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Kickoff Summer with a Memorial Day Cookout

A Memorial Day cookout is the perfect kickoff to a fun-filled summer and a great way to get friends together who haven't seen each other in a while. Invite your family and friends over for an afternoon of fun in the sun and a full stomach!

Get inspired to fire up the grill with our Memorial Day cookout ideas:

  • Send out personalized Memorial Day invitations far enough in advance so that your guests don’t make other plans. Let them know the details of your party and if you have a swimming pool, be sure to let them know to bring their bathing suits! Check out our Memorial Day invites here.
  • Use Punchbowl’s Potluck feature to have your guests sign up to bring certain food items to your cookout. For a basic Memorial Day cookout menu, serve hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, popsicles and offer an assortment of drinks. And don't forget some cool treats, like popsicles and ice cream.

Kickoff Summer with a Memorial Day Cookout - Red White & Blue Popsicles

  • Plan some fun activities for your guest during your cookout. Set up a volleyball net or leave the space open for people to play wiffle ball. Other fun games include horseshoes, Frisbee, bocce ball, or even a water balloon toss!

Kickoff Summer with a Memorial Day Cookout - Bocce Ball

  • Let guests bring their dogs for a fun alternative to a traditional cookout. Put out bowls of doggy treats and tennis balls and let the fun begin!
  • Have a rain date planned for your cookout in case the weather doesn't work in your favor.

The summer months fill up quickly with vacations and other activities, so buy a bunch of disposable cameras and let guests take pictures as they visit with friends and family. They can take the camera home and develop the pictures for a lasting memory.

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