The unofficial start of summer is almost here and even though it's stull technically spring, it's time to pull out the grills, uncover the pools and enjoy the beautiful weather. Memorial Day is coming up and what better way to kick off summer than with the ultimate Memorial Day celebration?
If you're a last minute planner, online invitations are your best friend. Not sure where to begin? Evite.com has some great Memorial Day evites as well as Celebrations.com where they also offer some free options. If you happen to be creatively inclined and have a photo program you can easily create your own Memorial Day evite. Need some inspiration to create your own? Just click here, here or here for some Memorial Day templates that you can customize.
Decorations should be summery and no fuss to save time. Consider fresh spring/summer flowers as basic decorations. Look for bright colorful flowers like peonies, Gerbera daisies and sunflowers. All of them are in season for May so they're also relatively inexpensive versus other flowers. Cut the stems short and place in small vases or even mason jars on your tables. For a more patriotic décor, use red and white Gerbera daisies or peonies, tie with a blue ribbon and place inside a tin can. You can either paint the tin can or use washi/decorative crafting tape. Decorate with streamers, tissue pompoms in either bright colors or red, white and blue and hanging mason jar lanterns for the evening.
If the weather is great (and it sure looks like it'll be here in Evansville!) it's time to dust off the grill and head outdoors. Traditional BBQ fare is of course obligatory like hot dogs and hamburgers but spice it up a bit. There's not a whole lot you can do with hot dogs so instead spice up your condiments. Make your own Five Spice Ketchup for an added kick and top of with Roasted Garlic Mustard. If you and your guests love relish finish dressing your hot dogs with a Red Onion Marmalade or Bacon Onion Relish. (Recipes can be found in the slide show or by clicking here).
Ditch the traditional hamburgers also and give your guests one of the juiciest burgers they'll ever taste by making Juicy Spicy Butter Burgers. If you must have traditional hamburgers spice up your burger condiments with Hoisin BBQ Sauce or Cajun BBQ Sauce, Chili Cheese Mayo and Avocado Chile Spread.
Ready for dessert? There's no better time to get the popsicles out! Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Pops make for a sweet yet healthy treat. Speaking of fruit, how about serving up your guests some super easy to make Crescent Roll Cherry Tarts topped off with whipped cream? Speaking of fruits, make your guests a Mixed Berry and Cassis Sundae or a Mango Blueberry 'Fool' that's almost like a milkshake that you eat!
Don't forget your drinks? Traditional BBQ drinks consist of lemonade and iced tea but twist it up with Peach Lemonade for the kids. For iced tea lovers try a Red Strawberry Tea. For the adults who want and extra kick substitute the peach nectar in the lemonade with Cruzan Peach Rum or add to the iced tea for a fruity delight.
Now that you have the essentials all laid out for you, it's time for the recipes! Just click through the list to get all the above recipes or you can click on the link to take you directly to the sites. Don't forget at 3 pm on Memorial Day to take time out of the day and remember the fallen soldiers for whom Memorial Day is dedicated to.
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