Memorial Day is nearly here, which means it's the perfect time to pay tribute to our country and celebrate the unofficial start of summer with your loved ones. But before you fire up the grill, you'll want to take a look at our checklist for throwing the ultimate Memorial Day bash.
Don't send out the invites to your party until you verify you have the following Memorial Day essentials:
1. Patriotic Decor
Your decorations don't have to be fancy, but they should be in the "summery Americana" realm. A red checkered tablecloth with a burlap runner or a light, airy linen table covering will do nicely. You can also fill clear mason jars with daisies, red carnations, baby's breath, or other fresh blooms you gather from your garden. Tie a bow in either natural twine or red, white, and blue ribbons around the jar's rim to finish off the look.
2. Durable Dishes
You don't want to worry about broken serveware during the party, so opt for melamine dinner plates this Memorial Day. Embrace a nautical theme with our Portsmouth dinner plates or go with classic white for a clean, crisp feel. Whether you use cloth or paper napkins, make sure they're red, white, and blue, too! To make it easy for your guests, put together flatware sets with each napkin, secure with twine or ribbon, and stick in a miniature flag pin for good measure.
3. Delicious Food
What would Memorial Day be without an incredible cookout? Put those melamine dinner plates to good use by giving your guests a ton of variety. Modern dinner plates typically measure between 10 and 11 inches across, so they'll have quite a bit of room for all that amazing food. Whether you're a family who loves your hot dogs, hamburgers, and macaroni salad or you tend to go for BBQ chicken, ribs, and corn on the cob, your loved ones will be full and happy. And don't forget about dessert! You can put a twist on strawberry shortcake using biscuits, frozen custard, and fresh blueberries and strawberries, or make your own fruit cobbler with homemade whipped cream on top. When everyone's finished, pile the dirty dishes on your serving trays for easier clean-up.
4. Summery Drinks
Of course, you can't forget about the drinks! Lemonade and iced tea are always a welcome addition to any Memorial Day table, but you can also make your own fruit punch or holiday-themed sangria. For the little ones, Shirley Temples with fancy fruit skewers are a great choice. Serve in clear pitchers and use our topaz blue or ruby red tumblers for even more colorful fun.
5. Festive Lights
Take advantage of your deck or green space by hanging up twinkle lights or lanterns for the evening. And if you have a fire pit or bonfire area, now's the perfect time to light it up. Be sure to provide some warm blankets or extra sweatshirts for guests who choose to stick around. You could even get a headstart on Independence Day by roasting up some marshmallows to end the evening on a sweet note.
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