This simple, easy and festive party tutorial has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #IceColdSummerMoments
Memorial day or Memorial weekend is one of the most celebrated holidays here in United States of America. It is a day of remembrance for those who died in service of the United States. It is also a day when family and friends get together for some outdoor activities, backyard dinner , swimming in the pool or just simply enjoying the time anticipating and looking ahead at summer vacation.
If you have been following my blog, you know how much i enjoy entertaining. So creating an outdoor Memorial theme backyard barbecue is a great idea to enjoy cool summer moments with my family. To make this Memorial theme idea happen, i gathered things that i already have that would go with the theme, preferably something red, white and blue. Those colors signifies the American flag.
After i gathered the stuffs that i already have that would go with the theme, i made a one stop shopping at my nearest Target and found everything i needed for my Memorial Day theme tablescape. I grab some Coca-Cola™ 20 oz Share a Coke Coca-Cola™ 20 oz Share a Coke with my husband’s name on it. It’s so cool. You know when decorating for family gathering or parties, fun little details counts. It could be a conversation starter that warms up everyone. This year, Share a Coke is back with 1,000 new Share A Coke names featuring First and Last names. ( Here is a Cartwheel offer of 20% off Share a Coke at Target )
The Set Up
One of the easiest ways to create a tablescape is by setting the table according to the theme. I wanted to make it simple and easy but also have that patriotic scene around the table to set up the mood. I got most of my stuffs at Target, it was an easy and convenient shopping experience to find everything you need there.
These are :
- Red and white squared plates ( Target )
- Blue and white stripes table runner ( Target )
- Table cloth ( Target )
- Flower vase ( Target )
- Place mats ( Target )
- Straws ( Target )
- Patriotic banner ( Target )
- Patriotic candle holder ( owned )
- Cups ( owned )
I also wanted to share to you a little step by step graphic tutorial on how to make an Envelope Fold table napkin. It is simple, super easy and it makes your table pretty. Again, it’s the little details.
I prepared a backyard barbecue menu which is perfect for a nice summer weather. We enjoyed dining by the patio especially when the sun is starting to set because it creates a nice quaint ambiance. For more summer inspirations go here .
Here’s what i prepared:
- Main dish – Easy Barbecue Chicken Kabobs
Easy Barbecue Chicken Kabobs
Simple, easy and delicious chicken barbecue kabobs
- 8 pcs Chicken thighs ( breast optional )
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 pc yellow bell pepper
- 1 pc green bell pepper
- 1 pc big red onion
- barbecue skewers
Cut up the chicken thighs in quarter pieces. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Slice the bell peppers and onion in quarter pieces and set aside.
Mix in barbecue sauce into the chicken thighs. Marinate for 15 minutes or more. Overnight is the best.
After marinating, skewer the bell peppers, onions and chicken. In any order you like.
Grill 15 minutes on each side, until the chicken is done and have reach 165 degrees F inside temp. Baste it with barbecue sauce in between as you turn each side and then baste in again after it's cooked through.
Serve it with your favorite side dish.
2. Side dishes – Potato salad, mixed greens salad, corn muffins and corn in a cob.
3. Dessert – a big bowl of fruits ( strawberries, blueberries and pineapples ).
Nothing beats a good companionship and it’s always a great feeling to make memories especially with the ones you love. As a mom, creating memories is everything. Every holidays and occasions, i always make an effort to make it something they would look back for the rest of their lives. I’m sure they would remember how i make it extra special every time. It’s not just about the set up, but it’s about the memories you will make. What about you, who will you be sharing an ice cold Coca-Cola with this summer?
Thank you so much for reading and may you have a great summer!