The Ultimate Labor Day Guide
17 Labor Day Party Ideas
Hosting a Labor Day party? Well, you should. And thanks to us, you can make this one the best yet. Get inspired by these recipes, including a refreshing lemon and basil martini, pasta salad with grilled vegetables, parsley and feta, flank steak with chimichurri and classic chicken sandwiches.
Simple Yet Stunning Cookout Recipes
Light ‘em up people. We’re coming up to the last real weekend of the summer. It's time to finish those summer bags of charcoal in the old Weber or eek out the little bit of gas you have left in the tank. A pro steak, a fancy burger or charred greens—these easy recipes will let you focus on relaxing this weekend.
Last-Minute Labor Day Recipes
End of Summer Dishes
This year, celebrate Labor Day with some delicious summer-time foods before they're out of season. Here, 11 of our favorite Labor Day food ideas, like ricotta crostini with three toppings, grilled antipasto with garlicky bean dip, sweet corn salad with green beans and hazelnuts and grilled lamb skewers with mustard onions.
Practically Labor-Free Dishes
While Labor Day was originally intended to celebrate, well, labor, now it’s come to represent a last gasp of summer vacation, so you don’t want to work too hard. Here are fast and easy recipes that will leave plenty of time for lounging and soaking up as much end-of-summer sun as possible.
Epic Grilled Steaks
Burgers 33 Ways
Best Turkey Burger Recipes
And if you want a leaner take on your burger feast, go the turkey route. And don’t think that just because you’re ditching the red meat that your burgers have to be dry. Try juicey, flavor-packed recipes, like green goddess turkey burgers, barbecue-glazed turkey burgers, Oaxacan turkey burgers with chipotle salad and Thai turkey burgers with crunchy chopped peanuts.
Summer Corn Recipes
Gather all the sweet ears you can in the waning days of summer and make the most of them with 30 of our best recipes.
Vegetarian Dishes to Make for Labor Day
Dips Guaranteed to Keep Everyone Happy
Chances are you’re eating outdoors on Labor Day. That means you definitely need dips and spreads to share at your backyard barbecue or picnic. Fortunately we're serving up incredible recipes like caramelized onion dip, spicy black bean dip with cotija cheese and easy hummus with tahini.
Labor Day Desserts
To conclude your festive feast, you should finish off your Labor Day party with an easy summer dessert. We've got delicious sweets recipes that are perfect for the end of summer like a fresh poached plum tart, extra fudgy quadruple chocolate brownies or a very special farmer's cheesecake with strawberries.
Essential Labor Day Drinking Tips from Cocktail Genius Joe Campanale
Easy, Make-Ahead Party Punches
7 Ways to Use Summer Fruit for Labor Day Cocktails
Best Boozy Seltzers for Labor Day Drinking
It’s clear that flavored seltzer is having a moment—just look at the twenty flavors of La Croix and the recent increased sales of the bubbly Topo Chico. But there are also lots of seltzers out there with a little extra kick. Hard seltzer is fermented—usually with cane sugar instead of malted barley—and the flavoring coming from real fruit. The result? A refreshing alternative to beer. We've rounded up some hard seltzers to try now.
Frozen Drinks to Sip Outside
10 Accessories That Will Up Your Outdoor Drinking Game
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.
15 Outdoor Dining Essentials
You can't let the summer go without making sure you've optimized your backyard situation. This Labor Day, make sure you can go all out with al fresco dining, from full table-and-chairs sets to chic hanging lights. A blend of affordable accents and occasional splurges, our 15 summery picks for outdoor dining will get your backyard dinner party-ready in no time.