As we kiss summer goodbye with our bittersweet Labor Day festivities, let’s go out with a bang. There’s nothing like breaking bread with friends and family over a delicious meal. From a Jazz Age lawn party to a Southern-style porch soirée, we have a few themes you’ll want to consider for this Labor Day.
Labor Day is the final summer holiday before the fall and winter months usher in cooler temperatures. One great way to celebrate your last outdoor gathering is with a tacos-and-tequila-themed party. Serve up a platter of grilled tacos with meat options like chicken breast, shrimp, and a flaky white fish — fish tacos are always a hit at a fiesta. Margaritas are a summer favorite, and you can even get fruity by adding flavored Margaritas to the menu — pomegranate, strawberry, or mango are great to use.
Another great theme is a seafood bake. In the late summer months, lobster from Maine is at its sweetest, making it perfect for a summer lobster dish . Grab a variety of your favorite shellfish, pick up some grilled salmon, and head to the fire pit for dinner at sunset.
Here are some fun themes you should consider when planning your Labor Day party — we hope it goes off without a hitch.
Backyard Burger Bash
You shouldn’t end summer without a burger bash! Burgers are a hit at any summer function, so why not host a bash dedicated to this American classic? Shake things up with a fresh and tasty burger bar (to help here is a classic burger recipe), and be sure to include favorite add-ons like guacamole, bacon, and lots of condiments.
For the Love of Denim
Nothing says America quite like a pair of blue jeans. Hard-working men and women put a pair of these on and head to their jobs every day — so what could be a better homage to their work ethic? Collect your family's old blue jeans and let the inspiration flow. You could easily cover tables in jean patchwork and use old pockets for banners. Serve good old-fashioned barbecue food and make sure you have enough to feed a hungry worker! — Lauren Gordon