What makes Labor Day such a great holiday is that it is one of the rare holidays where you know exactly which day of the week it will fall on, a Monday, which is quite the added bonus to what is usually a two day weekend. This September 7th, with some creative thinking you can add some spice to your typical bbq, or make your beach or park outing into a memorable event.
Rather than your just winging a backyard BBQ with friends or family that may “stop by”, plan out a themed event such as “Tiki Totem Party” or “Tropical Labor Day Getaway.” The idea of throwing an organized party may seem like a lot of work, but a little pre-thought can actually help in many ways. By officially inviting guests and planning an event, guests are more likely to commit to the time and event, which also provides you with a good idea of how many people to provide food and drinks for. Your theme could also be a potluck which would relieve a lot of the preparation work from you, and also allow for a variety of tasty items from all your guests. Having guests show up in themed wear such as Hawaiian shirts or Sarongs will add life to the event and will help in bringing everyone together in the festivities.
Decorating does not necessarily require a big budget or weeks of setting up. Decorative items such as Tiki statues, bamboo fencing, or thatch, instantly add a dash of tropical flavor to any setting, without requiring much installation and once the event is over, the same décor can still be used for your home and garden. Table cloths, napkins and disposable cups and plates are inexpensive ways to add color to your table setting and compliment your theme.
For entertainment, you can play island music in the background, have a Tiki Bar set up serving drinks, or even add in some games.
This year if you plan on taking your Labor Day festivities to a park or the beach, make it an outdoor event. The extended weekend makes it perfect to have a short vacation to enjoy activities such as rock climbing, biking, rollerblading, swimming, kayaking or hiking. You may even want to take the weekend to go camping with friends and family to get away from the busy city. For a relaxing, stress-free weekend make sure you bring proper equipment, necessary materials and plan your travel times to avoid traffic from travelers coming and leaving.
Nothing adds more magic to a holiday than the bright colors and magical display of fireworks. Although fireworks are generally associated with holidays such as New Years and 4th of July, many commercial establishments do have a display of fireworks for Labor Day as well. Check your local listings for scheduling and locations.
Whatever your plans may be this coming Labor Day, make sure you take the time to relax and enjoy quality time with friends and family. Many times we get caught up in life’s daily routines and don’t allot for enough quality moments with those we love. So pick your theme, activities and location and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.