Peeps, we鈥檙e in the home stretch of spring, and you know what that means: a whole new excuse to have your besties over for a Memorial Day bash. Think: a total red, white and blue get-together. If you鈥檙e looking to kick this year鈥檚 cookout up a notch (or two or three, TBH), you can鈥檛 go wrong with an all-American theme. The flag鈥檚 colors are *sure* to add a punch of patriotism to your standard burgers-and-dogs party. Scroll down to check out our favorite ways to amp up your Memorial Day party, America style.


1. DIY Flag Photo Booth Backdrop: There鈥檚 no better way to show your love for America than a flag photo booth backdrop. Add red, white and blue fabric to your shopping list, because this must-make will give everyone at the party a reason to snap a few pics. (via Brit + Co)


2. Sprinkled Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches: If you鈥檙e looking for a way to sweeten up your cookout, give your classic vanilla ice cream sandwiches a roll in some patriotic sprinkles to make them next-level. Whether you make your sammies or go with the store-bought version (no judgment here), your guests will not be able to resist this yummy dessert. (via Freutcake)


3. Dessert Pizza: And if a batch of ice cream sandwiches isn鈥檛 enough, this dessert pizza will *definitely* impress your guests. Use cake mix or cookie dough to make the crust, then top it off with a layer of marshmallow fluff, strawberries and blueberries to keep with that colorful theme. Patriotism has never tasted so good. (via Brit + Co)


4. DIY Fabric Cozy: Hot summer days call for a nice, cold brewsky. Instead of using your stack of freebies this year, make a set of these fabric cozies that take less than 20 minutes to DIY. Leave a stack next to the beer cooler so your friends can drink in style this Memorial Day. (via Brit + Co)


5. DIY Star Pi帽atas: It鈥檚 not a 21st century party without a couple of pi帽atas. Make these red and blue ones using star-shaped boxes and streamers to give your space an extra festive vibe. Fill it with whatever screams 鈥楳erica and you鈥檒l be good to go. (via Studio DIY)


6. Red Pi帽a Colada: Making sure your cocktails go with your theme is essential to being the hostess with the mostess. Use your favorite pi帽a colada recipe and finish it off with a splash of Seagram鈥檚 Escapes to give it an extra hint of flavor and some serious color. You鈥檙e going to want to pick up *double* what you think you need, because your besties are going to love this drink. (via The TomKat Studio)


7. DIY Edible Pinwheels: Take your basic cupcake to the next level with these red and blue edible pinwheels made from Airheads. Both kids AND adults will love snacking on them. (via Studio DIY)


8. American Flag Donuts: Speaking of something yummy to munch on, donuts are never a bad idea. Use colored icing or candy melts to dress 鈥檈m up like Uncle Sam, then get ready to have the most amazing Memorial Day dessert in town. (via The First Year)


9. DIY Stars + Stripes Paper Cups: Skip the Solo cups and opt for blue and white paper cups. Use a Cricut or stencil to make star cutouts and stick them on with double-sided tape. Add a striped paper straw for wow factor. (via The TomKat Studio)


10. Printable Photo Booth Props: Make a few photo booth props with downloadable printables. Cut out the shapes and attach them to paper lollipop sticks for a super easy way to give your photo booth some oomph. (via I Heart Naptime)


11. DIY Tie Dye Placemats: Plastic tablecloths and boring placemats are a thing of the past. Use this tutorial to make a set of DIY firework-inspired placemats using everyone鈥檚 favorite summer activity: tie dying. Not only are they perfect for your Memorial Day party, but you can also use them all summer long. (via Brit + Co)


12. PaperNCharm Printable Invitation ($10): You can鈥檛 throw an epic party without an even more epic invitation. Ditch the group text this time around and opt for this printable invitation that鈥檒l liven up your pals鈥 mailboxes and get them hyped for the par-tay.


13. Red, White + Blue Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries: Chocolate-dipped strawberries are a crowd fave when it comes to classic party snacks. Head to the farmers鈥 market to pick up fresh berries, then dip 鈥檈m in white chocolate and blue sprinkles to make them perfect for your Memorial Day cookout. (via The Girl Who Ate Everything)

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