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The Clueless Chick: National Hot Dog Day

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Wednesday is National Hot Dog Day, which means it's the perfect excuse to fire up the grill for a little mid-week cookout. And what would National Hot Dog Day be without hot dog inspired party ideas from our party planning expert Jennifer Durbin.

All the Fixins

Hot Dog Buffet: The best way to serve your hot dogs is with a hot dog buffet. There is really no better way to let your guests dress up their dog however they please. Whether you put out a full Chicago Dog spread, a Hawaiian spread with pineapple, onions and BBQ sauce or a cool bowl of coleslaw, your guests will be in heaven. Just be prepared, with all of these options they are bound to go back for seconds and thirds! TIP: Create a fun menu board that lists the official ingredients for your favorite dogs. You can even create a signature dog just for your party!

Handle with Care: What is the only downside of loading up your hot dog with ALL of your favorite toppings? The mess. After all, every topping that falls off your dog is a scrumptious bite lost. Save your carpet and your taste buds by serving your hot dogs in coffee filters. Yes, coffee filters. No need to go hunting around for paper hot dog holders or plastic baskets, just grab a few coffee filters out of your pantry – they make the perfect hot dog holder!

Hot Dog Love

A Hot Dog with a Heart: Make National Hot Dog Day even more fun for your little ones with hot dog hearts. Simply cut your hot dog in thirds with short diagonal cuts, take the two ends, flip one over and join them together to look like a heart! Then insert a skewer or toothpick to hold your hot dog heart together and add a cheddar cheese arrow to either end. Your kids will be so impressed.

The Perfect Food Truck Treat

A Southern Comfort Hot Dog: It just so happens that my favorite food truck, FoodStans is the perfect place to celebrate National Hot Dog Day. Stanley, the owner of FoodStans, has created the Southern Comfort Dog. This all beef hot dog is served on a freshly toasted bun piled high with homemade mac and cheese and topped off with fresh bacon bits. I mean come on, does a hot dog get any better?!? TIP: You can get your very own Southern Comfort Dog from FoodStans at the RTP Food Truck Rodeo every Friday, 11:30 am-1:30 pm at 800 Park Office Drive.

For all of Jennifer’s tips pick up your own copy of her Tips for the Clueless Chick books and follow the Clueless Chick on Facebook and Twitter. Tune in next week for some fun back to school ideas for all of you parents and grandparents!

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