Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. While our first thought is that it’s a day off from work, it really pays tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
With that in mind, Labor Day is the perfect time for a patriotic picnic showcasing red, white, and blue desserts, drinks, and decorations. So hang up your flag, and invite your friends over for one last summer celebration.
Summer is the season for sweet and crunchy cucumbers. Eat them plain, as a chip, dipped in your favorite dressing, or mixed into a delightful salad. Prepare Greek Salad Skewers by adding an olive, feta cheese, and a cucumber slice for a refreshing easy to eat side dish. Your guests will love a Creamy Dilled Cucumber Salad. This seemingly traditional salad will have your guests coming back for seconds. Just mix sliced cucumbers with greek yogurt, dill, and red onions, and you have yourself a colorful and healthy side for your BBQ.
Fire Up the Grill
Make the grill the main attraction at your Labor Day picnic. Cook up a variety of favorites like ribs, chicken, and the traditional hot dog. But this year, your hot dogs will be the star of the show with a gourmet hot dog bar. Grill a variety of sausages and hot dogs and set out all the fixings for your guests to make their own original combination. Your friends will be surprised when they see the unique ingredients you’ve provided including bacon, tater tots, macaroni and cheese, and chili. Add to the gourmet flavors by serving a selection of mustards, ketchups, and relishes. Don’t forget to take pictures of everyone’s gourmet creation!
Wet Your Whistle
In keeping with the patriotic theme, add some strawberries to your water or favorite lemon lime drink for a festive touch. You can also try layering a drink with festive colors. Or, serve a white wine Sangria with fresh berries for a refreshing picnic cocktail.
It’s All Fun and Games
No picnic is complete without some fun and games. Cornhole is a classic for all ages and is especially fun after a few cocktails. Or maybe gather everyone together for a game of tug-of-war. Your guests will work up an appetite for all the great food you’ve prepared. Have a deck of cards or a backgammon game on the table for an impromptu tournament. It’s the simple things that can make the most memories.
Save Room for Dessert
Try a fun twist on dessert with Banana Split Skewers. Simply skewer bananas, pineapple, and strawberries on a stick. Then, drizzle with chocolate sauce and top with peanuts. If you want to dress it up a bit, serve with a side of whipped cream with a cherry on top. This treat is easy to make ahead of time so you can enjoy the fun and games. You might even try a game of corn hole.
Set the Stage
Welcome your guests with some of your favorite red, white, and blue decorations. Set the stage by hanging up your flag. A bunting is a nice touch that adds to the picnic atmosphere. Keep it elegant and simple with centerpieces made of fresh lavender and herbs for the perfect summer touch. Cover your tables with a checkered tablecloth and you are all set for picnic fun.
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