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Fun Memorial Day Party Ideas to Kick Off Summer

By Heather Roonan

Memorial Day is first and foremost about honoring all the brave soldiers who have lost their lives defending our country. One way we can do this is by holding closer to those we love and honoring the freedom those brave people fought so hard for. So gather your friends and family and get the summer started with these fun Memorial Day party ideas.

Decorate for Decoration Day

When the holiday was first introduced in 1868, it was called Decoration Day because people would decorate graves and memorials with flowers. Honor this tradition with beautiful on-theme decorations for your Memorial Day party.

Start with a patriotic color palette

You can’t go wrong with red, white, and blue for your table decor, banners, balloons, and more. But feel free to get creative with how you use the colors. Try different shades and textures to add dimension and variety to your Memorial Day party decorations.

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Fill the space with flowers

Keep with the original tradition by adding lots of flowers to your Memorial Day party decor. Fill your tables with patriotic vases and vibrant arrangements and adorn your doors or walls with beautiful floral wreaths and backdrops. You can use real flowers, fake flowers, or even paper.

Cook Up an American Menu

Having an array of delicious food and refreshments is essential for any successful celebration. For your Memorial Day party, create a menu filled with traditional American fare, cold drinks, and sweet treats.

Fire up the grill

Take your Memorial Day party outside with a backyard BBQ or block party. Grill up classic American dishes like hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob. Put out a bar of toppings and sides so your guests can build their own plates. For something more sophisticated, create a patriotic charcuterie board.

🌭 Need more patriotic menu options? Borrow some ideas from these 4th of July recipes.

Serve some frosty drinks

By Memorial Day weekend, the weather will be heating up so give guests refreshing drinks to cool off. Cold beers and crisp cocktails are easy choices for adults. But Memorial Day parties are often family-friendly so make sure you have non-alcoholic options on hand as well, like sodas, lemonade, or punch.

Finish with frozen treats

No menu, or party for that matter, is complete without dessert. There are plenty of Memorial Day party ideas to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Stay cool with patriotic popsicles and ice cream with fun toppings. And nothing is more American than apple pie, so some mini pie cups are sure to be a hit.

πŸ§‘β€πŸ³ Need some extra hands? If cooking and serving on your own feels too daunting, you can hire a local caterer and waitstaff to do the heavy lifting for you.

Play in the Summer Sun

Eating and mingling with your friends and family is a great way to spend the holiday weekend. But we say take it up a notch with some fun activities, music, and entertainment for a perfect Memorial Day party!

Create a splash zone

Give everyone a chance to cool off and have some fun at the same time. Whether you’re at the beach, in the pool, or playing in the backyard, there are a lot of exciting games that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. Buy a bunch of balloons (literally) and set up relays, races, tosses, and more.

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Play some lawn games

Get a little competitive with some rousing lawn games! Classics like a bean bag and ring toss are great options for a Memorial Day party. And our personal favorite is KanJam! Your guests can talk as they play and even keep a cold drink in one hand for an added challenge.

Have fun with the kiddos

You can’t forget the little ones when exploring Memorial Day party ideas. Keep the kids engaged with lots of fun activities. If you have the room, party inflatables are always great for outdoor celebrations. And interactive entertainers like face painters and balloon twisters are perfect for a Memorial Day party.

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Add a little live music

For bigger Memorial Day parties, live music can be a great way to entertain your guests. You can hire a singing guitarist to play in the background as everyone mingles, eats, and plays games. Or, you can book a cover band to perform a Memorial Day concert. Just make sure the crowd has plenty of room to dance!

πŸŽ‰ We have more activities! These things to do for the 4th of July would work for Memorial Day, too!

Whatever you choose to do for your Memorial Day party, don’t forget to stop for a moment and remember those we’ve lost. Hug your loved ones a little tighter and be thankful for all you have in this amazing life. β€οΈπŸ€πŸ’™

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