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Summer Grilling Party (50 photos)
Summer is pretty much synonymous with firing up the grill at backyard get-togethers around here – it's one of my very favorite things about this time of year! That's why I was really excited when Hebrew National asked us to partner with them on a new Summer Grilling Party theme to compliment their "Better-Than-A-Hotdog Hotdogs"… what a great excuse to dream up some fun new outdoor party ideas that can be put to good use all summer long!
Hebrew National hot dogs are made with premium cuts of 100% Kosher beef with No Fillers, No By-Products, No Artificial Flavors, and No Colors. And because one good thing deserves another, I wanted to make sure that this new Summer Grilling Party theme came packed with lots of perfect-for-summer party printables that you can download for FREE, as well as outdoor party ideas that are both creative and approachable… like DIY "mini grill" centerpieces, popsicle cocktails, super easy s'mores cupcakes, & an all-decked-out hot dog bar!
FREE PRINTABLES: Please note that the free "Summer Grilling Party" printables from HWTM referenced throughout the details below can be downloaded here: __________________
FOOD, DRINKS & TABLETOP
Grilled Hot Dogs Station
Fire up that grill and treat your guests to a tasty menu starring Hebrew National’s 100% Kosher beef hot dogs and grilled corn, veggies, and fruit. Set up a build-it-yourself hot dog station filled with a variety of fresh toppings like salsa, meatless chili, coleslaw, grilled corn and black beans, sliced tomatoes, diced onions, & more.
Kick basic condiment bottles up a notch by replacing the labels with some of our free decorative party circles, and add extra splashes of color to the entire hot dog station with framed party prints. Click here to download the "Grilled Hot Dogs" and "Come and Get Your Grill On" signs pictured above.
A DIY Charcoal Grill or Mini Modern Grill Trio (see tutorial below) makes for great Hot Dog Station accent decor as well.
Grilled Corn Display
Grilled corn looks extra cute when it's served on a stick – and it's actually easier to hold that way, too! For a creative presentation, display corn cob skewers from a makeshift "grill" fashioned from a rectangular container filled with foam and charcoal and topped with silver trivets for the "grill". I used 2 small stainless steel Lamplig trivets from IKEA for the "grill top" pictured here, which was super quick and easy! (You could also create your own grill top from painted bamboo skewers as an alternative.) Decorative paper and a party circle design from the printable collection adds a nice pop of color.
Fruity Popsicle Cocktails
These refreshing, perfect-for-summer cocktails are super easy and delicious! You can make them any flavor you like – we used strawberry and tangerine fruit bars here. Make sure to use popsicles made with real fruit for the freshest taste.
To create a light spritzer, combine equal parts champagne & ginger ale. For a fruity cocktail, go with 3 parts ginger ale to 1 part white rum or vodka. Add the popsicles to either version right before serving. They’ll dissolve into the drinks as guests enjoy them. Want to make a “mocktail” version for the little ones? Simply leave out the alcohol and dip popsicles into ginger ale or sparkling fruit soda.
Creative Water Bottle Labels
Even basic water bottles can pack a colorful punch! Customize them with free printable “Refresh” and “Thirst Quencher” labels.
Tabletop: Place Settings
Keep your outdoor tablescape shatterproof AND stylish with premium partyware like reusable heavyweight plastic and bamboo. We mixed Carribean blue dinner plates and sunshine yellow tumblers with bamboo salad plates and utensils for a rustic touch, then punched up the color with summer grilling party printables.
Paper napkin rings feature a modern pattern and retro hot dog graphics, while decorative striped paper straws are embellished with "ENJOY" flags. Each place setting also features hand-cut silhouettes of charcoal grills and BBQ tools. Leave a small white border all the way around the silhouettes when trimming them out. (Tip: If it’s windy at all outside, you can temporarily secure the BBQ silhouettes to the place settings with glue dots until it’s time to eat.)
Tabletop: Mini Charcoal Grill Place Card Holders
These DIY "Mini Charcoal Grill Place Card Holders" are one of my favorite details from this theme! They're fashioned from tiny stainless steel bowls (purchased at IKEA), lollipop sticks for the "legs", and buttons for the "wheels". Use hot glue to assemble the legs and wheels, then fill the bowl with crushed charcoal (or crushed chocolate shortbread cookies as an alternative).
For the finishing touch, insert fiery flame silhouette name cards into the charcoal. You can download the place cards for free right here, then customize them with your own names or phrases either digitally or by hand. Leave a small white border all the way around the design when trimming it out.
Tabletop: Modern Mini BBQ Trio Centerpiece (DIY Tutorial)
– 3 Melamine Bowls in different sizes
– Charcoal Briquettes (without lighter fluid), partially crushed
– Small glasses or candle holders in 3 different heights for BBQ "stands" (shot glasses, glass votives, and tea light holders)
– Tiny Stainless Steel Bowls from IKEA http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90112772/
– Shiny Metallic Silver Spray Paint
– Black Spray Paint
– Bamboo Skewers (approximately 5 sticks per bowl)
– Hot Glue Gun
– Strong scissors or wire cutters
Partially crush a few charcoal briquettes for each bowl and set aside. Paint the bamboo skewers black and let dry. Paint your bases silver and let dry.
Lay the painted skewers on top of each bowl to figure out size & placement, then trim them down to size using strong scissors or a wire cutter, but don't glue them on yet. (My bowls were 5”, 6” and 6” and I used 5 skewers per "grill".)
Fill bowls about half way with crushed charcoal, then hot glue the trimmed black skewers to the top of the bowl to create the "grills".
Flip your painted silver "stands" upside down and use hot glue to attach them to each grill.
Arrange in a trio for your table centerpiece. They look cute as they are, or you can top them with signs and decorative "food" – like the mini wooden "hot dogs" pictured here!
More Food & Tabletop Highlights:
– Serve side dishes like pasta salad, fruit, and other summer favorites in colorful Berry Baskets lined with red cellophane to play up the idea of flames bursting from a hot grill. Playful Wooden Spoons add a touch of fun.
– DIY Tissue Fringe Garlands make for a pretty backdrop or colorful overhang for the food buffet or Hot Dog Station.
– Serve grilled watermelon wedges and pineapple for a healthy sweet treat.
DESSERTS, FAVORS, & ACCENT DÉCOR:
“Grilling Rack” Serving Trays
In keeping with the Summer Grill Party theme, we used cookie cooling racks (that mimic the look of grills) and grilling accessories as creative “serving trays” for our treats.
Printable “Summer Grill” Treat Toppers
Dress up homemade or store-bought cupcakes and treats with party circles featuring retro-modern designs and hot dog graphics. You’ll need a 2” craft punch, toothpicks, and tape or glue. Super easy!
Add crushed graham crackers and mini marshmallows to regular chocolate cupcakes to give them “s’more” appeal! For the finishing touch, add some fiery “GIMME” & “S’MORE” cupcake toppers. Download the toppers for free right here.
Charcoal Grill Cake Pops
Are these miniature charcoal grill cake pops the cutest, or what?! Kris from kCreative Cake Pops whipped these up in perfect detail. Party guests are sure to go crazy over these little treats, which would also make for a great take-home party favor!
DIY Tissue Fringe Garlands are the perfect way to add a splash of color to the dessert table.
DIY Decorative Charcoal Grills
These DIY charcoal grills are the perfect way to dress up any summer grilling party or outdoor BBQ! Simply glue 2 melamine bowls together to create the body of the grill. Next, add grill “legs” and a “handle” made from wooden dowels painted silver, then finish with 2 wooden wheels painted black.
These cute centerpieces can be utilized everywhere from the buffet to the bar to the table. I also think it would be really cute to display 2 of them a couple feet apart as bookend holders for a mini message bunting or party banner!
Decorative Party Signs:
Framed party prints are one of the easiest ways to customize and “color up” a party! Download the following retro grilling and hot dog inspired designs from the Summer Grilling Party collection, as pictured above:
– Grilled Hot Dogs / fix ‘em up how you like (8x10)
– LET’S EAT! (4x6)
– Get Your Grill On (4x6)
– All American Favorites (5x7)
Grilling Party Favors
Send guests home with jars of your favorite store-bought or homemade BBQ sauce, embellished with printables and basting brushes or natural-bristle paintbrushes, which are less than $1 each at Michaels.