The Make-Ahead Memorial Day Menu (Recipes Included)

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

For many people, it also signals the beginning of the summer holiday season and is often celebrated with a picnic or cookout.

I love gathering a group of family and friends, spreading picnic blankets and pillows throughout the yard so every one can kick back and relax. My husband sets up lawn games, we fire up the grill, and away we go. Here is the perfect, mostly make-ahead menu that will keep you focused on your guests.

MENU

Kevin Gillespie's Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce • Grilled Corn with Basil Butter • The Barefoot Contessa's French Potato Salad • Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice • Perfectly Spring Upside-Down Rhubarb Cake

 

Kevin Gillespie's Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Via Food52.

Via Food52.

Grilled Corn with Basil Butter

Via Food52.

Via Food52.

Ina Garten's French Potato Salad

Via Lady Gouda.

Via Lady Gouda.

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice

Via Half Baked Harvest.

Via Half Baked Harvest.

Perfectly Spring Rhubarb Upside-down Cake

Via Melina Hammer.

Via Melina Hammer.