Memorial Day is the day we remember those who died serving our country, and it’s also often referred to as the start of barbecue season. If you’re shopping for the best supplies for your Memorial Day barbecue, this guide will introduce you to seven essentials — and the items you need for them — that will help make your barbecue the cookout to remember.
1.) Party People – If you want your friends to come to your Memorial Day barbecue, you have to let them know you’re having one. Print out a colorful, vintage invitation, or send personalized invitations online.
Retro Vintage Chalkboard Memorial Day Printable Invitation – $16
Memorial Day Digital Invitations – $5-$80
2.) Patriotic Atmosphere – Not all your guests will want to be outside the whole time, so prepare your home in red, white, and blue for a Memorial Day spirit. Burn a candle with all the smells of American treats, play some patriotic acoustic tunes, and offer up some red, white, and blue soda or a fruit-flavored sparkling red wine. Set out some folding chairs — which can be used indoors or outdoors — for extra seating.
Cherry Pie, Warm Vanilla & Blueberry Cobbler Patriotic Mason Jar Candle – $15.99
Patriotic Songs for Memorial Day – $14.98
Jones Soda 12-Pack – $21.99
Mumm Napa Cuvée M Red Wine – $32
Garden Treasures Blue Steel Folding Chair – $9.98
3.) Star-Spangled Setup – Lay out an American spread using a red, gingham-style tablecloth and blue and white star napkins. Set out some cups garnished in stars, complete with red, white, and blue paper straws, some colorful cutlery, and patriotic paper plates. Decorate your house and yard with patriotic pennant garland, bunting flags, or Old Glory itself.
Rectangle Vintage Red Vinyl Tablecloths – $39.95
American Flag Napkins, Set of 4 – $29.50
Patriotic Stars Plastic Cups – $6
Paper Straws, 30 Assorted Red, Blue, Stars – $5.50
Red, White or Blue Plastic Cutlery – $0.99-$9.99
Freedom Patriotic Paper Plates, 80ct. – $12.99
Patriotic Pennants Garland: Red, White, and Blue Strand – $20
Patriotic Bunting Flag – $15.99
3′ x 5′ Outdoor American Flag – $19.99
4.) Food to Remember – Your guests have 10,000 taste buds, so give them a variety of flavors to try, from dry rubs and sauces on your meats and veggies, to star-shaped gelatin and good-old American apple pie. Make sure to protect the food from pests by using mesh food tents.
BBQ Dry Rubs & Seasoning Set – $27.50
Two Fat Guys Gourmet Barbecue Sauce – $6.72
Mini Star Silicone Mold – $9.99
Chesapeake Bay Apple Pie – $29.95
Mesh Food Tents – $9.95
5.) The Main Event – The most essential part of the barbecue is, of course, the grill. Whether you’re looking for a portable unit, a smoker, or a classic charcoal grill, there’s a grill out there for everyone. And to accommodate all your guests, mark your meats with charms that note whether the meats should be cooked rare, medium, or well-done.
Coleman RoadTrip Grill LXE – $146.99-$199.99
Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Series Charcoal Smoker – $299
Weber One-Touch Black Kettle Grill – $99
Outset Steak Collection Grill Charms – $12.99
6.) Fun for All – Outdoor games are part of the barbecue tradition. Popular party favorites include pinatas and cornhole, or you can try a giant tumble tower or patriotic photo prop. Crank up some American country tunes for your guests to dance to. And don’t forget party favors, such as stars and stripes stick yo-yos, the classic cloth American flag, or LED rings.
Firecracker Pinata – $15
All American Red and Blue Cornhole Board – $64.95
Handmade Tumbling Timbers – $80
Patriotic Photo Prop – $9
Now That’s What I Call the USA: The Patriotic Country Collection – $10
Stars & Stripes Stick Yo-Yo – $0.99
Cloth Flag 4″ x 6″ – $1
Patriotic Flashing Ring – $2.99
7.) Pest Management – One of the best parts of a Memorial Day barbecue is the food — but no one wants to be the food. Invest in some quality pest control supplies, such as wasp catchers, mosquito traps, and citronella sticks, or practice your aim with a salt gun designed to kill flies.
Glass Wasp Catchers – $9.99-$17.99
Reusable Mosquito Trap – $12.95
All-Natural Citronella Sticks – $3.95
Skell Bug-A-Salt Fly Shooter – $49.99