Memorial Day Cookout
Have you given any thought for your Memorial Day plans this year? How about hosting a cookout with family and friends, under your new pergola! A pergola is designed as a cool down area outside, where you can relax under string lights or eat in a scenic setting. Whether you’d like to keep it simple or pull out all the stops, we have listed some great ideas to host a memorable event outdoors.
First, decide on your menu. A cookout usually requires a grill, but you can improvise if needed. You can create a menu board for your guests too. Just coat a tall piece of plywood with black chalkboard paint for a professional-looking one. Burgers and hotdogs are a popular choice, with homemade s’mores for dessert. You can create a cute condiment display by offering more unique options for hot dog and hamburger toppings, then display them in individual labeled buckets.
Spruce up summer soda with cute straw attachments. You could serve popular mint juleps or refreshing fruit-infused water, for those who want something lighter. Rose, lemon, or strawberry infused water make a great addition. A unique and fun way to add another drink option, is to carve out a watermelon and use it as self-serve drink dispenser!
Have fun with place settings by welcoming guests with gingham napkins, name cards, & flowers at each outdoor table setting. You can use gift tags for drink labels, to keep everyone’s beverage straight. This is also a great way for strangers to get to know each other’s names. Anchor tablecloths by filling tiny buckets with flowers and some water. Just suspend the bouquets from your tablecloth using a clip & ribbon. Tie and knot one end around the handle of the bucket and the other around the clip. This not only looks great, but really helps on a windy day!
The weather is starting to get very hot! Keep your guests cool with a few thoughtful amenities they will appreciate. Buy a supply of fans, sunblock, and bug spray & put them out for everyone. You can also help repel mosquitos by adding herbs or sage to a fire pit or grill, once you’re done cooking. Lastly, there is no better solution for the post-lunch slump than a collection of lawn games. Set out frisbees, whiffle balls, and badminton rackets nearby in the yard for added fun.
In closing, all you really need to throw a fun Memorial Day cookout is good food & drinks, good company, & a good place to mingle. Spend time under your new pergola this summer and do all the above. A sunroom can also come in handy in case of bad weather. This way you can always bring the party indoors if it rains. Fairbanks Construction can help you design the perfect one for your home. Just visit our website at https://www.fairbanksconstruction.com/sunrooms/pergolas/ for more information.