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Six Simple Tricks for Throwing the Best Labor Day Barbecue

September is just days away which means the unofficial end of summer is quickly approaching. Yes, most kids are already back in school, so the promise of a three-day weekend offers the perfect opportunity to give summer one last hurrah before refocusing our attention on studies and work. 

Let's take the labor out of Labor Day, right?  

Draped Crepe

Set the scene with a whimsical overhead garland. Simple crepe paper draped from above will catch in the breeze, adding liveliness to the party. Intertwine with strings of bistro lights to keep the festivities going once the sun has set. 

Set the Table

Ditch the kitsch! No more red-checked vinyl tablecloths. Elevate the look and feel of your celebration with a display of bright blooms and cobalt accents. Juxtaposed atop a bare wooden table and simple white dishes, the colors will pop! 

Fresh Sips

Juicy red watermelon is the star of summer fruit salads, and deserves to be bid a proper adieu. Fresh watermelon juice, a touch of Thai basil and a little tequila makes a perfectly refreshing and totally unexpected end-of-summer cocktail that all your friends will be raving about.

Simple Snacks

The key to party food is prepping ahead of time. Mini caprese skewers are super easy to assemble, and can be made a day or two in advance. Alternate with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls and basil leaves, and chill. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and balsamic glaze just before serving.  

 

The hard truth about barbecues: One person gets stuck manning the grill. Like all day. Which means that person has less opportunities to relax and socialize with the rest of the party goers. So why not cheat a little? These barbecue meatballs are super tasty, can be made ahead in the slow cooker, and are a huge hit with a hungry crowd. Pop into slider buns, place on a tray, and done! Delish.  

 

Backyard Games

No end of summer bash would be complete without a few outdoor games! Create an obstacle course, play giant Jenga, or have an old-fashioned three-legged race. Your guests will be rolling with laughter, wishing the summer would never end. 


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