It's Grilling Season | Housewarming Party Planning

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National.

You guys, I am so incredibly excited to be moving into a house so soon! I haven't shared too many details about it so far, but the main thing I'm looking forward to right now is the awesome patio and backyard.

While I have absolutely loved living in an apartment all these years (and I'll definitely miss the amenities like the gym, pool, garage, and courtyard grills), I can't wait to have the extra space and a backyard to properly entertain! Growing up, we'd always have cookouts at our house and they were the best. My mom would make a ton of appetizers and people would gather around the kitchen counter or load up big plates and take them outside, and then we'd fire up the grill for dinner later.

Grilling Season | Freckled Italian

I love spring so much because the weather is perfect, and I always want to spend my entire weekend outside. Once we get our stuff moved into the new place (by May 15th), it's going to be an all-out unpacking fest because I'm already planning our first weekend party.

Housewarming Party Planning | Freckled Italian

I've worked with Hebrew National before and continue to do so because we're huge fans of not just their hot dogs, but the brand itself. I think it's so important to feed your guests and/or family quality food, and  believe that all-beef hot dogs are worth paying that little bit extra for. You can rely on Hebrew National All-Beef Franks every time.

They asked me to share some of my party tips and a menu for upcoming spring BBQ celebrations, so here we are!

  • Invite everyone to bring something, but give them a little direction--that way you don't end up with four pasta salads and no dessert. I also always like to provide one appetizer and a big salad just in case someone forgets to bring their dish.
  • As always, keep dietary restrictions in mind. This goes both ways--I'm mostly gluten-free but I know that people want buns, so I always provide them.
  • Keep it easy and fun by doing toppings buffet-style. Grill all the hot dogs, let people take one or two, and then have a toppings bar set up so everyone can customize their own dog with chili, veggies, cheese, etc.
  • Don't be afraid to invite a wide variety of people--sometimes I feel nervous to combine my different groups of friends, but every time I've done it it's always been so fun. They do all have you in common, after all!

Wishing you a fun-filled season of outdoor cooking and entertaining! 


What makes a Hebrew National kosher hot dog premium? It's all about what makes the cut (and what doesn't). We're choosy about what goes into our franks--we use only premium cuts of 100% kosher beef from the front half of the cow and then choose the best from that. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers, or by-products. When your hot dog is kosher, that's a hot dog you can trust! For more summer fun with Hebrew National, visit