Call Memorial Day in with a hoot and a holler, thank those who came before you and sacrificed their own being to ensure your freedoms and life. Throwing a successful barbecue doesn’t have to be back breaking. With these few things to get you started, you will be well on your way to success and satisfaction.
Flag Banners: Keep is simply elegant. If your have a porch with railings, purchase flag banners that fan out and use to welcome and accent your beliefs. These simple decorations can spruce up a tired house.
American Flag: You can fly an American flag if you have a flag pole. If not, you can purchase the porch style pole that extends out and can be used to fly the America flag.
Paper Supplies: You don’t need to go for the expensive supplies. Simple red, white and blue plates, silverware and napkins catch the eye as easily as the expensive over the top products. Red Solo cups are a great addition to prevent bottles and cans littering your lawn.
Disposable serving ware: I prefer to store, present and hold all foods in throw away containers. This is a huge helps as most of the meals go to waste because no one knows what is in this or that covered dish. Clean up is a breeze and there are no dirty severing plates to soak. Make your containers bright and coordinated with your decorations. If you are in a pinch or just looking to save a buck, shop the dollar stores in your area. They often have great options for the holidays.
Ice: Be sure to have plenty of Ice on hand. I like to put ice in a small plastic pool and put any bottles or cans in the ice. They are served ice cold and you really don’t need to add ice. If some guest prefer to put ice in their drink or you are offering custom “drink” Reserved some ice in a cooler for edible use.
Trash Containers: Place several trash containers or bags around the area of the party. This will hopefully encourage your guests to use them rather than leaving their trash for you to pick up. If you do not already have trash containers, pick up some discarded boxes at your local stores and use them as the bag holder.
Food: I like to keep it simple for outdoor parties. Hamburgers, hot-dogs, salads, and a few choice desserts such as a sheet cake with strawberries, and blueberries placed on white icing. If guests ask if they can bring something, by all means let them. It makes them feel useful and also cuts some of the work and expense off of you.
Having a Memorial Day barbecue can be a fun and exciting experience. Keep it simple and keep your cool. This will allow you to enjoy the day as much as your guests.