Red, White, And Remembrance: Hosting A Memorial Day Party To Honor Veterans

June 13, 2024

As Memorial Day approaches, we are preparing for a day of remembrance and celebration. This is not just any long weekend. It is a time to honor the brave souls who have served our nation with unwavering courage and dedication. 

So, why not make this Memorial Day truly special by hosting a vibrant and heartfelt gathering? In this guide, we will share tips for throwing a Memorial Day party that’s an entertaining and heartfelt tribute to our veterans.

How Can I Prepare For A Memorial Day Party?

From crafting personalized invitations to decorating your space in red, white, and blue, the journey to hosting a meaningful celebration all starts with thoughtful planning. A little planning and preparation will elevate your Memorial Day party into a poignant tribute to those who have served our nation with unwavering dedication.


Your Memorial Day soirée starts with a stylish invitation. Consider crafting personalized invitations that set the patriotic tone. 

Encourage attendees to showcase their spirit by donning the colors of our nation or wearing a fitting accessory like a Navy hat. Whether you choose to invite guests through snail mail or digitally, make sure that your invitations convey the essence of remembrance and celebration that your party aims to capture.


Embrace the tricolor theme with red, white, and blue decorations that embody the patriotic fervor of the day. Transform your outdoor area with flags, bunting, and streamers that flutter in the summer breeze. You can even add mason jar luminaries, floral centerpieces in patriotic hues, or a banner of handwritten notes expressing thanks to those who have served and sacrificed.

Menu Planning 

Delight your guests’ taste buds and pay homage to American traditions with a carefully planned menu for your Memorial Day party. From sizzling BBQ classics to refreshing beverages in patriotic colors, the flavors of the day should satisfy appetites and honor our veterans in celebration and community. 

BBQ Delights

Speaking of food, no Memorial Day party is complete without a delicious BBQ spread that pays homage to classic American flavors. From juicy burgers to succulent grilled chicken, plan a menu that honors the time-honored tradition of backyard cookouts. 

Add a patriotic spin by serving red and blue potato salad, star-shaped watermelon slices, and flag-inspired desserts in the colors of our flag. Finally, do not forget to offer a vegetarian or vegan option to make sure all your guests can share in the festivities.


To quench your guests’ thirst on this warm day of celebration, curate a selection of refreshing beverages that align with the red, white, and blue theme. Create signature mocktails or cocktails that incorporate symbolic hues, such as a Blue Lagoon Lemonade or a Red, White, and Blueberry Sangria. 

Consider setting up a DIY drink station where guests can mix and match ingredients to craft their personalized patriotic concoctions. Remember to provide non-alcoholic options for those who prefer a sober salute to the day.

What Entertainment And Activities Should I Provide?

From moments of reflection and gratitude to spirited patriotic games that ignite the American spirit, the entertainment and activities you plan will uplift and unite your guests in honoring those who have served our country. Create an atmosphere of camaraderie, remembrance, and joy as you curate engaging experiences that embody the true spirit of Memorial Day.

A Tribute To Veterans

As your Memorial Day party unfolds, take a moment to acknowledge and honor the veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. Consider incorporating a tribute segment into your event, such as a brief speech highlighting the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. 

You could also invite a veteran to share their experiences, offering guests a firsthand account of duty, honor, and camaraderie. A moment of silence can further underscore the significance of this day, allowing everyone present to reflect on the profound impact of military service.

Memory Wall

Create a peaceful space at your party where guests can pay their respects and express their gratitude through a memory wall. You can provide guests with templates to write messages, stories, or words of remembrance for veterans they know or have admired. 

This interactive art installation allows attendees to connect on a deeper level with the spirit of Memorial Day, fostering a sense of unity and shared appreciation. By honoring veterans through collective storytelling and reflection, you amplify the impact of your celebration and create lasting memories for all who attend.

Honoring Our Heroes: A Tribute That Transcends Memorial Day

By hosting a party that pays homage to our veterans, you have fostered a sense of community and honor. Carry forward the sentiments of camaraderie and appreciation instilled in your gathering beyond this day. 

Let the essence of Memorial Day inspire you to embody the values of courage, sacrifice, and unity every day. Thank you for joining us in this journey of honoring our heroes and for celebrating the true spirit of Memorial Day.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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