Memorial Day is right around the corner. Instead of “winging it,” be sure you plan out this important day so you can enjoy it with your friends and family, while paying your respects to those who served for our country. If you want to do something special, read on to learn about some traditions you can start with your family now, and continue for years to come.
Wake up bright and early, ready to celebrate, by baking a scrumptious dessert (as a family) to enjoy later in the day. Choose something that is easy for the kids, regardless of their ages, to get involved with (brownies, cookie bars). They will love this tasty tradition and you have a dessert ready for your festivities later in the day. Be sure to hit up your baking aisle in the grocery store to pick up red, white, and blue frosting and candy embellishments.
Why not document your holiday by putting together a photo book? Wouldn’t it be cool and easy to have your pics instantly generated into a book without doing any guess work? It can totally happen. fotobooks offers this service for under $10 and it ships to you for free. You can even send it to your guests after the event, so they have a keepsake/favor from your party.
Memorial Day isn’t complete without a picnic filled with hot dogs and hamburgers and a parade! Invite your favorites over to enjoy not just the holiday but the start of summer. Be sure to send invites using an app like fotobooks that will help you set the tone for your event, let guests view your guest list, as well as read other information you specify in the invite.
Before attending your town’s parade, be sure to send your kids on a mission to pluck wildflowers from your garden and around the neighborhood. They can show their respect to marching veterans by handing them a flower from their home made bouquet. This gesture is sweet, free, and respectful.
Have an art activity planned for your little ones while food is cooking or while you’re waiting for your event to kick off in between the parade. Have them make flags, which can serve as a patriotic decoration for your picnic. Hang them garland-style across your fence, or scatter them in between food items. The decorations give your event a personalized touch (and it also keeps the kids entertained for a while!).
Nothing kicks off summer more appropriately than by having water events set up. Pre-fill water balloons, dust off the slip and slide, and set up the sprinkler for an afternoon filled with laughs and lots of summer fun!
Memorial Day is filled with food, fun, family, friends, and fondness toward those who served in the military so we can have the freedoms we enjoy today. Consider some of these activities in order to start a family tradition, so everyone can look forward to this holiday year after year; and also always remember it fondly!
Heather Aulisio is a teacher and published freelance writer. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and two pugs. She specializes in writing for the parent, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle niches.