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Say Goodbye to Summer with a Labor Day Cookout

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Since it was declared a federal holiday in 1894, Labor Day has been synonymous with celebration and relaxation. It also marks the unofficial end of summer, giving hardworking Americans the chance to sit back, put up their feet, and enjoy a break before the cooler weather sets in.

Fireworks and parades are often staples of this holiday, but arguably the most quintessential Labor Day activity is a cookout or barbecue. While crowds are out for many places this year, a backyard barbeque works even if it’s just for the ones you live with. If you’re cooking out this year and want to create the perfect spot for it, consider ideas and inspiration from Twin Star Home® to create an outdoor gathering to remember.

Invite Friends and Family for Labor Day

Though you can enjoy the holiday alone, what better way to unwind than in the company of family and maybe a couple of good friends? A cookout is a perfect opportunity to rest and enjoy the fruits of your labor, all while staying socially distanced. This year, enjoy conversation and great eats while unwinding on a comfy patio set that offers room to spread out (like the one shown below). Whether it’s on your porch, by your pool, or on the lawn, you and your loved ones will have plenty of room to lounge in comfort and celebrate the day together.

A set of white outdoor furniture with white frames including two club chairs and a sofa, plus coffee table, all in front of brilliant blue water
An outdoor seating group can offer a great way to be together while spreading out.

Highlight Home-Cooked Meals

Labor Day isn’t just about relaxation – it’s also about appreciating the efforts of hard workers, including the chef at your cookout! Enjoy their delicious home-cooked barbeque or desserts on a picnic blanket or, better yet, around an outdoor dining set, like the one shown below. And be sure the cook knows that their hard work is appreciated (and tastes great). If you really want to make the cook feel loved, offer to help with the dishes and clean-up so they can take a break, too.

A round outdoor dining set with six chairs with green cushions
The right outdoor dining set makes dining in your backyard feel special.

Keep It Cool this Labor Day

Though fall is approaching, Labor Day has a history of hot weather. While you’re relaxing, spending quality time with family, and appreciating a tasty meal, remember to stay cool. Not only are sunburns uncomfortable and unhealthy, they can put a damper on good times. The fun lasts longer if it happens in the shade and when you apply an SPF of 30 or higher.

Create a shady oasis for Labor Day with an 11’ cantilever umbrella, like the one shown below . A quality umbrella like this one is a versatile tool that can be placed by the grill to keep your cook cool or keep your dining area out of the sun. You can even position it over seating by the swimming pool so you and your guests can enjoy the warm temperatures without the sting from the sun.

A soft orange cantilever outdoor umbrella in the middle of a paved walkway
An umbrella can protect you from the sun and keep the fun going.

When the weather’s hot, though, shade isn’t the only thing you need to keep everyone cool. Make sure to hydrate – and not just with beer or frozen margaritas. A cooler of fresh lemonade, a bowl of punch, and a few pitchers of infused ice water are easy to make, and they’re perfect complements to any barbeque. They’ll also keep you cool and hydrated so you can enjoy the day safely.

Remember Something for the Kids

For many children, Labor Day is the last big summer holiday before they head back to school. Make sure it’s a fun one by planning something for the kids at your cookout to enjoy.

To make the day fun, plan some fun games that keep kids spread out like cornhole, croquet, or sack races. You can even let them dress up and stage their own Labor Day Parade at home for the other guests. And don’t forget the ice cream! Using a kitchen cart, you can make a sundae bar complete with everyone’s favorite toppings and easily roll it away when the party is done.

Watch Some Fireworks

Finally, close out the day with a traditional Labor Day celebration. The festivities don’t end when the sun goes down – they’ve only just started! Fireworks have been part of Labor Day for almost as long as the holiday has existed. Take part in the tradition by ending your cookout with a trip to see a local fireworks display, or go inside to watch one on your television.

If you can’t find any fireworks this year, don’t fear – you can still enjoy an evening outdoors. Gather everyone around a glowing fire pit instead to share memories, laughter, and even toasting marshmallows to make s’mores. Bump up the experience with some reflective fire glass for a sparkle that will make your nighttime celebrations even more special.

Plan Your Labor Day Cookout Today

With these must-have furnishings and accessories, you and your loved ones can plan the perfect Labor Day celebration and relax in style. Now is the perfect time to start planning. For even more tips and tricks to make your Labor Day unforgettable, subscribe to the Twin Star Home® email newsletter today.