A Memorial Day cookout is an excellent way to get family and friends together and honor our heroes. This weekend offers you a chance to celebrate the values of courage and love of country, while sharing a special bond with your loved ones. Here are Balsam Hill’s tips for holding a heartwarming Memorial Day celebration.

Your Décor: Stars and Stripes

Incorporate stars and stripes into your Memorial Day décor. Match miniature flags with red, white, and blue flowers pre-arranged at specialty floral shops. You can also drape a tri-colored banner on your balustrades for a vibrant way of showcasing your pride.

Flags for Memorial Day
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Your Outdoor Setting

There is no better time to relax under the bright skies than during the summer. Take advantage of the warm climate by cooking and dining outdoors. As your Memorial Day cookout winds down, you can lounge on a chaise and enjoy the refreshing breeze.

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Your Menu

Fire up the grill. Nothing says American more than a good old-fashioned barbecue. Choosing the right kind of meat, poultry, or seafood to grill is the key to creating healthier and tastier dishes.

Appetizer: Spicy Grilled Shrimp
Start off with some spicy grilled shrimp. This Thai-American fusion is a festival of flavors as it combines the juiciness of fresh shrimp with the spiciness of the chili sauce. Chilies lower cholesterol levels and improve blood circulation. This fights the ill effects of eating too much fatty food typically associated with Memorial Day fare.

Spicy Shrimps for Memorial Day
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Main Dish: Grilled Chicken Salad
Substitute the high-cholesterol burgers, hotdogs, and steaks with this light and tasty grilled chicken salad. The chopped mint leaves that coat the chicken help produce enzymes that improve digestion. The lettuce, romaine, and arugula also add a bittersweet flavor. Remember to drizzle honey balsamic dressing over your greens.

Grilled Chicken Salad for Memorial Day
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Dessert: Cheesecake Tart with Berries
Cap off your Memorial Day feast with an all-time favorite dessert, such as this cheesecake tart with berries. The sweetness of the fruits is a perfect complement to the smooth cream cheese base. This delightful tri-colored treat is sure to make your guests come back for seconds.

Cheesecake for Memorial Day
Photo from Lori L. Stalteri. CC BY 2.0


Remember to enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee as your day winds down. Celebrating Memorial Day is not only about honoring the bravery of our heroes. It is also about cherishing the bonds that unite us.

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