Festive Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas – Saturday Spotlight

Happy weekend and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight!  How is it already mid-May?  Seriously, before we know it, Memorial Day will be here.  Have you made any plans for that weekend yet?  Here in New Jersey, that’s when the beaches officially open but the weather can still be cool in May.  Like many of you, we’ll probably just celebrate at home with a barbecue.  Today, I’m sharing some Memorial Day barbecue ideas to help you kick off the summer season!

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Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas – Patriotic Table

If you’re going to entertain guests, decorate your table to celebrate the holiday…

For my Patriotic Tablescape on the Patio, I brought out the flags and all my red, white and blue!

Patriotic table with flags - Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas

Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas – Summer Recipes:

Yes, it’s grill season…

As I’ve mentioned before, we grill every chance we get during the summer months.  Besides the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs, we also grill chicken, beef, tuna and swordfish on occasion.

Grilled Chicken, Vegetables and Salad - Easy Barbecue Ideas

For side dishes, we throw peppers, onions and pineapples on the grill too.  Usually, I just cut them into small pieces, toss in some balsamic vinegar and grill them on a copper grill mat.  Those mats are easy to clean, reusable and make cooking vegetables a breeze.  Definitely check them out if you are planning to do some Memorial Day barbecuing! 

Here’s another summer salad that’s super easy to whip up for a barbecue… 3 Simple Ways to Make Arugula Salad this Summer. If you’re a fan of arugula, I think you’ll love these 3 simple salads!

Arugula salad with tomatoes and parmesan - Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas


Decorate Your Outdoor Spaces for Memorial Day Weekend:

Overall, it’s pretty easy to decorate for patriotic holidays like Memorial Day…

Just throw a few flags around and you’re all set.  Baseballs make fun accessories as well.  After all, baseball is known as America’s favorite past time…If you like the baseball theme, be sure to check out my patriotic tablescape with old baseballs.

Flags and baseballs - Memorial Day Weekend Barbecue Ideas

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Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas – Shopping Finds:

If you need more ideas to plan your Memorial Day barbeque, here are a few finds that caught my eye this week:

Hopefully, some of these Memorial Day Barbeque ideas inspired you today! 

By they way, May 16th just happens to be National Barbecue AND National Mimosa Day!  Cheers to that!

Do you plan to barbecue this Memorial Day?

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  1. We rarely BBQ for Memorial day as we often go away for the long weekend. We have stayed home and have had people over a time or two. I do like to try out new salads and side dishes to go with our grilled meats. I’m going to have to check out that grill mat.

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