08 May Memorial Day Weekend Party Planning: Theme, Decor, and Event Catering Ideas for Memorial Day
Memorial Day Weekend Party Planning: Theme, Decor, and Event Catering Ideas for Memorial Day
The summer season is nearly here, and the promise of sunshine and warm weather is the long awaited cure to a harsh Missouri winter. Say goodbye to long puffy coats and hello to shorts and swimsuits! Ready to kick off summer? Nothing rings in the season like a festive Memorial Day weekend gathering! The holiday weekend is known for being full of the quintessential things of summer: sunshine, time with loved ones, and of course good food. However, party planning can be overwhelming. Not sure where to start with planning your Memorial Day weekend event? Not to worry, here are a few ideas to help get you started!
Memorial Day Party Ideas and Decorations
It may seem like there’s not a lot of room to be creative with a Memorial Day party, but there are ways to spice up the classic red, white and blue and make it your own! It doesn’t have to be expensive either. To avoid a gaudy, overdone look, keep the flags to a minimum. Try incorporating stars and stripes in a more subdued way, through placemats or a banner or two. Or, simply incorporate red, white, and blue into your event decor with coordinating plates, napkins, and floral arrangements for tables. Try baby’s breath, blue hydrangeas, and red carnations in mason jars as centerpieces. Another simple and fun table decor element is star shaped confetti in red, white and blue. Be sure to get paper confetti, as it’s easy to clean up and not as harmful to the environment if a few pieces are left behind. String lights also add that classic summer feel. Arrange them above tables and chairs to add an ambient glow that can be enjoyed during meal time and into the evening.
Memorial Day Party Activity Ideas
A Memorial Day event should be all about the activities! Celebrating near the water? If the party will be near a lake or pool, swimming and hanging out by the water will be the main event. Grab some themed rafts and floating toys to add to the fun. If it’s a backyard bash, be sure to have plenty of games, like cornhole or a volleyball net set up to keep guests of all ages entertained. If it’s going to be hot, consider bringing out a sprinkler for the kids to run through to keep cool. Plan on some kind of fun for the evening too – whether it’s fireworks or a projector set-up for a movie, have something ready to go once the sun sets! Music is also key for a great Memorial Day gathering. Have a playlist with classics and fun music everyone will know playing over a speaker. Music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have pre-made playlists to take the guesswork out of creating a great Memorial Day party playlist.
Memorial Day Party Food Ideas and Catering
Make your summer kick-off celebration one to remember with great food! Memorial Day is all about classic American fare, so center the menu around BBQ and great sides. Plan to have things out for guests to snack and sip on until dinnertime. Also, it may seem difficult, now more than ever, to incorporate enough options to satisfy the dietary needs of all your guests, but keeping snacks and dishes simple helps alleviate some of that stress. Pro tip: ask guests to bring a side! This way, someone who is super picky or limited with their diet can enjoy something from home without worry. Or, eliminate the need to cook at all and cater! Argyle Catering offers premium catering services with delicious menu options to Jefferson City, Lake of the Ozarks, and Rolla. Here are some all-American menu ideas that will satisfy everyone! All of these dishes are available to cater through Argyle.
- Burger sliders
- Vegetable tray – vegetarian and gluten free
- Crab dip
- Beef brisket & burnt ends
- BBQ pulled pork
- BBQ pork steaks
- Pasta primavera- vegetarian
- Garden salad – vegetarian and gluten free
- Pasta salad – vegetarian
- Fruit salad – vegetarian and gluten free
- Picnic potato salad
- Corn – vegetarian and gluten free
- Baked beans
- Cherry crisp
- Strawberry cheesecake
- Lemon bars
- consider a variety of craft beers & chilled rosé for the 21 and over crowd, alongside water, soda and lemonade
Contact Argyle Catering to cater your Memorial Day Weekend Event!
Ready to get summer started with a great Memorial Day weekend celebration? Remember to keep decor simple and activities plentiful. Oh, and don’t forget the food! Take the stress out of cooking for your event and give Argyle Catering a call!