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Labor Day is known as one of the busiest times of year historically, so it’s important to start planning your Labor Day party a few weeks out. Labor Day weekend is the last big holiday of the summer and is typically the last bash before the kids head back to school, so celebrating that with neighbors, friends and family is the perfect way to end another summer. In order to ensure that your final summer bash is a hit, follow these five easy steps while planning!
Tip #1: Send an Invite with Party Details
Because Labor Day weekend is typically busy for everyone, it’s important to send out save the dates or an invite to ensure that your guests have a few weeks to plan accordingly to ensure that they can attend. Sending the invites out 6-8 weeks before will give them adequate planning time to work out their holiday plans.
Tip#2: Pick a Party Theme
Labor Day is about celebrating patriotism so a no-brainer theme would be highlighting all things American. Try to include the theme in your invites and encourage your guests to come to the party in a festive and fun outfit. A common theme for Labor Day is “Red, White and Blue” so incorporating the colors of the US flag and asking your guests to wear red, white and blue will liven up the party. Make sure to use the theme in your decorations as well as American Flags, stars and stripes. Pull out those left-over 4th of July fireworks.
Tip#3: Customize a Menu
Try to customize your menu to match your theme. Common menus for Labor Day include hot dogs, burgers, chips, salads and other fun treats! The new Fisher Nut Exactly snack bites are a perfect addition to your Labor Day menu. With just 16 calories per bite, 0 grams of trans fat, no high-fructose corn syrup nor artificial preservatives, they are a great tasting and healthy treat that you can feel good about enjoying! They come in a 15 oz package at Costco and are resealable making snacking convenient for your guests. You guests will love the Pistachio Popcorn that is dipped in Dark Chocolate with Pumpkin Seeds and they’re small enough for any age.
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Tip #4: Decorate for your Party
If you’re going with the patriotism theme, you should have no problem finding decorations as they are similar to 4th of July decorations. Red, white and blue everything down from the snacks, drinks to plastic-ware and plates. You can put little flags on the deserts or have balloons hanging up. Make sure to have fun with it! Decorating is one of the funniest parts of any party!
Tip #5: Plan Fun Activities for your Guests
Take into consideration that both adults and kids will be attending the Labor Day Party, so try to cater to both sides. Having kids toys set up and ready to go along with some in-door games will allow for them to mingle with the other kids and allow the parents to enjoy some adult time. The parents can play a couple games of corn-hole toss, backyard volleyball, cards and/or horseshoes. The activities are endless. Try testing your creativity and create a game centered around the US. Create a game that asks your guests questions about Presidents and historic events centered around patriotism. You guests will enjoy testing their IQ. Friendly competition is always a good thing. At the end of the evening, cooking s’mores by the bonfire is never a bad idea.
By following those 5 simple steps, the party planner is less stressed and feels more organized as the big Labor Day party approaches. To minimize added stress, encourage your guests to bring a dish to pass. Have them work with the theme in order to have fun and creative dishes for those guests invited. With the summer coming to an end, what better way to say goodbye than to throw the perfect Labor Day party?
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If you need help coming up with some themed outfits, check out: Fashionable July 4th Outfits
Photo credits: Daniel, Dottie B., & The University of the South