“May we never forget freedom isn’t free.” Are you hosting a Memorial Day shindig? Or, will you be a guest at someone else’s party? Regardless, we’re bringing you the best in delicious (and easy) recipes and patriotic décor!

Grilling Greats

We all know nothing says “Memorial Day” quite like barbeque and the all-American burger! However, if you want to take a step away from traditional burgers and dogs, check out these unique selections.

Rosemary Grilled Chicken Thighs: Feeding a crowd? Try inexpensive chicken thighs! Jazz them up with bold flavors of rosemary and garlic to get taste buds dancing.

Portobello Mushroom Burgers: Tangy carrot and cabbage slaw accompany this hearty, meatless dish. One bite of these mushroom burgers and you might forget all about the real deal.

Grilled Pork Chops with Apple-Bourbon Glaze: Spicy and sweet mix together in this delicious bone-in pork chop recipe.

Sensational Sides

Be sure to include lots of fresh, colorful ingredients and produce to liven up your meal. Whether you’re planning an outdoor cook-out or a sit-down affair, these sides are sure to please.

Grilled Jalapeno Lime Corn on the Cob: A twist on this popular grill-inspired option will leave your guest asking for more! With minimal ingredients, this dish is ready in a flash.

Scalloped Sweet Potato Stacks: Take a step off the beaten path with these sweet potato delights. Gruyere cheese really ups the ante on the colorful, filling stacks.

Street Corn Salad: Bring the colors of the rainbow to the dinner table with this vibrant recipe. There’s no better way to usher in summer than with the fresh, seasonal flavors in this salad.

Barbecue Deviled Eggs: Enjoy barbecue flavored eggs for a unique take on classic deviled eggs. This may just become your “go to” deviled egg recipe!

Delicious Desserts

Treat your family and friends to mouthwatering sweets! These recipes are simple, summery and perfectly refreshing.

Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Cake: I scream, you scream…everyone will adore this festive ice cream (cake)! Seasonal raspberries and blueberries combine with ice cream to pull off this one-of-kind dessert.

Red Velvet Berry Cobbler: This recipe is inspired by the ever popular, red velvet cake. Get into the spirit of the holiday with bright, fresh local berries.

Raspberry Banana Yogurt Pops: With the high May temps, these icy treats are sure to cool down a crowd!

Strawberry Blueberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches: This patriotic dessert is teaming with red, white and blue. You definitely won’t regret adding these berry-filled sandwiches to the menu.

Delightful Décor

Patriotic Ribbon Bunting: This DIY décor can really elevate your shindig. It will only look like you’ve slaved away on decorations! These come together simply with just 3 items and a few minutes of your time.

Floral Flag Centerpiece: Wow your guests with this eye-catching arrangement of red dahlias, white phylox, blue thistle and blue hydrangea. While this display requires 40 vases, any glass container can be used (think: baby food jars, mason jars, or other) to create a rustic feel.  

Red, White & Blue Wreath: As soon as guests arrive, they’ll be greeted by this festive décor. Believe it or not, as attractive as it is, it’s actually constructed with paper drinking straws!

 

This Memorial Day, enjoy good food, family and friends, but also take the time to remember the true meaning of the holiday. Celebrate, honor and remember the sacrifices made both past and present by our country’s heroes.