Memorial Day BASICS: Family, Friends and Fun!

Memorial Day means the start of summer. We’ve put together a holiday menu and some red, white and blue decoration ideas. Kick off summer with some easy fun recipes and crafts that we’re sure will be crowd pleasers.

For a large group, the grill is always a great option. Start the first grilling of the summer season with hamburgers and hot dogs. Have a condiment bar and guests can make up their own version of a perfect burger or hot dog. You’ll also want to have some other toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado. Of course we can’t forget the cheese! Get Condiment recipes here from Food Network. http://www.foodnetwork.com/grilling/grilling-central-burgers-and-hot-dogs/all-purpose-condiments.html

What’s the first outdoor meal without a macaroni or potato salad?  Get this All American macaroni salad recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/american-macaroni-salad-recipe.html

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And let’s not forget about dessert. Here’s a new twist on smores. They are always a hit with kids and adults at any outdoor party. Learn how to make this simple dessert here: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/smore-pops/afbcfbd8-5325-44b0-b241-3816154e4d76 You can’t have a Memorial Day celebration without the All American dessert, apple pie. Get the recipe here from Food.com http://www.food.com/recipe/all-american-apple-pie-312139

Creating a beautiful and festive Memorial Day celebration starts with patriot decorations. Get inspiration and some great party and decoration ideas courtesy of Martha Stewart. http://www.marthastewart.com/1072683/patriotic-party-ideas-and-decorations-memorial-day#224328

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Now that we’ve shared some of our ideas, how will you spend the Memorial Day holiday? What’s your Memorial Day menu? Leave us a comment!

We salute America’s veterans and their families. If you know a Veteran who served our country, be sure to say “thanks!”

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