Throw a Memorial Day Block PartyPosted 05/09/2016
Memorial Day is the traditional kick-off to summer fun. This year, why not use the three-day weekend as an opportunity to get to know your neighbors? A “here-comes-summer” block party can be the perfect way to jumpstart the season in style while building (or strengthening) ties in the community where you live.
Start by reaching out to your neighbors and getting them on board with the idea. Then, keep the momentum going by dividing up tasks and working together as a team to create an event that will do the holiday proud. We’ve already done a lot of the leg work for you – just follow these simple tips from around the internet and your event will be nothing short of memorable:
Food and Drink: Nothing says “Hello, Summer!” like grilled food and creative cocktails. Grab some menu inspiration from this collection of 25+ Memorial Day Recipes, which will have your mouth watering for full-flavored chicken and burgers, surprising twists on classic salads, and colorful desserts. When it’s time to raise a glass to honor those who died serving our country, quench your guests’ thirst with a refreshing Watermelon Margarita or a Stars and Stripes Sipper made with rum, grapefruit juice and club soda. Include the youngest members of the guest list with a tall glass of sweet and tart lemonade from one of these recipes.
Decorations: Red, white and blue are the obvious choices for patriotic decorations in line with the holiday. These no-fuss table decorations are easy and economical to make with three items you probably already have on hand – glass jars, food coloring and flowers. Need a few more ideas? Here are 13 of the most festive décor ideas for a successful Memorial Day.
Activities: Prepare a good mix of activities for adults and kids. If your block party takes place in the front of your house, provide pails of sidewalk chalk for the kids to draw pictures or play sidewalk chalk games like hop scotch. Water balloons are always a big hit at summer parties. Check out this handy little gadget that purports to inflate 100 water balloons in less than a minute.
The adults will most likely be content to relax while the children play. But simple games and activities can help break the ice. Consider trivia contests, a watermelon eating contest, or games like Two Truths and a Lie to keep things lively.
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