Memorial Day is the federal holiday that recognizes all of our men and women that served in the armed forces to protect our freedom. It has also become a time to be thankful for friends and family and the freedoms we enjoy as a nation. To this end, parades, parties, and backyard cookouts have emerged as the way we recognize this holiday. If you’re hosting a Memorial Day event, take these recommendations from the professional party planners to ensure your event is as successful as our men and women in uniform.
The first step is to determine your guest list and budget. If you’re expecting a larger group, take advantage of the fun and inexpensive electronic invitations available through a multitude of websites. With your guest list in hand, begin to plan the menu. A large crowd will consume large quantities of food. One way to keep expenses in check is to have each guest bring a dish. This not only lowers the expenses for the host but also lessens the workload! Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and place an order from Omaha Steaks for a treat that all of your guests will enjoy. The easiest and most casual, way to entertain a large crowd is with a buffet. Set up several large tables in the backyard or on the deck. One table should be dedicated to the food buffet and the other for drinks and bar options. Have plenty of glasses and ice on hand. If you’ve elected to use paper products for guests, be sure to have a large trashcan available for easy access for guests. Fire up the grill and prepare for a feast!
To ramp up the fun, consider putting corn hole boards out for the guests to enjoy. Croquet sets and badminton are always welcome games for every age group. To keep the younger children entertained; purchase buckets of sidewalk chalk and give them full reign to chalk away on the driveway or sidewalk. Best of luck in hosting a backyard bar-b-que to celebrate Memorial Day that every guest will surely enjoy!