Last Minute Must-Haves for Memorial Day Parties

Can you feel the heat?! Most places around the country have temperatures rising and that means Memorial Day celebrations will be taking place outside!

Here’s our guide for a fun-filled Memorial Day barbecue.

First things first – invitations! Even if you’re throwing your soiree together at the last minute be sure to send a note with the details on your favorite group chat. Follow up with individuals that aren’t vigilant about checking messages to ensure the invite has been extended.  Lastly, invite new friends.  Barbecues are a perfect way to get to know new friends in a relaxed setting.

 We are big fans of going potluck when it comes to hosting a barbeque. However, there are a few host responsibilities that should not be passed off, primarily meat and alcohol.  These two items will tend to be the most expensive so make sure your guests know they are already taken care of. 

Always make sure to have water on hand. We like to jazz it up with lemon and grapefruit or strawberries and lime.  Keep your friends and family feel fresh and hydrated.

Save your fancy plates for another day (and another dinner party). Use a set of melamine for a durable, dishwasher safe option.  And if you’re extra cautious, like us, clear melamine cups and wine glasses keep your event classy and shatterproof.

Use the theme of the day to decorate. The colors are easy, we all know them well so you can be a kitschy as you want with American flag everything or give a more subtle approach by mixing up an array of red, white and blue accessories on your table and seating areas.

Add some lawn games your festivities that will keep friends, family and kiddos up and moving. A good game of croquet isn’t something you see every day – switch it up and have fun!

Keep towels on hand – even if there’s no pool in site. Some of your friends may need to freshen up (get the glisten off, if you know what I mean). A good host will anticipate her guests needs with this one – bonus points for towels that keep the color palette going (like this one)

Let people help! You are the host who has it all under control, making sure no drink sees the bottom, has already scheduled the day in her head, but look around at your guests and enjoy the day. If someone wants to help you bring out extra napkins, let ‘em!

 Lastly, make sure to honor the day. This party you are throwing is essentially a celebration of life for all those who have fallen to protect us.  So, raise a glass, take a moment to say thank you, and enjoy the freedoms we have been granted.

Rebecca Hurn
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