When the summer is coming to an end, there's only one thing left to do- plan an awesome Labor Day party. Over the years, Labor Day has become a great reason to gather friends and family for one last hoorah to closeout the summer. Whether you are planning on hitting the beach, the lake or celebrating at home, getting together with your favorite people is a must! We've put together a few ideas to help make your planning as stress-free as possible.

Early Invites
Labor Day is the perfect time to squeeze in one last barbecue to end the summer right. Remember, this is a very popular weekend for celebrating, so if you want to host your own party, be sure to send out save the dates/invites as soon as you can. Sending your invites 3-4 weeks in advance will allow your guests to mark their calendars for your party and avoid accepting other invitations for Labor Day.

Think Themes
Hosting a patriotic themed Labor Day party is an obvious choice. Chances are you may still have some fabulous red, white and blue decorations left over from a Memorial Day or Fourth of July party. Re-using decor will help you save money, which is always nice. However, if you want to try something a little different, perhaps a Labor Day White Party would be a fun idea. Ask your guests to wear white when you send out your invitations and you've got a start to a fun Labor Day White Party. To keep the theme going, purchase all white decorations (balloons, plates, flowers, etc.) and incorporate the color into your food and drink menu. It's a pretty simple theme that could easily be pulled off without breaking the bank.

Scrumptious Snacks
You may just want to cook up some good ole fashioned hot dogs and hamburgers for your Labor Day party. After all, those are the barbecue standards. But, if you are looking to take things up a notch - we found some mouth-watering recipes that guests are sure to enjoy. For starters, these Caprese Tomato Bites and Cheeseburger Bites look absolutely amazing! Mix things up with the main course and add dishes like these Barbecue Beef Kabobs or Baja Chicken and Slaw Sliders. If none of these ideas are exactly what you are looking for, stop by a Taste of Home for tons more Labor Day recipe ideas.

Engaging Entertainment
So you created an invite, picked your theme and planned your menu - what's left? Choosing your entertainment of course! No party is complete without fabulous entertainment! If kids will be attending your holiday affair, renting a bounce house would be perfect for your party. Kids love them, and it will give the youngsters a fun activity to enjoy while the adults get some time to mix and mingle. But, don't forget about the grown-ups! Hiring a rock duocountry band or steel drum band would be a nice treat for all of the guests. Good music goes a long way at any event. Adding quality entertainment is a great way to ensure that your end of summer Labor Day bash is a huge success!

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