Throw the Ultimate Memorial Day Party

Memorial Day is a patriotic way to kickoff the unofficial start of summer. Those hosting a party have a usual checklist to work with. Think BBQ food, red, white and blue decorations and a tropical punch. But there are tons of ways to take it up a notch. Lynne Goldberg, founder and president of event planning company Boca Entertainment, offered five ways to get creative. Between honoring those who died while serving the country and enjoying the warmer weather, these Memorial Day party ideas will guarantee a festive celebration.

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Send invitations that excite

“The invitation sets the tone,” said Goldberg. Let guests know your Memorial Day extravaganza will be festive way before they get there. Goldberg recommended sending everyone a star in either red, white or blue and informing them the color represents the team they will be playing for. Take it a step further and ask them to also sport that color to the party. Fun game ideas include a relay race where guests have to pass a beach ball between their legs or a hot dog eating contest without using hands.

Make decorations iconic

Colorful balloons and confetti may do the trick, but why not jazz it up? Decorate with iconic American photos that your guests will recognize. Think Marilyn Monroe with her white dress being blown or the American flag on the moon. “Print them and place them with monochromatic flowers for table centerpieces,” she said. Or get inexpensive Statue of Liberty statues and paint them red, white or blue and place them around the party space.

Start with patriotic music

Remind everyone what Memorial Day stands for with patriotic music. Play songs like Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” or “Some Gave All” by Billy Ray Cyrus as guests arrive. “Give out blow up red, white and blue guitars for an air guitar contest to the song,” added Goldberg.

Set up a photo backdrop

What’s a party without some good photos? Stick to the theme with props like an Uncle Sam top hat, an oversized red, white and blue bow tie and American-themed pompoms. Goldberg suggested creating a hash tag and encouraging guests to share the photos on Instagram.

Serve festive treats

The food menu calls for something a little patriotic to boot. And it doesn’t have to be complicated either. Goldberg’s pick: dessert kabobs made to look like an American flag. Simply combine blueberries, marshmallows and strawberries on a stick and voila an American-themed treat in seconds.

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Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at or on Twitter @annahalkidis.