When I think of Memorial Day, I am reminded that our freedoms have come at a cost to others. I am grateful for those who have taken the responsibility to protect my family, friends and loved ones. In remembering them, I plan a party where my loved ones can gather and celebrate a privilege in their honor. For those looking to do the same, here are my best tips.
Decorations: My decorations go up the first of May and remain up through the fourth of July. While some may see this as a bit overboard, I see it as a token of my appreciation. Some decorations that I routine display are:
The American Flag: Not everyone has the room to put up a pole to fly old glory in the best of manners, I know that I don’t. I purchase banners such as those that sway across my porch and gutters. I also purchase a smaller flag that I can attach to the porch posts. I routinely change this with other holiday flags.
Lights: I enjoy lights in the evening so I use Christmas lights in Red white and Blue to string around my outside sitting area such as the deck, front porch etc. All of these items can be purchased at your local stores or party supply warehouses. This also provides a double duty for my husband and I as we are able to sit out in the evening and just reflect on what is important to our family. It is our private time to just enjoy being together without the expense of celebrating outside of our home.
Party Fare: The food, supplies and other edible items take up far more space than need be but there is always something for everyone. In our family, we participate in a potluck offering. Everyone brings something related to Memorial Day. Some of these items have included:
Desserts: Flag inspired cakes, cupcakes, cookies and pudding pies. These are all easily made with simple out of the box ingredients with a bit of food coloring added into the cake mix, icing or even pudding. Try it out for yourself. It truly is an attractive and special way to look your best.
Salads: These are typically the favorite at our parties. Each year, we battle to provide the unique and truly inspired salad concoctions. Past salads have included red, white and blue pasta salads, coleslaw and potato salads. Yes, some come looking a bit strange but everyone tries each even if it is to just judge the best of the best. Most times once they see that the flavor is not affected by the color, they dig in as any normal person would.
Entrées: These are the typical every day BBQ items consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, steaks or some other meat items. The entrées are hard to put a twist on so we usually end up putting a twist on the condiments such as red lettuce and blue onions. The tomatoes serve as the red condiments. To change the color of lettuce and onions, soak them in cool colored water. The pores in the vegetable will draw up the moisture much in the same way as flowers go.
I hope that you have enjoyed the basic tips for a successful Memorial day party. Share a tip or two with me as I am always looking for new and exciting ways to try things.