Though summer technically doesn’t start for another month, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the season. For many, having a Monday off of work is already cause for celebration. But with warm weather and the promise of longer days ahead, most people want to celebrate by gathering a group of great friends for great food, usually in the great outdoors. Playing host this year? We’ve got the tips to help you throw a stylish, yet laid-back Memorial Day party.
Make your tablescape the main focus.
If you’re doing Memorial Day right, you’re going to be doing a lot of eating. So put the focus on the food by creating a festive tablescape. We recommend keeping the color scheme simple with classic red, white, and blue. One of the best things about this casual holiday is that your decor doesn’t need to be too fussy. You can easily dress up your tabletop with placemats, good-looking glassware (it doesn’t need to be the expensive stuff!), and a few floral arrangements. We like white flowers because they feel light and summery.
Get festive with your food.
When you get creative, your food can actually function as decor. Add a splash of red to your tablescape using seasonal berries like cherries and strawberries. That way, you don’t need to worry about bringing in extra decor just to complete your color scheme.
But when it comes to your Memorial Day meal, you’ll obviously need something besides berries. The holiday is hardly complete without a little barbecue. These Southwest BBQ Pork Sliders are perfect for meat-lovers. For your vegetarian guests, try this grilled vegetable recipe and these Grillable Veggie Burgers.
Provide shade from the sun.
It’s late May, so chances are it’s going to be warm and sunny out. We won’t harp on you to wear your sunscreen and sun hat, but if you’re planning on keeping your guests outside all day, do them a favor and provide a little bit of shade and plenty of water. Set up umbrellas and a hydration station — a container filled with ice and drinks does the trick — wherever you think people will end up hanging out the most
Lounge a little.
After the BBQ has been devoured, your guests will probably want to stick around for a while, so set up an area separate from the table where people can lounge and chat. If you don’t have patio furniture, put together a boho-style spot using rugs, throws, and floor pillows. If you’re planning on staying out into the evening hours, lanterns are great for mood lighting and throw blankets are a nice touch in case it gets chilly out.