Whether you are throwing a birthday party, a reunion event or an end-of-year celebration for your employees does not matter. The success of any party is largely influenced by the food served. After all, if the food is bland and boring, it’s going to leave a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, excuse the pun.
The key is to choose food that most people love, and hot dogs certainly fall into that category. Hot dogs are fun and cheap, and people can add different toppings to create something that they will enjoy.
With that being said, in this blog post, we are going to reveal some of the best hot dogs stand ideas for parties so that you can put on the perfect food at your next event.
Build your own hot dog stands
A ‘build your own hot dog’ stand works wonders at any party. Of course, hot dogs are a real crowd pleaser! However, something like this also acts as a conversation starter, as it can become a statement piece at the event itself. It also brings a bit of fun to the occasion, as people can experiment with different toppings.
Of course, you need to give a lot of thought to the different sorts of toppings and sauces you are going to have available. Firstly, don’t ignore the importance of choosing a good bun. Classic slit top buns always work well.
Make sure they are nice and fresh, and they should be pre-cut as well. You may also want to consider offering some unusual alternatives, such as croissants or flatbread. This is not a necessity, but it is an option to consider if you want to spice things up a bit and you have guests who aren’t afraid to try something a bit different.
When it comes to the toppings and sauces you provide, make sure you cover all of the classics while also offering some delicious extras. So, you will need ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, naturally! You will also want fried onions, fresh onions, lettuce, bacon lardons, coleslaw, and grated cheese. Jalapenos are becoming increasingly popular too.
Once you have covered all of the classics, make sure you offer some luxurious and tasty extras so people can have fun trying out different toppings they usually wouldn’t. Some that work really well in terms of sauces include:
- garlic aioli
- mango salsa
- duck sauce
- hot sauce
- buffalo sauce
- ranch dressing
- barbecue sauce
There are lots of great toppings you can add to the mix as well. Meaty toppings such as pulled pork, pepperoni, chorizo, burnt beef ends, and pulled chicken taste amazing. You should also make sure there is a good selection of crunchy toppings, such as crispy onions and parmesan chips.
You can then add some unusual but undeniably tasty toppings. We’re talking about Cheetos, mash potatoes, caramel popcorn, and pickled chillis. You will be surprised by just how incredible toppings like this can taste, and it will certainly get everyone talking.
Of course, many people do not feel comfortable trying toppings they have never had on their hot dogs before, which is why you need to ensure you have more than enough classic toppings. Do not overdo it on the shock factor!
Hire a hot dog machine
Another option you may want to consider for your new party is hiring a hot dog machine. You can hire a wide range of party food machines nowadays, such as slush machines, popcorn machines, and candy floss machines. When you hire all of these together, you can create a real carnival theme, which is a cool idea for any celebration.
If you do decide to hire a hot dog machine, make sure you choose a company with care. Find out exactly what is included in the service.
Will the company also provide hot dogs and buns?
Or do they simply supply the machine?
The last thing you want to do is assume it is an all-inclusive service and then find yourself with no food available on the day of your party.
It is also a good idea to take the time to read reviews that have been left by others as well. After all, you want to be sure that the company is reliable and that they are going to deliver the machine on the date they say they will, at the time they say they will.
If a business has a bad reputation for a lack of reliability, this is something you should be able to pick up on pretty easily online, and you will know to look elsewhere.
Create hot dog platters
We are sure you have probably seen some great food party platters on Instagram or even in person if you have been lucky enough to attend an event with great food on offer like this.
These platters tend to include finger food, such as cheese, grapes, cold meats, chips, pate, spread, carrot sticks, and such. However, you do not need to follow the rules when it comes to your culinary creation.
Instead, why not create a hot dog platter?
Depending on the size of your party, you can create one platter per table, or you can create a huge hot dog platter across a big buffet-style table. The only limit is your imagination when it comes to this one.
The idea here is to have loads of ready-made dogs with various hot dog toppings, so people can simply pick up the hot dog they want and dig in. You will need to ensure you have more than enough hot dogs so that people can pick the topping that appeals to them the most.
You can have fun experimenting with various toppings while also having some classic hot dogs simply topped with ketchup and mustard.
When designing a platter like this, not only do you need to think about what tastes amazing, but you also need to consider the spectacle from a visual perspective as well. From mango salsa to guacamole, many different toppings can add some vibrant color to the mix, making it a real feast for the eyes as well.
In between all of the hot dogs, this is where you can have fun with different sides and accompaniments. Of course, different flavored chips are a must! Aside from this, you may want to add the likes of French Fries, onion rings, tater tots, and potato skins.
You can also add the likes of chicken on skewers, cheese and pineapple on sticks, and salami sticks. Think about finger food that people can easily pick up.
Ensure it is a party to remember with a ‘build your own hot dog’ stand
Getting the food right is vital for any party. Whether you are hosting a birthday event or planning a family get-together, you want to make sure that everyone leaves with smiles on their faces and full bellies.
Hot dog stands to ensure that this is the case because the food is comforting and a real crowd pleaser.
Plus, by enabling people to try out different hot dog toppings, it adds an element of fun and gives everyone something to get excited about.