When throwing a party, easy and delicious Memorial Day foods are the best options so that you can spend more time with your guests! When planning the menu, select a theme as a guide. Check with guests about their preferences in advance of finalizing the meal.
Memorial Day food ideas include:
- Italian Theme (Lasagna): Bake a simple lasagna in advance of the party! On the day of the party, all you need to do is heat them up in the oven, and place them on the dining room table or deck so guests can serve themselves! Depending on the number of guests expected at the party, bake a variety of different lasagnas. A vegetable lasagna (with spinach and zucchini) will be a fantastic option for guests who are vegetarians (note that there are different types of vegetarians, some of which will not eat cheese, so check with guests ahead of time!). For meat lovers, make a meat lasagna with ground beef. For those guests who are not fans of tomato sauce, make a white lasagna and include mushrooms! Italian bread with butter or garlic bread are great sides. Consider serving a Caesar salad as well.
- BBQ (Burgers): Cook burgers on the grill as an easy BBQ Memorial Day food idea. Prepare the patties in advance of the party. Offer guests plain burgers, cheeseburgers, surprise burgers (with cheese and onions sandwiched in between two burgers) and veggie burgers. Have buns available, and toast some on the grill. Top off the burgers with some favorite condiment toppings such as ketchup, mustard, relish and diced onions.
- Mexican (Tacos): Get creative and put together a taco bar. Purchase hard taco shells and soft tortillas. Cook ground chicken and ground meat. Offer guests shredded cheese, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and jalapeno peppers as toppings for their tacos. Great sides include baked beans, refried beans and Mexican rice!