Labor Day Party Ideas

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Celebrating Labor Day shouldn’t feel like work; that’s why we’re here to help!

We commemorate this holiday with smoking barbecues, pool parties, and loads of well-deserved rest. But saying goodbye to summer and thank you to the champions of the weekend deserves more than an average party. There are tons of ways to celebrate the day in a way that will have the adults relaxed and the kids entertained.

However you decide to celebrate, make sure you take it easy and give thanks to those in history who made this day, and our current workday, possible.

Pick a Theme
Labor Day is about celebrating America and having a theme is a fun way to get your guests in the patriotic partying mood. Be sure and include your theme on your save the date so guests have time to put something together for the party.

Whiteout
A whiteout party plays with the rule that you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day. Have guests dress in all white, and be sure to incorporate the whiteout theme into your decorations and menu as well.

Red, White, & Blue Party
Incorporate the colors of the flag and ask everyone to wear red, white, and blue. Use the theme in your decorations as well by having American flags, stars and stripes, and the colors (red, white, and blue) displayed throughout the party.

Blue Jean Party
Nothing says America quite like a pair of blue jeans. Hard-working men and women put a pair of these on and headed to their jobs every day — so what could be a better homage to the working man? Collect your family’s old blue jeans and let the inspiration flow. You could easily cover tables in jean patchwork clothing and use old pockets for banners.

Menu
Instead of the typical BBQ that we’re all used to why not mix it up this year and try something new?

You don’t have to live in New England to host a delicious seafood bake. Gather friends by the fire pit and whip out your old tin serving buckets to give your food presentation a rustic feel. Try serving a variety of shellfish, like crab and lobster. Don’t forget the folks who may be allergic to shellfish and treat them to something like a fresh, healthy salmon.

Or check out these alternative recipes for something new and interesting.

Philly Cheesesteak Foil Packs
INGREDIENTS
• 1 lb. flank steak, thinly sliced
• 2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
• 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
• 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
• kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 4 slices provolone
• Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a large bowl, toss together steak, peppers, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, and olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
2. Place steak mixture in foil packs. Fold up packs and grill, 10 minutes.
3. Open packs, top with provolone, and cover grill to melt, 2 minutes.
4. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Pickle Dogs (basically replacing a bun with a pickle, trust us it’s delicious)
INGREDIENTS
• 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
• 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar
• 2 tbsp. Chopped chives
• kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
• 5 hot dogs
• 5 large pickles
• Mustard, for drizzling
• Ketchup, for drizzling
DIRECTIONS
1. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar, and chives. Season with salt and pepper and stir until combined. Set aside.
2. In a large skillet or grill pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add hot dogs and cook until slightly charred, about 4 minutes per side.
3. Slice pickles lengthwise almost completely in half, leaving a small portion attached, like a hot dog bun.
4. Inside each pickle, spread cream cheese mixture, add a hot dog, and drizzle with mustard.

Beer Can Burgers
INGREDIENTS
• 2 lb. ground beef
• 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
• 1 tsp. garlic powder
• 1 beer can
• kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 8 slices bacon
• 4 burger buns
• 4 slices tomato
• 4 pieces lettuce
TOPPINGS
• 2 c. cubed cheddar
• 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
• 1 bell pepper, sliced
• 1 onion, thinly sliced
• 4 slices provolone
DIRECTIONS
1. Heat grill to medium. In a large bowl, season beef with Worcestershire and garlic powder. Roll into ½-pound balls, then place a beer can in the middle to shape into a bowl. Press beef up the sides of the beer can. Gently twist beer can to come out of burger bowl and season with salt and pepper.
2. Wrap two slices bacon around the bowl. If stuffing with cheddar and jalapeño, top with cheese and jalapeños. If stuffing with peppers and onions, stuff with peppers and onions and top with a slice of provolone.
3. Grill until burger is cooked, 30 minutes for medium.
4. Serve on buns with lettuce and tomato.

California Grilled Chicken
INGREDIENTS
• 3/4 c. balsamic vinegar
• 1 tsp. garlic powder
• 2 tbsp. honey
• 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
• kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
• 4 slices mozzarella
• 4 slices avocado
• 4 slices tomato
• 2 tbsp. sliced basil
• Balsamic glaze, for drizzling
DIRECTIONS
1. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, honey, oil, and Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper. Pour over chicken breasts and marinate 20 minutes.
2. Heat grill to medium high. Grill chicken until internal temperature reaches 170ºF on an instant-read thermometer.
3. Top chicken with mozzarella, avocado, and tomato and cover grill to melt, 2 minutes.
4. Garnish with basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Unless you expect everyone to stand around holding their plates as they try to eat and drink, you’re going to need some seating.

Seating

Gloster Bloc Sectional
The Gloster Bloc Sectional has contemporary lines punctuated by large block cushions which are comprised of a specially developed blend of vinyl sling and polypropylene yarn give this piece the comfort and convenience of full upholstery.

Homecrest Grace Sectional
The Grace Modular Collection from Homecrest was crafted to match the comfort of interior furniture while possessing a versatility that is unique to the collection. Pair these highly adaptable, fully-cushioned seating options to create one-of- a-kind sectional arrangements that can be endlessly reconfigured.

Lloyd Flanders Contempo Sectional
The outdoor sectional sofa with chaise, from the Contempo collection by Lloyd Flanders, features deep-seating with plush cushioning and plenty of rooms for friends and family. The wicker stands used are reinforced by nylon cord for superior strength and durability.

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