9 Not-Boring Things to Bring to a Labor Day Party
Labor Day brings about the confluence of two wonderful events: a day off from work and a party you don't have to host. Of course, as a considerate invitee, you will bring something to share with your fellow partygoers, right? But instead of facing a table full of Lay’s chips, Two Buck Chuck and store-bought cookies, here are some worth-the-effort upgrades to your typical BYO fare.
Instead of Chips
Bring gourmet popcorn. Flavored oils, spices and other mix-ins will add depth to the finger food selection. You could even bring extra toppings along and let people customize their own blend. For house parties, a Whirley Pop gets everyone excited for the freshly popped kernels, or a simple popcorn popper can even allow on-the-spot popping for bonfires and barbecues alike.
Instead of Beer
Instead of Store-Bought Desserts
Instead of Wine
Bring sangria. The added step of putting some fresh fruit into a pitcher and chilling this the night before to meld the flavors will be much more party-ready than a simple bottle of Barefoot.
Instead of a Veggie Platter
Instead of Liquor
Instead of Ice Cream
Instead of Watermelon
Bring gazpacho. A chilly watermelon and tomato soup can be kept cool in a thermos or a pitcher on ice. Bring a sleeve of Dixie cups along for easy sipping.
Instead of Nothing
Bring games. First of all, don't be the crappy person who brings nothing to a party. And if you're really pressed for shopping time or just don't have the finances, check your closet for your board and lawn games collection. Jenga, Frisbees, or corn hole will give everyone something to do when the conversation runs dry.