Monday, August 9, 2010

camp SWEET camp: a S'More Dessert Buffet

This is part two of the CAMPOUT PARTY,
click here for part ONE.

I have lots of little sWeeT deTaILs
to share about the S'more Dessert Bar that I created for Dakotah's camp out birthday. I shared the entire party last week so if you missed it, read up on that first!

I wanted to do a dessert bar to follow current party trends and thought a s'more dessert bar would be IDEAL for a camp out party!

I really worked on coordinating the colors with the nature around us. My intentions were to have the dessert bar blend in with the gorgeous mountains and not subtract from the natural outdoor beauty.

I thought it would be exciting to add some magic
for the little feet running through the forest
to literally just stumble upon a table piled with sweets,
like a fairy tale dream,
their big eyes almost missing it
because the natural colors of the dessert bar
blurred into the forest.

After setting it up, I was excited to see that the entire dessert bar ACTUALLY did blend in! {SCORE!}

Can you see it?
Here it is

For the sign, I used chalkboard place mats that I made earlier this year. I wrapped it with twine and used chalk ink and stickers.

I was most excited about the variety of marshmallows!! I had no little idea that marshmallows came in every size imaginable!

There are micro mini ones,
small ones,
regular ones,
and super sized ones!

(Yes, this is the type of information that makes me giddy). I already had the micro minis that I absolutely adore. I used them in a hot chocolate bar this winter, and for the cake topper for this party theme, and again for this s'more bar. I also used the regular marshmallows.

And the best part was a sweet surprise from my amazing cousin. She mailed me a huge package of super sized marshmallows (as a surprise!) to use for this party and I was literally in 7th heaven! It was JUST the perfect touch for this table {SMILE}.

These toppers were purchased from
She has such a kind heart and did very perfect work!
I highly recommend this seller for your next bash.

Super Size Marshmallow!

I also made some Marshmallow Cream S'More cookie bars. The boys ate so many of these they were too full for the actual S'mores...

The Hershey Chocolate candy bars had custom wrappers from Put a Wrap On it. She mailed these off super quickly to me and the quality was outstanding. I won these custom candy wrappers from Kim (thank you again Kim!).

Kotah was happy to see his name on a candy bar.

For a lot of the table accents I added worn items that appeared to have been left outside forever...

...and I also added elements of nature, like the twig, bark, and stick balls.

A simple piece of scrapbook paper is an easy way to add layers to your decor. And isn't this printed paper adorable?!

I'm a label addict. Everything gets labeled! For these labels I glued twigs to the labels and stuck them in pinecones. For the labels I tore up paper, crumpled it up, and gave it a coffee bath. After it dried, I was able to write on it. This created an antiqued, old feel with the labels.

There were 2 choices: traditional or Chocolate Peanut Butter S'mores. The last option is made with chocolate graham crackers and a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup.

I lined all the trays with camouflage scrapbook paper.

I found a LOT of S'More food products!

I so enjoyed creating this dessert buffet in the forest. It would have made a bountiful table feast for the birds and squirrels.

But the boys beat the animals and were ready to dig in...

Camp SWEET Camp

This post is linked to: Friday Favorites, Toot Your Horn Tuesday, LambAround Party, Spotlight Yourself, Whatever Goes Wednesday, Motivate me Mondays, Inspired By, I'm Lovin It Show off Your Stuff, Strut Your Stuff Thursday, Be Inspired, Topsy Turvy Tuesdays, Making the World Cuter, Its so Very Creative, Tasty Tuesday,Get Your Craft On, Market Yourself Monday, Works for Me Wednesday, Show and Tell, Show and Share Day, Foodie Friday


Inspired2cook said...

S'mores it! Your labels are sooooo cute! Nice job on the party!!!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Wow, what a scrumptious S'mores Dessert Buffet! I love it! Great job creating it to blend in with nature. Love the labels and all the other special touches.

~ Tracy

caveman said...

Wow Lisa! If success is in the details you are the next Warren Buffet. I can't believe nobody saved any s'more bars for me! This dessert bar is my favorite you've done. The vintage decor and layered textures make it perfect.

Anonymous said...

Perfection! You have done it again. This is such a cute idea & once again your attention to detail is amazing.
Thanks for sharing.

Michelle {Daydream Believers} said...

LOVE this! Great job! :)

{northern cottage} said...

Where oh where did you find that tiered galvanized container you have the marshmallows in - it is stinkin cute!

Kelly Miller said...

Awesome as usual. Is there a recipe for those cookie bars?

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

What a great idea... I LOVE all the details you did to make it so special!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You did such a great job on the party but I must say I am also loving your photos and how you took them! Great job all around! : )

Mariah said...

Yummy! I love this idea and will definitely be filing it away to use someday. Thanks for sharing!

The Taffs said...

Makes me crave a Smore! Beautiful spread, as always! : )

Jane said...

Lisa, your mind just blows me away!!! This is a FABULOUS idea. I am gonna take it and run with it...we're past the camping stage, but I can see this as a party item for grown-ups...using the fire pit. Or for the next party my son and his wife have here...or maybe even for the rehearsal dinner for my eldest and his fiance next spring...SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!!!

Shhhh....don't tell Catherine (Sounds of Sight). I want it to be a surprise!

Jane (Artfully Graced)

Ranelle said...

Never thought of using scrapbook paper as accents on tables and such. I have plenty that I've never used for actual scrapbooking. Great idea. Oh . . . and I'll take a chocolate peanut butter smore. Wonderful post, Lisa.

Holly Lefevre said...

Scrapbook paper is the best - so many uses! I LOVE s'mores!!!!! Never tried them with pop tarts, but love them with nutella and butter cookies and, well, pretty much anything - you name it. Great fun!

Unknown said...

You are the best MOm!!!! LOVE all your ideas and it turned out so fun and inventive. Love that you have ideas that i have never seen before!
Looks like your are a party animal like me :) LOL
Thank you for following my blog. SO following you :)

Jen @ said...

AMAZING - you are just amazing! What a cute birthday party. I am sure your son was just thrilled!!!


Tina@HickoryDickoryHome said...

Wow!! What an awesome job! Love it. YOu are soo creative!

Debbie Corbari said...

How cool is THIS?! WOW! I am blown away! Now I have to go check out your link about chalkboard PLACE MATS?!?!?! SHAZAM!

Anna-Lisa said...

You have seriously, one of the BEST blogs I've ever read. I LOVE your s'mores buffet and camping party....and your hot chocolate bar, and everything else! I'm writing down all these fun party ideas and can't wait to try them out!

CNM said...

Wow! What great ideas!!! so creative! I posted a s'more recipe on my blog today if you're interested!

Happy National S'more day!

. said...

Great job on EVERYTHING!!!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

Words can't describe how AMAZING I think this is! Seriously. I love s'mores so much, and this is an incredible idea. Thanks so much for sharing!


MarytheKay said...

Oh my HEAVENS! That is an adorable idea!!! I want a SMore Bar at MY birthday party! I love all of the details--everything was so well-thought out. Just perfect!

Tucking this idea away for the future! :-)

The Tuscan Home said...

Hi Lisa!

My goodness, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this post....fabulous idea! My goodness, you are so talented. What a unique party idea. You make everything look so warm and inviting. Your husband and children are going to have a lot of wonderful memories to look back upon as they get older. I love s'mores and I adore everything you've done! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my last blog post! *smile*

((HUGS)) ~Liz =)

the decorated cookie said...

Amazing! I found your site through Gordon Gossip. I featured your buffet table today on Edible Crafts ( A-ma-zing!

Anonymous said...

Found your blog via Amy Atlas's. I love this idea for a s'more dessert bar in the woods! Really great job, the details are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. :)

Becca said...

Lisa this is brilliant! I have to feature this! I am swooning over it all! I will be featuring this post on BCD on Aug. 26th in the afternoon. Thanks for linking!


Sue said...


michelle@somedaycrafts said...

This rocks! you have amazing parties! I'm featuring this tonight at

Kitty Deschanel said...

Geez, you even make camping fancy! I'm very jealous!! The photo with the Super Marshmallow made me smile :)

Jenny said...

You are brilliant! I need to get you into my sidebar so I don't miss any of your creativeness! I think this could be a fun idea for a wedding, too!

Taija said...

This is WAY beyond cute!! What a lucky bunch of boys!! I think you should plan my daughters pool party!!

Unknown said...

Awesome idea for a Preteen party!

Unknown said...

This is the coolest thing that I've EVER seen. It's beautiful! I'm definitely book marking this one for my son's cub scout troop picnic next year. I LOVE the old, metal 2 tiered marshmallow stand with the pine cone! Where did you find that?


Unknown said...

I am in LOVE with the styling! What a fantastic job! Going in my inspiration folder for our wedding next year! ;o)

hugs! Kim @
party inspiration

Rachel said...

OMG - YUM! What boy (or Mom- for that matter!) would not love to be invited to a Smore birthday party out in the actual woods! I would have definetly stayed to "watch' my kid!!! lol!
Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Lisa!!! I'm SO thrilled for you that you were featured on Amy Atlas! How exciting! You do amazing work!! I'm not surprised in the least! *wink*

HoosierHomemade said...

You are my new HERO! I LOVE it! I've been hear forever...taking in every single word and picture!!!
I have all teenage boys...but I think they would still love this!
Thanks SOOO much for sharing!

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

Can I just say "YUM-O!"

I love it!

I featured you here:

KimMalk said...

Well, I big "doh" to me. I was over here before, saw the wrappers and everything, but didn't read the text. I was experiencing blog ADD... Thanks for the shout out. Everything is A+, Lisa, truly. I never knew there were so many marshmallow sizes either.

murphy girl said...

hi lisa,
my friend emailed me the link to your blog when she saw this s'mores buffet! every year i host s'moresfest for 30 kids and their parents, and i include three types of grahams (original, cinnamon, choc), three types of hershey's chocolate bars (milk, dark, cookies 'n cream), and the kicker is all the types of marshmallow flavors: chocolate, strawberry, toasted coconut, original of course, and caramel/vanilla swirl. the flavored ones (all kraft/jet puff brand) are usually available at target and walmart, but lately they have dropped some of the varieties, which is a bummer! i also put out a container of peanut butter, a few bananas to slice up and this year i added those soft caramel cremes to melt in the middle of a s'more. it's always a fun party! i enjoyed seeing your version, mine isn't decorated as nicely as yours, even though i'm an artist! (kind of like how your hairdresser's hair always looks like it needs to be fixed!)
take care,
leigh hannan

Room to Inspire said...

I am so glad you linked up this post to Be Inspired today - this party looks like so much fun! I love all of the details...who doesn't LOVE smores!


Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

Your sign is adorable! Love the toppers too!

Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I see I've missed a LOT on my break! OH, Lisa... this is DARLING. And those giant marshmallows??? WOW! Love all of your cute details. NO one does it better. You are TOPS!


Sheila :-)

Jamie said...

Seriously...why is EVERYTHING you do so cute! I am not near as crafty and love looking at all that you do for your kids! I know it's been awhile since i've commented! Life has been rather hectic! I hope you all are doing well! xoxo

Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe said...

I would love to share this with my readers! Fabulous job!

Lauren @ nine{oh!}nine design said...

I saw this post on Amy Atlas Events. Really cute idea! I love s'mores! :)

Ashlee Marie said...

What fun! I looks like the perfect addition to an AMAZING party! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely ingenious. Great inspiration for a mom of two boys! said...

How did I miss commenting on this post?! Lisa, you know I think your ideas are sublime and this s'mores buffet is just another prime example! I can't tell you how many times I've returned to this post to look at the beautiful photos -- and each time I do, I see some other little detail that I didn't quite pick up the first time!


Mrs. W said...

This is fantastic! I was planning my son's campout when I came across your blog! Love it! I posted a blog about our party and mentioned your site. :)

Chris said...

How do you come up with this stuff? It's so inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

What a fabulous idea! I love all the things that you did to pull it together. Very cool!

Pamela said...

Totally, totally awesome! Oh, I just loved it and am so happy to find your blog. (LambAround).