Memorial Day is right around the corner. While I understand and know that Memorial Day isn’t all about cooking out and kicking a few cold ones back, it’s a great way to kick off summer. The real meaning of Memorial Day is to remember those who have lost their lives in the military. Supporting our troops is something near and dear to my heart. Growing up, my family and I would participate in our tiny towns Memorial Day parade which concluded at the cemetery where a service was held. After each service, everyone in my family would head to my Grandma and Grandpa’s for our annual Memorial Day picnic. If you are someone who hosts a Memorial Day party, I’m here to give you 8 tips to throw the perfect Memorial Day party.
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8 Tips To Throw The Perfect Memorial Day Party:
Prep The Yard //
The first thing you are going to want to do is prep your yard. Make sure the lawn is mowed, edge your property, trim your hedges, and pick up any sticks or droppings from your dogs. Guests are going to be walking around your property so having a nice kept yard not only looks good but it’ll make it easier for your guests to walk through. No guest wants to be consciously looking for dog messes.
Set Up Seating //
Once you get your yard the way that you want it, make sure you set up plenty of seating for your guests. Arrange the seating so people aren’t sitting on top of each other but close enough so conversation can flow without having to shout over others. If you run out of chairs, set around other items your guests can sit on like benches and blankets.
Pick The Perfect Playlist //
Having the perfect playlist is extremely important for any party. The playlist you select should be full of uplifting music nothing too slow. Remember not to play the music too loud or people will be shouting over one another and it’ll become overwhelming. Make sure you invest in a good set of outdoor speakers like these or these fun rock speakers that blend in to your landscape.
Plan A Menu For Everyone //
When planning your menu, think of your guests. Ask if any of your guests have certain dietary restrictions like vegetarian, vegan, food allergies, or gluten-free. If some guests do, try to take that into context when deciding on what foods to prepare.
Make It A Potluck //
If you don’t have the time, energy, or extra money to provide food for a large amount of people there’s another option for you! To help keep costs down or so you aren’t spending your entire time getting food ready, why not make it a potluck! When inviting people make it clear that each person, couple, and/or family should bring a side dish/dessert and drinks of their choice. The host should provide the main course (burgers, hot dogs, other meats) tableware (plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery), and simple drinks such as bottle water, lemonade, and/or iced tea. Looking for table setting ideas? Check out these red and blue plates, palm plates, or super cute watermelon plates.
Set The Mood Outside //
Now that everything is laid out and all of the decisions are made, it’s time for the fun stuff. Decorating. To me, the best way to set the mood outside is stringing up some fun lights like these vintage string lights or these fun flamingo, watermelon, and pineapple lights. Adding a fun rug and lanterns are also a great way to bring some fun to the outdoors.
Keep Pests Away //
With the warmer weather, comes lots of pests. Make sure you keep your guests from being eaten alive by the dreadful mosquitoes. Make sure you provide bug spray and set up lots of citronella candles. There are lots of citronella options that are prettier than the basic terra-cotta pots. Some options I like are torches and these colorful ombre candles.
Put Out Lawn Games //
Keep your guests busy and having fun by setting up some lawn games for people to play. Some of our favorite lawn games are cornhole, Kan Jam, ladder toss, volleyball, croquet and lawn darts. After you set up your games, make sure you put out these drink holders to make life easier for your guests!
Bonus Tip: Have fun!
What I’m Wearing:
Top // This top is from Olive Ave. It is the softest material and super light-weight. I also love that this top has longer sleeves because here in Ohio, it’s never warm on Memorial Day. I’m currently in between a small and medium and I’m wearing a medium. I’d should have gotten the small because it is definitely a lose fit.
What do you do for Memorial Day?
Do you host any parties during the summer? How do you prepare?