Camp S’more -The Food including THE S’MORE BUFFET!

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I’ve been saving the best till last, today I’m sharing the food! The idea for a camping themed birthday party came from my daughter wanting a campfire to roast hotdogs and marshmallows, so that’s what we did.

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I set up a little buffet for the hotdogs, I love how the centre piece turned out. See all the details of the decor here.

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The hotdog buffet included the dogs, and buns and some great toppings. Most of the kids just went for ketchup, but for the rest of us there were some delicious options like fresh chopped tomatoes from my mom’s garden, relish, sauerkraut, pickles, onions and cheese.

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I love a good hotdog, and nothing beats one roasted over a campfire.

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Along with the dogs, we had simple veggies, dip and chips. The individual dip containers worked out really well -they were easy and made sure there was no double dipping.

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I picked up these cute little take-out french fry boxes and served kettle roasted potato chips in them. The individual servings made it really easy for everyone.

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Before the party, I made custom roasting sticks for everyone -which turned out to be one of my favourite little details.

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On a trip to the woods I collected some birch bark from the ground and used it to create labels on the sticks.

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I cut the birch bark with a paper punch -which worked really well. Then I stamped on the kid’s name, or Camp S’more, and finished it with some aqua ribbon to tie them into our theme colour.

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It worked out really well, everyone had their own stick and they were super cute.

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We also had a drink table at the party. We offered spring water and pink lemonade.

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Since the weather was a little cooler, and fall like, we also had hot chocolate. We made it at home and brought it in some assorted thermos.

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This worked out really well, since guest could help themselves and it stayed nice and hot. For the hot chocolate we also had some mini-marshmallows, some store bought and some of the home made ones, and whipped cream! I also really loved the cardboard cups, which came with lids -I found them at A Buck or Two.

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For dessert we enjoyed the much anticipated S’more Buffet!

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I made three kinds of cookies to start with. First was the home made graham crackers -read all about them here, -they really are so much better than store bought!

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I also made chocolate chip cookies, and peanut butter cookies. They were all really good.

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The cookies looked so good on top of the Rustic DIY Tree Branch Cake Plates that I made. Love it when a plan comes together (since it really is so rare.)

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We had six kinds of marshmallows! Most of them I found on a cross-boarder shopping trip at Target -can’t wait for Target to come to Canada! There we got the chocolate, chocolate mint, and cinnamon bun. At home I found coconut, and gigantic strawberry.

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I made the home made vanilla -my far the best in my humble opinion.

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Admittedly I went a little over board and there were tons left over, but I have to say for the impact it had, and the kids sense that they’d died and gone to heaven it was definitely worth it! And let’s face, over-board is the way we roll around here!

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Of course our s’mores also required chocolate. Why have just plain chocolate when you could have a whole bunch of kinds?

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So we had milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate with almonds, mint chocolate, caramel chocolate, and cookies and cream chocolate.

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The guests all had a great time, mixing and matching different cookies, marshmallows and chocolate to come up with their own original s’more creations.

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They ate so many s’mores that they didn’t have room for cupcakes!

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I made cupcakes in a jar, since they’re perfect for camping. I used small mason jars, and tied them with baker’s twine and the sweetest wooden disposable spoons. I found the plain spoons on etsy, and added the polka dots with the eraser end of a pencil and some aqua ink. I love how they turned out. Inside was a plain vanilla cupcake cut in half and layered with raspberry jam, and aqua coloured icing.

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The cupcakes made a sweet end, to a very sweet day!

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Camp S’more turned out great, the only problem, it was over too soon! With a Gourmet S’more Buffet in the woods -life is really a party!

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Gourmet S’mores

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Since we’re having a camping themed party on the weekend, it seemed like the perfect occasion to try making homemade vanilla marshmallows and homemade graham crackers. I wasn’t too sure if homemade would really taste that different from store bought, but I have to tell you they are amazing!

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I started out making the homemade vanilla marshmallows. I’ve made them before here, and I used the same recipe this time, from Alton Brown. They took a little longer cooking than the recipe said, but just use a candy thermometer and you’ll be fine. They are a little time consuming but pretty easy to make, the thermometer and the stand mixer do all the hard work for you.

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Let them sit overnight, and in the morning cut them into squares. They are like little white and fluffy clouds of yumminess! -is that a word?

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I also tried making homemade graham crackers for the first time. I have to say that I’m not a huge graham cracker fan in the first place, they’re just not a favourite, and I had read really mixed reviews on-line with most of the recipes I looked at. I ended up using the Brown Eyed Baker’s recipe, she had me at the mention of the difference using butter makes to the taste and how it really makes them so much better than the boxed version. After making them and trying them myself, I’d have to agree with her.

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To make these little crackers of goodness, you’ll need to get your hands on some Graham Flour. I couldn’t find any at my local grocery stores, but they did have it at the health food store. Look for the Bob’s Red Mill brand.

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The graham flour really does give them that characteristic graham cracker texture. I used light brown sugar, since it’s what I had on hand, and I think it worked out great. They also have some honey in them, also adding to that honey graham taste you remember from childhood.

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I did find the dough quite crumbly and hard to work with when I was rolling it out. I switched from a floured surface to rolling the dough out between two sheets of plastic wrap, and it helped a little.

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I have to say, I think it was really worth the extra effort to make homemade marshmallows and homemade graham crackers -they’re that good.

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With gourmet s’mores, life really is a party!

Check out all the other amazing parties details, if you missed any, by clicking on the links:

This post is linked up at Whipperberry, French Country Cottage, Tidy Mom, and Tatertots and Jello.

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