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February 25, 2011 at 2:58 am

Hot Dog! It’s a Nathan’s Famous Party!

Hot Dog Party
Last weekend was Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Birthday party!  This party featured everything hot dog.  We had cupcakes topped with fondant hot dogs, a felt hot dog magnet craft and even a hot dog vendor photo opp!
We made a “Nathan” pennant using my Cricut Expression machine.  The Lyrical Letters cartridge has a flag option.  I set it to the maximum size available on a 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper, 5 3/4″.  Then I cut out the letters of his name using the Classic Font cartridge in a 3 1/2″ size, using both the standard size and then a contrasting color in the shadow option.  I tied the flags onto a length of grosgrain ribbon from the dollar store. This fun, personalized decoration cost only $3.
There were also mylar balloons around the rooms.  I purchased them at my local Dollar Tree location.  They were gold and green solid color stars.  Fun, yet classy and not too busy.  They also enhance and don’t compete with the theme.
When going with a Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog theme, go to the source!  Nathan’s Famous has party packs that you can purchase online.  It includes the plates, napkins, cups and hats for the party and easily sets the stage for your bash.  We purchased the 40 person party pack here.
We had traditional Nathan’s fare; hot dogs, fries and soda.  Along with fresh fruit, pretzels, chips and such it made for food that both kids and grown ups alike ate.
One of the big hits of the party were the marshmallow pops.  Made by just putting a marshmallow on lollipop stick, covering in candy melts (we chose yellow to coordinate with the theme) and then dipping in sprinkles they were easy and delicious!  The guests ate through 50 of these with no effort!
We also had the cupcakes adorned with fondant hot dogs.  You can read more about the how to in this post.  The cake featured a small oval, two-tiered chocolate cake.  It was iced in buttercream and then covered in green fondant with a green ball border.  I made the bun by baking a cake in a bread loaf pan.  When the cake was baked and cooled, I cut a v shape into the center top of the loaf.  I also angled the lower outer edges to give it that bun shape and covered in the bun colored fondant.
Finally I made the hot dog for the top out of cereal treats and covered in the reddish fondant, then placed on top of the bun on the cake.  By making the hot dog out of cereal treats it alleviates the weight on the top of the cake, especially if you make it oversized like me.
We made carnival games like dropping clothespins in a milk bottle, a version of skee ball, and throwing ping pong balls into cups.  The favorite was the Put the Mustard on the Hot Dog game!  Even the 18 month old cousin did this one!
We also had a craft where the children assembled a cartoon hot dog figure out of felt on a magnet for the fridge.  We had a hot dog vendor photo op that everyone had fun with.
Goody bags:
The goody bags had dollar store finds like chinese yo-yos, mini pinball games and the like.  They also had traditional candy like smarties and pixy sticks.  The centerpiece was a chocolate hot dog lollipop, which unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of, but the molds were purchased here.
It was a fun party for everyone!  Hot Dog!
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  1. Wakela Runen says:

    That looks like it was tons of fun.

    Hopping over from Thirsty Thursday.

    Wakela's World

  2. What a fun party! I love the Put the Mustard on the hotdog game! And you did such an amazing job on the birthday cake!!

  3. love the mustard on the hot dog game-too cute! looks like a fun, fun party-great job!

  4. can you plan MY next birthday party??? this is sooo cool!!!

  5. SUPER CUTE! I Stumbled this one. 🙂 I like to get the balloons at Dollar Tree too! I usually get extra special balloons at the party store and “supplement” with the DT ones. I love the little game you guys made. Such a fun party!!

    Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. 🙂

  6. That looks like SO much fun!!!

  7. M* {Daydream Believers} says:

    What a cute party! 🙂

  8. Laurel {Make and Takes} says:

    Fun party! My son would totally want this. I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight:

  9. Kim @ KimsKandyKreations says:

    What a fun party theme. Very original! I think you did a great job on all the little details.

    I'd love it if you would like this project on our new Party themed blog link party here:

  10. Amy @ Chicy-Creations says:

    This is such a cute party theme idea and that cake is awesome! Love all the details you put into it. And thank you…now I am craving marshmallows pops!

  11. Susan @ Entertain Exchange says:

    Very cute party – great cake!

  12. That's such a cute idea! Love the pictures 🙂

  13. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    What a fun party! Love that hot dog cake.

  14. Oh My Goodness I am in love with this party! Who knew that you could purchase party wear from Nathan’s themselves! I will have to look into that for one of our bbqs! Found you at CSI Project! LOVE!

  15. Sarah @ Becoming Martha says:

    How fun! What a great idea. Love it! Thanks so much for joining us at the CSI Project this week – we loved seeing your party!

  16. Super cute! I am going to be doing this theme for my son, Nathan as well. Where did you find the green Nathan’s t-shirts?

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