Memorial Day Meal

Backyard Patriotic Party

When you gather with family and friends to remember those who lost their lives defending their country on Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, proudly display your patriotism with this tried-and-true menu.

Family and friends will be in their glory when you tap into the merry mood and make a Patriotic Cake. Add to the spirited celebration by serving Orange Fruit Dip with an assortment of red, white and blue produce.

For many people, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. Herald the arrival of warmer weather with pleasing picnic fare like Herb Burgers and Potato Chip Chicken Strips.

"One year, my daughter decided to celebrate her July birthday with a patriotic theme," shares Glenda Jarboe from Oroville, California. "The colorful and refreshing Patriotic Taco Salad was the main dish on the menu. The kids gobbled it up!"

Here are some additional recipe ideas: Deli-Style Pasta Salad, Berry Sour Cream Cake, Chilled Blueberry Soup, Summertime Fruit Tea, Strawberry Cookies and German Chocolate Cupcakes.

Berry Beautiful Centerpiece

Table toppers don't have to take a lot of thought or effort. A patriotic bowl brimming with red raspberries and blueberries (as in Rhubarb Terrine with Raspberry Sauce) is a simple Memorial Day centerpiece you can produce in minutes!