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A Memorable Memorial Day Bash
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.Continue to 2 of 22 below.
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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 3 of 22 below.
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Host a Southern Style BBQContinue to 4 of 22 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 5 of 22 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 6 of 22 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 7 of 22 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 8 of 22 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 9 of 22 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 11 of 22 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 12 of 22 below.
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Create Fruit-Filled Ice CubesContinue to 14 of 22 below.
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Make Pineapple SparklersContinue to 18 of 22 below.
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Hang LanternsContinue to 20 of 22 below.
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Consider a Farmer's Market ThemeContinue to 21 of 22 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.