Use classic picnic details to create a fun, casual, all-American look for your Memorial Day barbecue. Check the weather, if the forecast is cool treat your guests to a fire pit. Cover the table with a red checkered tablecloth. Stack blue striped napkins and white plates close to each other on the buffet. Serve the barbecued chicken on a square serving platter.
Use versatile glasses that can hold both cocktails, mocktails, and water. Arrange white flowers in clear vases and place on the tables. To ensure that the wind does not blow them out, set the candles in glass hurricane holders. Patterned throw pillows make everyday patio chairs plush and festive.