Memorial Day weekend.
Some hosts will provide everything and will graciously accept your bottle of wine or homemade Sangria. No need to surprise them with baked beans, thirty-six ears of corn or anything else they didn’t ask for. The gesture is well intentioned but could take up valuable counter and/or table space and waste.
If you’re hosting a potluck cook out, make sure guests check in with you for your needs, this way you won’t have too much dessert. Oftentimes, guests think you can never go wrong with a pie, in fact you can go hungry with just pie and get awful sugar rushes that make small children go nuts.
If you’re a vegetarian, supply your own veggie burgers and faux hotdogs. Your hosts will probably appreciate it. But you shouldn’t expect them to scrub away any traces of meat. Take extra just in case others want to try a meatless Monday.
The best tip for all – respect and honor the significance of Memorial Day, it’s not just about the ribs. That’s why wishing someone “Happy Memorial Day” is inappropriate, there is nothing happy about the thousands of men and women who died for their country. It is honorable.