It’s time to throw your Memorial Day barbeque to kick the summer off right. Print off this shopping guide and you won’t forget a thing.
Décor: Memorial Day is all about patriotism and our fallen soldiers. If you want to really do a true Memorial Day themed barbeque, you’ll need to have a patriotic décor, but you don’t necessarily need to have a traditional look.
- Paper lanterns in any shade of red, blue, white or cream
- Table décor (visit thrift stores to get cheap baskets, mugs, and serving bowls), dollar stores will have little flags, colored marbles, and fake poppies (the official flower of Memorial Day)
- Utensils, napkins and plates. You can use paper plates and plastic utensils, or be kinder to the planet and buy real dishes for next to nothing at Wal-Mart or a Dollar Tree Store. Don’t forget cups or wine glasses. You can usually find beer mugs at a dollar store as well.
- Candles, tiki torches to keep mosquitos away, and large tin buckets are great for filling with ice and sticking drinks in.
- Make sure you have enough serving trays and serving utensils
- Consider a canvas pavilion for shade if you don’t have natural shade
Food: If you’re going to do a barbeque, you should really go all out. I hate hotdogs, but there’s something about one that’s been cooked outside that just tastes awesome.
- Meats, hotdogs, brats, steaks, burgers, kabob’s, or if you aren’t a meat fan you can do Boca Burgers, grilled eggplant, and marinate mushrooms for meatless burgers
- Appetizers: Crackers and cheese, cheese ball, dips (crab, spinach)
- Sides; Potato salad, grilled corn on the cob, macaroni salad, grilled summer veggies, fruit salad, any of your favorite dishes
- Buns, condiments, cheeses, and veggies for your burgers, bbq sauce or the ingredients to make your own
- Bottled water, juices for the kids, any adult beverages and mixes, strawberry Daiquiri Mix can be used to make delicious slushes for the kids, iced tea, and lemonade
- Deserts; Ice-creams and cones, S’mores, lemon bars, anything that isn’t too heavy
- Don’t forget all of the little extras; toothpicks, aluminum foil to grill veggies in, tongs, baggies to marinate meats or veggies in the night before, sweetener for tea, a fresh lemon and a few limes for lemonade or beer garish
- Charcoal and lighter fluid, matches, or propane for the grill
Entertainment: A successful barbeque should include some fun things for your guests to do; especially the little ones.
- Bubbles, hoola hoops, and craft supplies for paper flags or tissue flowers (pipe cleaners and tissue paper, glitter, scissors, and anything you want to add)
- A water activity is usually a hit. If you don’t have a pool you can do a sprinkler or water guns. One year we filled up buckets with water and sponges; everyone got in on throwing and squeezing sponges..it was a blast. Water balloons for the kids are always a hit
Furniture: You’ll need some kind of seating and tables for your guests. You can spend less by using folding cloth chairs and card tables. If you have the cash, you can go all out and buy some gorgeous new outdoor furniture and use it again and again. Make sure you have separate tables for a buffet and for eating.
Print this out and take it with you while you shop or save it in your favorites on your phone. Happy Memorial Day.