Guest Writer: Kryin Sowah
Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer it is a celebration to the laborers of America. This holiday is an ode to you and all of your hard work throughout the long year, so why not celebrate? But throwing a party with your friend’s family and co-workers may seem like a daunting task at first. However here are some tips that won’t have you laboring on Labor Day!
The first thing one must do for a successful Labor Day party is to get the word out, simply sending a mass email to all the wanted attendees could suffice. But an email invitation may be over looked in a crowded inbox of spam mail. Also may lack the feeling of a genuine invitation. With that being said, sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Actually mailing an invite card to the guests may acquire a slight bit of effort and thoughtfulness in the preparations. The contents of the e-vite or card is up to the host, just remember to keep the message short and simple. Also mention that it will be a “potluck” meaning the guests bring a dish of their own this will save you precious time and money. Having prior knowledge of the guests culinary strengths can help determine what they should bring can give an idea of what foods will be available.
After sending invitations and knowing who can and can’t attend, creating a light menu is the next step. The menu does not have to be anything fancy or elaborate considering the guests are providing most of the food. However it is expected that the host creates something to eat. Having said that grilling meats, vegetables or making a refreshing drink may require less work and yield the most benefit due to the simplicity of the task. On a side note, cooking may not be your forte but try to avoid store bought dishes nothing says lack of effort more than a pre-made dish from the super market.
Lastly creating the ambiance of the party, this step is crucial but can be achieved in many ways. The most simple of those ways is to play some music. That’s right, don’t be afraid of showing off that sweet outdoor surround sound or stereo! Because what’s a party without some nice tunes? Even if you do not have a sound system, see if you can borrow a friend’s iPod doc. Also try to play some music that’s fitting of the mood you know everyone’s going to enjoy. Another way to create the right ambiance is to set the time of the party in the late afternoon this is beneficial in multiple ways. By staging the party later in the day this will not only give you more time to prepare, and avoiding the heat of high noon it will also allow you and you’re guests to experience a pleasant sky full of colors from the fleeing sun.
Creating the ideal Labor Day party doesn't mean to labor don’t forget to keep it fun and keep it simple and you will for have a Labor Day weekend to remember.