This Memorial Day, we’re all about shopping once and having more time for summertime. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate Memorial Day survival guide, complete with shopping essentials, snack hacks, marinade inspiration, drinks, and the easiest dessert idea. Hey, long weekends don’t come along often, so let’s jump in and party on!
1. Get all your essentials delivered
You can’t have a Memorial Day party without condiments. And drinks. And party cups. And snacks. So we’ve put all your essentials together in a handy one-stop-shop so you can stock up on everything you need to be the host with the most. Or the guest that’s the best. Including wine. You’re welcome.
2. These snacks will see you through the long weekend
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No matter how big or small your Memorial Day party is going to be, one thing’s for certain. You need stacks of snacks on hand. We aim to please by making sure there’s something for the sweet – and salty – tooth. Think bowls of Planters Pistachio Lover’s Mix, Prince & Spring Mountain Trail Mix, Jelly Bellys and Snyder’s Mini Pretzels. Don’t forget the little ones. Bowls of Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies are always a winner.
3. More-ish marinades
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Sriracha is the star of Memorial Day, whether you’re pimping your popcorn or basting your burgers. Try this easy honey Sriracha chicken recipe made with Sriracha and honey (or maple syrup for a smokier flavor). It’s the kind of sweet-spicy marinade you’ll end up using on everything, including wings, shrimp, or beef kebobs.
Mix up the menu by having multiple marinades. We love Sweet Baby Ray’s on steak, but it’s also fantastic on veggies. Perennial favorite BBQ veggie skewers get a tangy twist with a slick of barbecue sauce, or serve these easy Black Bean Quesadillas with drinks.
4. No-recipe drink ideas
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The last thing you want to be doing at a Memorial Day bash is getting stuck making drinks for everyone instead of enjoying yourself. Pro tip: whip up pitches of these virtually recipe-less cocktails and have guests help themselves. Don’t forget the cocktail shaker and ice cube trays. Cheers!
- Baybreeze: cranberry juice, pineapple juice and vodka.
- Sangria: red wine, orange juice, touch of brown sugar, brandy, and diced orange and apple.
- Berry citrus punch: Polar Seltzer Blueberry Lemonade, ruby red grapefruit juice, and sparkling wine.
5. Easy dessert
Let’s be honest: dessert is never the main attraction at a Memorial Day party. We like to keep it simple and summery with an ice cream station where the toppings are the star. Set up colorful bowls of Peanut M&Ms, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, cinnamon almonds and crushed Brownie Brittle alongside ice cream and have everyone customize their own scoops. Martha Stewart would be proud.
What’s on your Memorial Day menu?