The Labor Day holiday is a month away, but it's never too early to plan a party - especially when half the fun is in the preparations! In addition, you'll have time to brainstorm some truly creative themes and get better deals on party supplies by planning further out.
Do you already have a theme in mind? Once you have a theme, planning becomes easier because you'll have a clear direction to follow. If you're stumped for ideas, here are three worth considering!
1) Never Bored Board Game Party
Game night is always fun, especially when you make a party out of it. So why not elevate your affair to an all-weekend-long board game party? To make the invitation more appealing, include a teaser for a prize to the highest scorer at the end of the event. There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to encourage people to attend!
If you don’t have enough board games in the cabinet, ask your guests to bring their own so there will be a large variety at the party. Maybe you’re interested in purchasing some new board games you haven't played yet! It's a great opportunity for everyone to to discover new favorites.
As for food to serve, don’t overthink it for this kind of party. When everyone’s too busy trying to defeat their opponent, no one has time to sit down and eat a full meal. Stick with reliable choices like chips and dips, fries, nachos, spring rolls, Caprese skewers, chicken fingers, and other bite-sized goodies that can be easily eaten while plotting the destruction of your opponent! Also keep the fridge stocked with cold cans of soda and juice, as well as beer for those who want to play with a bit of buzz. It’s the Labor Day holiday, and people will want to let loose!
2) “Wear White” Dance Party
For many people, a dance party can mean gyrating at the club, while for others it can refer to a lovely waltz at a formal affair. Your job is to subvert expectations by hosting a dance party that falls somewhere in between - with a dress code requirement tied into a holiday tradition!
It’s long been revered that wearing white after Labor Day is incredibly fashion-backwards, so offer guests the opportunity to don those colorless outfits one last time!
Hold the party at night and rent a venue outdoors with a great view of a garden or a city skyline - depending on where you're located. Hire a local band to play a wide variety of tunes. Serve elegant cocktail foods like cheese and grapes on charcuterie boards (or comfort food like deviled eggs and burger sliders - you know your guests!).
The idea is to give your guests a reason to dress up and let their hair down at the same time. People have a fancy night out but still relax on the Labor Day holiday. If you’re feeling really down for a good time, a karaoke showdown can be a fun way to really get guests into the event!
3) The Classic Cookout
By the time the Labor Day holiday rolls around, summer will be almost over and autumn will be just around the corner. To say goodbye to the sunny season, usher friends and family to a more nostalgic time with a poolside cookout party. If you don’t have a pool in your backyard, you can book an Airbnb home with a pool and invite people over. Look specifically for houses that can be used for parties so that you won't get in trouble with the owner.
As this is a cookout, you can’t go wrong with barbecue staples like hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, briskets, chicken wings, and ribs. And of course, don’t forget side dishes like mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, coleslaw, and corn fritters to complete the spread. Remember, the goal here is to make everyone relive the classic get-together tied into our American identity.
Play some upbeat music, put inflatables in the pool, and start the entertainment, which is cooking the food itself. Make sure you have all the gear and equipment ready like outdoor grills, spatulas, mitts, brushes, tongs, and of course, fire extinguishers. Everyone can take turns cooking – after all, food seems to taste better when you make it yourself.
There are only a few things more American than a Labor Day holiday cookout party, so go all the way with a red, white, and blue color scheme! It’s also a perfect excuse to use whatever decorations you have left over from your 4th of July party. We won’t tell if you won’t.
Whatever theme you decide on to say goodbye to summer, have fun planning - and make sure your guests remain safe! See to it that they have a comfortable place to sleep if the party goes late or a safe way to get home if they end up having too much to drink. That way, everyone will leave with only great memories of your party -- and maybe a goodie bag or two.
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