Tips & Ideas for Having A Memorable Memorial Day Picnic
Memorial Day weekend is a perfect time to enjoy a picnic! This is a much anticipated holiday that marks the official beginning of the summer season. It’s also a wonderful day to honor those who gave their lives in the pursuit of freedom, marked by parades, flag raising services, and a variety of different community festivities. It’s a bittersweet time for many, marked by memories of wars past and buddies lost to battle.
But Memorial Day is also a time to celebrate all that America represents, including the freedom to spend the day with loved ones and neighbors, marking the beginning of a vibrant new season that promises longer days, more free time, and an opportunity to reconnect after the busy winter season.
Planning a Patriotic Memorial Day Picnic
Because Memorial Day honors such an important group of American men and women, it’s a nice idea to focus your theme on patriotism. Think red, white, and blue! Take some time to plan your presentation and gather items that’ll match the theme. At this time of the year, party supply stores have plenty of stars-and-stripes-patterned plates and other accessories available. Purchase those and add some flags or other patriotic symbols to the mix.
After you’ve decided on decorations, you’ll want to think about the other things you’ll need to make your picnic a success. If it’s in your backyard, for example, check to be sure you have enough chairs and other outdoor furniture to accommodate the number of guests you’re inviting. If its not in the budget to add to your collection why not ask a friend or family member to bring along some chairs or a folding table or two. If you have a hammock make sure it is set-up, they seem to collect several people to them. Just remember that the winter season takes a toll on lawn furniture, so be sure everything is in good condition well ahead of time..
An All-American Menu
Take the American theme and include it in your menu.(Here are some additional All American Recipes) If you’re doing barbecue, the standard hot dogs and hamburgers are perfect for this occasion. Certainly, you can add chicken as well for those who are calorie conscious. If you’re not barbecuing, nothing is more all-American than fried chicken and it can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Blue Cheese and Cherry Salad
Place onions and lemon juice in a bowl with the 2 cups cold water and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Pour off liquid and drain well. In a large bowl, combine drained onions, greens, cherries, and enough dressing to lightly coat the greens. Sprinkle top of salad with cheese and serve immediately.
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