We’ve already revealed the best Labor Day recipes and some of our favorite things to do on LDW, but we’ve left out one key thing: What type of get-together should you throw? We’re not saying that a picnic or barbecue is cliché (we love them), but it might be fun to veer beyond the classic celebrations this year with some different Labor Day party ideas. But the question is, what to do? Pretty soon you’ll be cooped up for the winter, so having it outdoors is a no-brainer. Now that the location is settled, there are so many things you can do in the fresh air (here’s to hoping the weather cooperates). From a festive clambake to a block party, we outlined all the cool things you can do to celebrate Labor Day this year. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
THROW A CLAMBAKE
Summer is all about seafood, and when we say clambake, we’re serious. We’re for building an authentic shallow pit and adding wood and wet seaweed to create a quasi-outdoor grill. You’ll definitely need to serve all the fixings like fresh corn and boiled potatoes, too.
Pro Tip: Make sure you have enough containers to hold the shells and aluminum foil to wrap the veggies in.
HOST AN OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
There’s nothing like hosting all your friends for a Labor Day party under the stars. No chairs needed here; simply throw a mishmash of throw pillows on the grass—the colors will be pretty, and no one will get wet. Other than a screen, you’ll need popcorn and an assortment of candy, along with a good movie. Shall we suggest (500) Days of Summer to stay on theme?
Pro Tip: Keep tissues (if it’s a sad movie) on hand, and use a screen (the blow-up kind is pretty cool).
HAVE A BLOCK PARTY
Whether you know your neighbors well or you just met them, it could be fun to round up the troops and do something as a neighborhood. There’s no better way to make new friends, and you get to celebrate right in your own backyard (or your neighbor’s). When there are so many people, a potluck is the best way to go, and make sure to have a scavenger hunt or contest to keep the kids entertained.
Pro Tip: Make sure to get any necessary permits, designate a parking lot, and figure out the restroom situation.
GO RELAY-RACE CRAZY
What better way to bond as a family than with a relay race? Tailor your games based on whether your fête is adults-only or involving kids (it’s so much fun either way). Options include a three-legged race, an egg toss, a potato sack race, tug-of-war, a hula hooping competition… The options are endless. Make your guests form teams, and ensure that the winning team takes home an awesome prize.
Pro Tip: Have a fun soundtrack, any props you’ll need, a prize for the winners, a first-aid kit (just in case), and a scorekeeper on hand.
PLAN A DANCE PARTY
Channel the dance floor at the best wedding you’ve ever attended—that’s what you want to re-create. Whether you hire a local band to perform or just put together a killer playlist, ensure there’s plenty of space for your guests to let loose. Make sure you take requests—that’s how you’re going to keep your guests’ attention.
Pro Tip: Make sure to have tons of water for hydration, good speakers if you’re using a playlist, and a first-aid kit just in case.
What type of Labor Day party do you have planned for this year? Which theme do you like best? Be sure to tell us in the comments.
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