Memorial Day Weekend and Backyard BBQs
For most, Memorial Day weekend marks the official beginning of barbeque season. As you gather together with friends and family to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, there are plenty of things that you can do to make the occasion truly special. Whether you have a small and intimate gathering for your nearest and dearest or set out to celebrate the occasion with a bang, here are a few tips to make it incredible.
First of all, remember to prepare everything ahead of time. If this is the first time you're going to be grilling this season, be sure to head out and give your barbeque a thorough cleaning a few days in advance. Clean out any residual ash or coals from charcoal grills, clean off the grates, and check the fittings for your propane tanks if you use a gas grill to ensure that everything is in order. Additionally, take the time to look over your assortment of grilling tools so you're ready to get up and grill.
Another thing you'll want to prepare in advance is the menu. You'll have plenty of occasions to bust out the gourmet fare at other points in the season. For this All-American bash, go ahead and come up with delicious All-American dishes for your grill. Hot dogs, steaks, and burgers can all be dressed up in different ways to accommodate different taste buds. How about mixing in some bleu cheese with your ground beef, or else opting for delicious hot dog alternatives such as pear and gouda sausage for a flavorful twist on these barbecue classics? Alternatively, do a little research and provide guests with a wide assortment of condiments they can use to dress up their dinner on their own.
Be sure to grill up some delicious veggies, too – now is the right time to start busting out that summer squash, corn on the cob, and other seasonal favorites. Finish off your meal with a sampling of fresh fruits. Since spring is still in bloom (despite the fact that summer is just around the corner) you can easily opt for refreshing desserts such as berry-topped cheesecake bites or a light fruit salad.
To really make your bash special, consider looking for special ways to serve everything up. Instead of a cooler, choose an attractive decorative bucket to store ice and drinks. An assortment of red, white, and blue tableware items – whether you choose paper items or dishwasher-safe outdoor dishes – can also be a great touch.
Patriotic decorations are appropriate and help celebrate Memorial Day, you don't have to go as patriotic as you will for the Fourth of July – a few little red, white, and blue decorative touches are perfect for the occasion. Table settings, flowers, streamers, and garlands can all be used to bring a little flair to your outside space for the barbeque. Hanging lanterns or light-up stars can help extend your celebration well into the evening with plenty of style. And while you are enjoying your friends and family take a moment to pause and remember those who have proudly served their country.