Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is almost here accompanied by a much-anticipated three-day weekend and the hope for good weather. Here are some tips to make your Memorial Day more, um, memorable.
Memorial Day was first observed in 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. By 1890 all of the Northern states had declared the last Monday of May an official holiday to recognize those who have fought in war, but the South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I. Eventually, the Southern states recognized the day and in 1971 Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday. With Memorial Day being originally called “Decoration Day”, it is a great time to adorn your home with patriotic decorations.
For the DIY Enthusiast: Try making your very own star medallions. These red, white and blue stars will look great anywhere from your front porch to your dining room and will be sure to impress your neighbors or guests.
For the Entertainer: Every good hostess knows how to beautifully set a table. If you are looking for some patriotic inspiration take a look at this set up. With an American flag centerpiece, you can’t go wrong.
For the Foodie: What’s better than an American flag cake? Throw some strawberries, blueberries, and vanilla frosting together and you have a perfect Memorial Day desert.
For the Nature Lover: Go green and reuse old tin cans to make patriotic luminaries. They will look great for your backyard cookout.
Memorial Day is a perfect time to celebrate and relax at your home with your family and friends while honoring those who have fought, and continue to fight, for our country. Keep the origins of Memorial Day alive with some patriotic decorations and don’t forget to hang up your flag!