18 Recipes to Make Your Labor Day Party Stand Out Slideshow
September 2, 2017
Make the last grill of the season special with some standout flavors
18 Recipes to Make Your Labor Day Party Stand Out
Labor Day is always a great excuse to break out the old imagination and think of something a little different to whip-up. Some of the all-time favorites include barbecue ribs and smoked brisket, but we’ve compiled a list below with an emphasis on small bites to rile-up your guests’ appetites. One thing that can really make a party memorable is giving careful thought to those initial snacks and drinks that welcome your guests.
Another thing you might like to try is holding the party in a smaller space — it can often feel a little cozier than large open areas. So as opposed to opening your whole backyard for the barbecue, make it more intimate using lanterns or plants — it allows people to socialize in bigger groups as opposed to wondering off for a one-on-one.
If guests choose to bring something, liquor is always the best option. Nobody wants to be dealing with big bouquets of flowers while you’re trying to pour drinks, so try to encourage guests to bring a bottle if possible. Other than that, just enjoy the special time off with your family and friends.
Appetizer: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
A classic appetizer, but always an impressive one! Sometimes I even like to add a dollop of mayo inside the wrap for some extra flavor!
Appetizer: The Ultimate Cheese Ball
This is always a big crowd pleaser anytime I’ve served it at a function. I mean, who doesn’t like cheese?
Appetizer: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Bites
Roasted red pepper is very underrated in hummus and this is a fantastic recipe to make your hummus pop!
Appetizer: Lettuce Cups
Lettuce Cups are a great option if you want to offer something a little healthier without sacrificing flavor! You can even top them with some of your BBQ sauce.
Appetizer: Shrimp and Mango Wonton Crisps
These are such a delightful snack to serve at any party. They just add that extra oomph of pizazz to your cocktail table.
Appetizer: Pineapple Manchengo Skewers
Whats better than cheese? Cheese with grilled pineapple?! It’s such a simple combination but it will make for some happy guests.
Appetizer: Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
One of my all-time favorite snacks is jalapeno poppers so the added bacon just makes them simply outstanding! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Appetizer: Prosciutto and Arugula Crostini
This is such an elegant little snack with so much flavor in one little bite you won’t be able to snack on just one!
Appetizer: Pasta Salad Skewers
This is something a little different that also lends itself to be kid friendly-perfect if you’re trying to disguise the veggies!
Entrée: Buffalo BBQ Ribs
There’s nothing like some succulent ribs on the grill to get your mouth watering. This recipe is classic, delicious and you’ll be running back for more.
Entrée: The Best Crunchy Coleslaw
Coleslaw is a welcome addition to any BBQ, but it’s all about the perfect recipe! This coleslaw brings out the beautiful crunch of the cabbage and will compliment any of your summer grill dishes.
Entrée: Grilled Corn and Pablamo Tacos
It’s always nice to think about the vegetarian eaters at your soiree and these tacos will be sure to make them feel part of the fun. The corn at this time of year is exceptional so I would make this with or without a veggie crowd!
Entrée: Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad
A salad is always a great way to balance out the heaviness of a barbeque and this grilled peach salad is always a win during the summer.
Entrée: Dry-Aged Steak with Grilled Salsa
There's nothing like a dry-aged steak to satisfy some hungry guests and the salsa puts the cherry on the top. Enjoy this gem!
Entrée: Curried Denver Lamb Ribs
If you’re a big fan of Middle Eastern spices, this recipe is for you. It’s not often you see these kinds of flavors on the grill but I can assure you it’s a welcomed surprise!
Entrée: BBQ Burger Recipe
There's nothing like a really succulant burger that's fresh off the Grill. This recipe is always a popular choice.
Dessert: Mini Fruit Tarts
Ripe summer berries are the star of this dish, but their inherent sweetness is cut by a zesty lemon curd. The red and blue fruits help to make this dessert festive for any patriotic event, like Labor Day.
Dessert: Coconut Raspberry Scones
Utilizing the fruit of the season is really great at this time of year and this recipe adds a little something different to your favorite scone recipe.