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A diy hot dog bar party is a great idea if you’re looking to feed a crowd with minimal effort.
I recently hosted a large summer get together for a local twin mom group that I am a part of and we hosted a total of 27 TWIN families.
As you can imagine, that was a boat load of people to feed.
Luckily, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Fred Meyer and we put together a diy hot dog bar packed with toppings, sides and toddler friendly goods perfect for all the littles that joined us at the party.
It was a no brainer for me to reach out to Fred Meyer about working together for this huge opportunity. As you guys know, they are my go to family grocery store thanks to their awesome selection of quality goods.
And they did not disappoint! I tried a lot of “new to me” Simple Truth and Kroger items and they were just as good as I expected them to be!
If you didn’t know, Simple Truth is a home brand of Fred Meyer and one of my favorites! They are a wide range of organic, free from and natural foods that I can feel great feeding my family, all without compromising taste OR price.
But onto the diy hot dog bar, because I know that’s what you guys came here for!
If you’re prepping for something like a large get together, labor day, or just an excuse to break out the barbecue, you have come to the right place.
Throwing a hot dog bar party requires a few things, which are all pretty simple.
Step one is the grocery list.
How much of everything depends on how many people you’re feeding, but here is a generalized list of what I think is perfect for a diy hot dog bar party!
Some toppings might sound odd, but we’re going all out with these hot dogs! That is the whole point of the hot dog bar.
Step two: serving gear
I’ve listed a whole bunch of food items here, so of course we need ideas for serving.
I purchased my gear from Fred Meyer, but if your local Fred Meyer doesn’t carry home items, don’t worry! You can grab similar items at your local home goods store.
I snagged a few of these bowls for serving chips and the apple sauce pouches
Then a few of these round platters for fruit and veggie trays
I also found these little bbq baskets that worked great for a few toppings with a wax liner
Then some of these small plastic cups for assorted toppings such as sauces
And of course some plastic ware
I also purchased some picnic-y items not featured on their website, but you can easily find them in their outdoor/grill department!
I snagged condiment holders and red and white checkered plates & napkins.
Essentially, I kept everything red and white to go with that Labor Day/picnic theme!
Now for Step three: the prep
This was the hardest part of the whole hot dog bar, I’ll be honest.
I was feeding upwards of 100 people, so I had a TON of food to prep.
To make life a bit simpler, I opted for cooking the hot dogs in a foil tray in the oven, rather than individually over the grill. They still turned out great and the tray kept them nice and warm through serving them over an hour after cooking.
I’ll tell you one thing, though. Next time, I would opt for pre-made veggie and fruit trays. I spent nearly an hour cutting up everything for the huge trays I was putting together and wished I had just purchased the pre-made ones!
As for everything else (toppings/salads/chips/dressings), I threw them into bags to take the event and prepped them when I got there!
On to step four: the set up
This is pretty straight forward, but I set everything up buffet style.
I started with the plates and such, then followed those by the buns, hot dogs, dressings and then sides.
Now all you have to do is enjoy this super simple diy hot dog bar!
Make up some fun hot dog combos, enjoy each others company, and relax during these last few weeks of summer.
What is your favorite hot dog combo?
Let me know in the comments!