In many places across the country, school is already back in session. It’s hard to believe September is just a few short weeks away along with the unofficial end of summer – Labor Day! What better way to end the months of fun-in-the-sun than by safely celebrating with delicious food, refreshing drinks and yard games? So today we’re sharing with you our tips for planning your Labor Day simply and efficiently, along with a few ideas for delicious recipes and festive décor!
Step 1: Connecting with Friends & Family
Holidays are a great time to connect with friends and family from all over. Following the color scheme for this patriotic holiday is both easy and affordable. With a plain white envelope, a fun printable and some red, white and blue washi tape, you can send your Labor Day letters for little to no cost, depending on what you already have lying around the house. If you want to take your letters a step further, check out our patriotic return address stamps!
Step 2: Plan Your Menu
Labor Day has a reputation for good times and great food. If you’re in charge of the menu for your Labor Day celebration, here are some easy summer-inspired recipes that you can make in honor of this fun-filled day:
- Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
- The Best Homemade Mac & Cheese
- BBQ Chicken Skewers
- Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches
And of course, no Labor Day would be complete without refreshing, summer-inspired drinks. We’ll share our favorite strawberry & mint lemonade that can be made with or without alcohol, so everyone in your household can enjoy it:
Refreshing Strawberry & Mint Lemonade
For this drink you’ll need your favorite lemonade, fresh mint, strawberries, lemon, ice and vodka if you choose. You’ll also need mason jars or a tall glass to serve the drinks in.
- In a mason jar, combine the lemonade, the optional vodka, a few sliced strawberries and mint leaves. Muddle the fruit until it’s slightly mashed.
- Next, fill the mason jar with ice and add the rest of the mint and berries.
- Top with more lemonade, vodka and a sliced lemon.
Then, sit back, relax and enjoy your Labor Day with a refreshing glass of your handcrafted beverage!
Step 3: Choose Your Decor
Planning around a red, white and blue-themed holiday could not be easier! There are so many things you can do to add a patriotic-look to your house or yard. We love to buy inexpensive decorations and turn them into something special. For example, simple red, white and blue streamers can be purchased from your local dollar store. Hang them across a doorway or your outdoor bushes, add some string lights and your yard will be instantly that much more festive.
Step 4: Safely Socializing
If you do plan to socialize and meet up with friends or family this labor day, be sure to follow safety and social distancing guidelines. Here are some tips to keep your Labor Day celebration safe:
- Make sure to keep your guest list to a minimum to avoid crowded gatherings
- Host your small get together outdoors to allow for proper social distancing and to take advantage of the end-of-summer weather
- Don’t forget your mask! Stay safe and spirited with an American flag or Labor Day themed face mask!
With August coming to a close, it’s time to start planning the perfect Labor Day weekend. We hope you’re inspired to put together a celebration that’s safe and full of Labor Day spirit! Happy Labor Day from Simply Stamps!