For Memorial Day weekend we hosted a fun barbeque with red, white and blue details. While Memorial Day is traditionally the unofficial start of summer, I was particularly excited because of our new patio furniture. We have only been in our house for a few months and we have a fabulous deck, but we finally bought a table and chairs so we can entertain properly.
In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to infuse some red, white and blue, but without being over the top. I used supplies I had on hand. The only purchases I made were some red and blue bandanas and some lovely red gingham fabric (I love gingham – it’s hard to imagine dining al fresco without it!).
For the table I used a navy tablecloth. I always serve a variety of dips and snacks that can be served cold and room temperature. For the chips (and also the rolls – but I don’t have a photo) I used the bandanas as a cloth napkin. What a fun pop of color!
I always recommend labeling buffets – even at home! It’s not always obvious what a food might be so this helps your guests – especially those guests who might have food allergies. I made these buffet labels myself – they were very easy but were a nice pop of color on the table. These could also work as place cards for a more formal dinner. Stay tuned later this week for a dedicated post on DIY instructions on how to make these!
For the utensils, I wrapped a knife and fork in a napkin and tied with a bit of fabric, the same fabric I used for the buffet cards.
The menu was dips and salads, plus traditional hamburgers and hot dogs. For dessert, I made watermelon skewers and red, white and blue cupcakes.
For drinks, in addition to cold beers I made a triple berry white sangria – my own secret recipe.
To close, here are some photos my friend Anna took of the party which I stole from her Instagram feed:
I love these photos because it reminds me that while I love the fun details while throwing a dinner party or a BBQ, but it’s the time spent with friends that is most important! Happy entertaining!