Labor Day Weekend Party Ideas
The Labor Day holiday began in the 1880s as a way to honor workers for all of their efforts. In that spirit, encourage your guests to really relax by filling your outdoor area with hammocks, comfortable lounge chairs, lawn blankets and lots of pillows.
Like 4th of July, patriotic decorations dominate for Labor Day, but in addition to the stars and stripes, the slight chill in the air means you can also decorate in warm, earth tones and rich oranges, golds and yellows.
Tiki torches, twinkle lights and candles in hurricane lamps keep things bright if your party lasts into evening. And don't forget the citronella candles to keep any flying critters away.
These end-of-summer themes will add a seasonal spice to your Labor Day:
- Back-to-school bash: Whether you're actually going back to school or just reliving those crazier days, a rager with cheap eats and rocking music will get you and your crew into the school spirit.
- Neighborhood block party: Get to know your neighbors with an old-fashioned block party. Ask people to bring games and food to share.
- Beach party: It may be months before you can stick your feet in the warm sand again, so one final bonfire with s'mores helps you squeeze the most out of these last few summer days.
- Dancing under the stars: Enjoy the warm nights with an old-fashioned dance party. Bonus points for dressing up retro and playing big band or swing music.
Have a back-up plan! Whenever you're planning a backyard bash, you need a plan B in case the weather doesn't go your way. Depending on your theme, that could mean renting a tent or canopy, or planning your party near a covered porch or usable indoor space.
How do you make the great outdoors even more terrific? With fun outdoor group activities.
If you're having a larger bash, split the group into two teams for a game of flag football, softball or volleyball. Groups that are smaller or more mellow might prefer lawn games like bocce, horseshoes and croquet.
Day hikes and camping trips are the kind of labor that nobody minds on Labor Day. Pile into as few cars as possible to make it easier to park and meet up. Ask everyone to bring their own water and some snacks, like trail mix or fruit, to share.
Say goodbye to summer with the season's bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. That means sun-kissed tomatoes, sweet corn and juicy berries, as well as other warm-weather favorites like lobster, steaks, ribs and anything else you can throw on the grill.
Kebabs are a great way to combine your favorite meats and veggies in a cool, colorful package. Served with a few simple sides like orzo salad and cucumber salad, they're easy to prepare and easy to clean up.
Dessert could be a messy but delicious make-your-own-sundae bar, a fresh fruit cobbler or a berry crisp.
Blue Monday (serves 1)
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz Triple Sec
- 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake, then strain into a cocktail glass.