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Host a Labor Day cookout to say goodbye to summer

The end of summer can leave some people feeling down. For many school-age children, returning to class can be a drag and the emergence of cooler temperatures and shorter days can have some yearning for carefree July afternoons. Just because summer is coming to a close does not mean you cannot throw one last fantastic party. Labor Day is typically the unofficial end of the season, and hosting a backyard cookout with all of your friends, family and neighbors that first weekend in September can be a great way to say farewell to the summer.

The first area you'll want to address is selecting invitations that will get your guests excited. Since there is no particular theme associated with Labor Day, you can create your own. However, one of the most common motifs for a party is a beach theme, so one direction you could take with announcements is to send ones out are adorned with plenty of images of sand and surf. Of course, a beach party is not the only route with which you can go. You could select personalized invitations featuring some bright colors and an individual message, which will work just as well.

Once you've sent out invitations, you'll want to turn your attention toward purchasing wonderful decorations for your Labor Day bash. If you are looking to continue with the seaside theme, why not add some beach decor? A silk flower deck fringe is a great start, and will certainly complement the outdoor setting of your party. To match the fringe around your deck, hang a raffia table skirt and watch as guests get in the summer mood.

Of course, there are plenty of other decorations needed in order to make sure your shindig is a hit. Since your party is likely to go into the evening hours, you should think about hanging some colorful lanterns throughout your backyard as a fun way to provide lighting once the sun goes down. Since fall is approaching, choosing some more festive hues, such as oranges and browns, could be a good touch. Finally, don't forget to arrange some tiki torches to provide a soft, warming glow that can add a relaxing aura to the get-together.

With decorations and invitations out of the way, you'll want to focus on acquiring sufficient supplies. It just would not be a Labor Day party without a cookout, so make sure that you are well-stocked with paper plates, napkins and cups. Consider purchasing supplies in a color that reflects the time of the year,such as red and yellow.

To throw a unique twist on the gathering, why not provide your guests glow necklaces, bracelets and sticks? Your attendees will certainly love donning the bright accessories once the sun goes down.

Just because the summer is almost over does not mean you have to sacrifice having fun. Pulling off a successful Labor Day weekend bash will surely give your guests a time to fondly look back on when the winter doldrums have them feeling blue.

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