Memorial Day picnics, barbecues and get-togethers abound on this patriotic holiday. Perhaps a surprising number of guests decide on-the-spot to attend, even if these parties call for potluck contributions.
What can you take along to a Memorial Day picnic, if you didn’t plan ahead?
Sure, you could have baked a homemade pie, whipped up a big bowl of coleslaw, or sculpted a smashing watermelon basket filled with fresh fruit. But you didn’t.
Here are 10 quick pick-up possibilities you can grab on the way to that Memorial Day fest.
- Baked goods – Cookies or cupcakes need not be home-baked to delight party-goers. Select a sweet dozen or two before hitting the Memorial Day gathering.
- Beer or wine – For grown-up parties, most hosts will welcome an additional six-pack or bottle to share.
- Chips and dip – Stick an empty platter and a bowl in the car. Buy a big bag of your favorite chips and a tub of dip. Boom! You’re ready to party.
- Deli salads – Ready-made pasta salad, cole slaw, potato salad, or seven-layer salad are patriotic holiday crowd-pleasers.
- Fresh fruit – Take a sturdy basket or bin, and fill it with produce. Apples, bananas, oranges, and pears are sure hits.
- Jello mold – Visit the deli department at the supermarket, and grab a molded gelatin. If you hurry, you might even find one in patriotic colors.
- Popsicles or ice cream treats – This is the easiest take-along for a Memorial Day party. Show up with a couple of boxes of frozen fruit pops, fudge bars, or ice cream sandwiches, and watch kids and grownups smile.
- S’mores fixings – Choose a box of graham crackers, a package of chocolate bars, and a bag of marshmallows. Take along your own grilling forks or handled skewers, if you have them.
- Sodas or waters – What holiday gathering ever has enough cans of pop or bottles of water?
- Taco dip – Pick a pre-plated creation at the food store. Don’t forget the tortilla chips.
Last-minute party-goers can still offer delicious and delightful entries for a Memorial Day party or picnic. Just be sure to hit the grocery store before it closes, as many shops offer limited hours on this patriotic holiday.
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