Memorial Day is the time to honor and remember those who have served in the military, but celebrating the holiday in a fun, meaningful way can be a challenge. The day is usually warm, but not sweltering, and you’ll want your décor to lean patriotic, but not as flag-covered as a Fourth of July celebration. The trick is to go subtly festive without overdoing it on the stars and stripes. Our ideas will enliven every corner of your fête without making it feel too excessive.
A cheerful striped table, just like the one pictured here, will prime your patio for a season of fun, while buckets filled with small flags create a festive centerpiece. Simply remove the flags, and you’ve got the perfect craft station or buffet to display all of your barbeque creations. If a table runner is more your speed, we have just the one to add a pop of color to your lunchtime spread. Take a bite out of the festivities with decorations that look as good as they taste. Bake our Fruited Cheesecake Flag or put together some Flag Ices for patriotic treats that pop on your tables.
We have plenty of festive DIYs to add to your party, too. A way to commemorate those who’ve served is by crafting a Silk Poppy. The flower symbolizes peace and is associated with mourning, which means making some of these faux flowers is a beautiful way to show your respect. For something more red, white, and blue, make a flag garland to drape over your fence, honoring veterans for all to see. Another colorful project that will add to your party decorations are paper lanterns. Not only are they perfect to hang in your backyard, but they also illuminate your space, making them ideal for a nighttime party.
Ahead, discover colorful Memorial Day decorations and party ideas guaranteed to make your gathering—no matter what size it may be—pop.