Prepare to grill and appreciate nature on Memorial Day weekend! We’ve compiled our favorite tips and tricks for outdoor entertaining in the summertime, plus offer up a few of our favorite grilling recipes.
Memorial Day weekend is coming up later this month, and like a good little food blogger, I wanted to put together a helpful article for y’all on Memorial Day entertaining, food and more.
While Memorial Day is a somber one as we reflect on the lives lost in wars and conflicts, the weekend also marks the unofficial start of summer.
Which, to me, means grilling some great food and (hopefully) sharing it with people I love.
Memorial Day food traditions
Since Memorial Day weekend is often thought of as the unofficial start to summer, lots of folks fire up their grills and cook outdoors. We’re talking burgers, hot dogs and more.
Whether they’re making hamburgers, hot dogs or other grilled entrees, it’s all about eating outside, enjoying the (hopefully!) beautiful weather while sharing food and memories with the people you love.
How to host a Memorial Day gathering
Hosting is a pretty easy thing when you break it down into steps!
- Choose the time and date of your gathering.
- Invite friends.
- Decide your menu. (Keep in mind that some of your guests might have different dietary requirements and diets than you do.)
- Go grocery shopping.
- Create your kitchen timeline.
- Be the host with the most!
Also, you might want to check out How to Host a Backyard Barbecue (and Backyard Barbecue Essentials) if you’re planning to make barbecue this Memorial Day weekend. (Because, ahem, barbecue and grilling are different things.)
Some products you might want to entertain on Memorial Day Weekend
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When you’re entertaining, you want to make things as easy as possible on yourself. When you’re entertaining outdoors, this is doubly so.
While I would normally serve guests on our everyday dinner plates and glassware, an outdoor gathering is infinitely easier when you purchase the following items. Not only will you not have to fret about your nice glass products getting broken, but clean up will be easier, too.
- A grill–after all, you’re going to be firing this up!
- Paper plates (we like purchasing biodegradable ones if we can get our hands on them so our footprint is a little smaller)
- Disposable forks, knives and spoons
- A cooler, to keep beverages cold
- A pitcher, should you be making some pitcher drinks
- A bar cart (or a table that can easily come outdoors) so you can make a drink station
Now… what recipes are good for grilling and serving outdoors?
Check out the following, friend.
Memorial Day Weekend Grilled Entrees
It's officially grilling season, which means we're going to fire up ours as often as possible starting on Memorial Day weekend. I've compiled several of our favorite entrees that are easy to serve for the family and for a crowd, if that's more your style.
Memorial Day Weekend Side Dishes
Since we're kicking off the summertime, these side dishes are fabulous for enjoying outside! Most are OK to sit at room temperature for a little while, and the ones that aren't... well... I'm sharing my tips and tricks as to how to make 'em work in the great outdoors.
Memorial Day Weekend Desserts
Because no Memorial Day weekend gathering would be complete without something sweet at the end of the day! These desserts are easy to make in advance, easy to transport and easy to enjoy in the great outdoors, too!
Memorial Day Weekend Drinks
Because no gathering is complete without drinks, I've compiled a few summery sippers that you and your guests will love!