Many of us tend to associate Memorial Day weekend with barbeques, the arrival of summer and, of course, the color white. And although this is indeed an occasion to celebrate, Memorial Day is really about one thing: remembering and honoring all the soldiers who have fought and still fight for America's protection and freedom.
I'm sure, like me, you know at least one man or woman overseas fighting to protect us and our country right now, so this Memorial Day, honor them at your celebration. Decorate your space with yellow ribbons, raise your drink in toast and ask guests to bring donations to create care packages to send overseas to our troops.
To all our soldiers out there, we thank you!Raise Your Glass to Toast Our Troops
Many people commemorate Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries, memorials and parades in honor of America's fallen soldiers. At 3 PM EST the entire nation also comes together in a moment of silence to remember the soldiers.
Before you begin your celebration this Memorial Day honor our troops by raising a glass with your guests to toast their dedication to our country along with their health, protection and safe return soon.
If you want to dress your drinks in patriotic colors we have a few cocktails that'll do the trick, but we love this berry lemonade - red, blue and yellow all mixed together!
Be sure to have beers, water, soda and some wine for guests who may not be interested in a colorful concoction.
Memorial Day Decor - Red, White, Blue and Yellow
Red, white and blue are the usual go-to colors for a Memorial Day party, but if you're celebrating the troops, add in pops of yellow, too.
Yellow is the official color of the armor branch of the U.S. Army, and displaying a yellow ribbon has become an American tradition that shows you await the safe return of a loved one from war.
Go for the all American BBQ feel and cover tables in a checkered tablecloth - use blue or red. Then, create centerpieces for the tables by placing short containers you have on hand in the center. Mix in some yellow poppies with a mini American flag at the center of the arrangement in addition to red, white and blue blooms.
Use your imagination here! These DIY vases can be anything from refurbished tins to mismatched glasses.
If you plan to eat outside during the evening, intersperse white votive candles with your centerpieces - if you've got mini mason jars, use those to hold the candles.
For Buffet Tables
Place any food in bowls and containers to match your color scheme, then designate the end of one of the tables to plates, utensils, cups, etc. Make things easy for your guests and reinforce the theme of this Memorial Day celebration by rolling white utensils in a blue napkin, then tying off with a yellow ribbon.
Place your buffet table against a garage wall or fence, and then hang a festive patriotic banner above the center of the table to create a visual focal point. This doesn't have to be complicated! Keep it simple with a red, white and blue pattern of scraps cut from inexpensive bandanas and attached those to a yellow ribbon.
Create a Care Package
Take your celebration a bit further by sending our troops overseas a care package to let them know we appreciate their sacrifice and hope they will all return home safely soon.
When you send out your Memorial Day party invitations, include a note to inform guests about what you plan to do and include a suggestion on what they can contribute. Make sure you cover the basics: toothpaste, toothbrush, baby wipes, deodorant, etc. For a full list of suggested items to donate visit: OperationShoeBox.com.
Along with the supplies, ask each person to include a note of thanks for the soldiers. Print out thank you notes and add to your invitation so everyone can share a few words of appreciation. Have some on hand at the party in case people forget to bring theirs!
On the day of the party, set up a big table to display all of the donations and take a picture of it with everyone gathered around it. This is a wonderful way to let the troops know you're thinking about them!