5 Tips for Throwing the Perfect Labor Day Party

Labor Day weekend is known as the last big holiday of the summer, and it’s oftentimes a popular weekend for cookouts, getaways and pool parties. To celebrate the last few days of summer, plan a Labor Day party for your family, friends and neighbors. Follow these five easy tips for planning the perfect Labor Day party to ensure that the final summer bash is a huge hit!

Tip#1: Send out Invites

Labor Day weekend is historically one of the busiest weekends of the year before the kids go back to school. It’s a wise idea to get invites sent out 4-5 weeks before the party is scheduled ensuring that you get the highest number of RSVP’s.

Martha Stewart designed some fun Labor Day invitations that you can download and edit directly from her website. You can input when the party will be, along with the address, and party details if you choose. You can print them right from the convenience of your home. Visit MarthaStewart.com to get these easy to edit Labor Day invites. 

Sending out invites that far in advance may not be an option, so here are a few recommendations:

  • Use Facebook to spread the word. With Facebook you can create an event and invite friends and family from your Facebook friends list.
  • Another route you could take is to use Evite. With Evite you can create free invitations for an event and have the invitations sent directly to your friends and family’s email addresses. Like Facebook events, Evite allows your friends to RSVP through their website. Both of these options are convenient and easy to use, especially if you don’t have time to send out those paper invites. Sending out invites too late can lead to scheduling conflicts for family and friends who have already received invites from others.

Tip#2: Pick a Theme

Creating a fun theme for your Labor Day can make for a great time. By having your guests come dressed up and also having the party location similarly decorated creates a fun and festive feel.

Pick something that suits Labor Day like a patriotic theme or have your guests come dressed up as Presidents. Your guests will love being creative! Match the music to your theme, such as playing some country tunes that give off a patriotic feel.

Here are some Labor Day Party Theme Ideas:

  • 4th of July/Patriotic– Ask your guests to wear anything related to the 4th of July and patriotism. Colors associated with this particular theme are red, white and blue. Plan ahead and hit those 4th of July sales following the holiday to get in on the savings. Stock up on decorations for your Labor Day party!
  • Nautical- For this theme, you can have your guests come as though they were on a ship. They could dress in nautical-style clothing and you could compliment that with decorations. We are loving this hand-crafted nautical party decor from Etsy!
  • President: If you want your guests to have fun getting into the Labor Day spirit, suggest that they come dressed as their favorite president. This allows your guests to be creative and have fun acting the part. Invite your guests to bring President-inspired dishes to match the festive theme.
  • White Out: You know that you’re not allowed to wear white after Labor Day, so why not have your guests show up wearing just white? All white everything! Bring a bleach pen just in case the party gets a tad wild.

Here are some Etsy-inspired Labor Day ideas to help get your party planning started!

Tip#3: Create a Menu

Create a multifarious menu consisting of snacks, entrees and sweets. Don’t forget the fun beverages such as a fruit punch. Make sure the menu is kid-friendly and has variety.

Labor Day parties typically include some pretty standard cookout classics including burgers and hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, salad and some sweets. For a fun twist, you might include a few new dishes that are sure to catch your guest’s attention such as buffalo chicken dip and Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites. These new appetizers are sure to add life to your Labor Day party!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This buffalo chicken dip is always a party favorite. It’s easy to make and tasty! Ingredients include rotisserie chicken, cream cheese, red hot, ranch dressing and cheese. Yum!

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Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites

New to Costco stores, these Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites are amazing!  

This decadent treat comes in a 15 oz bag and with only 16 calories per bite, you can enjoy this pistachio popcorn dipped in dark chocolate with pumpkin seeds. For all the health-nuts out there, this treat has 0 grams of trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial preservatives. This product is new as of July! Visit your Costco store to find this product mixed in with the salty-sweet treats.

Tip #4: Decorate

Once you’ve decided on a theme, make sure to decorate the party area with decorations that match your theme. For instance, most people decorate for Labor Day similarly to how they would decorate for the 4th of July. Patriotic and red, white and blue everything. Nowadays it’s easy to find decorations that match any theme. Go all out, and have fun with it.

Tip #5: Plan Activities for Your Guests

When planning activities for your guests, take into consideration the fact that you will have both children and adults present. Cater to them both.

Try setting up some kid-friendly toys like an inflatable pool, swing sets, sand box or other toys that are sure to keep them entertained. For adults, try having activities that get people up and moving like volleyball or badminton. Friendly competition is sure to keep a party lively.

When planning the perfect Labor Day party, it’s important to put in thought, effort and creativity. Don’t be shy to ask guests to bring a dish to share as it will alleviate some of the stress you have when planning the get together.

Make sure to have fun and enjoy the last big get together before summer is officially over and the kids head back to school. By incorporating these tips into the planning for your Labor Day party, the party is sure to be one to remember!

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Photo Credits: Danielle JonesQuinn Dombrowski, GinnyAnne Worner, Knight725 , Sarah Parrott, Meaghan Barry, Trizia, Pam, Angela AddisKristen Lundquist, Tina Fuller & Urbansavana

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Danielle Jones

Danielle resides in the Mitten State with her husband, toddler son and two loving pit-bull dogs. When Danielle isn't writing and capturing pictures, she runs a small social media company, Buzz Mitten Media and is co-owner of Two Clicks Photography. Her interests include fitness, healthy eating, cooking, wine, reading, photography, exploring the beautiful state of Michigan, and spending time with family. She is a hardcore Spartans, Lions, Tigers and Red Wings fan and can talk sports all day long. You can find her blog here: https://coffeechaosandgiggles.com/ and visit her photography page at https://www.facebook.com/twoclicksphotographyanddesign. Follow her on Instagram: danielle_jones and twitter: @ daniseitzjones.

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    I found the Fisher’s Nut Exactly bites at Costco, last night. They are going to be great for a little healthy treat in my kids’ lunches. Thanks for the tip!


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