If July is the month of ice cream, then August is the month of s'mores. On August 10th we celebrated National S'mores Day. (And you thought summer holidays were all about independence and pioneers, pffffffft.) In honor of the of the V.I.D.—Very Important Date—we're serving up six yummy, gooey, and chewy s'mores ideas for Salt Lake and Park City weddings. Whether you set up a s'mores bar, serve gourmet mallows, or forgo the flames and slice into a s'mores-inspired cake, these fun suggestions are sure to fire up guests of all ages. Even grandma will love them, trust us.
1. S'MORES BAR
If your venue has an outdoor fire pit or an open flame suitable for roasting, work with your caterer to set up a spread of marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate (consider a variety of flavors for each). Treat guests to customized s'mores and serve them up on plates, personalized napkins, or picnic-inspired gingham food wrappers.
S'mores are great at rehearsal dinners, too: Salt Lake couple Rachel Francis and Stephen Littlefield spent the night before their April 2013 breakfast wedding celebration at St. Regis Deer Valley huddled around the fire on the resort's patio eating s'mores and chatting with friends.
You and your guests can also get toasty at Montage Deer Valley, where s’mores are served around the fire pit on the resort’s Vista Patio. Choose from freshly made marshmallows in flavors like cinnamon, peppermint, vanilla, caramel, and pumpkin spice. The resort also provides vegan, gelatin-free varieties upon request.
2. DIY S'MORES
Another option: Rent fire pits from Alpine Event Rentals, create an area with all the fixins and skewers, and have guests roast their own. Set up chairs or benches—have a few blankets on hand, too—and encourage guests to gather 'round the flames and get toasty.
For their rustic-chic summer wedding at High Star Ranch, Kate Cameron and Quinn Orb placed lounge furniture, skewers, and s'mores ingredients around a fire pit and encouraged guests young and old to get cozy.
3. GOURMET S'MORES
Jet-Puff, Honey Maid, and Hershey's will do, but why not fancify your s'mores spread by using gourmet ingredients from local bakeries and chocolatiers? We love the sweet, chewy marshmallows from Les Madeleines (a treat on their own!), the homemade graham crackers at Tulie Bakery (the perfect width for s'mores), and the array of milk and dark flavors by Amanao Chocolate. Wash it all down with a cold Utah beer or warm hot chocolate.
4. S'MORES CAKE
Work with your baker to create tiers of 'smores like this refined confection by Wendy Kromer for Martha Stewart Weddings made with graham cake with chocolate ganache, marshmallows, and vanilla buttercream.
5. S'MORES DESSERTS
The only downside to serving s'mores? Sticky hands. Napkins and wet wipes should do the trick, but if you want to keep your guests' mitts free from melted mallows, there is another solution: serve s'mores-inspired desserts, no skewer or flame needed. Think s'mores fudge bars, s'mores in a jar, and s'mores ice cream.
S'mores-inspired cupcakes are another tasty treat—we like combining the toasted coconut and double fudge flavors from The Sweet Tooth Fairy. Also check out local blogger One Charming Party's easy recipe for s'mores cupcakes.
6. S'MORES FAVORS
Send guests home with a s'mores care package. We like this camp-inspired DIY version from One Charming Party, complete with a free printable "Take Some S'more for Later" label.