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Recently I updated my outdoor space and have been loving sitting out there with friends, family or my dog Enzo and enjoying the amazing weather we have been having here in Portland, Oregon. I have to admit though, as the sun sets, the temperature has been dropping pretty quickly and I find myself scurrying indoors for a throw or even moving inside for the night. I’ve been looking for a good, sturdy, yet simple fire bowl to complete my outdoor setup and finally found it at Target last week – hooray! This deep, square fire bowl is made from 100% steel and has a screen on top that keeps the flames and ashes contained. It’s slightly raised from the ground giving it a little added style. I also picked up these gorgeous white hanging planters, which I can be used for airplants, succulents or candles, and look perfect hanging from my arbor. For the extra cozy nights I picked up a chenille throw blanket and navy blue outdoor pillows from Target and I’m now out in my yard until well after sundown. I am ready for a long summer filled with outdoor entertaining.
To celebrate the new outdoor entertaining space, I hosted a Swanky S’more Party for the team. We gathered a number of s’mores recipes that pack a little more punch than your average milk chocolate and marshmallow version. The galvanized planter stand and concrete planter work perfectly on our bar cart to create a gorgeous display of graham crackers, chocolates and swanky toppings for our party. We of course had a gluten-free version using tasty, healthy alternatives. One of our favorite swanky s’more combos was a sweet and salty version, which includes a dulce de leche spread with delicious pink salt sprinkled on top. Add a few blueberries and it is divine! We also tried sliced strawberries and chopped pecans – yum, and fresh blueberries with toasted pistachios – double yum.
Want to throw a Swanky S’more party? Below you will find the file to download the food labels, name tags and the pretty invite and matching liner – just download the PDF and Cinzel Decorative Bold (body font). Once you have installed the font, open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat or reader and add your own text in the editable fields. You can then print onto card stock and trim. Simple! Grab your favorite toppings, set them out around the fire and have your guests swooning at your swank. Enjoy! ~ Lia