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There’s no better way to start the summer than hosting a Memorial Day Party! Whether you’re building the menu from the ground up, or you need a couple of last-minute recipes, this roundup is here to help. This collection has everything from drinks and appetizers to BBQ sauces, main dishes, and desserts, along with some helpful tips for hosting!
Whenever you’re planning and hosting a party it can feel like a juggling act, trying to balance the guest list, menu, cooking, and then actually spending time with loved ones. When I am hosting large celebrations, I ask myself a couple of questions to keep me on track…
- Out of all the recipes on my menu, how many can be made ahead of time?
- How much work will I have to do on the day of the party?
- Are the recipes I chose ones that everyone can enjoy?
You know how I like to do things…easy and stress-free, so, choose recipes that work for you! As tempting as it is to go over the top with your cooking, you’ll end up spreading yourself too thin. It’s better, in the long run, to choose tried and true, easy-to-make recipes that have great flavors.
PRO TIP: Buy disposable plates, napkins, cups, and silverware! You can find all kinds of fun-themed patterns for your party, and it just makes clean-up so much easier. Click here to get the full list of Items For Hosting A Memorial Day Party!
PRO TIP: When you’re hosting a party, you’ll always need more ice than you think you will. I recommend buying at least 2 more bags than you were originally planning.
Easy To Make Appetizers and Drinks
PRO TIP: To make sure your salad is crispy, store the salad dressing in a separate container. Before serving, drizzle the dressing over, toss and serve for the best flavor and texture.
Pasta Salads For A Crowd
PRO TIP: If you’re serving any food that’s made with dairy products, make sure you don’t leave them sitting outside for longer than 2 hours. That includes any salad dressings, sauces, or drinks.
Best Side Dishes For A Cookout
Memorial Day Main Dishes
Delicious Desserts For Summer
Even though we will be celebrating with family and friends, we always stop to remember the real reason for this special day ~ honoring the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I am so very thankful to those who chose the country over self and have given all for my freedom. Happy Memorial Day!
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