Memorial Day is the annual summer kick-off. We open our pools, fire up our grills and have great fun at our BBQs. It’s also important to keep in mind that this holiday is a day to remember all those that have served our country. Here are some party ideas to honor our armed forces, display your American pride and ensure that you host the best BBQ around!
For starters, raise your flag! Are there more beautiful colors than red, white & blue? There aren’t on Memorial Day (or 4th of July, so keep these in mind for later in the summer, too.) Let’s start with some easy decorations.
1. A Welcome Sign to remind guests why they’re there.
Going crazy with decorations can add up but you don’t need it to. When in doubt, as far as decorating, go with mason jars. They’re cheap and can be used for so many things.
2. Mason Jar Luminaries
This can be a great craft project for kids & the only other supplies you need for it are: red, white & blue tissue paper, a paint brush, glue (Elmer’s is fine), scissors & a candle. Make sure that the jars are clean & dry first. Next, cut up the tissue paper however you choose. Mix together a solution of 1 part glue to 1 part water. Paint the inside of your mason jars with the solution and stick on your tissue paper! It’s that easy & they look great!
3. Place Settings in a Jar
These not only serve a purpose but also look super cute on your table. Give each guest one of these place settings & they’ll have their utensils, napkin & glass all in one!
4. Red, White & Blue Carnations
This one needs to be started a couple of days ahead of time but is always a crowd pleaser. Start with white carnations. Next, get 2 glasses of water. Put a few drops of red food coloring into one of them and a few drops of blue into the other. Finally, put a third of your flowers into the red, a third into the blue & keep a third in clear water. Let them sit for a couple of days and voila! Red, white & blue carnations to decorate your tables!
5. Pool Noodle Decorations
You may remember these from this post, but when you use red, white & blue noodles, you’ve got a whole new set of patriotic decorations!
6. Hot Dog Bar
What’s a BBQ without hot dogs? You can go as crazy as you want with all the fix-ins that go along with hot dogs (and hamburgers for that matter.)
7. Patriotic Parfaits
Have you ever met a person that you say hey, let’s go get some parfaits & they say oh hell no, I don’t like no parfaits? Parfaits are delicious. Red, white & blue ones are even better (maybe in those extra mason jars.)
8. National Moment of Remembrance
At 3 pm on Memorial Day, every American is asked to pause for just one minute to honor the fallen. It’s the least that we can do.