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Last Minute Memorial Day Ideas

Last Minute Memorial Day Ideas

Memorial Day weekend is coming right up and for those who are looking forward to spending time outdoors, now is the time to exercise precaution and stay safe as always. But for those who want to safely celebrate in their own neighborhoods, we’ve got some last minute Memorial Day ideas for you. Some of you might still forgo travel this season, so why not spend some quality time with your loved ones in your backyard? From good food and drinks to games and more, here are some last minute Memorial Day ideas you and your family can plan for the weekend.

  • Gather for a southern-style BBQ with friends, family, and neighbors. For those who already live in the South, this may be a staple in your hometown, but for those who have not experienced a southern-style BBQ, now is the chance! The Spruce suggests a hearty Southern-style cookout featuring delicious ribs, pulled pork, or brisket, paired with lots of mac and cheese, coleslaw, corn pudding, collard greens, and other heartwarming side-dishes.
  • Host a grill party, but this time with a “You Bring It, We Grill It” theme. The Spruce suggests cutting down on preparation time by asking your guests to bring their own pre-marinated grilling item to share. Not only do you save money, you also get to add variety to your offerings.
  • Engage in a fun patriotic bake-off! Those who love to bake can show off their skills by crafting the best stars and stripes themed cupcakes, cookies, and more. You also get to bond with kids and teach them about food and patriotism in one cool activity.
  • Fun and games. No Memorial Day is complete without any fun and games. Whether it’s kid-friendly or strictly for adults, you can have a game-themed party right in your own home. All you need is some interesting games to play.
  • Pool party. No holiday seems to be complete without a pool party. To make it extra special, place streamers in your backyard and put up some patriotic decor to get everyone into the spirit of Memorial Day.

Here are more great ideas on how to add a touch of patriotism to your home this Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day Farmhouse Decor

If you’re looking to spruce up your home in time for Memorial Day, check out these vintage-inspired finds on Etsy.

Last Minute Memorial Day Ideas

1. A Memorial day centerpiece that will put everyone in a festive mood.

This holiday weekend, make sure your table is adorned in patriotic decor such as this garland that you can easily place on your dining table, buffet table, or anywhere you need a little accent. This beautiful garland from Holiday Decor Crafts is delicately and lovingly handmade. Shop at Etsy.

Last Minute Memorial Day Ideas

2. A farmhouse inspired patriotic tiered tray.

This rustic home decor is a great addition for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day. This rustic set features a set of three firecrackers in red, white, and blue, a set of USA cubes, a pair of red and white striped pillows, a stars pillow, and three torn strips of patriotic fabric in various patterns to add as a bow on top of the tray. This set is hand painted and created in shades of deep red, navy, and white, tying together the aspects of patriotism. Shop at Etsy.

Last Minute Memorial Day Ideas

3. A charming whipped cream patriotic cupcake for a tiered tray or buffet table.

Add a touch of sweet patriotism to your Memorial Day decor with this faux cupcake from Happyhatter Treasures. It comes in a jumbo size that makes for an eye catching treat on your buffet table or dining table this season. Shop at Etsy.

Last Minute Memorial Day Ideas

4. Whimsical fabric patriotic stars for display in the living room or dining room.

Add a patriotic touch to any space with these fabric plush stars from TreeificCreations, which work great in tiered trays, small vignettes, mantel decor, sitting on a shelf, and more. It comes in two sizes, a 6 x 5 inch small one and an 8 x 8 inch tall one. Shop at Etsy.

Last Minute Memorial Day Ideas

5. A warm welcoming wreath with a patriotic design.

Whether for hanging on your front door or indoors, this welcome decor features a patriotic design that’s perfect for Memorial Day. This handmade item measures 35 x 35 cm with a depth of 9 cm. It’s also great as a hostess’ gift this season. Shop at Etsy.


More Memorial Day Ideas on Amazon

1. Z&L Home Linen Burlap Table Runner Dresser Scarves in Patriotic American Flag

Made with superior fabric, this festival table runner is crafted from cotton linen that will be perfect for any dinner table or dresser. It’s easy to maintain as it can be machine washed in cold water under a gentle cycle. It features bright eye-catching stars and stripes print that’s perfect for Memorial Day. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “Perfect for what I needed at a great price!” J. Schmidt

2. Oriental Cherry Patriotic Wooden Stars and Stripes, Gnomes Plush, Farmhouse Rustic Decor for Memorial Day

An adorable must have for Memorial Day and Fourth of July, this whimsical set features three wooden signs and American plush gnomes. Each sign is painted in a red, white, and blue, flag-like color scheme, with solid white edges and back to make a great display for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Fourth of July, and more. The gnome is made with a patriotic American flag motif and can easily stand on a bookcase, mantle, or anywhere you need some patriotic inspiration. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “I like the wood they are using. Very nice quality and firm. It’s pretty to put it as a decor in your living room!” God of Savageness

3. KHM Memorial Day Seasonal Decor Wall Sign

This wooden plaque highlights what’s truly important this season: friends, family, and freedom! This delightful wall sign home decor can easily be placed in a hallway or on a bookshelf or mantle. It measures 22 x 12 x 0.5 inches. Rated 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

4. Juvale Floral Door Wreath American Flag Decor

The elegant U.S. flag inspired wreath is adorned with red, white, and blue flowers that offer a perfect complement to your patriotic decorations this season. Display this on your front door or even indoors. It’s made from wood and foam that guarantees you can use it for years to come. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “Really beautiful quality and I am proud to display this on the front door of my home. Everybody has complimented it since it’s been hanging for the past one week! You hit the nail on the head with this one.” Pickle Juice

5. Marte & Joven Patriotic Decorations

For those who want to grab some quick Memorial Day decorations, get your hands on this set from Marte & Joven, which features six paper fans, 12 latex balloons, seven foil balloons, 12 foil hanging swirls, four shades glasses, a banner a bag of star confetti, a glue point, and one ribbon. Great for last minute Memorial Day gatherings! Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “These were so quick and easy to hang for a party! Loved them.” Jessi


Product Highlight of the Week

Every week, we curate some of the best products for you and your home. This week, we’re loving the Fatboy Point Outdoor Ottoman, designed by Alex Bergman in 2003. It features a new super soft, removable Sunbrella cover and a non-slip TPE bottom and also comes with an inner bag  that makes this ottoman washable for longer lasting performance. Shop at Horchow.

Last Minute Memorial Day Ideas

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