June may be the official start of summer, but everyone knows the season unofficially kicks off when Memorial Day Weekend rolls around. Filled with big bashes, backyard barbecues, weekend getaways, and small family get-togethers, this much-loved summer holiday is the one we look forward to for months—and celebrate all weekend.
And since no MDW celebration is complete without some good food and drinks, we’ve rounded up five recipes to make for the weekend ahead, with matching outfit ideas to help you take on the festivities in style.
If you’re going to a barbecue…
Make this: Beer and Honey Barbecue Chicken Skewers by Jo Cooks
Considering pretty much every good barbecue involves beer and grilling, why not combine the two with this delicious and super-easy-to-make entree? Just whip up the marinade, let it sit overnight, then toss it on the grill and top with some fresh cilantro for extra flavor. Want a little sweetness? Add pineapple chunks to the skewers and grill them with the meat.
Wear this: A vintage tee and skinny jeans
Keep your look laid back and effortlessly chic with a broken-in tee (bonus points if it’s actually vintage) and your most slimming pair of skinnies. Add simple bangles for a touch of elegance, then pull your hair into a loose ponytail and finish with a cherry-red lip stain.
If you’re going to a pool party…
Make this: Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade by Ella Claire
A hot day calls for a cool drink, especially one made from everyone’s favorite summer fruit. This recipe is the perfect balance between sweet and sour, with a bubbly taste that’s both crisp and refreshing.
Wear this: A maxi dress and swimsuit
Layer a printed maxi over your new summer suit, and accessorize with chic sunnies, a statement necklace, and a pair of leather sandals.
If you’re going to a family get-together…
Make this: Creamy Confetti Corn with Bacon by Mel’s Kitchen
Come prepared to any-sized potluck with this delicious, unbelievably flavorful side dish. Make it ahead of time, then simply pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes before serving. (And make a lot, because this will go fast.)
Wear this: A striped tank and white denim
Now that you can officially wear white again, slip into a pair of skinny jeans or pants and a striped tank. Add wedges for a leg-lengthening effect, plus a long, layered necklace and leather saddle bag to complete the look.
If you’re going camping…
Make this: Campfire Cones by Hip2Save
No trip into the great outdoors is complete without roasting up a few S’mores (or 10). This time, try a fun take on the classic campfire dessert with these chocolate, marshmallow, and fruit-filled cones. All you need is tin foil, your toppings of choice, and a major sweet tooth.
Wear this: An anorak and shorts
When camping and hiking, utility is key, so layer an all-weather anorak over a comfy pair of shorts and easy tee. Sneakers are a must, along with a good SPF, shades, and a hat.
If you’re going to a beach bonfire…
Make this: Shrimp Boil Foil Packets by Damn Delicious
Like the Campfire Cones, all you need for this round-the-fire dish is tin foil and a few basic ingredients. Serve it up with a good beer or glass of white wine, plus the recipe above for a taste of something sweet.
Wear this: A dress and denim jacket
A printed one-piece makes looking cute feel effortless, while a timeless denim jacket comes in handy for those after-sundown beach breezes. Finish the look with wedges, a clutch, and statement earrings for a dose of understated glam.
What are you planning to cook up (and wear) this Memorial Day Weekend? Don’t forget: You can snag the pieces shown above by ordering one of our Style Edits or Accessories Collections and asking your stylist for your favorite styles.