The hot dog party has been months in the making. Matt and I were watching an episode of Diners, Drivers & Dives last fall that featured a restaurant in Mt Pleasant, SC that had hundreds of different options all for one type of food: the hot dog. Matt looked at me and said “we should have a hot dog buffet party!” And the idea was born.
It turned out the perfect time to have it was right around my birthday – with great porch weather setting in, something to celebrate and Matt’s schedule being open – and so the hot dog birthday party was planned.
I can’t speak for our guests, but we both felt like it was a success. It was an easy party to plan – hot dogs, toppings and a few sides – and a universally loved menu. Matt added some extra special elements by ordering the delicious pretzel buns from our local hot dog place, Skippy’s, and a birthday cake from Cumberland Café, who made our wedding cake 5 years ago. I faced my fears of manning the hot oil of a Fry Daddy that my coworker Susan had loaned me and learned that I actually have a hidden knack for frying things. Who knew! (I think it’s in our best interest that we return the Fry Daddy asap.)
At one point, I just looked around my porch full of happy friends, adorable babies and good food and just felt overcome with a sense of gratitude and happiness for the little life I’ve been blessed with. Such a fun and happy night to cap off my 30th birthday celebration!