Warm summer nights call for hanging out with friends around the patio fire pit -- which in turn calls for s'mores, of course!

But the part that I hate? I seem to always be the one stuck fumbling with the various boxes and bags, trying to keep everyone supplied with sticky marshmallows and melty chocolate. It's great fun for the kids, but for me? Not so much.

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Being that tonight is the first Friday night we've had open in some time, I picked up the fixin's for some s'mores earlier at Walmart -- you know, just in case. Have you seen the new square graham crackers from Nabisco and the square Kraft marshmallows, yet? So smart and innovative! Frankly, I'm shocked that Hershey hasn't started offering square chocolate just for s'more's, yet...

Anyhow, their outside-the-box thinking inspired me to do a little of the same, so I grabbed a few extra supplies to put together some simple s'mores kits:

The BHG galvanized serving tray is from the same line as the utensil holder that I used for my indoor herb garden. I've had my eye on it for awhile, so this was the perfect excuse to take it home with me!

Make Ahead S'mores Kits -- who would have thought prepping s’mores ahead of time would make my life so much easier? Maybe it’s not a big deal to the kids, but it seriously makes a summertime party SO much more enjoyable for ME!!! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

I also grabbed a couple of sets of inexpensive campfire forks from the camping section, along with some simple twine to wrap the handles.

I figured the twine would not only make the forks a little more attractive (not a big deal to the kids, but you know), but it would also protect their hands should the forks get a little too hot.

Make Ahead S'mores Kits -- who would have thought prepping s’mores ahead of time would make my life so much easier? Maybe it’s not a big deal to the kids, but it seriously makes a summertime party SO much more enjoyable for ME!!! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Sure enough, after my daughter's softball game, she started asking if we could have s'mores tonight. So I quickly threw together a bunch of pre-prepped s'mores and tucked them each into one of the little kraft paper bags.

I found that some of the marshmallows are a little thicker than others, making a few of them a tight squeeze, but ultimately it was very simple and easy. The mini loaf pans made organizing them on the tray a little neater and allowed me to still have room for a towel and the campfire forks.

Make Ahead S'mores Kits -- who would have thought prepping s’mores ahead of time would make my life so much easier? Maybe it’s not a big deal to the kids, but it seriously makes a summertime party SO much more enjoyable for ME!!! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

I can't tell you how much nicer it was to just pass out these ready-made s'mores packets to each of the kids. Maybe it wasn't that big of a deal for them, but honestly, I enjoyed our evening so much more because I didn't feel like I was distracted and hurried with other tasks.

And this was just a test drive with my own kids -- I'm sure it will be a lifesaver at one of our summer parties! #winning

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