Memorial Day falls on May 27th this year and it’s a great time to celebrate with friends and family. If you want to kick off summer with a bang, follow these simple tips to create an unforgettable Memorial Day barbecue.
Red, White & Blue
Memorial Day is all about patriotism and honoring our fallen soldiers. Consequently, decorating your barbecue area in the colors of our flag is a given.
Red flowers, blue ribbons, and white tablecloths or napkins are a simple solution, but don’t forget to add a flag too. If your celebration will run through until the evening, consider string of LED lights draped from the trees or fence.
Accommodate All Ages
Memorial Day get-togethers can include children, adults, and seniors so it’s important you offer something for everyone.
While the eldest in your group may not be able to participate in a game of flag football or badminton, they’ll certainly want to watch. Place lawn chairs on the sidelines in a shaded area and ensure they have a cool drink too.
Fire Up The Grill
Grilling is a Memorial Day tradition, but it’s also a simple way to satisfy every appetite. Vegetarian, chicken, and beef burgers are easy to prepare and every person can dress their burger precisely the way they like.
Prepare all the fixings beforehand and store perishables such as fruit, meat, and items with mayonnaise in a cooler. If it’s over 90 degrees, food left unrefrigerated is only safe to eat after one hour. Less than that and it only lasts two hours.
Keep Everyone Hydrated
Provide a good selection of non-alcoholic beverages such as soda, water, or a refreshing punch. Iced tea or coffee, mocktails, homemade lemonade, and fizzy fruit or mint coolers are great alternatives for your thirsty Memorial Day guests.
If you’re planning on providing alcohol, stick to wine, beer, or sangria and monitor consumption. As a host, you’re responsible for your guests and it is illegal to serve alcohol to minors, no matter what.
Rhode Island General Statutes allow for civil claims for damages if you serve alcohol to a minor or a “visibly intoxicated” person who goes on to cause an accident. It’s irresponsible, dangerous, and could potentially ruin you financially.
Don’t Forget Dessert!
Dessert doesn’t need to be an elaborate or sticky sweet creation. Fresh fruit appeals to most people and it has nutritional value. Just chop up your favorite summertime fruits and toss them together. Add a sprig of mint and enjoy.
Set Out Snacks
Set out items such as crackers, pretzels, and potato chips out so people can nibble. Food such as carrot sticks and mixed nuts are healthier alternatives.
Snacks are important when you serve alcohol as they fill the stomach and can slow absorption. Besides that, children often burn off many calories playing games and running around so they may need to eat more often than adults.