Every September, Labor Day rolls around and most people are scrambling to make last-minute plans. But if you want to be proactive and through a wonderful Labor Day party, check out these 5 tips.
Falling on the first Monday every September, Labor Day is one of the most beloved holidays among working-class Americans.
The special day home from the office is often cause for celebration. If you’re planning your own Labor Day party, be sure to check out these tips.
Ask for RSVPs
It’s a small step, but asking your invited guests to confirm if they’re coming or not is a big step toward planning a great party.
Getting RSVPs helps you be better prepared. If you make too much food, lots of it goes to waste. If you make too little, people go hungry.
Knowing who is coming also helps you make special arrangements, such as getting vegetarian or vegan options for guests who may need them.
Say Farewell to Summer
Labor Day is the last major summer holiday. Soon the seasons will start to change and the weather will cool off.
As one final hurrah for summer, Labor Day should be like a traditional summer party.
Host the party outside on your porch or patio to enjoy the sun and warm temperatures. Have guests bring bathing suits and go for a dip in the pool. Toss the football around, play cornhole, and do other activities you might not get to do during the colder months.
Get a Mid-Day Start
More so than most holidays, the timing of your festivities is important.
Labor Day is a day off of work. That means most of your friends and family will want to take the opportunity to sleep in. Starting the party before noon should be a no-go.
However, if the party runs too late into the twilight hours, you’re setting your guests up as targets. Mosquitos and other bugs thrive in these hours, especially in the summer.
For a happy medium, aim to kick off the party around 1 or 2 PM.
Drink a Little — Not a Lot
It is a party, after all. Whether you prefer beer, a cocktail, or something a bit more straight, don’t be afraid to knock back a few adult beverages.
But keep in mind what day it is: Monday. That means that you have to go right back to work in the morning.
Have fun, but know your limits and don’t go overboard with the booze. Stop early and drink some water, or you’ll be stuck in the office with the dreaded Labor Day hangover.
Classic Cookouts are Perfect
When it comes to choosing what food to prepare for your Labor Day party, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
Stick with the cookout classics. Burgers and hot dogs or some smoked meats are the go-to staples for Labor Day. They’re simple, easy to make, and they’re something all of your guests will enjoy.
For side dishes, have your guests bring their own contributions for a potluck. Signature sides include coleslaw, potato salad, and mac & cheese.
Of course, don’t forget the chips and dip for snacking on while the grill is working.
A Labor Day Party Done Right
By following these tips, your Labor Day party will be a smashing success and a great way to spend the holiday with friends and family.