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red-mugsMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance in honor of those who have died in service to our nation.

If you will be hosting a Memorial Day gathering, keep it simple and respectful. Fly the flag and think about incorporating red, white and blue into your celebration. Some very easy decorations can make a big impact and tie everything together.

Many also look at Memorial Day as the beginning of summer and barbecue season. So in light of that, here are 10 fun guidelines  for condiments.

1. Do not fear the family-sized bottle of ketchup. Unless you are serving dignitaries, your guests will be happy with the big bottle.

2. You can please most of the people all the time if you have a good assortment of mustards.

3.  Plan to have mayonnaise handy at all times. Yes, it’s salty, and yes, it is bad for you, but everyone likes a dab now and then.  And don’t substitute salad dressing!

4. Find your own special sauce and serve it proudly. This could be something you make from scratch or a blend of pre-made favorites. Create a great sauce with plain yogurt, finely chopped cucumber, garlic and lemon juice.

5. Nothing tops a hot dog better than relish.  Have an assortment of  sweet relish, yellow relish and onion relish on hand.

6. Pickles are important and not everyone likes the same kind. Have an assortment of dill and sweet and make sure you identify them!

7. Have plenty of salsa – it goes fast!

8. Grill the onions for your guests’ burgers. The grill is already hot and it just takes a minute.

9. Explore several barbecue sauce recipes, find your favorite, and make it your signature. You may even offer small bottles of it to your guests as parting gifts.

10. Don’t be afraid to serve coleslaw. It’s not just a side dish. Try it on your hot dog.

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend and keep your entertaining simple!

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