Memorial Day is coming up, which means summer is just around the corner. We can’t think of a better excuse to throw an outdoor party, so follow these tips and let the fun begin!
Setting the Theme
We’re traditionalists and like to show off our patriotic side whenever we can. But instead of having stars and stripes everywhere, we suggest decorating your outdoor space with red, navy blue and white pieces, with just a few key items adorned with the flag. These key items can be elements such as your centerpiece, your cupcake toppers or even printed menu cards. Not having too much flag stuff keeps your party fresh and modern.
Food and Drinks
Burgers and hot dogs are pretty much expected at any BBQ, but you can mix things up a bit by serving gourmet versions of these 2 grilling mainstays. For example, instead of regular burgers and hot dogs, why not serve Kobe sliders and turkey dogs on French rolls? You can also set up a fixings bar with a variety of tasty toppings for your guests. An array of marinated veggies, hummus, bacon and different types of shredded cheeses all make wonderful burger/hot dog accompaniments. Don’t forget your classic condiments like ketchup and mustard for those who want to keep it simple, though.
For beverages, grab a stainless steel beverage cooler and keep it stocked with 2 or 3 varieties of your favorite bottled microbrews. While we’re a fan of cocktails, instead of playing bartender and mixing different drinks all night, why not make a few pitchers of just one killer drink. Mix together some strawberry schnapps, vodka and club soda together. Grab some lowball glasses, dip the rims in some blue colored sugar, fill with ice and pour this yummy concoction over it for a spectacular summer thirst quencher.
Last but not least, you’ll need a dessert. You can make regular store bought ice cream sandwiches festive by dipping the edges in red and blue sprinkles and serving them on a pretty platter.
Keep Your Guests Comfy
Depending on where you live, it may already feel like the middle of summer during your party, so it’s important to think of your guests’ comfort. Purchase some mini red, white and blue folding fans at your local party supply store and put one by each place setting. Last but not least, you can also have a misting fan set up in your backyard for even more cooling!