This article, entitled Labor Day Cookout…..Host A Hot Dog/Ice Cream Bar….Easy & Inexpensive, comes from partner site 719woman.com.
I recently read an article about Nora Ephron who died on June 26, 2012 from pneumonia, a complication resulting from acute myeloid leukemia (she wrote, among many screenplays, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Julie & Julia). A lot of the quotes I read from her friends talked about what a great hostess she was and the fun parties she threw. And one particular party was mentioned most…when she threw a cookout and served hot dogs with lots of different toppings. And I thought, “What a great idea”, and then had to throw my own hot dog party.
Now if you’re absolutely against eating hot dogs, because they aren’t the healthiest meat out there (but I figure an occasional dog isn’t going to kill us), there are lots of varieties out there. You can buy veggie dogs, chicken dogs, turkey dogs, and Kosher dogs. And there’s always some store that has them on sale.
Our group of family and friends are always more than happy to bring a dish to share so that helps keep the cost of hosting a cookout/barbecue/party down. I have found that most people are more than willing to bring food, especially when you offer to host.
Hot Dog Bar
Spread everything out so there’s plenty of elbow room…offer the “usual” condiments like mustard, ketchup and mayo and throw in some horseradish or different flavored mustards or ketchups for something different.
Now to be quite honest, I had planned on making homemade ice cream but then changed my mind because I ran out of time and energy! So we bought a large, inexpensive tub of vanilla ice cream.
Ice Cream Bar
We placed many of the toppings in little Dixie cups so that our guests could sprinkle what they wanted onto their ice cream.
We also had two different types of cones and bowls for those who wanted to make a sundae. I chose my toppings based on what I had on hand and what was on sale…and everyone had fun making their own.
Our family and friends brought chips and salsa and pico; veggies and dip; pasta salad and coleslaw and a wonderful loaf of homemade bread….with the hot dogs and ice cream, it was plenty, delicious and didn’t cost anyone much money.