Would you like to have a Memorial Day barbecue, but have no idea where to start? If the answer is yes, continue reading. Below, I will share with you four excellent ideas to make this Memorial Day barbecue one that none of your guests will ever forget.
Idea # 1: Make sure the decor goes with the occasion: When planning an event during a holiday, one of the most important parts of the planning is to use decor that goes with the occasion you are celebrating. And, a barbecue to commemorate Memorial Day shouldn’t be the exception. Here are some must-have decor items:
* Decorative plates, cups, napkins, utensils
* Wall decorations
* Decorative tablecloths
* Decorative flags
* Decorative candles
Most of these items can be found in some of the convenient stores around your area. The important part here is to make sure you use Memorial Day decor to make the ambient are more “festivity” one.
Idea # 2: Establish the menu for snack/main dishes as well as beverages well in advance: In order to have the best menu ever, you have to start planning well in advance what is that you will be serving to your guests. Since you are planning to do a Memorial Day barbecue, your theme is already established. Now, you need to select the dishes and the beverages you will be serving. Before you make a decision about the menu, you will need to take in consideration any guests’ allergies, likes, dislikes, etc. By doing a little research about these topics among your guests, you will have a better chance of creating a menu that all your guests will love. Some great dishes and drinks that you could serve during you barbecue are:
Main dishes/side dishes/ desserts:
* Barbecue ribs
* Grilled garlic and herb shrimp
* Barbecue chicken
* Grilled salmon
* Hot dogs
* Homemade potato salad
* Pasta salad
* Classic macaroni salad
* Grilled corn on the cob
* Seafood pasta salad
* Memorial Day theme cupcakes
* Memorial Day theme cheesecake
Most of the ingredients you need to prepare these delicious and easy to make dishes can be found in groceries stores near your area.
* Non-alcoholic punch
* Refreshing cucumber lemonade
* Frozen strawberry lemonade
* Caribbean run punch
* Pink lemonade
* Watermelon margaritas
Most of the ingredients you need to prepare these refreshing beverages can be found in groceries stores near your area.
Idea # 3: Come up with fun entertainment ideas to keep your guests animated during the event: This is the fun part of the event. Making sure you select the right entertainment to complement your barbecue will ensure that your guests have a great time. Remember; good food and delicious drinks have to be accompanied by excellent entertainment for an event to be a very successful one. Here are some good entertainment ideas that you could use during your barbecue:
* A small live band
* Good music played by a DJ
* Face painting for the little ones
* A bouncy castle for the little ones (and maybe some fearless adults)
* Some fun games like egg relays, water balloon fights, etc.
* Kite making activity (to fly them later in the afternoon)
The point here is to keep your guests entertained with some fun activities. Again, this is the fun part of the even so use your imagination and you will see how your Memorial Day barbecue will go from a simple barbecue to an unforgettable one.
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Idea # 4: Let’s not forget about the clean-up: The clean-up is always the not so fun part of any event, but if you follow these simple ideas, you could have the best memorial day barbecue of all times without having to deal with the mess at the end. Here are some simple but very effective clean-up ideas that you could use during your barbecue that will help you minimize the time you will have to spend cleaning up after your guests are gone.
* Place garbage bags in certain areas so that guests could put away their own trash
* Use disposable plates, cups, and utensils
* Put ask trays around the area to help the guests who smoke to maintain the area free of cigarette butts
* Ask for volunteers to help you clean up after the party
As you can see, my friends. Planning an unforgettable Memorial Day barbecue is not as hard as it seems. It just requires a little organization and the willingness to have a great time with family and friends. Let’s show gratitude to those men and woman in uniform, who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country by spending some quality time with our loved ones. At the end, that’s what really matters in this life.
Happy Memorial Day, guys and remember; “the value of life don’t depend on the lenght of time on this Earth but rather on the amount of love given and shared to the people we care about.” ~ Unknown Author ~