With Memorial Day just around the corner, it is time to start planning your barbecues and creating your guest list. Most people receive a three-day weekend over Memorial Day, making it the perfect time to relax with family and friends over good food and conversation. Here are some ideas to help you start planning your barbecue.
Decorating for Memorial Day: When decorating the yard for Memorial Day, keep in mind what the day is really about. It is about patriotism, respecting the deceased veterans, and being grateful for the freedoms afforded to Americans. The decorations in your yard should represent American traditions. Have a flag or several flags hanging around your yard. You can hang decorative stars representing the stars of the flag. Use red, white, and blue tablecloths for each of the tables. They sell festive paper plates and napkins with American flags on them, that you can use to serve your guests. Get creative with your decorations, using a red, white, and blue color scheme as a guide.
Food and Drinks: Given it is a barbecue, you will be likely to buy a lot of meat to grill up. Be sure to get a variety so that all of your guests can find something to enjoy. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and bratwurst are classics for barbecues. Consider getting some lean chicken breasts as well, for any of those at the party who would like something healthier. Also, if any vegetarians or vegans plan to come, having veggie burgers on hand is always a good idea. Make the barbeque potluck style, to save you some work. Tell everyone to bring their own side dish or dessert. That way everyone can contribute their own special touch to the event. Be sure to have plenty of drinks on hand like bottled water, beer, and soda.
Entertainment: Live entertainment is a great way to kick-start any party. Consider a Memorial Day themed band, like a marching band. Or you can set up a karaoke stage and let your guests contribute their own musical skills. You can even create your own marching band, by passing an instrument out to each of your guests and parading around the neighborhood! Also, be sure to take a moment for prayer to remember the selfless service of Americans veterans. While having fun and relaxing should definitely be an aspect of Memorial Day, it is important to pay homage to those who have died for our freedoms.