How to Host a Top-Notch Labor Day Cookout in Your Backyard

by Ben SanfordSeptember 4, 2017

5 Tips for Hosting This Year’s Labor Day Backyard Party

After a streak of scorching days, summer is finally winding down and Labor Day is fast approaching. A holiday to honor the American labor movement, Oregon was actually the first state to recognize Labor Day as an official holiday. But, don’t limit your celebrations to back to school shopping, mattress sales, and a three-day weekend. You deserve a day off! And what better way to spend it than throwing a top-notch cookout in your own backyard?

If you’re looking to throw your first Labor Day cookout in your new home, or to impress your friends in your newly landscaped backyard, we’ve got a few key tips on hosting the perfect backyard cookout that your friends will be talking about for ages.
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Utilize Your Kitchen

Food is the star of any backyard gathering, so make sure to plan appropriately and cook enough food for all your guests—even some unexpected ones. No one will notice your new patio deck if they are strategizing on how to survive off your garden plants.

For starters, consider prepping as much food as you can the day or night before. The more you’ve prepared ahead of time, the more time you have to mingle with your guests. Here are some easy appetizer ideas to get you motivated.

Also S’mores. Don’t forget those – with summer nearly over, this could be your last official chance to indulge in the campfire treats.
how to throw the best labor day cookout

Speaking of Unexpected—Prepare Your Backyard Party for Any Scenario

Watch out for mosquitoes, flies, and ants. Stock up on mesh coverings for your tasty dishes or light citronella candles to help stave off uninvited pests.

The weather can change unexpectedly, so you need to think about having a canopy for a rainy day, an outdoor fan for hot and humid climates, or a fire pit for a drop in nighttime temperatures. These backyard accessories can be used again and again as you continue to entertain guests throughout the year.

Don’t be blown away by sudden gusts of wind, and remember that things like decorative rocks can make great weights for napkins and tablecloths. Or you can get creative and try to make your own weights.

Build Community While Backyard BBQ-ing

Why not invite the neighbors to join your soiree? Getting to know your neighbors is a great way to create a safer and friendlier community that all of the homeowners can enjoy. Suggesting a potluck, or asking people to bring over their favorite outdoor games will ensure everyone feels included and has a great time.

Some tried and true lawn games include: corn hole, bocce ball, and Frisbee, or try one of these DIY backyard lawn games.

Pick a Labor Day Cookout Theme

Just because it’s Labor Day doesn’t mean you have to stick to the classic red, white, and blue. Here are some unique ideas for backyard party themes.

A good theme also means a signature cocktail. Everybody loves a margarita! The night before, mix up a large batch of your favorite cocktails, so they are ready to go at party time. Then, provide funky glassware like mason jars or jelly glasses to get everyone in the party mood.
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Take Your Backyard Cookout From Day to Night

Tiki torches, Chinese sky lanterns, or classic light strings will create the perfect atmosphere for any outdoor party after the sun sets. And don’t forget the music! Use your favorite streaming service to cast to an outdoor Bluetooth speaker for high-quality, portable music – you’ll have people dancing in no time.

Don’t Forget to Enjoy Your Backyard

Throwing a party can be stressful, but with a little preparation and creativity, it can be a rewarding experience. Remember to take time to mingle with your guests, eat some of your tasty creations, and have tons of fun!

If you are ready to become a patio party extraordinaire, start looking for homes in your city.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.