I recently had the opportunity to offer my ideas for planning a Memorial Day party to Inspirations and Celebrations. To create a memorable Memorial bash, I prescribed the following pointers:
1. Start with style. Send a colorful captivating invitation with clever wording that raises anticipation, sets the tone and theme of the party, and arouses a must-attend response. Make it personal, don’t use mailing labels, and send it early.
2. Articulate your vision, then set the stage with red, white and blue. The location (typically a garden, backyard or local park). The theme. The flowers. The linens. The food. The china. The music. The many, many must-haves to make a party work. Carefully consider all the details first, so you can be organized, not spontaneous and chaotic. Google “Memorial Day Party Ideas” for lots of wonderful images to help you get the creative juices going. Target, Walmart, K-Mart all have great inexpensive décor to help with setting the theme.
3. Remember the reason for the holiday. Memorial Day is a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed in May. We all know someone who has served in the military past or present. Memorial Day entertaining is all about connecting with family and friends. To make a lasting impression, consider their needs. Pick a time when everyone’s relaxed and off work …Saturday day, Sunday day or Monday day. Make your food and beverage selections something your guests will recognize and love!
4. Have elements of surprise and make it interactive. For an at-home party, play a game to get your group in the spirit. If you’re at a local park, play soft-ball, volley-ball or good old relay-races!
5. Read the crowd. Be in tune with the environment and observe how your guests are reacting. If you’re not playing in the games, they won’t be either. If they’re not dancing, change the music. If their glasses are empty, pour the beverage. And always end on a high note (don’t let the party drag on and on)…great parties are remembered for a lifetime.