“O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesty above the fruited plain, America! America!”
You know the lyrics to the historic and distinguished song “America the Beautiful”. It is our country’s unofficial national anthem. A glorious homage to a country which is steeped in history and distinction. There isn’t a season which is more connected to that history, folklore, and Americana culture than summer. It’s full of memories of your youth: riding your bicycle through the neighborhood, catching a baseball game with your dad, going to summer camp. We view those memories as special parts of our past and those memories just get sweeter with time.
While we all dub Memorial Day the “unofficial start of summer”, it’s important that we reflect on the reasons we are able to have those memories and that culture. The men and women who have proudly served our country but were unable to make it home are the reason. President Barack Obama put it eloquently when he said “On Memorial Day we come together as Americans to let these families and veterans know that they are not alone. We give thanks for those who sacrificed everything so that we could be free. And we commit ourselves to upholding the ideals for which so many patriots have fought and died.”
As you reflect this weekend, it’s also necessary to have fun and build memories to cherish with your loved ones for years to come! It’s one of the great traditions of summer that we can treasure as Americans. One of our favorite ways to celebrate is a leisurely weekend with family and friends.
It just isn’t summer until you’ve cooked out on the grill! Invite your nearest and dearest for a potluck style feast. Some of the best memories are made from the patio while the alluring aromas from the grill fill the air and the sounds of laughter and children playing echo throughout the neighborhood.
The highlight of the show is the meat! Whether you’re dishing up chicken, beef, ribs, or even getting creative with tofu or portobello mushrooms, it’s important to flavor it liberally beforehand to maximize the flavors. Find some of our favorite dry rub recipes here.
Keeping your side dishes light and bright emphasizes the flavors of summer! Don’t be afraid to get creative with your flavor combinations. Even bringing simple vegetables or bread is a safe (and quick) idea for the pickier eaters in your crowd. Of course, when in doubt, bring WINE! We found some awesome side dish recipes and have linked them to the photos on the left and right below.
Why spend all the time creating a beautiful side dish to share if you don’t have a pretty piece in which to showcase it! Here are some of our favorite, versatile pieces from GO Home’s serving collections.
No summer cookout would be complete without some delicious beverages to keep you cool and refreshed. Stone fruits are ripening and fresh berries are ready to be picked. Use these with crisp citrus fruits and unexpected herb blends to create fresh drinks meant for sipping and savoring. Real Simple rounded up some awesome non-alcoholic options here. Or find some incredibly inventive cocktails from one of our favorite NYC-based cocktail bloggers who runs a beautiful and informative instagram called gardencocktails.
While serving beverages, you have to have good tools on hand! From cocktail shakers to ice buckets to numbered stemware so you don’t confuse drinks, GO Home has you covered in the barware accessories department!
Once the party is starting to slow down and everyone is tired, full, and happy, relax by a bonfire! Grab your marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers to make some sweet, toasted s’mores. Savor the moments and memories you’ve created with your family and friends. Summer is here and life is good!
Happy Memorial Day to you and yours! Have a great and safe weekend!