With warmer weather on the horizon, your thoughts are likely starting to turn toward summertime. What better way to commemorate the unofficial start of the season than with a fun, memorable party?
There are a number of ways to make this year’s Memorial Day party your best ever without breaking the bank. Cost-friendly ideas are easy to come by when it comes to the annual weekend celebration. In fact, when Memorial Day first began, in 1868, it was called Decoration Day, and citizens spent the day decorating the graves of fallen servicemen. A day spent enjoying the freedoms you have is all you need to get the holiday right.
Instead of spending hundreds of dollars and hours of your time hosting (or just showing up to someone else’s party and letting them do everything), organize a potluck with your neighbors, your kids’ friends’ families, or your own besties. Most homeowners already have a grill, but not everyone has outdoor seating options, so this is the way to go if you want a special Memorial Day party. For under $100, you can get the cool, cost-friendly Folding Table with Bench Seats by Stansport. If you still have a few dollars in your budget, supply simple things like ice and paper plates to get the party started.
Camping in the Wilderness
While some families may jet off on Caribbean weekends, you’re better off saving those trips for the more cost-friendly shoulder seasons and trying a clever staycation tactic.
Find a campground near you, pack up your tent and coolers, and take your Memorial Day party to nature. You can sometimes even bring your pets for whole-family fun! Just remember, this is the time of year when bears are waking up, so take simple precautions like equipping the high-quality Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer by Coghlan’s.
Be sure to also grab a Coleman Divide 175L LED Headlamp for everyone, so you can all play at night while out under the stars.
Beach Day in the Sun
Spending time at the beach is a component of the classic Memorial Day party, but don’t feel like you need to go crazy (you’ll have to finding parking for that!). Pack some snacks the night before, load up the car with your towels and umbrella, and get there early.
Make it special by coming up with a cool family activity, like building a monster sand castle. Secure a few Hape Sand & Sun toys in advance for guaranteed fun in the sun. Neat pieces like the manufacturer’s Leaning Tower of Pisa can help you create sand architecture that’s definitely Insta-worthy.
Visiting Historic Cemeteries
Cemeteries don’t have to be sad or feel creepy. Memorial Day is about military members who passed on, and visiting their grave sites can help older kids develop an appreciation for all the freedoms they have, while introducing little ones to history. You can find national cemeteries near you through the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and it won’t cost you a dime.
If you’re visiting a loved one, you can leave the red, white, and blue Healing Tears arrangement from 1-800-Flowers.com with them to beautify their final resting place. Otherwise, you can take the bouquet apart and let everyone spread the flowers throughout the cemetery as a patriotic tribute.
Afterwards, maybe take the kids to the park or out for ice cream (or for other inexpensive treats) to transition them back toward a playful weekend. A balance of reverence and revelry is the key to the ideal Memorial Day celebration.