Party Panache, Feed a Crowd with a Hot Dog Bar

For the past four years we’ve spent Labor Day

gathered with extended family on the coast

They rent a condo nearby

and at night we gather our house for dinner

A Shrimp Boil is a great way to serve a crowd,

Shrimp, corn on the cob, new potatoes and sausage,

boiled in a huge pot on an outdoor stove with Cajun seasoning

There were 18 in our group, that’s a lot of mouths to feed!

We also got a platter of popcorn chicken and patriotic cake bites

from our grocery deli {Publix}

Saturday the group came over in the afternoon to swim

and watch the Alabama football game

CC was brave,

she was the only girl in the rowdy group of 6 boy cousins

We noshed on Fried Pickles during the game

And a couple of yummy dips~

Spinach & Artichoke Dip {Publix deli} and

DD made her famous Stuffed Bread Bowl Dip

This time she made it in a loaf of ciabatta bread,

it was quite a show stopper!

Later that evening we had a Hot Dog Bar

This is another great and easy way to feed a crowd

The long table was set up with a fresh disposable cloth,

with a tray at one end holding napkins,

and dinner baskets with checked paper liners

Because we were outside and in humid conditions

I left the condiments in their containers

and lined them up in a row for self serving

A bowl held packages of buns

{King’s Hawaiian Hot Dog Buns-so good!}

Ketchup, mustard, Ranch sauce, Burger sauce,

dill spears, pickle relish and pickles

and a variety of chips in individual bags

for freshness and easy serving

Crispy Onions were in a bowl at the end of the buffet

for a crunchy final topping

Fresh Gourmet brand Crispy Onions are like French Fried Onions,

but I think they’re better,

they taste great right out of the bag,

no heating required!

Look for them near the salad croutons and salad dressing

Now all we had to do was grill the hot dogs

The hot dogs were put on a platter on the table

and everyone helped themselves

There was plenty for seconds and thirds,

some of the boys had 4 hot dogs!

It was my Brother-in-law’s birthday

so we had a festive cake for dessert

Clean up was a breeze, no dishes to wash

and the paper basket liners and tablecloth were just tossed away!

If you want to get a little fancier,

try these Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Pineapple Salsa !

Thanks for joining our family fun!

Juicy Details

food baskets/ here

paper basket liners/ here

disposable tablecloths/ here

checked cardboard bowls/ Publix

Stuffed Bread Bowl dip/ here

Shrimp Boil/ here

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37 Responses to “Party Panache, Feed a Crowd with a Hot Dog Bar”
  1. BERNADETTE says:

    You are a party giving Grandmother par excellence.

  2. thefrenchhutch says:

    What better way to serve a meal at the beach, especially with six hungry boys. Easy and fun and clean-up is a breeze. And, who doesn’t enjoy a hot dog for Labor Day, I love them! Hope you have nice weather to enjoy September.

  3. That was a very successful party and all kids were well fed and happy!

  4. Ann Woleben says:

    This is a great idea for family and friends! Thank you.

  5. Wonderful ideas! We all love a shrimp or clam boil here!

  6. Jenna, you all know how to party. This is a perfect way to celebrate Labor Day with very little work involved. You amaze me with the ease in which you entertain.

  7. Nancy says:

    Fun, fun, fun and yum, yum, yum!

    Great ideas! Thank you!

  8. says:

    Making me hungry Jenna. I am now munching on Fiddle Faddle! LOL! Nothing like a good old hotdog to me! YUM! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  9. Hot dogs are always so good, especially on the grill (and almost burned, at least charred!). And the good thing is the kids love them too!

  10. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh, I LOVE a good grilled hotdog and thanks for telling us about the onions, I will have to look for them. Sounds like an awesome family holiday, everything looks so good! Jenna , while up north, I made your famous Picnic Chicken and it was devoured and loved! Yum and YUM, thanks again. 😋

  11. lghiggins says:

    Great ideas—especially the cleanup!😉

  12. Mary says:

    All great ideas for serving a crowd Jenna, those kids are growing up! Yay for football season! ♥

  13. Kitty says:

    You sure know how to feed a crowd!! I want to come to your house. Everything looks and sounds wonderful!

  14. Rita C. says:

    That looks totally awesome, Jenna! I love the idea of the gourmet onion crisps as a topper on the hot dogs. Here in WV, though, a hot dog bar is incomplete without chili sauce and cole slaw!

    • I know, there are a million ways to jazz up hot dogs, but I didn’t want the hassle of trying to keep things hot or cold outside, plus I knew my crew likes things pretty plain. If I do it inside, I would definitely have a crock pot full of chili, coleslaw, grated cheese or hot cheese, fresh chopped onions etc. But for outside, everyone was happy with simple condiments and pickles. Thanks Rita

  15. helenfern says:

    Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Hope you have a fabulous week.

  16. Pam says:

    Wow, this is all fabulout, Jenna! You are SO much fun! I’m featuring this today at TFT. 🙂

  17. These are some great ideas!

  18. alex walton says:

    his is so awesome! Thank you!! 🙂

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