Memorial Day is known for it's picnics and parties, and chances are you've been to more than one in your lifetime. But have you hosted one yourself? If not, what are you waiting for!? Here are some tips to help you plan a patriotic Memorial Day party:

Star-Spangled Style

First you'll need to decide what kind of event you'd like to throw. Picnics and outdoor parties seem to be the most popular, as they're a way to celebrate casually while taking advantage of beautiful spring weather. However, if you're honoring a specific veteran, you may want to host something more formal, like a dinner party. This can also be hosted outside. Keep in mind, though, that weather doesn't always honor your plans. Rent a few tents to give guests shade from the hot sun, and also schedule a rain-date or have a "plan B" indoor venue option available in case of showers. 

Crepe paper creates a Memorial Day table runner that is simple yet pretty   Memorial Day medallion hand-made from paper 

Photo credit- Crepe paper runner: Good Housekeeping; DIY Medallions: Martha Stewart

Now that you have an event style and venue in mind, next comes the easy part - decor. Memorial Day decorating is as easy as red, white and blue! These hues and other American flag patterned items can be incorporated into everything from centerpieces to snacks.

Patriotic party food perfect for a Memorial Day celebration   Patriotic fruit skewers for a Memorial Day party

Photo credit- Cheesecake: Hungry Happenings; Fruit skewers: Apron Strings

Patriotic Party Food

Speaking of food, what do we recommend for a Memorial Day menu? Well, hotdogs and hamburgers are always a safe bet for a picnic-style celebration: but you're looking to jazz things up, try out one of these recipes from Delish.com. They include mouth-watering upgrades from the typical grill menu, like beef tenderloin and mozerella-stuffed turkey burgers. We also love seeing creative flag-colored treats. How awesome are the red, white and blue cheesecakes pictured above? Try your hand at the recipe from Hungry Happenings. For a simpler recipe, serve up berries and bananas for a tasty red, white and blue fruit skewer.

 

All-American Entertainment

Nothing completes a celebration like great entertainment. A live band always brings a great atmosphere to an outdoor event, while a solo musician can provide a lovely setting for a more formal celebration. If you have a lot of families with children attending, having a face painter, balloon twister or even a few bounce houses will be sure to keep them occupied!

No matter what style of celebration you're hosting, GigMasters has event vendors located from sea to shining sea. We hope you spend your Memorial Day making memories with family and friends by hosting a patriotic party!