Memorial Day is usually the big kick off for summer…….somehow the month of May is as busy as December with social obligations ranging from graduation parties, dance rehearsals, baby/bridal showers to end of school festivities if you have children. No wonder, Memorial Day is a holiday everyone looks forward to, whether it’s a casual cookout by the pool or a weekend at the shore, it always holds promise of more warm, easy days to follow. Who can forget the showtime tune from Porgy and Bess, “Summertime where the living is easy…”
Part of living easy is preparing meals that are cool and effortless, instead of all the fuss, let the season’s freshest ingredients be the emphasis. Plus it will help reduce that waistline to fit into that teeny tiny bikini that you have had your eye on! And of course, set a table that will reflect the simple elegance of summer…try crisp linen napkins, classic white, bright blues and a splash of yellow that let your guests feel as if they are dining at a coastal town on the Mediterranean Sea. My philosophy is simple food served on beautiful plates!
Just in case you decide to hit the sea for the holiday, I included a couple vintage books for your reading pleasure on How to Sail, so when you pull up in your dinghy at Martha’s Vineyard, you will have “the resourcefulness and confidence” the pamphlet describes! Just make sure you exclude the sexist chapter, For The Ladies, as you will end up overboard should you make any of the suggestions given. But as any lover of summer knows, reading is another pleasure of the season.
“Come with me,’ Mom says.
To the library.
Books and summertime
― Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me
So regardless how you spend the holiday, land, sea, or air, (which I will be in the sky, carting all of you travelers to and fro) make sure you make it memorable. Memorial Day is the prelude to the summer ahead.
Light up that grill, put on some steel drum background music, fix a cocktail and don that bikini… Summer is going to sizzle…!