The first holiday of the summer season is upon us, which means it’s high time to begin planning your Memorial Day party. This national holiday falls on the last Monday in May each year, and it has patriotic roots. History.com explained that Memorial Day started out as a way for local communities to honor those who served in the Civil War. While people have traditionally commemorated the holiday by visiting national cemeteries, over the years the celebrations have transformed. Now, it’s common for people to throw parties and barbecues, and if you’re planning to do the same this year, here are a few decorating ideas to inspire your party.
Since Memorial Day is meant to honor American soldiers, opting for a patriotic theme can be a good way to remind guests the true meaning of the holiday. This can be as easy as choosing red, white and blue plates, cups, napkins, balloons and streamers. You can also incorporate the stars and stripes in your decor by scattering small American flags among your buffet and tables. If you’re feeling crafty, you can make tiny toothpick flags. Just print out American flag pictures, cut them out and glue them to the sticks, and your buffet will be unbeatable.
Around the yard
If you’re planning to host a large number of guests, you may need to set up tables and chairs around your yard. You should plan the layout ahead of time to make sure it will be effective. For instance, you’ll want to leave a large open area if you’re planning to have dancing or if there will be children. Placing tables too close together can make it hard for guests to move about freely. Tying balloons to a few chairs can make your backyard look more festive. You can also tie them to centerpieces, which can be made with inexpensive supplies from a dollar store. For instance, you could fill jars or vases with red, white and blue candies and tie balloons and ribbons around them. Stick a few pinwheels and flags in the jars for an extra festive look.
Fun lighting options
Stringing twinkling lights through tree branches can illuminate your yard in soft, romantic light when the sun sets. You can choose fun colors or stick with classic white lights.
If you don’t have trees to hang decor from, think from the ground up. Tie helium-filled balloons to long ribbons and stake them to the ground all around the yard for a unique and whimsical design that will add an element of fantasy to your party. Opaque balloons can double as lighting if you put glow sticks inside them, too.
Tiki torches might come in handy, especially if you choose torches that repel insects. Your guests will be thankful for the lack of insects while they eat, drink and dance the night away.
Get the kids involved
Put the younger guests to work creating decorations that they can hang up around the party. This will keep them all in one place and preoccupied so their parents can take a break and enjoy the party without worrying what trouble their little ones are getting into. You can ask older kids to supervise the younger ones, too!
For something fun and simple, put out plain white paper plates, markers, crayons and ribbon. Have the kids draw America-themed pictures, or let them come up with their own ideas. Then, the older kids can help them put holes in the plates and string ribbon through them so the youngsters can easily hang their artwork along a fence or in the bushes. It’s also easy to take this project to the next level and have the children make fun paper plate masks.