By: Abigail Richards
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and as this holiday represents the official start of summer, it might be a great idea to add some life to your typical backyard bash. According to Yahoo Voices, the best way to celebrate America and good friends is to decorate, have delicious food and play games to keep people of all ages fully entertained.
If you're looking to really impress guests, then decking your backyard with tons of red, white and blue flair is a must. The experts suggest starting small with red and white or blue and white tablecloths adorning the areas where food and drink will be served. Picking up other festive paper goods such as American flag plates, cups and napkins as well as red, white and blue silverware are simple ways to boost the spirit even further.
Crafting something unique is another great way to help your party stand out from the rest. The Scrape Shoppe Blog recently broke down how to make a festive burlap and denim patriotic wreath that would certainly help your fete get noticed. For this DIY project you'll need: a wreath form, red satin ribbon, crafting glue, red and white burlap fabric, denim, white buttons and white thread. There are a few steps to the project, but the end result is totally worth it.
Burgers and hot dogs are certainly acceptable for a Memorial Day bash, but offering guest a delicious and patriotic dessert might be even more welcomed. Food Network experts recommend making a Patriotic Berry Trifle to delight the crowds. For this recipe you'll need: a premade angel food cake cut into 1-inch slices, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 pound of cream cheese at room temperature, 2 cups heavy cream and 2 pints blueberries and strawberries each.
Begin by beating the sugar and cream cheese together until it's smooth, and then add in the cream, beating until the mixture turns into a whipped cream consistency. Grab a trifle bowl and place half of the cake bits on bottom followed by a layer of blueberries, cream, strawberry slices, cake, blueberries, cream then strawberries and blueberries on top.
Games and custom trophies
With food and decorations out of the way, it's time to turn up the fun. The experts at Yahoo suggest hosting a water balloon throwing game, egg toss or even a volleyball tournament if you have room for a matchup. Handing out custom awards or trophies that read, "Memorial Day Egg Toss Champion" or a similar message might encourage kids and adults to get serious while having a blast.