How to Upgrade Your Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate the unofficial kick off of summer than with a BBQ celebrating the sunny weather while honoring the fallen heroes of the day. Take your Memorial Day BBQ to the next level with a few patriotic touches, and we’ve got a few great ideas to help inspire!

Start with the Invitation

An informal text or email may do the trick, but why not kick it up a notch with a formal invite, instead? Remember, formal doesn’t have to mean fancy, so pick your favorite festive invite and send. You can also send out a digital Memorial Day invitation if you’re strapped for time.

Set the Scene


The star of your party may be your juicy burgers or steaks, but take the experience to the next level by setting the scene with festive centerpieces and serving accessories, like this DIY Patriotic Painted Paper Tableware from

Festive Foods

Putting a patriotic spin on your food spread doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Use star-shaped cookie cutters, American flag picks or festive-colored dips and spreads to make it pop. We used bacon strips and star-shaped cheese to make a Stars & Stripes burger which really took our spread over the top.

Don’t Forget the Activities!


This is especially important if there are going to be children at your event. While BBQ-ing, shooting the breeze and sipping on delicious drinks is already on your itinerary, why not set up a fun game or two to ensure everyone is occupied at all times. This fun DIY patriotic game from is a simple way to add a touch of red, white and blue to the mix!

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