Labor Day Tips & Recipes for a Fantastic Soiree


In my years of planning and hosting parties, I’ve found that “keeping it simple” is what works best, especially around Labor Day. It’s back to work/back to school time and parents are scrambling with the last minute details, including shopping for school supplies and uniforms, carpool scheduling, meal planning, school activities and much more.

For your Labor Day Soiree, take some stress out of the equation and opt for a small, intimate gathering. Arm yourself with this list of simple steps to pull off the ultimate, stress-free celebration:

  • Keep your guest list small—close friends and immediate family members. Fewer people means fewer appetites to accommodate and temperaments to manage.
  • Provide guests with pool floats, pool toys and stacks of cute pool towels. Make water safety a priority – always! Hire a lifeguard if lots of children are invited. It will take the stress off parents and the party hosts!
  • Plan lawn games. Classic yet popular games for guests of varying ages include horseshoes, cornhole, disc throwing, scavenger hunts, musical chairs, potato sack races, foot races and Jenga.

Serve fun drinks. Summer cocktails and mocktails, including strawberry fizz and mojitos; and ice-cold beer and prosecco are always crowd pleasers.


Prepare a simple menu. Grill most of your food for easy cleanup. Some recipes ideas would be: Shrimp on the Barbie, Grilled Pork Chops, Fritta Burgers and BBQ Chicken Skewers.

Shrimp on the Barbie
Peach Glazed Pork Chops w/Grilled Peaches
Shrimp Frita Burger w/Shoestring Potatoes
Chicken Satay w/Peanut Dipping Sauce

Limit desserts. Pick three simple yet satisfying desserts like Basil Infused Berries w/Lemon Cream, Grilled Peaches w/Ricotta and Basque Burnt Cheesecake.

Basil Infused Berries w/Lemon Cream
Grilled Peaches w/Maple Infused Ricotta Cheese & Prosciutto Dust
Basque Burnt Cheesecake

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