Spice Up Your Family Fun Prize Pack from Family Dollar ~ Giveaway

Posted by Jenna | Thursday, September 13, 2012

Our family loves summer, but we also enjoy this beautiful almost fall-like weather as well! The mornings are cool while the afternoon and evenings are warm and pleasant. It's perfect! We still try to get outside as much as possible, spending time together as a family taking walks, grilling out, etc. We also love to entertain and get together with family which is why I loved hearing that Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. (host of Food network's Big Daddy's House) teamed up with Family Dollar to offer more reasons to host a summer gathering, more great grilling ideas and more ways to save!

Even though September is now here and we're getting closer to cooler temps, it's not too late to continue hosting fun gatherings outside with family an friends. If you enjoy entertaining, here are some party theme ideas you may find useful:

Midsummer Nights Dream: An Outdoor PJ Party
o Adults or Kids – who doesn’t love a good PJ party?
o Fire up the grill a little later than usual, as the guests vote for their favorite PJ outfit
o Once it gets dark, settle in for some spooky ghost stories
o Don’t forget to leave the vents on the grill open for toasting marshmallows

Dog Days of Summer: Bring Your Own Pet
o This time invite the most forgotten party guest of all – the pets!
o Serve a variety of animal-themed treats (puppy chow, anyone?)
o Goodie bags with dog treats are a nice touch
o Just remember to make sure you have the one party supply you might not normally think of – a pooper scooper!
o Use caution in keeping pet outside in hot weather and always make sure they have plenty of water.

Summer Toga Party
o What’s the coolest thing to wear in the summer? Shorts? A tank top? Wrong - A Toga!
o Roll up invitations in a scroll and use an “ancient” font
o Host a Greek potluck – have everyone bring their favorite Greek dish
o Fill wine glasses with water and put floating candles inside them for a nice touch

And, here are some great tips from Chef McCargo when planning your themed get-together!

  •          Don’t forget the table weights (even if you have to make them yourself). Pinning old, unused keys on tablecloth corners helps them stay in place in case the wind picks up.
  •          Leave out markers so guests can write their names on their plastic cups. Spice it up by encouraging them to use fake names, then try to guess whose is whose.
  •        Put stickers on the bottom of several plastic plates before serving time. Once everyone gets their food, give a prize to the guests who (unknowingly) picked up the stickered dishware.
  •         Keep the games going. Whether it’s kickball for the kids or cornhole for the grown-ups, nothing keeps a party hoppin’ like a little friendly competition.
  •        Marinate chicken in Glad® freezer bags several hours before grilling it to lock in the flavor.
  •        Have a sidewalk chalk drawing contest for the kids. Pick up goodies as prizes from Family Dollar. (Hey, you can even get the chalk there, too!)
  •         Place mini battery-operated fans on the food tables. The moving air makes it impossible for pesky flies to land.
  •        Turn meat just once onm the grill. For steaks, turn them when the juices start to bubble on the uncooked side (the clearer the juice, the more well done the meat).
  •         Apply sauces containing honey, brown sugar or molasses during the last 10 minutes of grilling to prevent the sauce from burning.
  •         Keep a spray bottle handy so you can spritz grill flare ups, which can blacken your food.
Now that you have all the tips and ideas you need to plan the best gathering yet...Chef McCargo and Family Dollar are kindly offering one lucky reader a Spice Up Your Family Fun giveaway package that will include all the essentials for hosting a great summer party! Included will be:

Plastic Plates/Tablesware
SCOTT Paper Towels
GLAD Plastic bags
BBQ Lighter
Colored Chalk Tote
To enter - Simply fill out the Rafflecopter giveaway below. If you don't see the form, click here.

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**The products for this review and giveaway were provided for free. However all opinions are my own. 

  1. Jessica B. September 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM  

    I love to make a fruit tray and homemade dip. jj250@aol.com

  2. B. Wilson September 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM  

    BBQ chicken salad!

  3. Tabitha September 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM  

    I want to make fruit salad.

  4. skkorman September 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM  

    I love to make key lime pie!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  5. Kari September 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM  

    We love fruit salads


  6. dlhaley September 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM  

    I like bbq ribs and potatoes salad.

  7. degood September 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM  

    Homemade Mac and Cheese with bacon bits.


  8. latanya t September 13, 2012 at 6:19 PM  

    potato salad

  9. Katherine r September 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM  

    Deviled eggs

  10. Sylvia September 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM  

    Macaroni salad

  11. Jackie September 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM  

    I usually make deviled eggs

  12. debijackson September 13, 2012 at 7:37 PM  

    i like to make german potato salad stretchingabuck@gmail.com

  13. Cserafini September 13, 2012 at 7:38 PM  

    Chicken salad!

  14. s September 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM  

    My MILs potato salad

  15. wildflower00 September 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM  

    ribs grilled cabbage and potato salad

  16. rj7777 September 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM  

    I like to make a nacho dip or potato salad or a relish tray. Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

  17. rj7777 September 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM  

    I can't win for I am from Oregon. No family dollar here!! Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

  18. Denise September 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM  

    I love to take trifle!
    (Layers of pound cakes cubes, vanilla pudding, strawberries and blueberries, and Cool Whip)


  19. frencheire September 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM  

    Fruit Salad!!! (yummy yummy!)

    Brenda F

  20. mummytotwoboys September 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM  

    I love to make tuna pasta salad (tuna, pasta, mayo, sweetcorn and apples)


  21. lgm52 September 13, 2012 at 9:12 PM  

    My mother's slaw recipe!

  22. lana September 13, 2012 at 9:15 PM  

    smoked ribs and young potatoes

  23. Kimberly September 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM  

    Fruit Salad

  24. Wild N Mild $$$ September 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM  

    burgers and coleslaw
    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  25. Julzii99 September 13, 2012 at 9:25 PM  

    I love making fruit salad! :)

  26. Kimberly Bauer September 13, 2012 at 9:25 PM  

    Strawberry Salad

  27. tanya904 September 13, 2012 at 9:31 PM  

    I love to bring my deviled eggs to gatherings
    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

  28. Suzanne Deleon September 13, 2012 at 9:37 PM  

    My guests always ask me to make my watermelon fruit salad!
    I also love to make bacon wrapped shrimp shiskabobs! They always are a big hit!

  29. pauline15 September 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM  

    I love to make my awesome pasta salad! I found this great recipe on BHG about a year ago and I can't make enough of it!

  30. kaye lake September 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM  

    i love pasta salad for summer gatherings

  31. jerseygirl137 September 14, 2012 at 6:09 AM  

    Baked Beans they are always a big hit.


  32. Ginger September 14, 2012 at 6:29 AM  

    We BBQ until the snow arrives so this is a great package. We always hold a fall harvest party so this would be perfect.

  33. debbie September 14, 2012 at 7:23 AM  

    I make a pizza pasta dish.

  34. BeckyM September 14, 2012 at 8:44 AM  

    Potato Salad!

  35. kellyr78 September 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM  

    I like to make Veggie Lasagna.

  36. danielle t. September 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM  

    Anything grilled and a yummy potato salad!!

  37. ruthhill74 September 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM  

    strawberry pretzel salad--one of my favorites!

  38. Jennifer Rogers September 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM  

    I like to make 7 layer dip!

  39. Laura September 14, 2012 at 8:37 PM  

    chicken salad


  40. rebecca11111 September 16, 2012 at 4:35 AM  

    fruit salad

  41. Frugal Tumbleweed Acres September 16, 2012 at 7:21 AM  

    BLT Pasta Salad

  42. nightowl September 16, 2012 at 7:25 AM  

    I like to make pasta salad.

  43. jakiesmom September 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM  

    my homemade baked beans

  44. Rachel H. September 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM  

    I love to make pasta salad

  45. CindyWindy2003 September 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM  

    i would love to make a taco dip and veggie dip, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

  46. Mirm September 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM  

    Cut up watermelon :)

  47. Stephanie September 21, 2012 at 7:40 PM  

    I love to make a fruit ball salad with watermelon, pineapple, mushmelon and cantalope balls :)

  48. coriwestphal September 23, 2012 at 7:23 PM  

    Kabobs are always a hit at our BBQ's!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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