memorial day ideas

Can y’all believe that MEMORIAL DAY is just around the corner?!

I for one cannot – I mean, it’s almost June already! For us, this holiday means the start of the summer season…think grillin & chillin, lawn games, time spent at the river, and all sorts of fun outdoor activities and get-togethers. I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorites {our go-to articles, websites, etc.}, in case anyone out there needed a bit of inspiration for their Memorial Day bbq/party time. Here ya go – enjoy!

Alicia xoxo 

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Food & Grilling

Summer Grilling

BBQ Tips

Memorial Day Side Dishes

20 Desserts to Make for Memorial Day

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Fun & Games

Memorial Day Games – For Kids of All Ages!

Fun Adult Games

…Outdoor Games for Adults!

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Festive Beverages

Memorial Day Drinks {adult}

10 Cocktails for Drinking Outside

Fun & Refreshing Drinks {many kid-friendly!}

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Happy celebrating, y’all!

challenge accepted! creating the perfect grilling package

For many, the passing of Labor Day signifies the end of summer and with that – the end of grilling season. In our household, however, we prefer to live on the edge and keep the grill going for as long as we can! Cooler temperatures and slightly crisper breezes, in my opinion, only make the allure of grilling even more fun!

So today, on this wonderful Sunday, we’re talking grilling. And not just any grilling, but our must-haves for outdoor cooking. The super cool company that is Man Crates│Gifts for Men has presented me with the opportunity to put together my box of essentials for grilling, and to that I say – “challenge accepted!”.

Before we dive in, let’s talk for a minute about their manifesto and what they offer, shall we? If you visit their website, you’re first and foremost greeted with their manifesto, which I happen to adore. Stated simply, it reads:

“We say ‘no’ to ugly neckties, cologne samplers and executive trinkets. We don’t save wrapping paper, we don’t do ribbons. We ship bragworthy gifts for guys. Gifts that you can’t wait to arrive because you know the recipient will love opening them. Gifts that people gather round at the office, people following the sounds of wood being torn from wood by the included, laser-engraved crowbar. We are Man Crates, and we deliver awesome gifts for men.”

Talk about awesome, right? It didn’t take too much thought or pondering over here, because this is such a fun challenge! And like I said, we spend a good amount of time outside on the back porch, grilling and chilling, so I decided to go in the direction of what could only further heighten the already epic event that is grilling. So let’s go on ahead and crack open my perfect crate, shall we?

1. Fun Coozies – we collect coozies in our house, so I’d love to be surprised in my crate with funky, offbeat ones. The goofier the saying, the better!

2. Cards Against Humanity – the ultimate crowd pleasing game. And after a cocktail or two, it gets even more fun!

3. Sensational Grillables – local meats and veggies, perhaps some stone fruit to top with soft cheese for after the main course….heavenly.

4. Craft drinks – this is a must. The hubs prefers his craft beers, while I lean more towards the wine and spirits side. So my crate would have both! When everyone is happy, everyone wins!

5. A football and other lawn games – what festivity would be complete without some games? Tossing around a football is pretty classic and never gets old {duh}, but it’s fun to mix it up with a little bocce ball, corn hole, perhaps some redneck golf, and maybe even horseshoe!

6. Assorted magazines – for when us ladies need a break from running around with the guys. We’re entitled to a little gossip every now and then, no?

7. Upbeat tunes – every good grilling sesh needs the appropriate music to set the tone for the day! I am a huge fan of all sorts of music {give me anything with a good beat!}, but I tend to gravitate towards more country music than anything else when working over the grill top.

8. Custom grilling tools – I’d love to have a beautiful set of stainless steel utensils {tongs, flipper, trays in assorted sizes, and pots and pans to use solely outside}. Not only are they functional, but I like to think of them as working art!

9. Mountable TV – a girl can dream, right? Because we’re right at the start of football season, this would make for the ultimate Sunday afternoon game experience.

10. Festive candles/torches/lights – it’s all about ambiance, am I right? I love to have an assortment of outdoor lighting when we’re posting up outside, as I really think it helps to set the vibe of the evening. Being able to choose based on your event would make it even more fun!

Thanks so much to the team over at Man Crates for the challenge!

Let’s Discuss: what would YOU put in your dream Man Crates?! Check  out their spot – I’d love to know!