Hosting Tips

Throw an Epic Memorial Day Bash in 6 Easy Steps

By Camille Styles
Memorial Day Bash

Celebrate the kickoff to summer by rounding up your crew for a backyard barbecue or party on the water. We pulled together our favorite creative ideas for food and drink recipes, activities, and decor tips that will equal an unforgettable holiday weekend without the stress. Click through for your complete guide to throwing a Memorial Day bash, and we’d love to hear in the comments what you’ve got planned for the long weekend this year!


Step 1: Invite your guests to a patriotic shindig by downloading these adorable invites, printing at home, then filling in the blanks.

Step 2: Make an All-American menu.

Ultimate Hot Dog Bar

Roasted Potato Salad with Fennel, Tomatoes, & Asparagus

Okra with Walnuts and Cherry Tomatoes

Kale, Avocado & Watermelon Salad

Step 3: Whip up an easy + delicious dessert starring summer’s prettiest fruit.

Strawberry Mint Ice Cream Pie

Blueberry, Ginger, & Coconut Cream Parfaits

Cherry Almond Tart

Step 4: Set the scene by stocking up on a few easygoing decor accents.

Red Crab Enamel Tray

Fish & Chips Cone

Galvanized Tub with Stand

Croquet Set

Beverage Dispenser

Marble Edge Serving Board

Globe String Lights

Hand Woven Yarn Hammock

Step 5: Create a bar-on-wheels using a classic Radio Flyer red wagon.

Read about our bar setup here.

Step 6: Mix up the cocktail of your choice with these boozy recipes.

Boston Tea Party

Summer Crush

Fish House Punch

Watermelon Mojito