Serving up some patriotism on the grill along with some dessert ideas for Memorial Day! Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember those who have served in the armed forces. It’s also the unofficial start of summer, which means it’s the perfect time to gather with family and friends for a festive barbecue. To make your Memorial Day celebration extra special, consider creating a patriotic tablescape and serving up some delicious red, white, and blue treats. We are excited to share our dessert ideas for Memorial Day with you.
Memorial Day Tablecape Ideas
We enjoyed multiple Memorial Day barbecues- one with our family and one with our friends. Both bbqs have dessert ideas for Memorial Day. We set the stage for our Memorial Day barbecue with a festive tablescape. We created a gorgeous Memorial Day tablescape using placemats, red plates, red napkins and wooden napkin rings. The tableware perfectly complimented our table from Crate and Barrel.
Memorial Day Cheeseboard
Our family celebration began with a delicious cheese plate. The key to a beautiful cheese plate is choosing a variety of ingredients with different flavor profiles, colors and textures. Here are some cheese board tips:
- Use a wooden cheese board or Lazy Susan
- Place the cheeses on the platter first because they are the main focal point
- Scatter crackers and/or bread around the cheeses
- Think about texture and color variation for the cheese accompaniments
- Add Red and White Wine Crackers, Crisp Italian Toasts and/or Raincoast Crisps
- Remember to also add nuts, grapes, fig jam and cheese knives
- Give your cheese 30 minutes to come to room temperature
Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Our brother-in-law, Brian loves to grill. We dined on cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, hot dogs and grilled veggies.
The kids love their Memorial Day dinner with ketchup on everything, of course.
We also served a classic summer dish: tomato, basil, and mozzarella with balsamic. This dish is a perfect complement to any Memorial Day gathering, with its bright colors and refreshing flavors. We used fresh, ripe tomatoes, fragrant basil leaves, and creamy mozzarella cheese, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic glaze. We arranged the ingredients on a platter in a flag-like pattern. We placed alternating rows of tomato slices and mozzarella balls, with basil leaves in between to represent the white stripes. It was a beautiful and delicious addition to our Memorial Day spread. The combination of sweet, tart, and savory flavors was a hit with our guests too.
Dessert Ideas for Memorial Day: Red, White, and Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Now it’s time for the dessert ideas for Memorial Day. Here’s a secret- white chocolate and food coloring goes a long way. Chocolate covered strawberries are always a hit, but why not make them extra festive for Memorial Day? Simply melt some white chocolate and dip the strawberries. Don’t worry about red food coloring because the tops of the strawberries are already red. Once the white chocolate hardens, mdip the tips in blue sprinkles. If you don’t have blue sprinkles, you can color white chocolate blue. Let them harden again, and then serve them up on a platter for a delicious and festive treat.
These dessert ideas for Memorial Day are also a great activity with kids. You can melt the chocolate and let the kids dip the strawberries in the chocolate and sprinkles.
Dessert Ideas for Memorial Day: Flag Shaped Berry Tart
Another one of our show-stopping dessert ideas for Memorial day is a flag-shaped berry tart. You can make the pie-crust from scratch or start with a pre-made pie crust and bake it according to the instructions.
Once it’s cooled, add homemade pastry cream. Then arrange some blueberries and blackberries in the top left corner of the tart to represent the stars on the flag. Then, use sliced strawberries and pipe whipped cream to create the stripes.
Serve it up to your guests for a festive and delicious dessert. The kids loved our ideas for Memorial Day desserts.
Dessert Ideas for Memorial Day: Red, White, and Blue Mini Cupcakes
The last of our dessert ideas for Memorial Day are mini cupcakes. These red, white and blue mini cupcakes are a fun and festive way to end your meal. You can bake them yourself using your favorite recipe or buy them from your local bakery. To decorate them, simply whip up some buttercream frosting and divide it into three bowls. Add red food coloring to one bowl, blue to another, and leave the third white. Then, using a piping bag, pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes in a swirl of red, white, and blue.
We usually made holiday inspired desserts from scratch, but sometimes even we run short on time and buy them. The kids loved the mini cupcakes and they added a pop of color to your Memorial Day celebration. If you have time make any or all of these dessert ideas for Memorial Day. If you don’t like baking or don’t have time, you can buy them at a bakery or grocery store. Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Fairway all have yummy, affordable mini cupcakes and seasonal desserts.
Memorial Day Drink Ideas
We sipped on a delicious pinot noir from Hanzell. It was a great way to elevate our Memorial Day gathering and toast to the sacrifices made by those who have served our country.
We also mixed up some festive red cocktails with blue umbrellas.
Memorial Day Entertainment Ideas
Our friend’s Ira and Taher have a stunning rooftop that faces the East River.
As soon as we arrived, we were greeted with panoramic views of the city skyline and the water, which shimmered in the sunlight.
As we enjoyed our delicious food and cocktails on the rooftop, our friend Dave kept the party going with his incredible DJ skills. He created a festive and upbeat playlist that included popular summer hits and patriotic tunes. The music added to the already fun and lively atmosphere, and guests couldn’t help but dance and sing along.
Hot tub time machine. Our friends have a fantastic jacuzzi, which was perfect for Memorial Day. It was the great way to relax and unwind after a day of eating, drinking, and dancing.
Back in Jersey, the kids were having a blast playing T-ball in the backyard. We set up a small makeshift field, and the kids took turns at bat and in the field.
Thanks to Shruthi & Brian and Ira & Taher for opening up their homes and hosting us for their Memorial Day barbecues. The delicious food, dessert ideas, beautiful views and backyard and great company made for a truly memorable experience, and we can’t wait for the next one. We hope you try some of these dessert ideas for Memorial Day too.
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.George Patton.