Hot Dog Tuxedos

Good morning! Today I would like to share with you a project within a project. For my husband’s birthday last month, we threw him a ‘movie night’ themed party. You can see more pics from that party HERE. One element of our food table was hot dogs ‘dressed’ in tuxedos. His mother & I both worked on this for quite a while, because we couldn’t quite get it just right. Once I finally figured it out to my satisfaction, I decided I’d better take pictures to give a step-by-step for others. Thus, I bring to you,our sorry attempt at dressing hot dogs…

STEP 1: Buy your supplies:

  • 1 Pkg black cocktail napkins (or larger, depending on your buns & dogs of choice, etc)
  • 1 Pkg white cocktail napkins (or larger, depending on your buns & dogs of choice, etc)

**For your sanity, buy both napkin colors in the same size**

  • 1 Roll of double-stick tape
  • 1-2 Roll of thin red ribbon
  • Materials with which to practice- I sacrificed one of our buns and filled it with a glue stick.

Here’s the label of the napkins we used, so that you can see dimensions:

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When folding the napkin, keep in mind that you are looking at the INSIDE of the tux. The outside of the tux (which is what you’ll see when you’re finished) is facing your work table.

What’s important in the folding of the napkin here isn’t “an inch” here or there, it’s really the placement of the corners. The upper left corner is brought down about 3/4 from the top and about 1/3 from the side. The upper right corner is then folded down about 1/4 past the horizontal center fold and about 1/4 to the right of the vertical center fold. Again this is approximate. Play around with it until you get the tux to the correct height on your hot dog bun. Also, I’ve only taped them down for these example pics; I didn’t actually tape them down during the folding of each tux.


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In the above picture, you can’t see the black napkin. That’s because it’s UNDERNEATH the white napkin. Line up the bottom edges of your napkins, so that the bottom corners are together. The white napkin corners are folded in the same direction, but you’ll notice that the corners are not brought down as far as the black napkin. This is to allow the white ‘shirt’ to be seen above the back. I tried to fold my white so that I could see about 1/2″ of the ‘shirt’ above the black ‘jacket’.

STEP 4: Rolling the napkins

Place your practice hot dog bun along the vertical center seam, an inch or two from the bottom edge of the napkins. Bring the left side up & over the bun. Then bring the right side up & over the bun, covering the excess from the left side.

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Tape the edge down with a small piece of tape.

STEP 5: Bowties!

My inspiration –– has a super bowtie pattern. However, we decided the less cutting we added to our “To-Do” list, the better. Sooo…. Ribbon! I tied a small bow at the end of a thin red ribbon & THEN cut the end loose from the spool. If you cut first, you can’t adjust the bow if necessary. I found the smaller the bow, the cuter. But also, the smaller the bow, the more difficult to tie! 🙂

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Ta-da! I fixed the bow to the tux with a small piece of double-stick tape. Try not to judge this picture too much, because my bun was drying out & starting to break.

As you may have figured out by now, I made all of my tuxes in advance so that we could move on & stuff them later after cooking the hot dogs. My mother- and father-in-law were cooking the things that needed to be made hot for the party, including the hot dogs. She graciously agreed to stuff the dogs in the tuxes while I went home to change clothes & pick up the birthday boy. Here’s what frustration & moist food looks like when put with paper napkins:

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The end result with the dogs on the completed table:

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*For credits/ inspirations for the projects in this pic, please see MOVIE NIGHT BIRTHDAY BASH.

If you do a big event like this and don’t learn anything, you’re doing something wrong. Here’s what I learned &/or would do differently if I were to make these hot dog tuxedos again:

  • Still do Steps 2 & 3 ahead of time, but don’t go to Step 4 until you have the hot dogs ready to go. Have someone else ready to help you at that time to get them done faster, since this would be done right before the party starts. This will eliminate rolling too tightly, making it difficult to stuff when the hot dogs were done, which is what happened to us.
  • Save time to use the bowtie pattern. I think they lend themselves to a cleaner, more unified look.

Don’t forget to check out more awesome details from this party by visiting MOVIE NIGHT BIRTHDAY BASH

Thanks for visiting!


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