18 Recipes to Make Your Labor Day Party Stand Out Slideshow

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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

Appetizer: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
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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!

For the Bacon Wrapped Asparagus recipe, click here.

Appetizer: The Ultimate Cheese Ball

Appetizer: The Ultimate Cheese Ball
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This is always a big crowd pleaser anytime I’ve served it at a function. I mean, who doesn’t like cheese?

For the Chees Ball Recipe, click here.

Appetizer: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Bites

Appetizer: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Bites
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Roasted red pepper is very underrated in hummus and this is a fantastic recipe to make your hummus pop!

For the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Bites Appetizer recipe, click here.

Appetizer: Lettuce Cups

Appetizer: Lettuce Cups
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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.

For the Lettuce Cup recipe, click here.

Appetizer: Shrimp and Mango Wonton Crisps

Appetizer: Shrimp and Mango Wonton Crisps
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These are such a delightful snack to serve at any party. They just add that extra oomph of pizazz to your cocktail table.

For the Shrimp and Mango Wonton Crisps

Appetizer: Pineapple Manchengo Skewers

Appetizer: Pineapple Manchengo Skewers
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Whats better than cheese? Cheese with grilled pineapple?! It’s such a simple combination but it will make for some happy guests.

For the Pineapple Manchengo Skewers, click here.

Appetizer: Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Appetizer: Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
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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.

For the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers recipes, click here.

Appetizer: Prosciutto and Arugula Crostini

Appetizer: Prosciutto and Arugula Crostini
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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!

For the Arugula and Prosciutto Crostini recipe, click here.

Appetizer: Pasta Salad Skewers

Appetizer: Pasta Salad Skewers
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This is something a little different that also lends itself to be kid friendly-perfect if you’re trying to disguise the veggies!

For the Pasta Salad Skewers recipe, click here

Entrée: Buffalo BBQ Ribs

Entrée: Buffalo BBQ Ribs
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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.

For the Buffalo BBQ Recipe, click here

Entrée: The Best Crunchy Coleslaw

Entrée: The Best Crunchy Coleslaw
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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.

For the Crunchy Coleslaw recipe, click here.

Entrée: Grilled Corn and Pablamo Tacos

Entrée: Grilled Corn and Pablamo Tacos
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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!

For the Grilled Corn and Pablamo Taos recipe, click here

Entrée: Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad

Entrée: Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad
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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.

For the Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad recipe, click here.

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!

For the Dry-Aged Steak with Grilled Salsa Recipe, Click here.

Entrée: Curried Denver Lamb Ribs

Entrée: Curried Denver Lamb Ribs
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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!

For the Curried Denver Lamb Ribs, click here.

Entrée: BBQ Burger Recipe

Entrée: BBQ Burger Recipe
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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

Dessert: Mini Fruit Tarts
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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.

For the Mini Fruit Tarts recipe, click here.

Dessert: Coconut Raspberry Scones

Dessert: Coconut Raspberry Scones
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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.

For the Coconut Raspberry Scone recipe, click here