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create your own: 4th of July Hot Dog Bar

TGIF!!! And especially for us, since we are headed to our annual Ocean Beach vacation tomorrow.  I can’t freaking wait! I’m all full of excitement and exclamation points over here!

Do you have plans for the 4th of July yet? Are you going to or throwing your own party? Well, you’re in luck if you need ideas! A while back, I put together a mock 4th of July party for a photo shoot to get into promoting my party planning.  I never did anything with it, so these photos have been sitting around being lazy ever since. But I figured, hey! You have time to throw something together still, and maybe you need some help?

Without further adieu, ideas to create your own 4th of July Hot Dog Bar

4th of July Party Ideas

So here’s what I did: I planned an all-American menu centered around hot dogs, set up a very patriotic table setting and then created a flag backdrop.  The menu came from my days growing up in Chicago: the dog is super dressed up there with veggies, seasoning, the works! So I thought, how cool would it be to have a hot dog bar for guests to doctor up their own creations? Cucumber, tomato, celery salt – all the condiments! Classic bottled sodas, BBQ kettle chips, caramel popcorn, veggie cups with ranch dressing.

4th of July Party Food

My favorite part was the strawberry shortcake cones! Patriotic napkin wrapped sugar cones stuffed with pound cake, topped with whip cream and sugared strawberries? Such a fun (and less messy) take on a classic!

Strawberry Shortcake Cones

4th of July Party Food Closeup

The table cloth was a classic red checker print with a red, white and blue runner. Plates and platters were all white, with red hot dog canoes and clear + white plasticware. Tin buckets held flatware and small flags. Most of everything I used was found at the dollar store. The backdrop was a mock US flag, with a white sheet and red twisted streamers for the stripes. The stars came precut in two different styles to mix it up a bit. Super easy, inexpensive and definitely doable at the last minute!

My Independence Day gift to you is a 4th of July Hot Dog Bar Party Printable for you to plan your own 4th of July Hot Dog Party! It has a menu, shopping list and decoration supply list all in one for you to print out and GO. I know you can figure out how to throw everything together from the pictures here, but don’t be afraid to shout if you need help with anything 🙂 Let me know how it turns out, OK?

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