Whether you’ve sizzled through summer, counted the days until autumn’s cool relief, or blissfully soaked up the rays for three months, it’s time to give the season a fond farewell. In order to truly toast summer, the government has conveniently given nearly everyone the day off. Labor Day parties can be some of the best of the year. During a summer of social distancing, we’re skipping the guest list and celebrating with our household. With just a few easy tweaks to this classic holiday bash, you can easily (and safely) bid summer adieu! So put your white party pants on one last time and get started!

The summer’s end is the perfect time to move the celebration outside. If you have a spacious backyard that scorching temperatures have made off-limits for most of the season, Labor Day can be the time to reclaim your land. For activities, consider setting up a badminton or volleyball net. Struggling to stay cool in the end-of-summer heat? Grab your hoses, your favorite kiddie pools, and get ready for fun. String some twinkling lights on trees, bring out the speakers, and you’re in business.

End-of-summer Eats

Late-summer fruits and vegetables can be some of the most delicious of the year. For ultimate freshness and to support local farmers, consider incorporating apples, cantaloupes, grapes, huckleberries, potatoes, cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, summer squash, and other seasonally available fruits and veggies into your household’s Labor Day feast. For an easy, high-volume dish, try grilling some summer veggies into a Roasted Potato Zucchini Pizza and Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms. Or opt for an Early Spring Pasta Salad or Chimichurri Avocado Salad—large salads are one of the most delicious, no-fuss dishes. Or complement your classic veggie burgers and brats with simple greens, such as a Gluten-Free Avocado Arugula Salad to pair with your favorite dressing. Oh, and did we mention that limes are ripe at the end of summer? Hello, margaritas!

Labor Day Dessert

It won’t be long before the leaves have fallen and it’s far too cold to enjoy one of summer’s best offerings: ice cream. For your shindig, consider setting up an ice cream bar for you and your housemates. You can have as little to as many ice cream flavors as you wish, including staples such as classic vanilla, sweet strawberry, or peanut butter frozen yogurt. Get adventurous with Key Lime Pie Ice Cream, delicious Coffee Chip FroYo, or fun Coconut Cashew Matcha Ice Cream. For toppings, pick up some sprinkles and chopped nuts to compliment the Rum Caramel Sauce and Coconut Whipped Cream. If you’re feeling extra summery, whip up some Marshmallow-Coconut Cream Popsicles, or take a tip from Chef Chloe with her patriotic ice cream sandwiches. To satisfy those in your home not in the mood for ice cream, an easy Applesauce Cake with Maple Apple Topping will be delicious with fresh apples. All together, your household only Labor Day soirée will be the cherry on top of a fabulous summer.

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