Memorial Day is a United States holiday to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. What better way to pay tribute than to celebrate America’s heroes with a party? Kickoff summer in a patriotic manner with these 5 party-planning ideas!

1. Plan some summer classics for your menu

Memorial Day Drink
Click here for the recipe

BBQ? Time to grill! Stick to a menu of burgers, hot dogs, skewers, grilled vegetables and sides such as potato salad, watermelon and whatever other taste you’re craving.

You don’t have to limit this to your food, either. Get creative with your drinks by serving red, white and blue cocktails, like this Sangria one here!

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2. Decorate a little or a lot, it’s up to you!


Items such as red, white and blue tablecloths, paper goods, USA Flag centerpieces are a classic hit! Check out this selection here. Elegant cooper string lights will help turn your afternoon BBQ into an evening affair! They’re affordable too. Check out some options here.






3. Oh, yeah. The KIDS!

Kid-friendly games are a MUST so that your mom, dad and grandparent-friends don’t have to miss out. Grab some marshmellow roasting sticks and cook-up some s’mores. Big backyard? Grab a slip-and-slide from your local store.

Check out these memorial day activities for kids HERE.







4. Don’t forget the essentials.

In many areas across the country, ’tis the season for mosquitoes and other creepy-crawlies. Make sure you have bug spray readily available as well as sunscreen to protect yourself against those beautiful but dangerous rays!



5. Have a back-up plan

Weather can be unpredictable. You might want to develop a back-up plan in case the weekend is wet! Do you have enough room in the house to hold all your guests if needed? On the other hand, you may want to consider renting or purchasing a tent that can be put up in the event of rain. This will allow you to keep the guests outdoors without having them get wet.






Cheers to a successful, fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!