Monday, May 26, 2014

Welcome Summer Hot Dog and S'more Roast

This Memorial Weekend we decided to have a fun Hot Dog and S'more Roast to welcome summer and as an end of the school year get together. Saturday we had a houseful of teens who spent the day eating good food, playing games, and listening to music, it was a blast!

Before the party we spent some time getting the house ready for company, Gary bought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers with all of my favorite colors, bright oranges, bright salmon pinks, and chartreuse greens, including some Bells of Ireland and little green mums which I love! It was a nice surprise and really helped brighten up the house. :)

I found some fun chevron pattern plates in bright spring colors and got out my jelly jars and large glass drink dispensers. I am in love with paper straws, they make them in so many patterns, I used some left over pink and white striped ones from my sister's bridal shower, as well as some yellow chevron ones I found at Target. I made pink lemonade and orange drink which looked nice and summery. :)

My son and his girlfriend invited over a bunch of their friends from school, many of whom my daughter knows as well, and they hung out all day, snacking, listening to music and playing games. I kept the chip bowls full with the classics, Cheetos mix, potato chips with onion dip, and tortilla chips with salsa con queso dip. I made my kid's favorite snacks- pizza rolls, and bacon wrapped tater tots. They played the most rousing game of Monopoly I have ever seen! It was funny! :)

Bacon wrapped tater tots are my go-to appetizer for teen parties, and they are very easy to make- cut bacon strips into three equal pieces, and wrap each piece around a slightly thawed out tater tot (not all the way thawed, just enough so you can stick a tooth pick through), secure bacon onto tot with a round tooth pick stuck through. Bake on a foil lined baking pan, with a metal cooling rack set inside of it, so the bacon and tots don't sit in bacon grease. Bake at 425 F. until bacon is cooked through and slightly crispy and tater tot is cooked. around half an hour, but time can vary based on the thickness of bacon and how hot the oven runs. Make a couple of batches because they disappear fast!

The weather was nice so we decided to have a fire and roast hot dogs for dinner, the fire was a little smokey, but it was still fun to cook outside. I always keep a large supply of roasting forks on hand, we love cooking over a fire throughout the summer. I set out all the classic hot dog toppings, and we enjoyed our first hot dogs of the summer season!

Of course you can't have a hot dog roast without s'mores!! We finished out the evening with s'mores and ice cream cones. It was a great way to welcome summer!


  1. This sounds like a lot of delicious fun - you had me with the bacon on the tater tots! My children would love that!
    Have a great week,

  2. I'm obsessed with paper straws! Totally a party must :) Looks like a fun and yummy day.

  3. What a colorful party! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  4. Those are some fun ideas! Thanks for linking up at the homeacre blog hop. Be sure to stop by to link another post up this week (thursday)!


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