a recipe to make s’mores though since it’s so easy but I wanted to make it a little fancier and do something extra special. After a trip to Wal-mart, I knew exactly what I was going to do! And then I texted my daughter and told her we were having the best s’mores bar EVER!
There was even an awesome in-store display with all the ingredients for traditional s’mores! So I loaded up my basket with plenty of Honey Maid Graham Crackers Squares, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, and Jet Puffed Marshmallows!
But since it’s a fancy wedding, I can’t just serve traditional s’mores so I headed down to the baking and candy aisles where I found several other flavors of Hershey’s bars and Jet-Puffed marshmallows. I added some Hershey’s Dark Chocolate bars along with Hershey’s Cookies and Cream bars. My daughter loves cookies and cream so I knew this would be a big hit! With strawberry and chocolate/vanilla Jet-Puffed marshmallows, I had a full menu of s’mores options! (Don’t judge the quantity of the contents of my basket – remember this was to feed somewhere around 200 wedding guests.)
Once I had all of the ingredients, I new what the menu would look like so I printed it out and framed it for the display table. I made it into a printable so you’re welcome to click on the picture and print your own.
Here’s all you need to create your own s’mores bar:
- Table cover
- Printable for guests to view options
- Any kind of table decorations you’d like (banners, confetti)
- Source of fire (we used this portable camping burner but you could also use a grill, fire pit or real fire)
- Lighter or matches
- Kebab skewers
- Serving trays
- Paper plates
- Napkins (an absolute must-have for s’mores)
- Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares
- Hershey’s Chocolate Bars (we used milk chocolate, cookies and cream and dark chocolate bars)
- Jet-Puffed Marshmallows (we used plain, chocolate/vanilla, and strawberry but any flavor would work well)
I was really well-prepared and organized with my planning. But, as many of you know, nothing goes perfectly with a wedding regardless of how well you plan. That was true in this case as well. Only this time, Mother Nature was to blame. Where I was worried about this being an outdoor wedding in Texas in May and having the chocolate melt, we were instead faced with rain and more rain and even more rain. In fact, authorities were evacuating people in nearby areas due to flooding. But fortunately, although the venue was outdoors, it was in a covered pavilion in a high area so we were safe. And even better, the sun peeked out for a few hours that afternoon and we had a dry ceremony. Unfortunately, the wind kicked enough so that the table cloths wouldn’t stay down so I didn’t get to put out my decorations. That was a little disappointing to me but no one knew the difference (or cared at all).
Although the s’mores bar didn’t turn out looking as beautifully as I had planned, it was a big hit with both young and old guests. Like I said, there’s just something about roasting a marshmallow!
Here’s how I ended up setting up the table:
You should also be seeing some beautiful purple tissue paper flowers and “I Do” confetti adorning the table but the wind prohibited that (not a complaint from me – I am extremely thankful that we didn’t have to deal with rain, flooding or tornado-strength winds which looked like a very real possibility).
Put trays of ingredients in order of use (graham cracker squares, chocolate bars, then marshmallows). I originally put the skewers at the front of the line but soon realized the belonged closer to the marshmallows.
Have the flame available for roasting marshmallows. This individual burner worked perfectly and was really affordable. The flame was not so big that I had to worry about it but was perfect to roast your marshmallow to the perfect degree of crispy (or burnt – I saw lots of people excited to have burnt marshmallows). I also put a plate at the end to collect the used skewers. It was really as simple as that!
I saw several guests going through the line multiple times. I’m not going to name names here, but you know who you are. I did here lots of positive comments about how great it was. If you are planning a wedding or even any other event, a s’mores bar is sure to go over really well and it’s super simple to put together!
I won’t bore you with all of the beautiful wedding pictures but I do want to share these two with you. This is me with the beautiful and glowing bride. Her call to have a s’mores bar at her wedding was a good one!
This is the bride and groom and my side of the family. We are extremely blessed that she found such an incredible young man to marry. I know they will have years of happiness together and we are proud to have him as our son-in-law.
How do you make your s’mores? Do you have a favorite s’mores memory? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!