Who would turn down the chance to celebrate the U.S.A with a festive, outdoor gathering on a summer afternoon?
Of course, we’d all love to be the worry-free guest at a Labor Day bash, but hosting it can be a totally different story. If you’re feeling stressed about planning a patriotic party this year, you’re in luck. We’ve discovered the very best DIY party ideas for Labor Day to make your planning process a piece of cake.
Light up the grill, hang the streamers, break out the lawn games and get ready for a memorable day with friends and family.
String Lights and Dollar Store Streamers
Mix some patriotic streamers with a set of string lights fora striking outdoor patio setup. When the sun starts to set, switch on the lights to set the mood for the rest of the night and let your guests know the party’s not over! You can buy a pack of streamers (for literally $1) at Dollar Tree here.
2. Labor Day BBQ Party Invitations
Let your guests know they’re invited to your bash with Labor Day-themed party invites! Sending invitations may be a little old fashioned these days, but they’re cute and official and why not? Find custom made Labor Day invites at Etsy here.
3. Backyard Beer-Barrow
Ditch the ordinary cooler and create a unique ice cooler for your cold beverages. It’s truly as easy as adding ice to a wheelbarrow and then placing your beverages like so. Don’t have a wheelbarrow? No problem. Check out these great wheelbarrows from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
4. Glazed Kielbasa Bites
Start your guests off with an app that perfectly combines savory with sweet. These bite size snacks are easy to make and fun to serve. Pineapple and kielbasa skewers? Yes please! See the full recipe here.
5. Mini Corn Dogs with Chipotle Ketchup
Or, go for an app that’s more traditional. Corn dogs are absolutely a staple of the American diet (sad, but true) and you really can’t go wrong serving these at an American-themed summer party. See the full recipe here.
6. Giant Game of Jenga
Skip out on the typical lawn games and opt for a giant game of Jenga. It’s super easy to make and you can paint it red, white and blue to fit the theme of your holiday party. See the full “how-to” here.
7. Giant Kerplunk!
If Jenga’s not your thing, try a giant-sized game of Kerplunk! Seriously, who came up with this? We’d like to thank them personally. Read the full “how-to” for this game here.
8. Solo Cup Sparklers
Who knew red solo cups were good for more than just beer?! You can make these cute party favors by simply turning the cup upside down and placing the sparkler in a small hole at the bottom of the cup.
9. Red, White and Blue Mason Jars
Of course, every great DIY party requires some sort of mason jar craft. Complete this budget-friendly, Labor Day themed craft and use the jars as centerpieces for your table setup! See the full instructions here.
10. Patriotic Paper Chain Decor
Kids love to get in on crafting, so why not enlist them as part of your decorating team? This project is a simple yet classic approach to holiday decor and it will always be well-received at holiday parties of any kind.
11. Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktails
Champagne is appropriate for celebrations of all kinds, but this cute and simple drink recipe sweetens up the taste and provides a unique twist on a basic party cocktail. See more details here.
12. Root Beer Floats
Why not give the kids a sweet and tasty beverage, too? This one’s non-alcoholic of course, but there’s nothing more American than a delicious old-fashioned root beer float. Use mason jars as glasses and provide the root beer in glass bottles for both a classic and timeless treat.
13. Gourmet Burger Bar
When it comes to outdoor grilling, the theme of your party can get lost in the casual atmosphere. Instead of piling burgers and dogs onto one big plate and providing guests with over-sized condiment bottles, set up a buffet-style burger bar! Swap the commercially packaged condiments for glass jars and bowls and provide your guests unlimited options for toppings. You can decorate your burger bar however you’d like – whether it be laid back or more upscale. See more details about this set up here.
14. Terra-Cotta Condiment Serving Dishes
Guacamole? Salsa? Burger toppings and condiments? Whatever sides or add-ons you wish to offer at your party, they can all fit perfectly into terra-cotta pots. These “serving dishes” are cheap and much more elegant than paper dishes or plastic packaging.
15. Grilled Potato Wedges
Swap out the bag of high-sodium frozen French fries for a more authentic side, like these easy homemade grilled potato wedges. These delicious “chips” are grilled rather than deep fried and they turn out crispy and golden brown. Yum! See the full recipe here.
16. End-of-Summer Sharing Map
Labor Day weekend marks the end of the prime summer months, so why not use it as an excuse to brag about your summer activities? Hang a large map on a vacant wall and provide sticky notes or labels for your guests to mark their travels and favorite memories from summer. Afterward, the map can be used as a keepsake and a standard for future holiday parties!
17. “Bug Off” Bug Spray Basket
Mosquitoes don’t stand a chance at your Labor Day party. Bugs can be put a real damper on a great day once the evening approaches and the temperature cools. Keep the fun rolling by protecting your guests from bites and bothersome bugs!
18. Patriotic Mason Jar Candles
Once the sun starts to set, light up your outdoor party area with these patriotic mason jar candles. Place them alongside a deck railing, around the patio or as table centerpieces for a beautiful, red, white and blue glow!
19. Labor Day Pie Pops
Time for dessert! After dinner, feed your guests sweet tooth with an out-of-the-box treat. Instead of serving full-size berry pies, opt to serve these adorable mini pie pops! See the full recipe here.
20. Blueberry Cabernet Poptails
What better combination than blueberries, wine and cheesecake? Boozy popsicles are definitely a trend worth embracing and this dessert is a perfect adults-only treat to serve at your event! Get the full recipe here.
21. Build-Your-Own S’mores Bar
Who doesn’t love to wrap up a great night s’mores? Set up a s’mores bar with divided graham crackers, chocolates, marshmallows and any other fun ingredients you’d like to offer! Gathering around a fire is soothing and memorable. Your guests are guaranteed to leave your event on a happy note.
22. End of the Night Party Favors
As your guests say their goodbyes and make their way toward the exit, provide them with customized mini party favors as a “thank you” for showing up. When they can leave your party with something tangible as a memory, they’ll never forget about all the fun they had!
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