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9 Great Memorial Day Party Ideas

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1. Host a BBQ

We couldn’t leave a BBQ off of this list. It’s an easy party that requires minimal planning, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a blast. To prepare, gather an assortment of meats to make kebabs or whatever you would like to serve, and some veggies, too, to grill for your vegetarian guests. Buy patriotic paper plates, cups, and napkins, as well as a mix of red, white, and blue utensils. In addition to typical BBQ sides and appetizers like coleslaw, corn on the cob, potato salad, and cornbread, whip up some patriotic side dishes like “American flag” fruit kebabs with strawberries, bananas, and blueberries for layered yogurt parfaits.

2. Set up a burger and hot dog bar

This Memorial Day party idea is a spin on the classic BBQ. To host your very own burger and/or hot dog bar, set up a table with all of the usual fixings like ketchup, mayo, mustard, salsa, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, chili, cheese, bacon, relish, tomatoes, lettuce, sauteed mushrooms, onions, Thousand Island dressing, pickles, jalapenos, and avocado. Create an assembly line where guests can assemble sliders or full-sized burgers and hot dogs. To accommodate vegetarian and vegan guests, consider serving some veggie patties and hot dogs as well. If you are serving hot dogs, buy paper trays from Michael’s craft stores or party stores for easy serving. 

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3. Treat your guests to patriotic sweets

Get festive by serving some flag-themed summer sweets. Shaved ice, sorbet, Italian Ice, and ice cream can be served and arranged in order of red, white, and blue flavors. Or, to make it simple, serve the classic Firecracker popsicles (or make your own if you prefer homemade, real fruit popsicles). If frozen sweets aren’t your thing, you can also bake a layered red, white, and blue cake with strawberry filling, or frost and arrange cupcakes to look like an American flag. For more patriotic dessert ideas like funnel cakes and cherry pie, check out this Delish article.

4. Serve some festive drinks

Raise a glass this Memorial Day and toast all of the brave soldiers who have fought for America. Use grenadine and other colorful mixers to get your drinks party-ready. Or, celebrate patriotically with all-American beers like Budweiser and Coors. To make a layered red, white, and blue cocktail, check out this recipe. You can also make layered slushies using pina colada mix with red and blue-colored flavorings.

5. Star-spangle the space with decorations 

Whether you are hosting your Memorial Day party indoors or outside, you can find a way to decorate for the occasion. Pick up some American flags; banners; red, white, and blue balloons; paper lanterns; stars; pinwheels; flowers; and candles. Keep kids busy at the party by asking them to help with decorations. They can make any of these Memorial Day crafts to help spruce up the yard or venue. Note: Remember to fly any adjustable flags at half-mast out of respect.

6. Book a special venue for the day

Yes, you can even rent a venue for a BBQ. On Peerspace, you can find gorgeous backyard patios for your Memorial Day party. So if your yard is lacking in space, a backyard BBQ is still possible. Some venues offer catering, and many outdoor venues have grills, pools, fire pits, and decks. Just check off the amenities you are looking for under “Filters,” and you’ll have a list of perfect places to choose from in your area.

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7. Add some games into the mix

Every backyard bash needs some games to keep everyone entertained, especially if there are kids attending. Set up some classics like cornhole, bocce ball, horseshoes, and racquetball, and be sure to have footballs or beach balls for everyone to toss around. When you rent a venue on Peerspace, you might even find a place with a pool table, ping-pong table, or foosball table, so the games will be included!

8. Give back with a fundraiser 

Use your party to remind everyone what Memorial Day is all about. Give back to veterans or families of fallen soldiers by hosting a fundraiser in your neighborhood. Rally everyone you know and plan a bake sale or car wash. Or, for a more upscale fundraiser, ask around and see if you can get catering and/or a bar service donated and have everyone contribute a donation to pay for their “ticket” for attending your dinner party. This is a meaningful Memorial Day party idea that can also be a whole lot of fun to host.

9. Turn on the perfect patriotic playlist 

Every party needs music. For a Memorial Day party, you’ll want a collection of the most all-American songs, like “Born in the USA,” any of “The Star Spangled Banner” renditions, “American Pie,” and “Party in the U.S.A.” You can also pay tribute by playing popular wartime songs, like the ones on this World War II list.

This annual day of remembrance is more than a day off or a good time for a BBQ. This Memorial Day, celebrate everyone who has given their life to protect America in a big way with these Memorial Day party ideas.

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