Last-Minute Ideas for an Amazing Memorial Day Party - Christmas Tree Market Blog

Memorial Day Party: Last-minute Plans

May 24th, 2013

So you want to throw a last-minute Memorial Day party? No worries! Here are a few ideas on how to plan a quick get-together you and your friends will enjoy!

Think basics

Even though your party is coordinated at the last minute, it’s easy to pull together a successful celebration. Just keep in mind the party basics.

Decorations, food, and drinks are the main things you need to pull off an amazing party and you can easily arrange these. Remember that you don’t have to go overboard to make your celebration memorable so drop the labor-intensive decorations and the fancy food and keep everything simple.


The best way to inform people that you’re having a party is to send them electronic invites. A simple line of when, where, and what time sent through a text message or a Facebook event suffices as an invitation and even lets your guests immediately send their reply for your headcount.

Keep it simple




Creating the theme for the party can easily be dealt with using a few choice pieces.

Buy paper napkins in red, blue, and white to pay homage to the country and her fallen soldiers. Next, grab a bag of flaglets and place them around your home. Add red and blue plates and you’re good to go!

Raid your pantry


Photo by Jennifer Lutz


If you can make a quick trip to the grocery store, that’ll be great as well!

Your menu for your Memorial Day party doesn’t have to be extravagant. Buy prepared burger patties or brats, potatoes, and corn that’s already been husked. Fire up the barbecue and you’ll have a quick meal in no time. You can accompany these with a simple Caesar salad. Ask your husband or children to help you prepare the salad and you’re all set!

One cocktail or a bottle of red wine will do


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You don’t need to stress over beverages. Choose something simple, like an easy cocktail or a bottle of wine. You can also just serve iced tea and lemonade to your guests.

And again: s’mores!


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S’mores are the best dessert for your last-minute Memorial Day party for a definite reason: your guests will make these tasty treats themselves!

All you have to do is lay out the ingredients in platters and let your guests make s’mores by a campfire or fire pit.

Create ambiance with just a few short tweaks

You can create the proper ambiance for your celebration with a few simple tweaks.


drink station
Photo by Jennifer Lutz


A clean house is the most important part of your decorations. Focus on the high-traffic areas like the kitchen, bathroom, and seating area. Flowers are the best go-to for lovely decorating. Fill small bud vases or mason jars with grocery store flowers, display them around the party area, and witness them instantly brighten up the room.

You can also lower the brightness of your lights and light up candles to make the atmosphere more intimate, because believe me, no one likes to party in a place lit up like a hospital.



If you’re having the party outside, string up little white lights to give your party enough illumination without ruining the atmosphere.

Lastly, remember that the ambiance of the party relies heavily on the mood of the host so don’t get stressed and enjoy your own Memorial Day celebration!

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