As the end of the summer approaches, Labor Day serves as our one last hurrah. We can celebrate one last time with an end of summer party before the school year starts back up again and the cooler weather starts to move in all around us. The right Labor Day party ideas can give you all that you need to get your party off the ground. If no one in your group is already doing it, consider planning a Labor Day party for all your friends and family to enjoy. It’s a great way to enjoy the last long weekend of summer.
As with any party, lots of factors come together to create the perfect party atmosphere from the guest list to the drink menu to the spread of food. Don’t forget Labor Day decorations and music of course! Consider these Labor Day party ideas for food and drinks, decorations, and even venue.
Labor Day Party Venue Ideas
Most people will choose to throw a Labor Day party at their own homes. This is great and can be the perfect party setting for most folks. The trouble comes when the people you want to see on Labor Day are spread far and wide across the region. If this is the case, consider venues where you and your family or friends can meet at a more central location, such as a campground or a social venue. You can enjoy a rustic camping style Labor Day party for smaller groups with fire-cooked food, or you can plan a more detailed, less fussy Labor Day party at a restaurant or other venue that is centrally located.
Still, if you are able to plan your Labor Day festivities at your own location that can be much easier for the party planning phases. It will also be more cleanup in the end, but you just need to decide if you can deal with that.
Labor Day Food Ideas
Who doesn’t love a good barbeque! Labor Day parties often revolve around whatever you can cook on the grill with a variety of sides prepared inside or refrigerated. You can use the traditional bbq plan for your party or consider coming up with your own non-bbq Labor Day party food ideas. Consider these suggestions for food and your party menu for Labor Day.
Labor Day BBQ Ideas
If you are wondering what to throw on the grill this time, consider these suggestions for a barbeque grill full of Labor Day party food:
– Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers (and Veggie Burgers)
– Barbeque Chicken
– Corn on the Cob (or Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob!)
– Baked Potatoes
– Shrimp Skewers
– Hawaiian Chicken Skewers (chicken and pineapple)
– Grilled Pork Chops
– Grilled Vegetables
Non-BBQ, No-Grill Labor Day Food Ideas
If you don’t want to grill for Labor Day (or if you don’t have a grill), here are a few other party food suggestions that can keep your party menu especially interesting. Most of these dishes can be cooked and served in a crock pot or similar small kitchen appliance for preparing and serving food. Consider these party food suggestions or come up with your own!
– Baked Ziti
– BBQ Pulled Pork
– Hot turkey
– Mashed potatoes
– Baked or Fried Chicken Breast
– Fried Rice
– Fruit Salad
Easy Labor Day Food Ideas
Best yet, these low-effort party food ideas barely involve you lifting a finger! Consider these Labor Day food suggestions where someone else does most of the cooking!
– Potluck party – every guest brings a covered dish, snack, or dessert.
– Catered party – Get some trays of hors d’oeuvres or cold cuts and fresh veggies as well as some main course type food.
– Takeout party – order pizzas, Chinese food, long hoagie subs, and other specialties.
Labor Day Drink Ideas
Perhaps most important of all in some circles, make sure you have a fun drink menu picked out. Beer is a classic Labor Day weekend and barbeque party beverage, but you can also include wine and spirits for a full array of libations. Choose some colorful drinks or spirits for the bar at your Labor Day party, and don’t forget to pick out some cocktail recipes or mixers for drinks that are red, white, and blue. See if you can find a layered drink including all three colors!
Labor Day Dessert Ideas
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to include some delicious sweets in your Labor Day party food planning. You can make your own desserts of find an array of festive, brightly decorated desserts at your local bakery or grocery store. Consider these suggestions for some creative and pretty Labor Day desserts:
– Brownies frosted like a flag
– Sugar cookies with red, white, and blue sugar crystals
– Colorful freeze pops
– Firecracker popsicles (already red, white, and blue!)
– Frosted cupcakes in red, white, and blue
– Cake with festive decorations
– Frozen chocolate covered bananas with colorful sprinkles
– Fruit salad in a carved watermelon
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