Cooking for more than an average household is a lot of effort. The stress of having to prepare enough food to satisfy your guests is enough to make you wish you never said yes to hosting. After all, not everyone can be a host or hostess with the most-est!
So what’s the solution?
Hot Dog Bars!
Hot dog bars are a great way to cater to the majority of your hungry guests on a summer’s afternoon. They’re also an ideal snack for those pre-match munchies that can be washed down with a cold Bud or Heineken.
Why Hot Dog Bars are a great idea for your party?
Hot dogs are the ultimate in finger food with many not needing utensils or even a plate to enjoy this delicious, hot treat. It’s an easy party idea to do, whether you’re catering to meat-eaters, vegetarians, or vegans.
You can really elevate your culinary talents and show them off to your friends, family members, and neighbors. In reality though…it’s fairly easy to put together. But we won’t tell them if you won’t.
Toppings Ideas for your buns
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Plan your shop with this handy checklist
- Beef Chili
- Cranberry Sauce
- Mac & Cheese
- Homemade ranch dressing
- Spinach & Artichoke dip
- Garlic pickles
- Basil pesto
Setting the party atmosphere
To set the mood for the day or evening ahead, here are some helpful tips that will help create that party atmosphere – whatever the occasion!
Have a themed table setting
A themed table setting is a great way to create the mood for your party. Whether it’s celebrating someone’s birthday, an engagement party, or ringing in the New Year. There is plenty of party table inspiration online that you can creatively steal from sites like Pinterest or Instagram.
Create a party playlist
A party playlist is a must and can help provide that bit of background noise that you’ll need when people are busying inhaling the hot dogs from the hot dog bar. Try and create a party playlist that will last for the entirety of the party itself.
Hot Dog Recipes
Looking for some ideas for hot dog recipes? If you’re looking to do something extra special, then here are some great recipes to try out!
Chicago-style Hot Dogs
Nothing’s better than trying out your hand at some Chicago-style hot dogs. Featuring hearty Frankfurters on a poppy seed bun and smothered in lashings of toppings.
- All-beef Frankfurter
- Poppy seed buns
- Chopped Onions
- Picked peppers
- Celery Salt
Coney Dogs are a classic for those who love a dollop of Chili on their dogs. Topped with a little bit of mustard and onion, it’s a popular one.
- Beef sausages
- Hot dog buns
- Any spices of your choice
Cincinnati Chili Dogs
If you love lashings of cheese, then Cincinnati Chili Dogs will go down a treat. Nestled in a golden brown bun and topped with chili and cheese, it’s the perfect winter warmer.
- Beef Frankfurters
- Cincinnati Chilli
- Diced onions
- Shredded cheddar cheese
Hot Dog Bar & Party Tips
Creating the best experience for your guests goes beyond just the Hot Dog Bar itself. For the ultimate in party vibes, here are some helpful tips to make it one for your guests to remember.
Plenty of refreshments
To keep your guests fed and watered, plenty of refreshments are required. From homemade lemonade to buckets of beer and wine, you want to make sure you have enough cold and hot beverages to go around.
Check out this homemade lemonade recipe and these beer deck coolers on Pinterest.
Utilize your outdoor or indoor space
Depending on what time of year it is and what you have planned, you may want to think about how you can utilize your space.
If it’s indoors, you might want to use your kitchen island as the hot dog bar and have side tables for stocking your drinks selection and party accessories.
Invest in food covers
Food umbrella covers are great to have in order to keep your food sheltered from those annoying bugs that you get at all times throughout the year.
Alternatively, there are plenty of covers that you can get for hot dishes that keep them warm for longer.
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