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9 Awesome Labor Day Party Ideas

Have you ever wanted to host a pool party, but didn’t have the pool or swim club membership to make it happen? With Peerspace, you can find the party spot of your wildest summer daydreams, pool included! On the Peerspace platform, local hosts in your city offer their spaces for rent by the hour, listing the available amenities. Prices vary from place to place, but options are available for even the most modest of budgets. Indoor or outdoor, upscale or casual, any event is possible with Peerspace. Celebrate the last holiday of the summer with a spectacular party. These Labor Day party ideas will make it the best three-day weekend ever.

1. Host a BBQ

What’s Labor Day without a BBQ? It may be the last one of the year, so make the most of it! To prepare, gather an assortment of meats to make kebabs or whatever you would like to serve, as well as veggies to grill for your vegetarian guests. Buy patriotic paper plates, cups, and napkins, and a mix of red, white, and blue utensils.

In addition to typical BBQ sides and appetizers like coleslaw, corn on the cob, potato salad, and cornbread, whip up patriotic side dishes like “American flag” fruit kebabs with strawberries, bananas, and blueberries for layered yogurt parfaits.

2. Set up a burger and hot dog bar

This idea is a spin on the classic BBQ. To host your very own burger and/or hot dog bar, set up a table with all of the usual fixings like ketchup, mayo, mustard, chili, cheese, bacon, veggies, relish, and jalapenos. Create an assembly line where guests can assemble sliders or full-sized burgers and hot dogs. To accommodate vegetarian and vegan guests, consider serving veggie patties and hot dogs as well. If you are serving hot dogs, buy paper trays from Michael’s craft stores or party stores for easy serving. 

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3. Treat your guests to patriotic sweets

Get festive by serving red, white, and blue summer sweets. Cool down with shaved ice, sorbet, Italian Ice, and ice cream, which can be served and arranged in order of red, white, and blue flavors. Or, to make it simple, serve the classic Firecracker Popsicle (or make your own if you prefer homemade, real-fruit Popsicle).

If frozen sweets aren’t your thing, you can also bake a layered red, white, and blue cake with strawberry filling. Alternatively, frost and arrange cupcakes to look like an American flag. For more patriotic dessert ideas like funnel cakes and cherry pie, check out this post on Delish.

4. Serve refreshing festive drinks

Raise a glass this Labor Day to everyone at the party, as well as to others who work to contribute to our country. Use grenadine and other colorful mixers to get your drinks party-ready. Or, celebrate patriotically with all-American beers like Budweiser and Coors. To make a layered red, white, and blue cocktail, check out this recipe. You can also make layered slushies using pina colada mix, as well as red and blue-colored flavorings.

5. Star-spangle the space with decorations 

Whether you are hosting your Labor Day party indoors or outside, you can find a way to decorate for the occasion. Since the color scheme for Labor Day is red, white, and blue, you can reuse any Fourth of July or Memorial Day decorations you may have! Pick up some American flags, banners, patriotic balloons and paper lanterns, stars, pinwheels, flowers, and candles.

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 6. Book a special venue for the day

Yes, you can even rent a venue for a BBQ. On Peerspace, you can find gorgeous backyard patios for your Labor Day party. So if your yard is lacking in space, a backyard BBQ is still possible. Some venues offer catering, and many outdoor venues have grills, fire pits, and decks. Just check off the amenities you are looking for under the filters, and you’ll have a list of perfect places to choose from in your area. Mixing it up with a new venue may seem like one of the most effortless Labor Day party ideas, but a change of scenery can make all the difference!

7. Add games into the mix

Every backyard bash needs some games to keep everyone entertained, especially if there are kids attending. Set up some classics like cornhole, bocce ball, horseshoes, racquetball, and be sure to have footballs or beach balls for everyone to toss around. When you rent a venue on Peerspace, you might even find a place with a pool table, ping-pong table, or foosball table, so the games will be included!

8. Write thank you cards 

Labor Day may have turned into an excuse for a final summer BBQ, but it was originally meant to honor laborers — like the name implies. Keep that tradition in mind at your Labor Day party by creating thank-you cards for people like your mail-delivery person, your children’s teachers, the garbage person, gardeners, housekeepers, babysitters, and your favorite baristas.

You can buy pre-made cards from the dollar store, or make your own out of cardstock. This can be a fun activity for kids at the party. Supply them with stickers, fun markers, glitter glue, and gel pens — this way, they can get creative and design unique cards.

9. Host a fashion show

Everyone knows the rule: no wearing white after Labor Day. So strut your stuff and wear as much white as you can at your Labor Day party. The history of the fashion rule is debatable, but some believe it is the law of the fashion land. This idea could also be turned into a game. You can supply rolls of toilet paper and ask guests to design their own all-white outfits.

Labor Day can be more than just an extra day off. Turn it into the best end-of-summer bash ever with these patriotic and festive Labor Day party ideas.

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