Labor Day is sort of a double-edged sword, isn’t it? It’s certainly hard to complain when you get a day off, but it also signifies the end of summer. That can be hard to swallow, especially for those located in cold weather climates. Stave off the end-of-summer blues by throwing a special Labor Day Shindig. Follow these tips for a soiree that will be one for the record books.
Throwing a Special Labor Day Shindig
When it comes to Labor Day, everyone expects a barbecue. Those are fantastic, but why not throw everyone a party curveball and invite them for brunch? It’d be especially fun if you do it on Labor Day Monday to truly take advantage of the holiday. Whether you do a sit-down brunch al fresco or organize an outdoor buffet, people will love the novelty of the whole thing. Pancakes are a huge hit and easy to make en masse. Go for homemade or spice up the boxed variety with easy and dee-lish homemade blueberry syrup. Egg casseroles are another wonderful way to serve a large crowd something savory. If you’ve got little ones coming, you can supplement with bagels and/or donuts. Make sure to keep the coffee flowing!
Of course, half the fun of brunch is the bottomless mimosas, no? But don’t let yourself be boxed in by this one (albeit tasty) beverage. Think outside the champagne flute with these awesome brunch cocktail ideas from Epicurious. The Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil spiked lemonade is the perfect way to tell everyone you’re not quite ready to greet autumn just yet.
In these days of craft beers, wine and cocktails are no longer considered the only refined alcoholic beverages of choice. And if you really want beer with an air of sophistication, go for custom beer bottles from Etching Expressions. Blow your friends’ minds by commemorating the occasion by etching them with an inside joke or simply a “Labor Day 2016” logo. Whatever you choose, guests will appreciate the personalized touch.
Nothing says outdoor party like games. Don’t let them go by the wayside. Instead, before guests arrive, make sure to have your cornhole boxes out, the bocce ball set handy, and any other ideas you might have to keep folks engaged and active. Board game nights are a blast but you’ll have plenty of that in the coming cool-weather months. If you’re really going for it, consider having a bunch of Minute-To-Win-It games planned. These are not only hilarious, but they also get the competitive juices flowing.
Desserts ‘n’ Dancing
This is another way to turn the traditional notion of Labor Day parties on its ear. Instead of doing the typical BBQ, how about letting everyone eat on their own and come over later for a night of bombastic desserts and boogying down? You might even consider hiring a DJ to really set the mood. A 80s or 90s themed party is always a hit, and will all but ensure a supersized sweat sesh on the dance floor … or grass—whatever the case may be!
As for desserts, you probably want to keep things light since it’s still technically summer. Think a light soufflé or mousse, chocolate covered strawberries, or homemade frozen yogurt. Grilling goes together with Labor Day like PB & J, so you might even consider throwing some desserts on the barbie and wait for the “oohs” and “aahhhs” to roll in. These easy summer desserts will make everyone think you slaved for hours when you really didn’t. Things like Grilled Banana S’Mores, Campfire Cones, or Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Skewers with Blueberry Glaze take desserts to the next level. Not looking to slave in the kitchen? Order a delivery of delicious cookies from The Cravory.
All About Ambience
Whether you choose a BBQ, dance party, brunch, or even an evening swim party, ambience can go a long way to make the party (and pictures) extra special. Summer lends itself to hanging lanterns, twinkling lights strung across the patio, and candles galore. If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard firepit, s’mores are always a hit with kids and adults, too. Set up an outdoor bar to ensure guests stay outside, as you want guests to soak up every last bit of summer they can.
Throwing a special Labor Day shindig? Follow these tips and your party is sure to please.