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Memorial Day Picnic Ideas

Memorial Day Picnic IdeasMemorial Day is almost here! Because it is such an important holiday, the celebration should be one of the biggest and best of the year. Therefore, we have gathered a collection of what we believe to be the very best Memorial Day picnic ideas out there. Choose what you love, add your own special touches, and get ready to kick off the summer season. 


Patriotic decor is easy to come by. Go into any dollar store and pick up some red, white, and blue tablecloths and streamers, and you'll have the perfect base decorations for your picnic. That said, decorating is much more fun when you make it a do-it-yourself (DIY) project. Here are a few of our favorite DIY decoration ideas:

  • Centerpieces — Create bouquet centerpieces using red and white flowers. Add a small American flag in each one for a fun touch.
  • Napkins — Use red and blue bandannas as napkins for a patriotic look.
  • Streamers — A string of red and blue stars hung on the side of your serving table is eye-catching. To make your own, simply use red and blue paper star cutouts and pieces of twine or ribbon. 


There is nothing quite like good food to bring people together. Of course, you will want to have some burgers and hot dogs available, but what about some colorful, patriotic foods to go along with them? 

  • Star Sandwiches — For those who don't eat meat, and for anyone who is looking to snack while the grill heats up, star-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the perfect cute and tasty treat.
  • Veggie Skewers — Why not get patriotic with your sides, too? Stack cherry tomatoes and cauliflower on a skewer for a red-and-white striped veggie snack your guests will love.
  • Parfaits — For dessert, serve up red, white, and blue goodness by layering vanilla yogurt, blueberries, and strawberries in a clear, disposable cup. Whip cream is optional! 


Family-friendly games are a must-have for a successful event. Luckily, there are plenty to choose from. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Three Legged Race — Have each player choose a partner, then tie themselves together by the leg using scarves or another soft material. After everyone has tied themselves to their partner, have the groups race to the finish line.
  • Egg Relay — Split players into two equal teams. Split each team in half, then have one half of each team stand on opposite ends of the field. Hand the starting player from each team an egg balanced on a spoon. The players must then run to the next player on their team on the opposite side of the field and hand the spoon to them without dropping the egg. This process is repeated until all players have gone. The first team to finish wins.
  • Hula Hoop Contest — Grab a bunch of hula hoops and have competitions to see who can hula hoop the longest in each age group, or see who can keep the hoop going on their neck or leg. Have fun with it and get creative!

These are just a few of the many Memorial Day picnic ideas out there. Using these suggestions, along with any other ideas you may have, will certainly make for a memorable Memorial Day weekend! 

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