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Celebrate the End of Summer and Labor Day Weekend with a No Labor, Labor Day Party!

The Labor Day holiday was created to honor workers for all their efforts.  These days, everyone appreciates the three day weekend and the extra day to relax!  So no one wants to spend that extra day slaving over party planning, decorating, and cooking.  But, it’s still possible to enjoy the holiday with your friends without over-exerting yourself!  With a little preplanning you can throw a Labor Day party that is fun for everyone, including you! 

Let your friends know it’s time to stop working and come over for a relaxing Labor Day party with fun personalized patriotic invitations!  The best day to have it is the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, which falls right in the middle of the holiday weekend, giving you one day before the party to get ready and still leaves you the day after the party to relax before heading back to the daily grind of work!  Your guests will appreciate having an extra day off to recover from your party as well. 

The key to having a Labor Day party that isn’t too labor intensive is to spread the work around!  Make the party a potluck and ask your guests to each bring a dish to pass.   To ensure you don’t wind up with seven chocolate cakes or four potato salads, consider assigning specific types of dishes to certain people.  For instance, have one group bring desserts, another handle side items, while someone else provides appetizers.  If you can have all the appetizers, sides, and desserts covered, that just leaves you to handle the main course and the beverages.  For the main course, if you’re looking for something super easy, order some fried chicken from the local deli and pick it up the morning of the party.  It can be kept warm in the oven and requires zero preparation on your part!  Another simple idea that is always a crowd pleaser is hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill.  You can buy premade hamburger patties at the grocery store, or the local butcher shop if you want something a little more high-class, and all you need to do is man the grill.  Again, this is a tasty option that requires very little pre-party preparation.  Once the sun goes down, light up the fire pit to ward off the end of summer chill and bring out the marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and other s’mores fixings! 

When you’re planning your decorations for your Labor Day party, you can still set up a festive party space without having to put in a lot of work.  Traditionally Labor Day parties have a patriotic theme, which can work well for your party.  Stock up on plenty of patriotic paper goods to serve up your food on, like Americana paper plates and coordinating napkins.  You can add a festive touch to your table decorations with red, white, and blue balloons with American flag balloon weights as well.  Add some red, white, and blue paper lanterns and your party space will be ready to go in no time! 

To encourage your guests to lounge around and relax at your no-labor Labor Day party, have plenty of seating available, like lounge chairs, beanbag chairs, deck chairs, and towels they can spread out on the lawn.  If you’ve got a hammock or two, even better!  Or course you might want to have some activities planned as well.  Enjoy those final days of summer with outdoor activities like volleyball, horseshoes, lawn darts, and touch football.  And for those who want to keep up with the low-key vibe you’ve created, set out plenty of board games to play!  Nothing beats a rousing game of Uno, Monopoly, or Apples to Apples! 

As the summer winds down your no-labor Labor Day party will give you a perfect chance to get together with your friends and enjoy one more evening cooking on the grill, gathered around the fire pit, and celebrating the fact that you can have a good time with very little effort on your part! 

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