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Hot Dog CookoutCan you believe that it’s July already?!

hot dog cookoutThe terrific folks over at West Elm Seattle have provided me with some great items to dress up my patriotic table for this upcoming weekend’s festivities.

Outdoor Firepit

So as a preview to the long holiday coming up, we took advantage of the beautiful weather this past weekend to break in our brand new built-in firepit.

With a hot dog and smores feast!

Hot Dog Cookout

This Outdoor Metal Drink Dispenser, with rope handles, is a classy looking way to serve your outdoor beverages.

I love the removable lid. It makes it so easy to refill – because when you have a crowd, you don’t want to have to fuss.

Metal Drink Dispenser - West ElmOn my summer bucket list this year? Learning to make my own lemonade! I can see I will get ALOT of use out of this dispenser!

West Elm even carries these red and white paper straws to make your patriotic table drink station all the more festive. (The blue glasses are my own – from my dollar store collection.)

Paper straws - West ElmWhen the weather chills off in the evening (or if you live in the Pacific Northwest where we tend to have trouble lighting our soggy sparklers!) a few blankets provided for your guests are always welcome.

This Outdoor Metal Drink Bucket (good for icing drinks as well, of course) is perfect for holding a couple of cozy coverups! It would be great for towels too if you are hosting a pool party.

Out Door Metal Drink Bucket - West ElmTo keep those messy hands clean at your BBQ, instead of paper napkins, why not go a bit more classy?

Cloth napkins dress things up but, when you are feeding a crowd, you may not have enough to go around – these cloth napkins on a roll are ingenious for summer gatherings!

My Drap Napkins - West ElmMy Drap tear-off napkins are washable and re-usable.

Think upscale paper towels! Love these!

My Drap Cloth Tear-off Napkins - West ElmI used one for the bottom of my hot dog bun basket (baskets are also from my own stash of patriotic decor.)

My drap cloth napkins - West ElmWhat is more iconic for the all-American holiday than the mighty dog?

Claudia Pearson Dog Plates - West ElmAnd these fun Claudia Pearson Dog Plates from West Elm are a fun way to add some whimsy to your hot dog cookout!

Claudia Pearson Dog Plates - West Elm A hot dog topping bar is a great way to elevate the ordinary hot dog, and to make sure that even your pickiest eater gets what they want!

Hot dog cookoutEveryone can customize their own dinner!

Here are a few ideas for items to add to your hot dog topping bar:

Hot Dog Toppings

  • Traditional condiments –  yellow mustard, ketchup, mayo, bbq sauce
  • Mustard – Dijon and deli mustard are a great start but there are so many great varieties out there. Homey mustard, spicy, brown, stone ground, German – even beer mustard!
  • Ketchup – there are also many different recipes for making your own ketchup. Try your hand at making your own flavor. Have you ever heard of rhubarb ketchup? Delicious!

hot dog roasting

  • Cheese – You can put out traditional sliced cheddar, but also try shredded mexican, crumbled blue cheese, cream cheese mixed with fresh chopped herbs – the sky’s the limit!
  • Pickles – I used sliced pickles (these sandwich stackers fit perfectly in a hot dog bun!) but there are so many ways you can go with this, from different types of relish to the pickled vegetable (peppers would be awesome!) of your choice.
  • Onions of course! Red, yellow, sweet – whatever you like!

hot dog topping bar

  • Bacon – we like to make bacon-wrapped hot dogs by wrapping raw bacon around the uncooked hot dog and then grilling it, but along those same lines, you could add a bowl of chopped cooked bacon to your topping bar.
  • Salsa – again, the choices are limitless. A plain pico de gallo is nice but a sweet fresh mango salsa would really kick this party up a notch.
  • Chili – I always serve bean-less chili with my dogs but a chicken or vegetarian chili would be just as tasty.
  • Go spicy! A great hot sauce, Sriracha or even wasabi adds a bang to this holiday fare.

Hot dog toppingsWhat is your favorite hot dog topping?


I was not financially compensated for this post. I received samples for review purposes only. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.