Celebrating Memorial Day: Food and Inspirations

Celebrating Memorial Day: Food and Inspirations | 31Daily.comWe love Memorial Day at 31 Daily. Whether you’re hosting family, friends, neighbors… or a combination of all three, it’s great to have some new ideas to add to your family traditions.

Following are inspirational ideas to spark your imagination in celebrating the red, white, and blue.

Family and Activities

We’ve put together a list of 7 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day. Meaningful ideas that will not only honor Memorial Day but will create family memories and maybe even some new traditions.

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Food and Inspirations

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White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

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“Whip up a patriotic treat that tastes delicious. Bake white chocolate raspberry cupcakes in blue wrappers and top with a red raspberry drizzle for a perfect Memorial Day dessert. We love the paper flag toppers used here, too!”

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Brownies


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It isn’t Memorial Day, in my book, unless there’s something chocolate on the table. And these are gooey and wonderful!

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Watermelon Flag Party Platter

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“An American flag formation of Watermelon, Feta and Blueberries, the creamy, salty cheese is the perfect partner to the sweet, juicy melon!”

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God Bless The USA Free Printable

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“So to celebrate both Memorial Day and the 4th of July, I created a free printable with one of my favorite patriotic songs, God Bless America. I’m digging this because it kinda kills two birds with one stone… something I can frame for both holidays.”

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

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“Are you ready for hot dogs, burgers, chips, picnic blankets and red, white and blue desserts?! Well, here’s another option for your dessert table 🙂 Red velvet cupcakes topped with a whipped cream frosting and fresh blueberries!”

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Red White & Blue Salad

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“Is there anything cuter than a Red White and Blue Mason Jar Salad?? Perfect for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July! This Fruit and Feta Salad with Poppyseed Vinaigrette is a fun way to celebrate Summer while staying healthy.”

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An Ultimate German Potato Salad

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“This German potato salad is the ultimate potato salad. Use it as a side dish alongside some grilled steak or chicken and it’s a winner!”

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Getting Ready for the Parade

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Blooming Watermelon Centerpiece

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All American Burgers

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“Perfect for year round grilling, this easy recipe honors the classic burger with delicious, mouthwatering flavor.”

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Coca-Cola BBQ Ribs

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“What’s more American than Coca-Cola? Our nation’s favorite soft drink also makes a great marinade, thanks to all those sugars and spices. If you want fall-off-the-bone ribs for your Memorial Day BBQ but don’t have the time to cook them for hours, this may be the only rib recipe you’ll ever need.”

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Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

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If you want ribs so tender they literally fall off the bone, this is an awesome Memorial Day slow cooker BBQ ribs recipe!

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Quick and Easy Baked Beans

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An excellent quick and savory recipe that will help get your grilling party or holiday meal on the table in a flash. Or simply when you’re craving the taste of summer.

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Simply Coleslaw

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“A summer classic dish and a perfect accompaniment for fried fish, pulled pork, ribs, fried chicken — actually, anything!”

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Rice Krispie Treats

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“I cheated and bought pre-made rice Krispie treats to save time. I bought red, white and blue Wilton candy melts and used those for dipping.”

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Strawberry Shortcake Bites

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“This recipe is one of my family favorites! It’s absolutely addictive so just a warning there! It’s perfect for topping with fresh fruit, ice cream, whipped topping, etc for a refreshing little dessert.” 

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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