If you have spent two seconds exploring the blog, you know that my house is REAL small. A couple weeks ago, my mixed-gender community group wanted to have a girls' night and asked if someone would host. My house is centrally located and a lot of people know where it is, so I offered to host (knowing full well that my house is super small.) I warned about the size of my house, but said everyone is always welcome here.
Well, my community group leader sent out an e-vite for the event, and SO many girls started responding "yes." As more and more girls said they were coming, I began to get nervous about the logistics. How would I fit everyone in here? I mean, I am all for inviting people over no matter how small of a space you have to offer, but at some point there is actually not enough space for alllllll the people. I knew that I was going to have to be creative with this gathering, so I started thinking about what I could do. THE PATIO!!!!!
Nick and I share a patio with our landlord who lives in the front house and our neighbor who lives in the garage apartment next to us. Our landlord has said many times that we are welcome to use the patio, but I don't know, I always just felt kinda strange about it. It has all of his stuff out there and all his planters and such, and I just never wanted to mess his stuff up or anything, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. I have seen how you can make a DIY easy s'mores machine before, and I decided, yep. Definitely. I wanted to do that. PLUS, it was supposed to be like 70 degrees for girls' night which, in Houston, is basically freezing. Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! So I cleaned up the patio and set out to make s'mores...a safe-ish thing on my little patio.
Everyone loves s'mores, and this little system is just the cutest thing. The girls LOVED it, and it allowed me a little more space in my tiny house. Some people were inside, some people were outside. It was magical. If you need a way to draw people outside or even to a different room in your house, make this super cute s'mores system. It is safe to use both inside and outside, and is SO easy to make.
What you'll need:
- Some kind of trough or long box to hold everything (click here to see the one I used from Hobby Lobby, and make sure you use that 40% off discount code 36569 to get 40% off one regular priced item.)
- 1 bag of small gravel to pour around fire source to keep it stable (click here to see what I used.) Any small aquarium gravel should work fine. You could also use lava rocks.
- Sterno Entertainment Cooking Fuel Cans (I got mine from Walmart, and they came in a 4 pack. Make sure you get the kind that are specifically for cooking! Any Walmart or store similar to that should have them)
- Pour a small layer of gravel into the bottom of your trough--just enough that your Stereo cans will stand up securely.
- Place Sterno cans on top of gravel in a row. I put four Sterno cans in the trough I used. I would say to leave at least an inch between each Sterno can so people will have enough space to use each can when making their s'mores.
- Fill in around the Sterno cans with the rest of your gravel, and you're finished!
This was so easy and such a fun thing for my girls night. When you are ready to light the fire, just take the lids off the cans and light with a long lighter. When you are finished with the fire, use some long tongs to securely place the lids on the cans, and the fire will instantly go out. Enjoy!!