Summer Soirée: Memorial Weekend Party Ideas

Summer is just around the corner and for many of us, Memorial Weekend unofficially is the start of the new season. With a long holiday weekend, it’s a great opportunity to relax, serve up a few eats, treats and socialize with friends and family.

Check out some of my favorite Memorial Weekend party ideas for hosting your own soirée and kick off Summer in style.


Get Festive

As Memorial Day is a commemorative time, going with a patriotic theme is a great way to get into the spirit of things. Going with a red, white and blue theme is a lot easier than you think. You can use an array of platters, dishes, linens and flatwear in the famous hues and mix them up for a little flair.

I love how StoneGable used a plaid table cloth and blue floral printed dishes for a play on prints. The star toppers and use of plants at the table settings are the perfect finishing touches.


Photo credit: Today’s Creative Life

Fresh flowers are another great way to brighten up your party decor and daisies are a relatively inexpensive bloom to use and they’re in season!

Just take some empty jars and use food coloring to create blue and red water and voila, you have some darling centerpieces.


Dish It

With the warm weather in full swing, consider going with a picnic style buffet and serve up your guests a variety of eats, like salads, grilled meats, and veggies. Consider adding a pasta salad or two to the mix along with other easy sides like cut up veggies, dinner rolls, chips and dip.

If you’re short on time, catering ahead or ordering from your local delicatessen is a great option.


Kidding Around

Memorial Weekend also means school is out; with a little extra planning, you can ensure even your littlest guests will have fun.

Have a DIY craft ready for them to create and take home. These star streamers by Happiness is Homemade are a great way to keep them engaged and entertained.


Photo credit: The Baby Bump Diaries

You can also have some cut up fruit on hand and they can make their own fruit kabobs.


Drink Up

With a great menu, having refreshing drinks is a must! I’m loving this Vodka Mint Lemonade recipe from Honey + Lime. The mason jars add modern rustic feel and the cut up fruit adds natural color!

You can offer a non-alcoholic version by serving lemonade in a beverage decanter and piling on the chopped fruit. Yum!


Fruits of Summer

Photo credit: Home Is Where the Boat Is

With any party comes the inevitable desserts. One thing I love about summer is the abundance of fruits that are in season. This watermelon, blueberry and feta tray is such a healthy alternative to offer your guests.  Best of all, how cute is this flag design?


Of course, we definitely don’t want to forget anyone that has a sweet tooth!

Petite treats like cupcakes, krispy bars and brownie bites are always a popular choice. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can whip up this Fresh Berry Tart, courtesy of The Woks of Life.


As a party host, remember the most important thing is to have fun, mingle and enjoy your guests!


Tell us how you’ll be kicking off Memorial Day Weekend.

Ceci G

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