As I have tweeted before, most American holidays that do not include the exchange of presents or candy usually is celebrated by day drinking. I don't know why, though sometimes the only thing that gets me through Thanksgiving with the relatives is glass of white wine shortly after breakfast.
I'm kidding Mama!
For Memorial Day everyone loves a good cookout, myself included. So I've been spending time on Pinterest collecting ideas on how to through the best Memorial Day cookout, ever, in my humble little backyard.
First up? Dranks!! (Thas' was'up!)
I like the idea of providing mixed drinks and beer. A non-alcoholic version of this watermelon punch sounds fruity and delicious for the kiddos and responsible adults.
|Watermelon Punch Recipe|
Pre-mixing cocktails and storing them in mason jar on ice would be a good way for guests to simply grab and enjoy, no necessary trips indoors.
Of course there is always beer at my cookout but I always wonder if there's a better way to display them, rather than sticking them in a cheap Styrofoam cooler. I mean a kiddie pool isn't exactly high-class either but it puts all the delicious beer on display, whereas with the coolers the beers always seem hidden from view.
For food there is the classic standby of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. I want to take it a step further and make bacon wrapped hot dogs this year because you know it really isn't a true celebration unless bacon is involved. (Apologies to my vegan and/or international friends). You don't even need a grill, just make them in the oven.
|Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Hotdogs Recipe|
I'd also include a little bit of Mexican heritage and add an elotes bar. Boiled or roasted corn topped with a little butter, cheese and/or mayo? What's not to love?
|Elotes Bar Recipe|
|Save me some of that corn!|
I really wouldn't try to decorate my backyard in anticipation of a cookout, except to put up as many hammocks as I could. Pretty much everyone goes for an outdoor hammock, no matter the event.
|DIY Hammock Instructions|
How cool is this group hammock made from a trampoline? Probably best for the kiddos, huh? I can imagine my twin kid sisters hopping on, making room for me, and then me breaking the damn thing but.....it still looks fun!
ICE CREAM SHOP
You have to have ice cream. It's summer, it's warm, it's just what has to be done. I'm truly sorry if you are lactose intolerant, there are some pretty yummy fruit pops around though. I would totally build this little ice cream front from some spare cardboard and have the kids run the shop. Not that I have kids. I'm unmarried but you know, the neighborhood kids.
Adults can come up while the kids make their sundae order or hand them a store-bought popsicle. My 8 year old self would have been alllll over this! I used to help scoop ice cream at day care for the younger kids afternoon snack. I could make the perfect lil' scoop. I'd be like, "I got this Teach!". Ahhh memories, for Memorial Day.
What ridiculously awesome plans do you have going on? Seriously, even sleeping in and eating instant ramen sounds appealing to me. NO WORK, WOOHOO!