The long holiday weekends mean we have more time to spend soaking up the sun and celebrating with friends. Our best advice? Make the most of your time off by planning ahead for optimal holiday. There are plenty of locations, themes and party ideas to explore. It's a good time to get out of town or celebrate in your own backyard.
Make your Memorial Day memorable with these updates on a classic holiday weekend festivities. Here are some ways to celebrate the official kickoff to summer with these creative party ideas.
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Rent a Boat
Live near a body of water? A safe bet for Memorial Weekend fun is to rent a watercraft for you and your nearest and dearest. While a renting a sailboat would make for a memorable night, any kind of boat will do—you can even rent a pontoon on the lake! Luxury isn't the point here, it's relaxation!Continue to 2 of 21 below.
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Host a Southern Style BBQ
If you live in the South this one is probably a given. If not, adjust your BBQ style to replicate the hearty goodness of a southern style cookout. Go beyond the traditional burger and hot dog offerings and add some ribs, pulled pork or brisket to the menu.Continue to 3 of 21 below.
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Organize a Craft Beer Tasting
Craft beer has a strong following and is often a standout star on it's own at parties. If you are a craft beer enthusiast, Memorial Day is a great time to do a tasting with guests. Showcase a selection of summer brews, fruit beers or session ales for your friends to sample.Continue to 4 of 21 below.
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Set Up a Hot Dog Bar
A hot dog with all the toppings is hard to beat. Grill some quality dogs and let your guests choose from an array of toppings. An elaborate hot dog bar is a fun way to turn a classic Memorial Day food into something new and exciting (and is a great way to please picky palates).Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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Host a Slider Party
If burgers are your go-to cookout staple, host a slider party instead. Not only are these mini burgers totally adorable, you can offer guests a few different options to choose from like bacon-and-cheese stuffed burgers or spicy jalapeño sliders. Bonus: serving a fraction of a burger means you'll have plenty of room for dessert!Continue to 6 of 21 below.
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Hang Streamers and Lights
A simple and inexpensive way to add flair any holiday party is with fun streamers and lights, like we see here in this pretty shot via Style Me Pretty. In just a few minutes, you'll have spruced up an indoor or outdoor space for holiday fun.Continue to 7 of 21 below.
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Try "You Bring It, We Grill It"
Buying all the ingredients for a party can be taxing, expensive and time consuming. If you are short on time (and budget) try a "You Bring It, We Grill It' style potluck. Each guest brings their favorite grilling item or a side to share. This way, everyone saves a bit of money and is satisfied with what's on the menu.Continue to 8 of 21 below.
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DIY a Festive Banner
This stars and stripes banner is simple to make and can easily be customized to your desired length by printing more flags.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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Find a Pool
If you aren't lucky enough to have our own pool, beg or bribe your way into using one belonging to a friend or family member. If your inner circle comes up dry, consider renting a house with a pool for a mini staycation via sites like Air B&B or HomeAway. Pool parties are are a stress-free option since the pool is the main attraction—you don't have to worry about going crazy with decorations or party games.Continue to 10 of 21 below.
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Another festive outdoor activity is to make (and smash!) a piñata full of summer surprises. In addition to candy, fill the kiddie's piñata with glow-in-the-dark goodies, water balloons, sidewalk chalk and other small outdoor toys. For the grown ups? Swap the trinkets in favor of nips of your favorite liquor.Continue to 11 of 21 below.
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Make a Bar Cart
This Red Flyer Wagon is the cutest bar cart that we have seen in a long time. A simple ode to Americana and the delicious cocktails of your choice both appropriately themed for the long weekend holiday.Continue to 12 of 21 below.
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Create Fruit-Filled Ice Cubes
Chances are Memorial Day weekend the temperatures will be rising and you will be searching for the quickest ways to cool off. We love the idea of combining fresh fruit and simple ice cubes to enhance your beverages.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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Throw a Hawaiian Luau
A Memorial Day theme doesn't always have to be red, white and blue with a classic checkered table cloth. This year, why not host a Hawaiian-themed luau to celebrate.Continue to 14 of 21 below.
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Add Color With Bandanas
Bandanas are not just for your head. They also make a wonderful tablecloth or utensil holder for your big bash. Have a couple extra on hand if guests want to use them as scarves or pocket squares, too.Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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Decorate With Hanging Planters
Hanging planters are a beautiful way to welcome the summer season. Set up your picnic table near a strong tree where you can hang a couple festive planters full of summer's best.Continue to 16 of 21 below.
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Make Pineapple Sparklers
Pineapple sparklers are fun way to bring your party from the day into the night. Keep the pineapples with their natural coloring or add an appropriate red, white and blue theme. Either work great and it's nice to have options.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Play Outdoor Games
Outdoor games are a must for any outdoor gathering. Croquet is a fun idea if you have an sprawling lawn for activities.Continue to 18 of 21 below.
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If the weather permits and you are celebrating outdoors, it's always fun to look to the trees for decor inspiration. Hanging these adorable red, white and blue star lanterns from above really set the tone for a successful Memorial Day gathering.Continue to 19 of 21 below.
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Consider a Farmer's Market Theme
Memorial Day is prime time to welcome the return of many farmer markets for the season. With so many fresh fruits, veggies and flowers available it only makes sense to use a Farmer's Market theme for your party.Continue to 20 of 21 below.
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Plan a Private Picnic
Who said Memorial Day has to be a big shindig anyway? Sometimes a simple gathering iwith the ones we love, taking time to reflect on the significance of the day, is the most is all you need in the end. Make it easy with sandwiches and pre-cut fruit from the grocery store or prep a slightly fancier feast.