Memorial Day is May 28th, Start Planning Your Memorial Day Cookout Today!
May 14, 2012
Get your grill on for a Memorial Day party! Memorial Day is traditionally viewed as the kick off to the summer season and what better way to start your summer off than to dust off the grill, invite some friends over, and have a patriotic party to celebrate the holiday?
In the joy of having a three-day weekend and the fun of celebrating the start of the dog days of summer, many have forgotten that Memorial Day originated as a day to remember those who have died protecting our nation. Be sure to use lots of patriotic party supplies for your Memorial Day party so that the true purpose for the holiday is not forgotten. And remember, if you’re flying an American flag, it’s traditional to fly the flag at half staff until noon on Memorial Day.
Kick off your Memorial Day party by sending your friends personalized patriotic invitations. Even though email invitations may seem easier, customized invitations are so much more personal, plus, there’s less chance a paper invite will get lost in the digital shuffle of day-to-day life!
Plan out your Memorial Day menu well ahead of time so you have plenty of time to stock up on the supplies you’ll need. The last thing you want to be doing is braving the grocery store the day before you’re party, when all the good steaks, burgers, and other grilling staples will be picked over by the other shoppers. Burgers and hot dogs are standard barbeque fare and always crowd pleasers, but if you don’t mind putting a little extra effort into your cooking, there are lots of tasty grilling options that will wow your guests. Try shish kabobs with chicken, scallops, and steak mixed with fresh veggies such as potatoes, grape tomatoes, onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Or marinate steaks and chicken breasts for several hours before the party. Include some fresh fish choices for those guests who might want a lighter meal as well. Simple side dishes like potato and pasta salads, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, and veggie platters are easy to prepare ahead of time and will go great with any main course you decide to throw on the grill. Whatever you decide to barbeque for the grill, just be sure you have all the grilling supplies you need ahead of time. No one wants to run out of charcoal or propane in the middle of the party! And of course, you’ll need plenty of patriotic paper goods to serve up all those tasty dishes on!
Set the scene for your Memorial Day party with patriotic decorations. Sure, red, white, and blue decorations are usually reserved for Fourth of July, but when you’re honoring our fallen troops, the patriotic theme is completely appropriate. Drape your front porch in patriotic silk buntings and order a custom patriotic banner for your front yard. Memorialize a fallen local hero or relative with your custom banner and remind everyone of the true meaning of the holiday. Add some festive flair to your backyard with American summer fans hanging from the trees, and, string some festive white fairy lights from the trees to add some extra illumination once the sun goes down. For an extra patriotic touch, line your driveway with 4x6 inch American flags. Drape your tables with basic white tablecloths and then cover alternate tables with red and blue fabric over the white. Create patriotic centerpieces with red, white, and blue balloons.
Enjoy celebrating Memorial Day with your friends and family and have fun planning your patriotic event. With simple touches and attention to detail, you can usher in the summer season with a great party that still pays homage to our country’s fallen heroes, remaining true to the spirit of the holiday.