Ring in the first weekend of September with a bash your family and friends will never forget. With proper planning, your barbecue is sure to be a hit! We have just a few tips on how to throw your best Labor Day party yet. From decorating to music choice, a good end of summer bash just needs a few final touches for perfection.
Decorate Your Space
Make your barbecue location festive with eye-catching decorations. Start by choosing a theme or color scheme. You can then find balloons, napkins, plates, silverware and Labor Day flowers that coordinate.
Create a Menu Everyone Will Love
Arguably, the food is the highlight of a barbecue. To make sure there are dishes all your guests can enjoy, make your event a potluck. While a traditional barbecue is not complete without hot dogs and hamburgers, it is always great to serve new flavors and recipes.
Be sure to keep your guests entertained throughout the barbecue, especially if there will be some younger barbecue-goers. If there is no pool for swimming, water balloons and slip-and-slides are other fun ways to stay cool in the summer heat. You can also put out some festive arts-and-crafts that will be fun to make and a nice memento from the day.
Play a Fun Playlist
Nothing gets a party started like good music! Choose songs ahead of time that will keep your guests in a feel-good mood so that during the barbecue you can focus on grilling, rather than changing the music. If you do not know what to play, queue up pre-made playlists on music streaming services like Pandora or Spotify.
Protect Against Bugs
Nobody wants to grab fruit salad after watching flies walk all over it or spend the entirety of an outdoor event being swarmed by bees. Make sure to cover all of the food to avoid unwanted pests in your dishes. You can also use citronella candles and marigolds for centerpieces on the tables, as both give off a scent that bugs find unpleasant.
While throwing a barbecue may seem stressful, it does not have to be. By preparing for everything in advance, your event will run smoothly and you will be able to enjoy yourself alongside your guests.