Summer BBQ Theme + Free Party Printables

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Summer BBQ party ideas

Looking for a creative way to celebrate Memorial Day… or another outdoor summer get-together? Good! Because we have a new Summer BBQ theme for you today, complete with ideas for a Make-it-Yourself hot dog station (which keeps things easy on the host!), creative & affordable food presentation ideas, and free BBQ themed printables…(scroll down for download links).

This theme is super easy to pull togetherpromise! Aside from the shopping, which we did most of the day before, this entire theme was put together & shot in a single day – including the design of the printables!

Summer BBQ party ideas

One of my favorite elements from this shoot was a $7 plastic picnic tablecloth that I picked up in the camping aisle at Target. We used this one tablecloth to embellish everything (from vases to soda bottles to the drinks tub) and still had so much left over!

I also loved using corn chips as filler for the corn-on-the-cob sticks and Hot Dog Sign display… probably because the method for putting these together seemed to be one handful of chips for the vase, one handful for my mouth, one handful for the vase, one handful for my mouth… you get the picture. =)

Summer BBQ party ideas

Summer BBQ party ideas

Summer BBQ party ideas

Summer BBQ party ideas

Summer BBQ party ideas

Summer BBQ party ideas

Summer BBQ party ideas

Summer BBQ party ideas




(click on a link to download the high-res pdfs. ENJOY!)

Blank Food Labels (can also be used as Place Cards)
Water Bottle Labels
“Drink Up” Sign
Hot Dog Recipe Signs
“Make Your Own Hot Dog” Sign


By |2016-12-09T16:33:30-07:00May 16th, 2011|Free Printables, Outdoor Parties, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Brandy at Simply Creative Insanity May 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Love it all! Must have a BBQ STAT!

  2. Al May 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

    this is such a fun idea. Love the corncobs on the sticks :)

  3. Erin May 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Love love love this!! I’ve been looking for something to do for my sons birthday and this is perfect!!!!

  4. HiLLjO May 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

    SO cute!!! Love the colors. Very summery for all season but SUPER perfect for the 4th!

  5. Kristen May 16, 2011 at 10:45 am

    So much fun in these ideas! The corn kabobs are adorable!

  6. cheap promotional products May 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    This is an amazingly fun idea, just looking at the photos got me all hungry and excited for a great party!

  7. Julie May 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    OMG! I was going to serve chicken fingers at my son’s summer birthday party but forget that! – now it’s got to be a hot dog buffet for sure! Please tell, I must know – where can I buy the red and yellow plastic food baskets???

    • jenn s. May 21, 2011 at 6:01 am

      Hi Julie –
      You can buy them at Party City – 6 for $7! Someone mentioned they might have red and blue ones at Target too though :)

    • Deanna June 1, 2011 at 5:10 am

      You can also purchase these at the $1 store.

  8. Rhonda May 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    This makes me so happy, since my son’s 2nd bday party (memorial day weekend) is revolving around a hotdog bar and red gingham! My favorite find has been little plastic hot dog boats from the dollar store.

  9. Sophisticated Stationery May 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    This is SOOO CUTE!

  10. Catherine May 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    LOVE THIS! The only thing missing is the New York-style dogs! ;-)

  11. Suze May 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Love this party theme – have been planning a farewell to summer bbq here in Australia but love this… thanks for making parties so easy!

  12. renee May 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    LOVE this … thank you for the printables!

  13. katrina May 17, 2011 at 5:19 am

    love these!

  14. Buy Champagne May 17, 2011 at 6:40 am

    It all looks great. I love the build your own hot dog bit and the little baskets for your food. There has been so much effort go into this and it really does show!

  15. Adrienne @ Midwestern Belle May 17, 2011 at 8:29 am

    The potato salad portioned out into individual cups is a great idea! So cute and thanks for the printables!

  16. CreativeBusyHand May 17, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on May. 17, 2011. Thanks again.

  17. Iris {Sweet Metel Moments} May 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    So cute!! I love how you think of every detail, like the corn chips as filler! Where did you get those white ceramic rectangular vases? Looks like a great staple to have for any party!

  18. [email protected] May 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    This is great! Thank you for the printables.

  19. Mae May 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    LOVE this theme! You’re really wonderful :D

  20. michelle May 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I love this site!!! My one and only “complaint” – you just make we want to have a party every weekend! One idea is cuter than the other! I find myself planning parties just to use the idea!

  21. Leigh May 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Hi there, this is the cutest idea. We’re doing a carnival theme for my daughter’s b-day with a hot dog machine and this will go together perfectly. One question: where do you get those Plexiglass boxes that the mustard are on?

  22. Mai May 24, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Hi- I downloaded the printables in Adobe Reader. I cannot edit the blank hot dog labels. How do I edit the labels?

  23. [email protected] May 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    As always this is another amazing post! I just shared the link on my blog.

  24. Jessica G May 31, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Adorable….love the details!
    Nicely Done.

  25. Suzanne DeVeau June 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Hi! Looking for School Bus Driver gift ideas and/or printables. Having a tough time finding anything. Thanks.

  26. Rachel June 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm
  27. Jennifer July 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I think this site reads my mind sometimes.
    I have been toying with the idea of a hot dog party for a bit now. I came on here to get inspired, and WHOO HOO!! All my work is already done!! Of course you have a few ideas that I would never think of, like the chips to hold the signs. (love it) My neighborhood party next week is going to ROCK and you have taken a huge burden off of me with all of these printables. Thanks so much!

  28. Heidi Summers July 28, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Hey I cant seem to get them to print for free it says i need to subscribe to scrib anyone else have this problem or know how to download? I love these and want to use for a party this weekend! Thanks :)

  29. Kathryn September 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Parties like this are why I never want Summer to end!

  30. Jeroldine Owens May 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm


  31. Shawna June 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I’ve had my eye on these printables for quite some time — Wanted to use them for my daughter’s first birthday in a few short weeks :( Can anyone tell me where to find these? The link does not work!

  32. Valerie July 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Wow just found your blog and it is amazing. You are one very creative lady. Is it possible for you to update this awewsome hot dog theme so it can still be free. I don’t know if you know that when you use scribd the items are only available for free for a minimal time and then they charge. I think it’s quite unfair when a creator offers something for free and it is not. I wouldn’t mind paying a small fee if the creator and not the company was getting the money. That’s why I use google docs now for my downloads. Thank you again for sharing. God Bless. Mrs. Valerie [email protected]

    • jenn s. July 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Valerie –
      Thanks for the heads up! I just updated the post to include links for the downloads – you’ll find them at the very bottom… for FREE! ;) Enjoy!

  33. Heather M Paetsch July 24, 2012 at 5:03 am

    This is going to make my b-day party awesome

  34. Bethany August 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the free printables! I will be using them at my husband’s fundraiser on Thursday! He is running for State Rep of our area.

  35. Crystal Clements Teeter August 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I am using these amazing printables for a family reunion at my house this weekend. I am so excited! Thanks for making my life a little bit easier!

  36. Crystal Clements Teeter August 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Also FYI I found the baskets at walmart. The package included 8 baskets, a ketchup and a mustard bottle and the red and white checkered parchment paper for only $5!

  37. iradolin September 7, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Hi there, I hope you see this – does anyone know how to edit the blank ones? I need them for tomorrow! Great design, great idea, great party! :)

  38. Buzzandzurgsmom May 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I know this is an old post but hoping you’ll see this. Any chance you’ll make a California dog and Chicago Dog ‘recipe’ sign? Oh please? The signs are just darling, but we can’t have a hot dog party without a Chicago dog!!!!! Thanks for considering it :)

    • alyssa May 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Buzz and Zurgs mom! We do custom orders in our Etsy shop here: Just message our team and we’ll be happy to help you out!

    • Buzz and Zurgs mom May 31, 2013 at 6:27 am

      Oh thank you!!!! Off to check it out :)

  39. Rosana May 30, 2013 at 9:47 am

    The link for the downloads are not working or are not available anymore!

    • alyssa May 30, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Hi Rosana! They should all be working, they show up for me. Try reloading your page and if that doesn’t work try another browser. Let me know if you still can’t access them.

  40. Shawna Williams June 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Trying to see if downloads are still available.

  41. Laura7 July 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Like a few others, I am not sure how to edit the tent cards. Can anyone help me out with this? I love all of these printables and they really make all the difference in any party! Thanks in advance for your help!! :)

  42. Brenda Ford March 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I am having a party in Chicago and would like to include a Chicago dog…is there anyway to change the Hot dog recipes??

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