Memorial Day Festivities-Farewell Party – #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 #GourmetGarden

Our Kick off to Summer is in full swing with lots of ideas and recipes for Memorial Day.  Make sure to check below for today’s giveaway and sponsor!

With hubby leaving in just over two weeks for a very long “trip” we are trying to make Memorial Day a special one for the kiddos, in hopes that they can remember his farewell and have some good memories to think about over the next months.


Memorial Day brunch party


The boys love to have parties, so I decided to do just a little party, the five of us.  I wanted it to be simple, because we had so many other things we were trying to accomplish before his departure.  I didn’t need ONE more thing to add to our huge list!  The things I made and used were really simple, or store bought.


Memorial Day brunch
An easy Memorial Day brunch.


Arranging everything out for the buffet probably took the longest….well maybe the waffles took a smidge longer.


Memorial Day danish
A patriotic Danish was on the menu.


We’re talking store bought Danishes with fresh fruit sprinkled on top.  From someone who doesn’t like the store bought Danishes, these were actually really good.  It is amazing what a little fresh fruit can do!


Memorial Day Party
Middle child serving himself at the brunch party.


They were ready for this party!  We had been talking about it for a couple of weeks.


Memorial Day party decor
The boys’ favorite detail from our brunch party…doughnuts on the straw, of course!


I’m pretty sure the milk (well the doughnut) was their favorite.  They told me that this is how milk should be served…cold, with a straw, topped with a doughnut!


Memorial Day party decor
A patriotic brunch to celebrate Memorial Day.


The fruit really gave everything a lot of Patriotic flair.


Memorial Day Celebration family
Baby girl was even dressed for the occasion.


Everyone’s facial expressions cracked me in the photo above.  It was one of the only pictures that my husband wasn’t a COMPLETE blur…he never sits still.


Patriotic parfait
A patriotic parfait fits our into Memorial Day brunch perfectly.


This was so simple.  Vanilla yogurt and fruit.  I have to say, I think the kids would have enjoyed it a bit more with some granola to sweeten it up.


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Everyone enjoyed the brunch. I might have to make this a yearly tradition now.


I had to show you baby girl’s outfit.  My goal is to duplicate this bib top with some other fabrics for this summer.  It is so cute!


So, there you go, a REALLY easy Memorial Day Brunch.  I probably could have used frozen waffle, but we like fresh ones better.  So, it did add a few more minutes.  But, this could easily be pulled together quickly for a group or even just your family.


What kind of shortcuts do you do for parties and meals?


Now for the good stuff…more ideas and our giveaway!  Thanks for hanging in there!  Here is what you have been waiting for.  Make sure to check out all of the posts for great Memorial Day ideas and yummy recipes.


Welcome to Day #3 of Kick Off to Summer Week, a multi-blogger event co-host by Lauren of From Gate to Plate and Summer of Summer Scraps. With summer quickly approaching and Memorial Day in a few weeks, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your Memorial Day activities. Each day we will be serving up a variety of different appetizers, main dishes, desserts, decor, printables and more all centered around the up-coming Memorial Day.

We hope you enjoy all of these wonderful ideas. Tune in each day starting with Monday, May 12 and ending on Saturday, May 17. We have great prizes up for grabs throughout the week so you will not want to miss out on any of the days! Follow #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 on Twitter to keep up to date with all of our spectacular ideas and giveaways!


Still wanting more?! Check out the rest of the #KickOffToSummer2014 awesomeness below!


Lemon Honey & Rosemary Grilled Chicken Skewers by From Gate to Plate

Sausage & Veggies Tinfoil Dinner by Summer Scraps

Baked Rosemary Garlic Fries by Keep it Simple, Sweetie

Homemade Natural Bug Spray by The Haas Machine

Memorial Day Festivities by Lil Huckleberries

Corn Cob Jelly by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Marshmallow Fruit Dip by Forty Eighteen

Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies by Lady Behind the Curtain

BBQ Invitation Printable by My Daylights

Rhubarb Crisp by Love in the Kitchen

Mixed Berry Sweet Rolls by Like Mother, Like Daughter

Liberty Embroidery Pattern by Bits of Ivory

Red White and Blue Trifle by We Like to Learn as We Go

Chickpea Tabouli by Food Lust People Love
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Cookies by Life on Food


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14 thoughts on “Memorial Day Festivities-Farewell Party – #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 #GourmetGarden

  1. Please thank your husband for his service to America from me, too. This pre-Memorial Day celebration was a cute as can be and will be something your boys will remember because of the effort you put into a brunch celebrating family. I think you should enter the picture of your little girl and husband in a photo contest…priceless and funny!

    1. Ginene, I will forward the message to him! The kids really enjoyed the celebration. I thought the photo was pretty funny, too!

  2. Everything looks yummy! I love your decorations. You have inspired me to give this a try! Thank you to your hubby for his service.
    Have a beautiful day!

  3. Seriously, you’re like Hostess with the Mostess! I bet your family loves Memorial Weekend because of this brunch! Thank you so much for linking up to the Be.You.Tiful Link Party!

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