5 Steps for the Best Memorial Day Party

5-Steps-for-the Best Memorial Day Party

Looking for the best Memorial Day party ever?

Did you know Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer? Kids are out of school. People are ready to relax and spend time with family and friends.

In today’s article, we look at five steps for hosting the best Memorial Day party in the Chicagoland area. First, though, let’s look at the history and importance of this special day.

What is Memorial Day?

It’s a federal holiday in the United States where we celebrate and mourn U.S. military personnel who’ve died while serving in our country’s armed forces. Today, we observe this holiday on the last Monday of May. From the years 1868 to 1970, Memorial Day was officially observed on May 30. In 1971, Congress changed the observance to the last Monday in May and standardized the holiday.

For many Americans, Memorial Day is party of a three-day weekend where they can relax. As we celebrate and have fun, let’s not forget the men and women who’ve died for our freedoms and safety.

Now, it’s on to those tips for a stellar backyard BBQ and pool party!

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#1: Get Your Pool Ready

We assume your pool is open and ready for swimmers. It is always a good idea, though, to bring us a water sample before your party on Monday just to ensure your pool is balanced.

You don’t want to be dealing with heavy maintenance issues on Monday, so stop by any of our three locations for your free water test!

Tip: Don’t forget the pool toys. Get out your inflatables and water toys. Consider adding some beach balls for added fun. Look up some pool party games to keep your swimmers occupied and having fun. Have someone organize this!

You can even add some backyard games for your land-loving party guests.

#2: Gather Party Supplies

Do you have a theme for your party? Many people stick with red, white, and blue. If this sounds like you, you may already have what you need. Take a peak at your Valentine’s and Christmas decorations for white and red serving dishes, plates, candles, napkins, and other decor. Then, you can just add some blue items.

You can visit your local party store or dollar store for more party supplies. Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Decorations
  • Plates, Napkins, Cups and Silverware
  • Extra towels for your guest – stop by – we’ve got some very festive pool towels in stock!
  • Sunscreen
  • Food
  • Party Favors

#3: Shop Your Menu

Before you hit the grocery store, make sure you have a menu. Once you’ve put your menu together, decide how much you’ll need to feed all your guests.

Here are some ideas you can choose from for a traditional Memorial Day BBQ:

  • Pulled Pork
  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Buns
  • Condiments
  • Chips
  • Pasta Salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Grilled veggies
  • Fruit Kabobs
  • Desserts
  • Drinks
  • Ice/Cooler for Drinks

Don’t forget to set out a recycling trashcan next to your regular trashcan. Your guests will appreciate it!

#4: Set Up Seating

Make sure you have enough seating around your swimming pool. Put some chairs in the shade, too, for those guests who want to stay out of the sun.

If you have a hot tub, you can also create a seating area near it as well.

It’s a good idea to make sure you have enough seating for at least all of your adults. You can set up some picnic blankets in the grass for the kids.

#5: Create Ambiance

Our final tip is to create some ambiance and make it comfortable for your guests.

If your party is spilling over into the nighttime hours, set out some candles, hang some lights in the trees, and bring out the bug spray. You can also light some citronella candles during the day and the evening to keep mosquitos away.

You also want to make a playlist of your favorite summertime songs. Add in a few patriotic ones for the holiday.

Final Thoughts

With these tips, you’re ready for the best Memorial Day party in your neighborhood!

Lastly, remember water safety. May is National Water Safety Month, and it’s a good idea to go over your pool rules with your youngest party guests. Make sure everyone knows the rules before they get in the pool.

Also, make sure you have an adult water watcher to keep an eye on swimmers. People can take turns. This is the best way to keep swimmers safe.

Most of all, have the best Memorial Day party ever on Monday!