Alright, we’re going for it: Virtual Memorial Day.
Seems like we’re settling in for the inside long haul, and we believe these out-of-the-box Memorial Day essentials and activities will inspire you and your family to stay creative, fill your bellies, and connect to what matters most = each other!
A LA AVOCADO
This year’s BBQ may not be as full-service as you’re used to, but you can be sure we’re staying put with the most popular side dish of all time. That’s right, you guessed it: the avocado.
This singular and highly deserving fruit has so many accessories to help you guac this BBQ: a slicer, a cuber, a pitter, a masher! Sometimes, even a single tool can perform two tricks.
Whatever you need, Williams Sonoma has all the options starting at just $9.95 for a single tool. But who are you kidding? We need all the tools! Disclaimer: that avo art is most definitely out of our wheelhouse.
THE DIY *CUTE* KOOZIE
Whether you’re throwing back a White Claw, sipping on some PBR, or savoring fancy lemonade in a glass bottle (no hangover FTW), we’re loving TheTurlteTrunk’s modern crochet beverage holder patterns.
FLASHING NEON SIGN: the site sells PDFs ($3-$10) of the crochet patterns, not the physical item itself. Enjoy some creative time and make four seriously cute koozies. Sizes range from 12oz-30oz and require only a few materials: 5.50mm hook, yarn, scissors, yarn needle, and a tape measure.
If it’s as easy as they say, you may also want to consider the American flag blanket pattern. It doesn’t get any more USA than that!
GO BIG OR GO AND STAY HOME
They say the bigger the better, and we say a resounding yes to giant backyard (or front yard) games.
Test your patience and agility with giant Jenga, yard pong, and ring toss. Strengthen your strategy skills with giant Connect 4. Team up with corn hole. Okay, that last one isn’t a “giant” game but it’s still an all-time favorite.
The wooden games from Yard Games are made from sustainability sourced New Zealand pine wood and range from $50-$90. If you’re willing to spend a little more, you can customize them with a family name or company logo. Check out the site for single buys, 2fers, and themed packages.
IN OBSERVANCE, DONATE
BBQs and sunshine activities aside, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
Since we cannot gather, parade, or celebrate their sacrifice in the usual ways, we suggest donating to military and/or veteran causes. More specifically, we’re delighted to highlight a few non-profit organizations that are supporting the families of active and fallen soldiers.
Areas of support include education and family assistance, survivor support, active to inactive transition, and more. Now, more than ever, we are in this together. Visit the websites below to learn more about each group and what makes their mission so worthy and crucial.
From our family to yours, here and abroad - we wish you a happy, safe, and healthy Memorial Day!