Throwing together a Memorial Day Party? We’ve got you covered with stress-free party planning tips and a menu that will have your guests raving for the rest of the summer.
Memorial Day Party Planning
Party Prep Lists
If you’re planning a party for Memorial Day weekend, these party prep lists will help you cover all the bases before Saturday and help you have a relaxing weekend. No time for cooking? Have a potluck. Focus your time on your home, and ask your guests to bring a dish. Write a simple meal plan ahead of time to make sure all the dishes are provided for.
Setting Up Your Home for a Party
Don’t forget to set up the inside of your home for your guests in case the weather is too hot outside or it’s raining. Need extra chairs? Ask one of your party guests to bring a few. Clear off a few strategic spots where your guests will be to give them a spot to put down their drinks and plates, or to set up a few appetizers.
Clean off your kitchen counters as much as possible and stash the appliances you don’t need elsewhere. Be prepared to have guests hang out in the kitchen. They always do!
Memorial Day Weekend Menu
Before you plan your menu, make sure you follow the 4 steps to food safety:
- Clean – A super easy way to keep your summer BBQ safe and smooth is to fill the sink with hot soapy water and wash all plates and utensils in between the raw meat stage and the grilled meat stage.
- Separate – Keep your meat, fruits, and veggies separate.
- Cook – Meat thermometers take the guess work out of grilling meat.
- Chill – It actually is recommended you don’t leave food out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. If the temperatures are over 90 degrees, that time gets reduced to 1 hour.