Summer is our favorite time of year and it’s all about making memories with our kids, our family, and our friends. We grill each and every weekend. After a recent cook-out, a large crowd (family, friends, other campers) gathered around to enjoy the HERSHEY’S CAMP BONDFIRE. Memories were created, s’mores were devoured as quickly as they were assembled, and a fantastic time was had by all.
So what exactly is this CAMP BONDFIRE? You can find out more at HERSHEY’S Facebook page, but it’s all about making s’mores and memories around the fire, all summer long. You can join in on the fun, become a camper, get tips, and enter win an outdoor fire pit on the HERSHEY’S CAMP BONDFIRE app on Facebook. Psst- you’ll also see a familiar face over there this week!
When my husband bent down and got on my 3 year old son’s level to teach him how to roast his marshmallow, I saw Bryson’s face light up as he realized he was doing it just like Dad! Our 1 year old daughter, Bella, wasn’t so sure about it and I captured her curious look in a shot that will last forever. It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many friends and family as we made those memories. The kids and adults proclaimed them “the best s’mores ever!” and I would have to agree!
S’more Fun Facts:
- “S’more” originated from the combination of the words “Some More” as people could not get enough of the classic combination of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, crisp graham crackers and gooey marshmallows.
- The first printed record of the S’mores recipe appeared in a Girl Scout handbook 85 years ago in 1927.
- The Hershey Company makes more than 500 million Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars a year. That’s enough Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars to make more than one billion S’mores!
We had such a large crowd that making s’mores one by one just wasn’t cutting it. The guys improvised and used the grate from a grill to make lots of s’mores all at once. I thought it was genius!
As with most things in life, I find that keeping gatherings simple is key. I didn’t pull this off myself. In fact, I did NONE of the cooking because I have the best friends and family that are always eager to pitch in and help. I put together a Pinterest board dedicated to s’mores and a few tips for you to throw your own party.
5 tips for your CAMP BONDFIRE:
- Pick a theme. For our “FIRE IT UP DAD!” CAMP BONDFIRE, I chose to go with a patriotic red, white, and blue theme. Those colors scream “SUMMER!” to me so we can reuse the supplies and decor all summer long.
- Keep it simple. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on fancy food and decor. Time spent together is what is most important. An inexpensive paper table runner, some pom-poms hanging over the table, themed cutlery and tableware bring a party to life for very little money and next to no effort required.
- Dessert, dessert, dessert. There is no better way to end a yummy meal than with a delicious dessert. Turn a bonfire into a “BOND”fire by creating delicious s’mores and memories that will last a lifetime with the classic HERSHEY’S bar, graham crackers, and marshmallows.
- Entertain the kids. You’ll be amazed at how long a bottle of bubbles, some glow sticks, balloons, and/ or beaded necklaces will occupy the little ones. I found temporary tattoos to match our theme and they were a hit for the kids and the kids at heart!
- Relax and enjoy. Delegate tasks and let others help. Be sure to snap plenty of pictures, but hand the camera over and jump in the shot too! And do not, under any circumstance, let all of the s’mores be devoured before you get your hands on one. (Guilty as charged.)
I think the photos tell the story of our party better than I ever could. Being surrounded by our family and friends is more special and meaningful than ever since losing Kolby. We now have a void in our family, one that can never be filled, but when we are all together, I can feel his presence and I know that he’s there, enjoying the s’mores and the memories right along side us. I know that he delights in seeing our family all together and it helps our hearts to be together making new memories and living our lives to the fullest. Because that is what he would want.
Did you know that August 10th is National S’mores Day?
August 10th is also Kolby’s birthday. He would have been 17.
You can bet I’ll be eating a s’more or two just for him.
This post is part of my participation in the HERSHEY’S CAMP BONDFIRE campaign. All opinions expressed are mine.