FUN, CREATIVE WAYS TO CELEBRATE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES
Labor Day is a time to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of the change of seasons, but the best part of this 3-day weekend is the extra time to spend together with your loved ones. Check out fun Labor Day party ideas that require minimal travel and fun for all.
Glamp it Up
Make the most of your 3-day weekend by decorating your backyard with outdoor “glamping” materials that will practically have you tasting those fall s’mores.
String white lights across trees or yard items to create that magical forest look (breaking out those Christmas lights will do fine!) and throw down a large blanket with cozy pillows.
Add a few lanterns (kid-friendly flameless ones are great!) and you’re glamping in style!
Set Goals with Your Kids
If you have kids old enough to talk, they might already have big dreams of growing up to be a ballerina, doctor, or heck, future President. Start a tradition each Labor Day recording what they want to be when they grow up. You’ll cherish the memories for years to come and it will help them to recognize their passions and set their goals as they grow.
Talk about what Labor Day means to them, and our freedom as Americans to be able to choose what we want to do when we grow up, and help them find their passions.
Healthy Patriotic Treats
Berries are a healthy and delicious snack to set up for patriotic nibbles. Give your kiddos the opportunity to try new healthy foods by picking out berries that may be new to their tastebuds. Create a patriotic platter by alternating blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries,and add some sliced apple for red and white. Yum
Sweet Treat: Thread 4 blueberries, 2 mini-marshmallows and 2 raspberries on five 10-inch wooden sticks. On the remaining seven sticks, thread 4 raspberries and 3 marshallows to create this all-American treat.
Arts & Crafts: The Classic Balloon Game
Turn simple arts and crafts into your own patriotic balloon game!
- 2 paper plates
- Red, white and blue paint
- Paint brushes
- Masking tape
- Red and blue balloons
- 2 large popsicle sticks
Have the kids paint red, white and blue stripes on the curved side of two paper plates. (Tip: Use different paint brushes for each color so you don’t have to constantly keep cleaning the brushes.)
Allow the plates to dry. Time Tip: If you are constructing this craft at the beginning of the weekend, make this a two-part project and place a large, heavy book on top of them overnight after they have dried to prevent them from curling up.
Use the masking tape to attach the large popsicle sticks to the backs of both plates.
Blow up the balloons and you are ready to play! Allow the kids to swat the balloon back and forth to each other, or give each child one paddle and one balloon and see who can use the paddle to keep their balloon up in the air the longest. It can be surprisingly entertaining to watch the kids (and adults!) twist and jump to keep the balloon from hitting the ground!