Better Outdoors: Memorial Day Cookout

Step aside spring –¬†summer is here.

Though not officially the first day of summer Memorial Day annually marks the beginning of the outdoor season: a season of barbecues, parties, cold drinks and outdoor fun. While not a requirement to having a good summer, starting it off on the right foot is always advised.¬†Throwing a Memorial Day cookout or party is a great way to mix food, fun, outdoors and patriotism. You don’t need anything fancy just a good time with some good friends outdoors.

The Food

Grill up something delicious!

You can’t go wrong with the classics: hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and corn on the cob. The grill is your best friend in the summer but don’t be afraid to try something new.

Add some sweetness to the mix with these delectable Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs. If you prefer beef with a real kick from a different part of the country you will definitely love the wonderfully flavorful Tex-Mex Burger with Cajun Mayo.

For dessert go for something All-American! Try out this recipe to make a star spangled American Flag cake or go with the classic, fruity Red, White and Blue Shortcake.

The Decor

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL RED CARPET DRESSES

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL RED CARPET DRESSES

Don’t let the real meaning of Memorial Day get lost in the shuffle, make your patriotism known with a few star-spangled decorations. Create a beautiful paper American flag wind streamer to add some festive touches to your pergola or arbor. Martha Stewart has step-by-step instructions to creating these beautiful outdoor touches.

If you want to create a great atmosphere make sure you have plenty of room to sit and eat with a few outdoor activities thrown in for good measure. Don’t have a pool? No problem! Horseshoes is always a fun game that can carry conversation from dinner to dessert. Also try out Bocce Balls for a little more outdoor fun that’s easy to set up and clean up.

Now’s also the time to dust off that patio furniture or better yet – invest in something new! Classic adirondack chairs are always great for company as are larger outdoor dining tables that can be extended and moved easily.

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