Memorial Day weekend is usually the kick-off of the summer. Not only is the weather starting to warm up, but the kids are getting ready to get out of school, and summer planning is in full swing. One great way to have a great Memorial Day weekend is to throw a fantastic barbecue for your family and friends. Here are a few suggestions to help you in the planning and hosting a memorable Memorial Day party.
The first thing you need to do is to pick your venue. If it’s a small gathering, consider your backyard, which can be a fun, yet intimate venue. Memorial Day parties are also a great day to open up the pool. If you don’t have a pool in your backyard, considering going to your community pool or local club.
Once you have your venue, the next thing to do is to pick a theme. Themes will help you in your decorating, your menu, your invitations, and in picking your games. Themes can be as simple or as elaborate as you want – you are only limited by your imagination. With the nature of the holiday, and as a great reminder that Memorial Day is to remember those who have sacrificed their lives in order for America to stay free, consider including patriotic colors and decorations in your theme, including an American flag. Make sure that you have plenty of festive decorations. Balloons and streamers are a great way to get everyone into the party spirit.
The next step is to create your guest list and send out the invitations. Make sure that the size of your guest list is appropriate for your venue. Invitations can either be sent through traditional paper invitations or, for a more causal feeling, consider using the ever more popular email or electronic invitations.
Things that you need to plan before the big day are your menu, your set-up, and your activities. Traditionally, Memorial Day parties are a great excuse to break out the barbecue. Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken are standard Memorial Day fare, along with chips and dip, salads (including fruit, macaroni, and potato), and corn. And make sure that you don’t forget the drinks and desserts.
Once you know your menu, make sure that you have tables set up that will handle all the plates of food. Set up tables and chairs that will accommodate all your guests as well as leave space for any games or activities that you want to have available. Some of the most traditional Memorial Day activities include volleyball, horseshoes, and baseball, as well as pool games such as Marco/Polo, sharks and minnows, or races.