Memorial Day holds many meanings; honoring and remembering those who've passed on, barbecuing, swimming, "Summer," etc. It's the official turning point for many to say "It's summer now!"
For me, since I have no family graves nearby to go visit I often just burn some incense and remember them that way. After that, I grill out.
Grilling and parties go hand-in-hand. I love to hold large get-together's with open invitations. If someone shows up with several guests, I don't mind. I do have a Bring Your Own Blanket (chair, seating, anything to sit down on and eat) policy because
I don't have much in the way of outdoor seating aside from what my complex provides, but most people can easily comply to that.
The great thing about these parties is the people who come. A large majority of those who show up to one of my Grill and Swim parties bring a dish of some kind. It might be a dessert, salad, something to toss on the grill, or drinks; but it helps keep
enough food supplied for everyone to eat. That is why I love holding them so often because it costs the same whether four people show up, or fourteen, or twenty-four, etc. I usually grill hamburger (and Boca) patties and hot-dogs, have basic condiments set
out, buns, a bag of chips, and drinks. Everything else that gets eaten there is brought by someone else!
I'm having a Grill and Swim party tomorrow, and then depending on how the weather goes and how many people want to come, I'll have one each weekend. If no one can come one weekend, I'll cancel, but I don't believe that will happen often.
Happy Memorial Day everyone, if you have to drive far, go in safety.