Celebrate the arrival of summer with a classic, all-American cookout designed by Sandra Lee. There’s something for everyone: patriotic decor, loaded BBQ burgers, icy margaritas and an all-American strawberry shortcake torte.

Evite Memorial Day Celebration A patriotic tablescape is easy to achieve by layering red dinnerware over blue place mats and accenting with festive flowers made of crepe paper. Round paper lanterns strung overhead and buckets of red blooms add a finishing touch to the scene. Complete your look with a little help from Celebrate Express with the products below.

Evite Memorial Day Cookout by Sandra Lee
Get creative with flowers by filling blue metal buckets and striped cupcake boxes with blooms for the table. Plastic margarita glasses work well for the outdoors, and patriotic cups can be filled with red Sixlets candy to make sweet take-home favors.

Evite Memorial Day Cookout by Sandra LeeThe secret to these burgers is a delectable combination of sweet red peppers, crispy bacon, sharp cheese, and tangy sauce. Get the recipe for Sandra’s Loaded BBQ Burgers.

Evite Memorial Day Cookout by Sandra LeeA watermelon margarita is a sweet, refreshing drink perfect for a cookout that has the added advantage of working with a patriotic color scheme. Get the recipe for Sandra’s watermelon margarita, plus find the perfect patriotic party packs to make your BBQ a breeze.

Evite Strawberry Shortcake Torte by Sandra LeeThe classic torte gets a delectable upgrade with layers of delicious shortbread made with a baking mix. A sprinkling of almonds gives additional texture, while a splash of orange liqueur imparts a citrusy touch. Get Sandra’s recipe for strawberry shortcake torte.

Check out Sandra’s exclusive collection of premium, seasonal Evite invitations designed to coordinate with her party themes. Evite has also teamed up with Sandra on a series of party-planning content that will appear regularly in Sandra Lee magazine – don’t miss it! Still can’t get enough Sandra? Visit SandraLee.com and her dedicated page on Evite Party Ideas for more of Sandra’s expert advice and inspiration.


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