Food Network Star Martie Duncan’s Perfect Independence Day Party

Martie Duncan

Patriotic Party Tips to Create Unforgettable Summer Fun

Martie Duncan is the founder of Martie Knows Parties and she won 2nd place on last season’s "Food Network Star." Her fantastic finish showed a national audience the creativity and personality that has made Martie a legend in Birmingham, Ala., her hometown.  Martie has helped plan everything from celebrity weddings to casual tailgates, big charity events and small backyard picnics, and now she’s ready to share her tips on how to turn a regular Fourth of July celebration into a super party that all your neighbors, friends and relatives will remember for years.

Martie’s media experience includes the “Oprah Winfrey Show”, and her expert advice has been featured in the “New York Times” and “In Style Wedding” to name a few.


Nothing is more American than a quality hot dog.  Ball Park has come out with Lean Franks. They’re my NEW favorite because they are made with 100% Beef and the Lean Pork are made with 100% Pork, and each contain fewer calories and fat while still giving you that meaty, juicy, classic taste of a Ball Park hot dog.

I love a good hot dog bar at my events. While ketchup and mustard are the all-American toppings, this summer get creative at your barbecues and set up a topping bar with relish, salsa, onions, sauerkraut etc., and have your guests top their dogs any way they want!

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Farmer's GardenI also do a lot of farm-to-table cooking and I love to make my pickles from scratch when I can, but I don’t always have time to do it. Now, I don’t have to. Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic are so cool. I love the mason jar they come in and you can use them as decorations as well. Small touches like this make a big difference in how your guests feel about the party. You can absolutely taste the difference with Farmer’s Garden, and I am not the only one who thinks so; fifty thousand consumers voted them Product of the Year in the vegetable category.

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If you’re going to party with Martie, always have plenty of drinks available and set the bubbles free with SodaStream Source this summer.  The new way to enjoy the bubbles without the bottles transforms ordinary tap water into fizzy, great-tasting soda in less than 30 seconds saves you money — and the sodas are better for you. 

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There are over 70 flavors to choose from including NEW Country Time Pink Lemonade and tropical flavors like Pineapple Grapefruit, Strawberry and Orange Mango.  SodaStream's BPA-free carbonating bottles are reusable for 3 years will save the average family over 2,000 bottles and cans in a year.  Your friends will have fun making their own sodas with none of the high-fructose corn syrup or aspartame.  

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