Holidays, Smooth Sailing to Memorial Day


Can you believe Memorial Day is only a week away?

Such an important holiday to honor all that have served

I’m heading to the coast soon to get ready for a long weekend with family

Time to start thinking about food and decorations…

 I rounded up some of my very favorites for inspiration

The first thing I’ll do is decorate!


Summer Sand Dollar Flag


Red, White & Beach Flag Tree





I will get out my Firecracker Chargers and Flag Glasses





There is still time to paint Flag Glasses and Firecracker Chargers for your Summer festivities





Red, white and blue painted bottles are not only decorative, they can be vases too!



Hobby Lobby has a great selection of red white and blue things, and festive decor on sale right now





A Kitchen Island Star Spangled Buffet & Snack Station keeps plates and flatware handy and easy access snack jars





I use a mixture of paper plates, mostly for the kids and quick snacks, and melamine plates, there are so many cute ones now!




Everything is handy for serving





I love to use fresh flowers on the outdoor table,

they thrive in the humidity


Flip Flops, Firecrackers, and Flags


And of course we will need food!

Let’s talk dessert first, shall we?


Triple Chocolate USA Bundt Cake is a crowd pleaser




Or how about a Watermelon Ice Cream Pie




or Chocolate Chip Watermelon Mini Cupcakes





Or a trompe l’oeil {fool the eye} Corn on the Cob Cake




HHjr will have his grills going

Kebabs are always a favorite, as well as spare ribs and grilled shrimp


Sweet Chili Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs with Pineapple and Smoked Sausage



Asian Glazed BBQ Ribs


Blackened Lemon Shrimp Skewers


I have pinned lots of side dishes, salads and appetizers

for quick reference also

Recipes great for Memorial Day and all summer long,

see my Memorial Day Weekend Pinterest Board here


Seaside July



Smooth Sailing to Memorial Day!


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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

33 Responses to “Holidays, Smooth Sailing to Memorial Day”
  1. Jenna, this year seems to be whizzing by! You throw the best holiday celebrations with the perfect decor and food. Stay safe as you journey to the beautiful Alabama coast. I know you will enjoy your family and especially those darling grands!

    • No kidding! As much as I love summer, I can’t believe it’s actually here! Enjoy this beautiful day we are blessed with, and thank you for sweet words Pam~

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    Rally round the red, white an blue…love your themes.

  3. Great roundup, I want to try those ribs!

  4. Nancy says:

    Memorial Day weekend is here already?? Wow… time is flying by. It never flew by when we were kids in school…lol!
    Your memorial tables shot fun, laughter, friends and fellowship! And those wine glasses … I may have to try! You have inspired me!
    And the recipes have all been pinned. Thank you for great ideas and yummy recipes. Have a fabulous week my friend!

    • Thank you Nancy! As you know, the best part about painting on glass is it’s easily wiped or washed off if you mess up! The flags are easy, give it a try!

      • Nancy says:

        I am going too…! I plan on painting them st the LakeHouse. Maybe in time for Memorial Weekend but definitely for 4th of July!

  5. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, I love to decorate with red, white, and blue for the summer holidays. I bring out my Uncle Sam collection and my Lady Liberity pieces. I usualy start at Memorial Day, but will see if I get motivated to pull things out. You may need to light a fire cracker under me!

    • I have been thinking of you this week Sarah, I took a car load full of things to the Salvation Army, and was so proud of myself! My closet is so happy now and my garage is getting better! Have fun decorating 🇺🇸

  6. Jodi says:

    looks like good times and good food ahead!!

  7. Bonnie Morgan says:

    This year has flown by! I have no doubt you will cook some amazing food and decorate to beat the band. Your family is blessed to have you.
    Have a great holiday!

  8. You certainly have the Memorial Day celebration beautifully planned out with your amazing recipes and decorations!…Love that tree!!! Have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend with your family!!!

  9. Jill Kuhn says:

    So festive and fabulous!! Love it Jenna!! ❤️💙❤️

  10. Mary says:

    Love your red, white and blue round up Jenna! All your nautical touches float my boat! ⛵

  11. Your kabobs sound good Jenna! My goal is to do more grilling this summer. Have fun planning your Memorial Day Weekend:@)

  12. You are so festive! I have to look for those flip-flop plates — they’re wonderful!

  13. Cindy Conner says:

    Oh my goodness! I love it all. The decor, food, desserts! I am coming to hang out with you on Memorial Day. LOL! I actually have not even thought about it! I have been so busy with grandbabies, baking, showers and etc. But, I might decide to use the ORION cooker and do some ribs. That is sounding pretty good. I hope that you have a wonderful Memorial day dear lady. As always Jenna, you truly inspire me. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  14. Everything looks so patriotic and yummy! I’ve been concentrating on getting weeding and housework done and my local garden club that I haven’t even thought of the holiday coming up. Sheesh, I feel so behind. Thanks for the gorgeous reminder. I need to get my fanny in gear and get my flags out and start thinking about the food! Those ribs looks right up my alley, so I probably will be doing those yummy delights.

  15. Linda says:

    Way to go Jenna. Your patriotic decor is spot on. Love your painted pieces. What talent you have.
    The food looks fabulous. Making me want some of that tasty food. You certainly know how to put on a great spread.

  16. Shelia says:

    M-m-mm, that chocolate cake really speaks to me. Thanks, Jenna, for inspiring us with your talents and letting us in on your plans. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday–out here in blog land we feel like we know your loved ones–sorta’ like they have a huge group of loving “aunts.” Enjoy this special day of remembrance.

  17. Benita says:

    Watermelon and shrimp! Perfect for a holiday! The corn on the cob cake is pretty interesting also…looks just like the real thing! Your holiday decor is so pretty! I usually put out minimal things for Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. My biggies are Thanksgiving and Christmas! 🙂 Hugs!

  18. Miz Helen says:

    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday Top Ten this week! Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you have a great week.
    Miz Helen

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