On a quarter sheet of white cardstock, print out all of the party information: date, time, place, what to bring. Round the corners of the cardstock with a pair of scissors, creating a marshmallow-shaped piece of paper. Carefully stick a barbecue skewer through the bottom and top of each paper, then deliver to your neighbors 3 days to 2 weeks before the party.
Invite your neighbors to bring specific food items for the party. The s'mores recipes listed below all require simple, everyday items. Graham crackers, cookies, chocolate bars, chocolate chips, marshmallows, a jar of jam or peanut butter. By asking each family to tote in one of the items, you can make the party preparations a breeze.
Let your kids know that this is their party. Ask them to help prepare the food table with a tablecloth, colorful plates, and napkins. Show them how to greet guests at the door and teach them what to say in welcome. And, don't be too finicky when they don't get everything just right. After all, those great kids of yours will be back at school in no time at all and you're sure to miss having them around to help.
Most families won't have access to a fire pit for roasting the marshmallows, but a barbecue grill works equally well. Once the guests arrive, take a moment to show how you'll be holding the marshmallows on skewers just above the grill grate. Be sure to invite parents to decide whether or not their child is old enough to hold their own marshmallow skewer, and always have an adult standing by the grill, enforcing safe cooking practices. Of course, if a hot grill won't work for your party, just use a spoonful of good-quality hot fudge and marshmallow crème to give your party an authentic feel without the worry of the heat.
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