If you are like me, you are having a busy week getting ready to celebrate Memorial Day with friends and family. Memorial Day is also the unofficial beginning of SUMMER! We are raising our flags, opening our pools, filling our picnic baskets, firing up the grill and heading out to local parades or beaches... don't forget the sun screen and flip flops... and a little flag to wave!!!

A big part of this fun All-American holiday is food... especially barbecue and picnic food!

I have put together a few ideas to help make your Memorial Day extra special and yummy...


Set a pretty al fresco table for friends and family! Stick a few flags in potted geraniums and you have a great centerpiece! This table is full of creative, inexpensive tips for setting a patriotic table!



Don't forget breakfast! On holiday weekends when our homes are full of guest or we are busy enjoying outdoor activities serve a simple breakfast. I like to have a breakfast buffet set up so my guests can help themselves.

StoneGable Granola and Breakfast Strawberry Shortcake are so easy to make and real crowd pleasers!
Add juice, yogurt and some fruit to complete the meal!






Let's all eat dessert first!!!!! This sassy dessert can be made up ahead and popped into the oven.  Serve it with homemade vanilla ice cream... recipe below! Red, white and blue yumminess!




Pasta salad is a hearty and delicious side dish... and so cute in an individual mason jar! Use scrapbook paper to cover the jar lids and serve them up in a big basket.  You guests will oooooh and aaaah!


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Panzanella Salad is the taste of Summer! A bread and tomato salad infused with balsamic vinaigrette and lots of basil! This is what I am serving at a Saturday picnic!!! 





StoneGable Iced Tea is our favorite summer libation!




Here are a few more picnic and barbecue ideas for your Memorial Day Weekend...



Lightning Bug Lanterns are a whimsical, soooo easy way to light up your outdoor evening Memorial Day fun!



I hope some of these ideas have sparked your imagination... and help you as you get ready to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend!



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