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Festive Memorial Day Ideas

Memorial Day is the time where we come together to thank our veterans, and remember those who have served in the military. So many men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for our protection and freedom. As we remember, we also celebrate. For many, Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of the summer season. It’s like the big kick-off for a big, fun 3-month-long block party. Weeks before Memorial Day, plans are made to make the big weekend lots of fun for the whole family. Grills and brought back out from storage, swimming pools are cleaned, and yards are prepared for playtime. Families everywhere make their preparations to enjoy the long weekend and enjoy the festivities that go along with it. If you want to plan a fun Memorial Day weekend celebration, we’ve got some fun ideas for you.

Get festive with the food. Memorial Day is the perfect time to show off your culinary skills. You can even get the kids into the kitchen and have them help out by making some delicious desserts. You can make an easy Patriotic Trifle and wow all of your friends and family with a beautiful showpiece. Make sure you have a nice trifle dish to make the dessert it. Bed Bath and Beyond is the place to purchase all of your platters and serving ware. You can get free shipping on orders of $29.00+, so why not stock up on versatile pieces that you can use throughout the year? If a trifle is a bit too complicated for your liking, go with simple star cookies. Use a star shaped cookie cutter to make sugar cookies. Ice them with white icing, and then drizzle red and blue icing on top. You can also use sprinkles to add even more decoration. These are sure to be a hit with the kids.

Get crafty and make some art. Make a decorative wreath that you can use for Memorial Day, Flag Day, the 4th of July, Sept. 11th, and Veteran’s Day. Start with a plain grapevine wreath. You can use whatever size you prefer. Have your kids paint their hands in the colors of the American flag- blue palms, red and white fingers. Place the painted palms down on white paper, and allow to dry. Cut out the hands, and then adhere them to the grapevine wreath, with the fingers pointed outward. Make as many painted hand cut-outs as necessary to fill the wreath. Use red, white and blue ribbon to make a bow trio. Tie the bow to the top of the wreath, and hang the wreath on a wreath hanger. You can find all of the supplies you need for this project at Joann, and get 50% off of 1 regular priced item.

Dress for the occasion. Get into the spirit of the holiday, and have fun with a red, white, and blue outfit! It can be as simple as red shorts and a white top for the ladies. The guys can wear blue shorts and red polo shirts. The kids can rock cool American flag t-shirts from Old Navy, and the whole family can have fun wearing Keds or Converse shoes in red, white, and blue. Add a few patriotic accessories for even more fun. Why not kick off the summer season with a big, festive weekend? There are lots of great projects to have fun with, patriotic recipes to try, and much fun to be had.