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50 red, white and blue ideas …creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Memorial Day typically marks the unofficial kick-off to summer, and believe me, it can’t come a day too soon! One of the best things about summer is the outdoor barbecues, and Memorial Day is the perfect time to get things started.  And while Memorial Day often means summer and barbecues (and killer sales!), we definitely don’t want to forget the real occasion for the holiday: remembering America’s fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. Their sacrifice allows us to enjoy all the incredible freedoms that we cherish so much.

Below you’ll see red white and blue ideas for desserts, decorations, centerpieces and games/activities/crafts for kids – everything you need to throw a fantastic event! All items are patriotic in nature, so while we are kicking off summer and enjoying family and friends, we can also be reminded of our great country and those who gave their lives for it. We are so thankful for their sacrifice!

Red white and blue desserts

Red Velvet Brownie Cups + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

MY OTHER RECIPES


Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting from I Heart Naptime

Patriotic Chocolate Dipped Banana Splits + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Chocolate Dipped Banana Splits from I Heart Naptime

Flag fruit pizza from I Heart Naptime

Jello Cookies + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Jello Cookies from I Heart Naptime

Chocolate Dipped Cherries + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Chocolate Dipped Cherries from I Heart Naptime

Firecracker Cake + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Firecracker Cake from I Heart Naptime

Watermelon Stars + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Watermelon Stars from I Heart Naptime

Marshmallow Caramel Corn + + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Marshmallow Caramel Corn from I Heart Naptime

Mini Fruit Tarts + + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Mini Fruit Tarts from I Heart Naptime

Festive Red White and Blue Bark + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!Red, White and Blue Bark from The Chunky Chef

Celebration Pretzel Sticks + + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Celebration Pretzel Sticks from The Lady Behind the Curtain

Fruit Skewers + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Fruit Skewers from Raining Hot Coupons

Red white and blue popsicles + 50 Festive red, white and blue ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Red white and blue popsicles from The View From Great Island

Patriotic Cookie Cake + + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Cookie Cake from Lil’ Luna

Red, white and blue decorations

Patriotic Sundae Bar Printables + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Sundae Bar Printables from I Heart Naptime

Land of the Free Home of the Brave + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave Printable from I Heart Naptime

Paper Crafted Patriotic Fireworks + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Paper Crafted Patriotic Fireworks from I Heart Naptime

Freedom Mantel Banner + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Freedom Mantel Banner from I Heart Naptime

Pom Pom Firecracker Cupcake Toppers + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Pom Pom Firecracker Cupcake Toppers from I Heart Naptime

Patriotic Printable Water Bottle Labels + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Printable Water Bottle Labels from I Heart Naptime

Patriotic Wall Art + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Wall Art from I Heart Naptime

Patriotic Party Circles + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Party Circles from I Heart Naptime

Snap Crackle Pop Pinwheels + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Snap, Crackle Pop Pinwheels from I Heart Naptime

Table runner + 50 Festive red, white and blue ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Woven table runner from Good Housekeeping

Patriotic $1 Scrap Wreath + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic $1 Scrap Wreath from I Heart Naptime

Red, white and blue wreath + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Red white and blue wreath from Naptime Crafts

Red, white and blue centerpieces

Easy Patriotic Mason Jars + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Easy Patriotic Mason Jars from My Frugal Adventures

Recycled Bottles Patriotic Centerpiece + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Recycled Bottles Patriotic Centerpiece from At the Picket Fence

American Flag Mason Jars + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Red, White and Blue Mason Jars from Maison de Pax

Paper Lollies + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Paper Lollies from Make and Takes

Red White Blue Rice Candle Centerpiece + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Red, White and Blue Rice Candles from She Wears Many Hats

Rustic Crate with Bottle Vases Centerpiece + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Rustic Crate Centerpiece from Creations by Kara

Patriotic Mason Jar Centerpiece http://www.bloominghomestead.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/4th-of-July-Mason-Jar-Decor.jpg

Patriotic Mason Jar Centerpiece from Blooming Homestead

Pineapple Sparkler Centerpiece + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Pineapple Sparkler Centerpieces from Freutcake

Patriotic Paper Flowers + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Paper Flowers from Live, Laugh, Rowe

American Flag Flower Basket + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

American Flag Flower Basket from Stone Gable

Paper Fireworks Centerpiece + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Paper Fireworks Centerpiece from Love, Pasta and a Toolbelt

Red white and blue craft ideas

Patriotic Photo Booth Printables + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Photo Booth Printables from I Heart Naptime

DIY Checker Board Game + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

DIY Checkerboard Game from I Heart Naptime

DIY Firework Ribbon Wand from I Heart Naptime

Handprint Fireworks + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Handprint Fireworks from Ava’s Alphabet

Patriotic Wind Catchers + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Wind Catcher from Multiples and More

Patriotic Hand Print American Flag + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Hand Print American Flag from B-Inspired Mama

Paper Plate Star Wreath + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Paper Plate Star Wreath from The Resourceful Mama

Qtip Fireworks Craft for Kids + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Q-tip Fireworks Craft for Kids from Crafty Morning

Bean Bag Toss Game + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Bean Bag Toss Game from Chico and Jo

Patriotic Bracelets + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Bracelets from Playdough to Plato

Patriotic Bingo Cards + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Bingo Cards from Makoodle

Patriotic Craft Stick American Flag + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Patriotic Craft Stick American Flag from The Resourceful Mama

Fun and Games Station + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Fun and Games Station from Uncommon Designs

Red White Blue Scavenger Hunt + 50 Festive Memorial Day BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

Red, White and Blue Scavenger Hunt from Play. Party. Plan.

Don’t forget to give your indoor decor a festive flair!  Take a look at this Patriotic Mantel Display for some inspiration!

50 Festive Red, White and Blue / Memorial Day and 4th of July BBQ Ideas...creative ways to kick-off summer and celebrate our freedom while remembering our fallen heroes!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Katherine posted on May 21, 2017 at 4:56 pm (#
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    So many fun (and tasty) ideas!