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Come Party With Me: Memorial Day BBQ - The Look


Although Memorial Day is a holiday that is generally associated with patriotic colors, I've decided to keep my bbq light, festive, and fun by using bright red and vibrant yellow (keeping in theme with the invitation). Just because the event is outdoors doesn't mean that I don't have to transform my space from everyday to party day. For my outdoor entertaining decorating tips,



  • The first thing you should consider when planning any outdoor event is the weather. If you live in a climate where it usually gets cooler in the afternoon, set up a fire pit or outdoor heaters. If it's really hot make sure there is plenty of shade for your guests to keep cool in. If rain is scheduled, you may unfortunately have to take your party inside.
  • My bbq begins at 4:30 and will most likely go until dark, meaning I'll have to consider outdoor lighting. Use a combination of candles, hanging lanterns, and electrical lighting (like Christmas lights). Place candles in taller glass votives or in areas where you know they will be shielded from the wind. Hide electrical cords under bark and along the bottom of the fence.
  • Set up stations for food and eating. A buffet set near the barbeque is essential to place just grilled food quickly and effortlessly. Place the salads, desserts, drinks, and grilled foods each on a different table area to encourage mingling and general flow of the guests.
  • Create eating stations by arranging chair clusters around the patio and grass.
  • Cover the tables and bar areas with yellow linen tablecloths.
  • Fill vases with red and yellow tulips.
  • Use either high quality colored paper plates and napkins or your white everyday china. If you have a set of plates/silverware specifically for outdoor dining, use this.
  • Don't bother with using your glass stemware, purchase a nice set of clear plastic glasses.
  • Next to the beer buckets place a few bottle openers.
  • Don't forget big trash bins - one labeled for trash and the other for recycling.
  • Designate a trusted friend to be in charge of bringing you a few bags of ice about fifteen minutes before the party is scheduled to start.

Got a great bbq decorating idea? Please share your ideas and inspirations with us below!

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AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
Wish I could have been there!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
A fire pit! Those are so fun! SMORES!
SU3 SU3 10 years
Those are all awesome ideas... I know whenever we have bbq's out here, we use the citronella bucket candles because of those dreadful mosquitos! :(
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
Oh, the candles are called luminaries, I just remembered, duh. I only sold the things for three summers in a row. Thanks for marking them, partysugar.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Chancleta, I yum marked the lighted balls which come in several colors that you can purchase online. As for the tall candles in colored clear paper you can make those decorations. Hope that helps!
chancleta chancleta 10 years
thanks bookgirl! :) i've been checking those places out but i haven't seen anything that looks quite as cool as those lighted balls! i'll check BBY :)
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I always forget the ice, so designating that is a great idea!
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
chancleta, the lighted ball things look like outdoor lights. You can usually find cool ones in the summer at Pier 1, World Market, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, and even Target. I used to work at Pier 1 and they usually had cool ones like that and even some with metal animals each year. The lighted bag things are outdoor tea light candle holders (there's a specific name for them, but I can't thing of it right now), think of the ones people line their driveways with during Christmas.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
and the little baggie things?
chancleta chancleta 10 years
what are those cool lighted ball things?
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