Tips for an epic Memorial Day party

Written by Cait Quinn

memorial dayWhether you’re moving into a new neighborhood or are in the beginning stages of packing, Memorial Day is a great time to get together with the neighbors for a festive and fun celebration while honoring the servicemen and women who have sacrificed for this country. It’s simple to make your party a hit with a few simple steps.

Planning

If your home is literally boxed up, either from moving in recently or packing to move, save yourself some time and energy and purchase invites. DIY projects don’t tend to work when supplies are hard to locate. A variety of fresh, hip designs can be found on sites such as Pinterest or Etsy. Check the forecasted weather when choosing a date, a Memorial Day party outside in the sunshine will draw your guests over.

For those moving in, it’s an ideal time to meet the neighbors. Handing out invites in person will help to put a face to a name. Plus, you’ll really see what your new block is all about.

If you’re getting ready to move out, use this Memorial Day as an opportunity to reminisce about good times with your friends close by before you leave.

Food

Everyone expects a cookout on this particular holiday, so grilling hotdogs and hamburgers will be on the menu. If you’re in a moving limbo, consider having a neighborhood potluck to distribute the effort, leaving less for you to worry about and allows you to sample  a variety of salads, sides, desserts.

A thoughtful addition to the spread is to provide sweets and popsicles for the kids attending. Memorial Day is a perfect day to break out summertime firecracker popsicles.

Decorations

Decorations always make the mood more festive, but keep it simple. Purchase simple items such as red, white, and blue streamers, brightly colored paper napkins, and tiki torches; a few additions like these will change your backyard from drab to fab quickly and easily.

Activities

If your neighborhood is anything like mine, there are lots of kids and families of all sizes. Plan some outdoor activities both children and adults will enjoy. Stock the party with sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, and little squirt guns to occupy the kids while the adults mingle. Bring out the sparklers at dusk when the temperature drops and the hoodies come on. Needless to say, make sure there is plenty of adult supervision when sparklers are being used.

Last but not least, remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. Take a moment as the sparklers are lit to remember and honor the brave women and men who have fought for our country and our safety.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

5 Ways to Make Your Memorial Day Weekend Stand Out

Summer

It’s finally Memorial Day weekend! For most families, it’s a time to spend together and enjoy the warmer weather as a kick off to the summer season.  For those still looking for ideas on how to spend Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got you covered!

Pay tribute to the troops
On Memorial Day it’s important to remember the real reason we have the luxury of a long weekend. It’s a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Most towns have Memorial Day Parades or Memorial Day services to honor those who have lost their lives while in service. Besides attending these events, a special way to honor them is to buy flowers and float them down the town’s river. If a river is not an option, visit your local cemetery and place flowers on soldiers’ graves.

Festivals
Whether it’s for music, food, or art, nothing says summer like going to a festival. If you are a music enthusiast, no other place on earth can match the atmosphere created by tens of thousands of music fans joining up for a weekend of unhindered fun.

Enter a race
This Memorial Day, honor the men and women who’ve served in the U.S. military by staying active and celebrating the freedom they fought for. Many Memorial Day running races also benefit local charities or current military members and their families. There are a variety of races this weekend ranging from 5K’s to marathons to glow in the dark runs. If you don’t want to actually partake in the race, show your support by cheering on the runners.

Throw a party
Memorial-Day-PartyIt’s time to celebrate the beginning of summer and what better way to do that than to throw a party! Of course since it is Memorial Day, the go-to theme is red, white, and blue. Don’t be afraid to go all out and have fun decorative food. It will be the topic of conversation! There are some great food ideas on Pinterest ranging from cookies to cakes to pizza flags. String some lights across the yard to gain a festive ambiance and you’re good to go!

Spend time outside
Memorial weekend is the perfect time to bask in the sun and enjoy warmer weather. Since the yard is typically where you will spend most of your time during the summer, take advantage of the long weekend and make sure it is ready for all your summer festivities. Don’t feel like working this weekend? How about visiting a national park instead? It’s a great time to get out and explore nature, while spending time with friends and families. If nature just doesn’t sound exciting enough, plan a trip to a water or adventure park.

With the help of these five ideas you are sure to have an amazing and memorable Memorial Day weekend. The search your local community website for events and activities near you this weekend.