Berry-Topped Stars
Our home economists needed just six ingredients to make these sweet treats that start with store-bought cookie dough. They're great for any summer occasion.
—Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

Old-Fashioned Lemonade
Memorial Day and Fourth of July gatherings just wouldn't be the same without homemade lemonade. The fresh-squeezed flavor of this sweet-tart beverage makes it a winner.
—Tammi Simpson, Greensburg, Kentucky

Sweet 'n' Tangy Chicken Wings
This slow cooker recipe is perfect for parties. Put the wings in before you prepare for the party, and in a few hours, you'll have wonderful appetizers!
—Ida Tuey, Kokomo, Indiana

Grilled Sweet Corn
Since we have plenty of fresh sweet corn available in our area, we use this recipe often in summer. Parsley, chili powder and cumin accent the corn's just-picked flavor.
—Connie Lou Hollister, Lake Odessa, Michigan

Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches
Melted chocolate and fun sprinkles really dress up store-bought ice cream sandwiches. These festive summertime treats are just as much fun to make as they are to eat!
—Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

Star Sandwich Cookies
A rich mixture of white chocolate and cream cheese forms the sweet yet simple filling in these dazzling sandwich cookies.
—Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

Memorial Day Party Planning Tips

Although Memorial Day has simply come to symbolize the start of summer for many people, its true purpose is to honor the men and women who lost their lives while serving our country. Here are a few ways you can observe the real meaning of Memorial Day with your family:

  • Take time to explain the meaning of Memorial Day to children or grandchildren.
  • Proudly fly the American flag.
  • Take your family to a Memorial Day parade in your community.
  • Place a donation in an American Legion kettle and get a red poppy for your lapel.
  • Make a point of attending a ceremony at the local war memorial.
  • Stop by a local cemetery and place flags on the graves of fallen soldiers.

When dining outdoors on Memorial Day or July 4th, show your patriotic colors with a red, white and blue table trim.

  • First, cover your picnic or patio table with a white tablecloth, allowing it to hang over the sides of the table. You can use cloth if you choose, but disposable paper tablecloths are less expensive and require no laundering afterward. They can be found at variety and party supply stores.
  • Next, gather red and blue ribbon in assorted widths. Cut lengths of ribbon equal to the length of the tablecloth. Center the widest ribbon down the length of the table. Place a bit of double-stick tape on the underside of the ribbon at each edge of the table. Add additional ribbons on each side of the wide ribbon, and tape as before. Trim the ribbons even with the tablecloth.
  • Now cut lengths of ribbon equal to the width of the table. Place them across the width of the table between each place setting, weaving them through the lengthwise ribbons, and tape as before. Trim ribbons even with the tablecloth.
  • Place red and white geraniums in a patriotic container on the center of the table. Wrap tableware in a festive napkin; tie in a bow with a contrasting ribbon.

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