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Kick off school with a s'mores party

While hosting a party seems like the last thing busy families have time to do, pulling together the neighborhood is one way to help alleviate some of the stresses a new school year brings. Kids are able to reconnect with friends, giving them a friendly support group, and a little more confidence for that first day of school. Parents have the opportunity to discuss and coordinate schedules with other neighborhood families. A party with the neighbors also inspires a sense of community and togetherness that can otherwise go unnurtured in the regular rigmarole of daily life. Here are a few quick tips and fabulous ideas that will help you pull together a super simple neighborhood s’mores party in less than 72-hours.

Kick off school with a s'mores party

5S'mores game ideas

Make it s'more fun than ever! Encourage the neighborhood crew to connect with one of these easy game ideas.

Marshmallow Spoon Races: Pass out plastic spoons to each of the guests. Set a starting point for your spoon race, as well as a finish line several yards away. Have each of the racers place a large marshmallow on their spoon, then run as fast as they can – while keeping the marshmallow on their spoon – to the finish line. First one to the finish line without dropping their marshmallow wins!

Choc-Co-Latte: Invite all the party guests to sit in a circle. Taking turns one at a time, have each player say "Choc-Co-Latte" to the person sitting on their right. The person on their right will then say, "Choc-co-latte" to the person on their right, and so forth, until each person has had a chance to say it. Then, invite the group to follow the same pattern, going around the circle one at a time, and saying, "Choc-co-latte," only this time they should do it while "crying." Continue the game by switching out the theme for each round. Have players say, "choc-co-latte," happy, sad, mad, opera, rock star, flirtatiously, without giggling, like a boy, like a girl, like their mom, like a teacher, like the principal. Group giggles guaranteed.

Graham Cracker School Houses: Using graham crackers, store bought icing, and a variety of candy, invite guests to create a "gingerbread house" that looks just like their school!

Hostess' Shopping List

White cardstock for invitations; barbecue skewers; marshmallows; graham crackers; chocolate bars; cups; plates; napkins; several boxes of graham crackers; frosting; and, a variety of candy for decorating if you plan to make gingerbread school houses as one of your party activities.

Items for guests to bring

Jar of peanut butter; 1 jar of Nutella; 1 jar of strawberry jam; cream cheese; 1 large package of plain M&Ms; 1 package of white chocolate chips; 1 bottle of rainbow sprinkles; 1 bottle of hot-fudge sauce; Fresh bananas; 1 package chocolate chip cookies; and, toasted coconut.

6S'more Recipe Ideas

While you'll likely be able to put out a lot of different food options, and allow your guests to make their own s'mores, here are a few suggestions for extra fun s'mores ideas!

Basic s'more: 1 toasted marshmallow, and 1 square of milk chocolate, pressed between two graham crackers.

Elvis s'mores: 2 graham crackers with 1 toasted marshmallow, chocolate chips, and sliced bananas smooshed in the middle.

Cookie Monster s'mores: 2 chocolate chip cookie "sandwiches" filled with 1 toasted marshmallow rolled in M&Ms.

Peanut butter and jelly s'mores: 2 graham crackers with 1 toasted marshmallow, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon strawberry jam smashed in the middle.

Tropical s'mores: 2 graham crackers with 1 toasted marshmallow, white chocolate chips, and a sliced banana in the middle, rolled in toasted coconut.

Nutella s'mores: 2 graham crackers with 1 toasted marshmallow and 2 tablespoons of Nutella slathered between them.

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