Although Veterans Day is a celebration of those who serve and have served, Memorial Day is a solemn day to reflect on those veterans and military personnel who are deceased, and to remember the sacrifice of the brave military members, as well as their families, the widows and parentless children of the fallen. It has also become the kick off holiday weekend to our Spring/Summer season with the gathering of friends and family. Memorial Day is fast-approaching, and some of us haven’t quite nailed down the details of our party. We want it to be fabulous yet inviting. Patriotism is a must but going over-the-top should be avoided. Here are three tips to make your party a success.
Tip #1: Swap out the cups for Mason Jars
The idea of the party is to make guests feel at home. Paper cups scream “house party” while Mason Jars signify a family gathering. Allow attendees to take the containers home for keepsakes to prevent clutter and become a favored host.
Tip #2: Exchange balloons for streamers
Balloons are festive, but they tend to either pop or fly away before the party has concluded. There is little more jarring than a ball of helium exploding in the middle of a bash. The only thing worse than hearing a balloon abruptly pop is listening to the cries of a child after the “red ball” flies away. Avoid all of this with streamers that are easy to place and long-lasting.
Tip #3: The Memorial Day cake should always be festive
The Memorial Day cake should say that you are patriotic if nothing else at the party conveys such truth. Topping off a white cake with blueberries and raspberries is always in order on May 30. The idea of combining frosted cupcakes to create the appeal of a larger cake is also smart. Swapping traditional cake for small cupcakes is less of a headache as partygoers cannot say that you played favorites when cutting the dessert when individual pastries are provided.