This is a shopping guide to help plan for the big Memorial Day barbecue you have been dreaming of. This guide is a list of items that will save you extra trips back to the store for things you may have forgot about.
It would be impossible to get the barbecue in the swing of things for Memorial Day without some flags. Lots of flags will be needed. A lot of small flags, a few larger ones, and a bunting or two will suffice.
Amazon would be a good place to get these quickly without traveling to the store. They have many to choose from and with their reputation for prompt deliveries, won’t leave you flag-less.
Let Them Eat Cake
You will need plates, eating utensils, plastic cups and napkins for your guests to eat with. Buy Large plates for the main course and some smaller ones for dessert.
Don’t buy the cheap flimsy plates or utensils. It would be embarrassing for you if a guest stabed their food and the plate of food falls into their lap while the fork breaks. Flag designed napkins will help set the scene as will patriotic disposable tablecloths.
The Mess Sergeant
Make sure to go over the food list with the cook. Insure there will be enough gas or charcoal for the grill and that you have large enough serving dishes for the bounty. Have lots of ice, which is something many forget about or don’t have enough of.
Plan the cooking so that things get done in order and if needed the oven can be used to keep food warm while waiting on the next batch. Many larger cities have companies that rent food warmers for such occasions.
Two cooks work best, one at the grill the other in the kitchen. Usually friends will help out and keep the cooks company while fetching them drinks.
Music to My Ears
Mood music is absolutely necessary. You can go large and hire a band or DJ. Most likely you will play music from your CD or MP3 player with an amplifier.
Most people will not want to listen to military band music. Choose the styles based on the general age of the group or mix it up so everyone can enjoy the tunes.
Lights, Camera, Action
Lighting at night is important. Lights attract bugs so think about investing in a few Miracle LED Bug Lites. One or two video cameras set up at several locations can catch a lot of action if you feel it will be appropriate for your Memorial Day bash.
Using the camera on a laptop or other device works well. A device used for such purposes can also be set up to display slide shows of patriotic scenes and will add to the festivities. It would be possible to play music through the same device but it will interfere with any audio recording and sound too cheesy.
With this shopping guide you can have all the essentials for a memorable Memorial Day Barbecue. Everyone can enjoy themselves while they remember and talk about their loved ones while wishing they were there.
The good news is you can save your decorations for another holiday that is quickly approaching, The Forth of July, they work just as well for that one too. Oh boy! Another Barbecue!
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