Memorial Day weekend is the chance to honor our nation’s heroes, as well as a time-honored tradition of kicking off the summer with style. While many people make the mistake of getting caught up in the shiny advertisements of pre-made party stores, Snappening has you covered with easy Memorial Day party ideas that will help make your guests wish the party lasted all week. We know you have three entire days of entertaining but there is no need to panic; with the right décor, event themes, food, drinks, and attire for the entire weekend, Snappening will make planning your Memorial Day weekend party a snap!
Memorial Day Party Décor Ideas
Before the traditional Memorial Day festivities commence, and family and friends roll in from out of town, party décor can be your primary starting point. There’s no need to spend all your dough on plastic banners or red, white and blue paraphernalia. Mason jars are the ultimate DIY tool, and a platform for your Memorial Day party table centerpieces: simply use food coloring to dye equal parts white rice in red and blue while leaving one-third of the batch white. Pour each color batch of rice separately into the Mason jar, and top it off with a candle, red white and blue flowers or our personal favorite: some sparklers! Make sure to save extra sparklers to hand out to guests. The best part about these centerpieces is they work for any event during these upcoming three days! Place these centerpieces in the middle of your table each day of your celebration for a festive piece your guests will rave about.
Memorial Day Party Event Ideas
Part 1: Saturday
Today’s the day that everyone is officially in town for the weekend’s festivities and what better way to welcome your guests to three days of fun than with a kickoff cocktail party!? Guests can mingle and chat, meet everyone and get comfortable before the real fun begins. Your patriotic cocktails will surely be the talk of this event however. These 5 DIY patriotic cocktails
are easy to make, and sure to impress. For your guests under 21, this red, white and blue “mocktail”
is a yummy treat to include the kids with.
Part 2: Sunday
We call it Outdoor Games Day
! Make sure to interact with your guests outdoors and let loose and have some fun during this weekend extravaganza! Get everyone involved with a group volleyball tournament – no sand necessary! Don’t have a volleyball net? Go old school and hammer two posts or sticks in the ground, and connect with a string, or simply draw a line on the ground. Another fun activity perfect for this holiday is capture the flag! Make sure to provide water to your guests, as running around in the sun can get quite hot. Our festive suggestion: sparkling water with blueberries and raspberries! Heading to the track? Check out our Indy 500 blog for more great ideas.
Part 3: Monday
It’s officially Memorial Day! A good old-fashioned American BBQ is the only event to do! Gather your family and friends outside (if your backyard won’t do, check out Snappening’s list to find outdoor venues
suitable for your Memorial Day event needs), and fire up the grill. To add a little festiveness to this tradition, try wrapping hotdogs for your guests in a simple flag fabric, or even just a basic red and white plaid patterned cloth, and plant flag toothpicks in your burgers. Another fun twist to entertain your hungry guests? Use condiments to doodle patriotic messages on hotdogs and burgers! Make sure to provide fruit for your BBQ: these juicy treats are some of the most fun to work with on Memorial Day and offer important hydration. Our favorite fruit creation? Utilizing red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries, blueberries, and white cheese squares to create a one-of-a-kind appetizing fruit flag.
Proper Memorial Day Attire
Part 1: Saturday
Memorial Day weekend is your time to have fun and represent the bright and vibrant colors of our country’s symbol of freedom: the flag. Thus, utilizing proper application of the iconic red, white and blue is a must. In keeping with the flag theme, stripes are key this holiday season. For the first day of the weekend festivities when everyone is coming into town and mingling casually over cocktails, try pairing a fun casual white or blue top with a long, flowing striped maxi skirt.
Part 2: Sunday
Since the weekend is hailed as the ultimate party kickoff to the summer, when running around and playing games on Sunday, avoid the skirts or dresses and try mixing a summer staple into your party attire: the jean short. Billowy bright red or blue shirts offset the shorts, and pair nicely to create a patriotic and comfortable look for all the movement you’ll be doing. Flag printed jean shorts are exceptionally appropriate! Just remember, family members may be in town, so make sure those daisy dukes aren’t too risqué.
Part 3: Monday
When attending your fundamental Memorial Day BBQ event on Monday, a summer dress is perfect! A red, white and blue dress is simple yet elegant, and will keep you cool in the heat. Stripes are a wonderful choice.
Combining these tips and tricks to create the perfect three-day party for your guests is the ultimate way to maximize your Memorial Day weekend. Let us know how your Memorial Day Weekend went! Share your patriotic décor, food and attire with us on Facebook
. Be sure to view all of these tips and tricks and more patriotic favorites on Snappening’s “Americana Party Faves” Board
– Because don’t forget, July 4th
is coming up as well!