Saturday, May 7th, 2016

How to Host a Memorial Day Party

Who and where

  • Location
  • Guest list
  • Invitations

Eat and drink

  • Menu
  • Potluck
  • Beverages


  • Seating
  • Decorations
  • Stay cool
  • Buffet style

Memorial Day party checklist

At least 2 weeks ahead

  • Decide location
  • Make guest list and send out invitations
  • Set your menu and solicit potluck dishes

One week ahead

  • Create a shopping list for groceries, beverages, decorations, etc.
  • Arrange for extra tables and chairs, if necessary
  • Follow up on any guests who haven’t RSVP’ed

Two days before

  • Go shopping
  • Dust off outdoor furniture
  • Clean the grill
  • Check the weather report

One day before

  • Move furniture outside
  • Put up decorations, umbrellas, canopies
  • Set up outdoor toys and games
  • Label trash and recycle bins
  • Cook and prep food in advance if you can

Party day

  • Put drinks and ice in coolers (a couple of hours ahead)
  • Start grilling
  • Arrange food, beverage, condiment, and dessert stations


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Memorial Day allows us to show our respect and gratitude to the men and women who have lost their lives fighting for our country — and is also considered the unofficial kickoff of summer fun. Celebrate Memorial Day this year by hosting a party for family and friends.

These Memorial Day party planning tips and our handy checklist will make throwing a Memorial Day party a breeze.

Who and where

Location: Start by picking out a location for your party. For small gatherings, a backyard barbecue is your best bet. If space is an issue, consider having the party at a local park or other outdoor venue.

Guest list: Plan your guest list. Take into account that too many people could be an issue if guests have to compete for a place to sit down. Also consider that a lot of people will be staying for just an hour or two if they are invited to multiple parties.

Invitations: Send out your invitations as soon as possible. Paper invitations are cute and all, but who wants to waste time and money purchasing, addressing and mailing them? Instead, use online invitations through email with sites like and, or through your Facebook page, if most of the invitees are your Facebook friends.

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