When I think of Memorial Day, Fourth of July or even Labor Day, the colors of red, white and blue strike me. In honor of our military This year we are having a BBQ with a few families. Including my husband there will be 3 men who served or currently serving in the military.
This is a very inexpensive decoration that will last through Labor Day.
For 3 candles arrangements you will need one bag of red Kidney beans. (dark red if you can find them), 1 bag white northern beans and 1 bag black beans. a votive holder and a vase..
I made these two ways and was happier with the second one. However, making the mistake means sorting through hundred of beans.
For the first variety, you can just layer the beans up to a few inches of the top of your vase. Then just press the votive as far as you can. I did not like the height of the votive but super easy.
|1st attempt lit|
For the second variety, I added a few kidney beans, then placed the votive inside the vase. I covered it with Saran wrap first.
Then you carefully layer the rest of the beans until you reach the top of the votive holder.
If you are going to use this again, I would use the tea lights in the steel containers so you don’t have to worry about taking out the votive container to get out any extra melted wax. Also you can put Saran wrap onto of the vase to keep any dust/bugs out of the it.
Don’t need a candle because your BBQ is during the day, you can add flowers in the votive holder!
Now to plan the menu! What do you think of mostly when you think of Memorial Day Barbecues?