Hey everyone! I hope all my American readers had a wonderful July 4 holiday and my Canadian readers had a Happy Canada Day.
With the 4th occurring on Wednesday, lots of people- like my husband- had today off to extend it to a long weekend. I didn’t have Friday off, but since I work from home, it wasn’t so bad. I work early in the morning and Clay slept in, so by the time he was up and moving, I only had a few hours of work left.
We celebrated yesterday with a big cookout and party at our house. It was our first time having so many people over for a big event, so we spent Thursday afternoon getting the lawn and house cleaned up. You have to clean your house top to bottom before you have guests, and when the party’s over, you have to clean it top to bottom again- but it’s worth it and a good excuse to keep the house clean.
Since I’m a member of the website HouseParty.com, I got to host the party with free products from Udi’s Gluten Free. At HouseParty.com, you can apply to host parties with your friends to promote events, brands, and new products.
While I’m not on a gluten free diet, I’m always up to try new products and I can imagine what it must be like for someone who’s allergic to gluten to attend a potluck or cookout and have limited options. I’m (mostly) vegetarian, so this happens to me sometimes too, and if you know someone who’s sensitive to gluten, or you want to avoid it, this a great option.
Udi’s buns fit in really well with the summer trend of cookouts, and Clay loves to grill, so I was excited to be chosen as a host. House Party provided us with free coupons for the hot dog and hamburger buns, and I also gave out party favors from the House Party’s party pack.
Fortunately, the rain held off so Clay could play with his favorite toy and grill enough hamburgers and hot dogs for all 24 of us- seriously, this was the biggest get together we’ve hosted.
The Udi’s buns are a bit thick, so they absorb the juices from burgers and hot dogs pretty well. They have lots of fiber and are filling, too, so it’s a good option for anyone who avoids gluten but wants to enjoy a burger or hot dog with the bun.
Along with the meat (and my veggie burger), we had guests bring sides.
I’m pretty shoddy at cooking, so I baked some patriotic cake mix cookies, let Clay handle the grill, and enjoyed the macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, cucumber salad, and all the desserts. Our friends know how to do it big when it comes to food- especially desserts.
What’s more American than pie?
A lot of Clay’s gaming friends came, along with a few of our friends who we hadn’t seen in awhile- so it was fun to catch up with people and meet new friends. A lot of our friends are in the Air Force or Navy, so everyone had somewhere to spend the holiday and grill out if they didn’t want to be alone (or wanted to grill but live in an apartment complex).
We all had a great time at the party and the weather was good, minus a very short-lived rain shower. It’s been raining off and on all day, every day lately here! Since the weather was nice, we all watched our neighborhood’s fireworks display that night too- one of our neighbors spends thousands on fireworks each year and puts on a huge display from his house near the pool.
We didn’t even have to travel to see fireworks this year- I knew this neighborhood was a great choice.
Now… I want to share the party with you guys by hosting a giveaway. I have *five* free Udi’s Gluten Free product coupons left from the party, and I want to give them away to a lucky reader.
The coupons are for free products, so you can take them to your local grocer to score some free bread, buns, bagels, muffins, cookies, or granola. You can view the complete list of Udi’s Gluten Free products here.
To enter, just answer this question in your comment: What’s your favorite condiment or topping for burgers or hot dogs?
This is a quick giveaway and ends on Monday, July 8… so get those entries in, and I’ll pick a random winner sometime that afternoon. Good luck and happy weekend!
The Udi’s Free Product Coupons and Party Pack were provided by HouseParty.com, as I was chosen to host the party after an application process. All opinions are my own and I’m not being compensated for hosting this party or giveaway- I’m just being generous!