One good thing about good friends is that they appreciate the little things. If you’re inviting your crew to a get-together at your place over Memorial Day weekend, they’ll be into it no matter how elaborate you get with the party prep, but go ahead and impress them anyway by doing something just for the occasion.
Once you’ve taken care of the party-hosting essentials (plenty of cups, clean bathroom, pet hair vacuumed up), add one or more of these easy touches to make it an extra-special day.
Make it look good:
Go for light and fun.
Do a shopping search for “novelty string lights” and you’ll find string light designs with everything from pink flamingos to mini cocktail glasses and red plastic cups.
Get on your lawn.
If you’ve got the luxury of a grassy yard, put together a stack of bright blankets or beach towels and tell everyone to grab one and stretch out. Your guests get comfy and your yard gets more colorful.
Give ’em a favor.
Roll up disposable silverware in folded bandanas instead of paper napkins. It’s a casual spin on the cloth napkin roll and a party favor they can take home and accessorize with all summer.
Put balloons to use.
Get a bag of balloons. Fill them with water and freeze. Use these instead of bagged ice to keep your drink bucket cold. And at the end of the night when they’re all thawed & everyone’s a few drinks looser, water balloon fight!
Mix a cocktail:
- 1 12 oz. bottle of beer – a seasonally appropriate wheat beer or summer ale works great.
- 1 oz. fresh juice – squeeze half an orange, blood orange or lemon, or try a splash of pomegranate juice for a sweeter finish with less bite.
- 1 oz. Aperol – an orange-y liqueur that’s also a digestif, so it’s perfect for post-meal drinking.
- Combine ingredients in tall glass, add a citrus slice to the rim & serve.
Spice up your entree: ALL-PURPOSE RUB
A light, flavorful coating for about 2 lbs. of beef, chicken, pork or seafood:
Combine ingredients in a bowl. Pour a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a dish or shallow pan and place your protein in to coat it.
Sprinkle the rub over your oil-covered protein, lightly massage it in to make sure it sticks and throw it on the grill ’til done.
Question for the comments: What’s your favorite way to celebrate a long weekend?