For an easy Memorial Day idea, honor our veterans and soldiers and signal the arrival of summer with an outdoor celebration. The day will go smoothly with our easy make-ahead menu, a step-by-step party-planning checklist, and fun Memorial Day party ideas.
Show gratitude for the freedom that soldiers have fought for by celebrating Memorial Day with the ones you love. Invite friends and family, share easy Memorial Day recipes, and enjoy the barely-there summer weather. We have everything you need to plan the menu, prep for the party, and enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Put that fresh herb garden to good use. These sweet-tart drinks are a great way to start the party, and they only take a few minutes to prep. Make the rosemary syrup the night before, then set up a bar with all the fixings and let guests mix their own Memorial Day cocktails.
Snag a sneak peek of summer's fresh flavors with this watermelon salad perfect for your Memorial Day menu. It's super simple to make and only calls for five ingredients.
Your friends will be begging to get the recipe for your oh-so-juicy burgers. The secret? Peanut butter tucked inside the burger mix prior to grilling.
These faux-BBQ sammies will please vegetarians and carnivores alike. Their meaty taste comes from shredded jackfruit and barbecue sauce.
A summertime staple and must-have Memorial Day dish, pasta salad is the perfect picnic side. Try this dressed-up version with bacon, lettuce, and tomato.
Corn on the cob is perfect for any Memorial Day menu. It's portable, grillable, and oh, so flavorful thanks to lemons, smoked paprika, and fleur de sel.
This fun (and easy-to-make) treat deserves a place on your Memorial Day desserts table. Upgrade a basic ice cream sundae by making waffle-cone "taco shells." Then let guests create their own masterpieces by setting out different flavors of ice cream and toppings.
End your Memorial Day menu with a sweet-but-tart treat. These cute Key lime cupcakes are filled as well as frosted and feature a decadent graham cracker crust.
Casual entertaining in the backyard is one of the joys of summer. If you've decided to invite a ton of folks to drop by throughout the day, play the day by ear rather than coming up with a formal plan. These pre-party prep ideas let guests entertain themselves on a whim.
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