The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, and who we have to thank for its creation is hotly disputed.
Of course you'll want your party outside, if possible. This means citronella candles and covers for food dishes in order to keep our buzzing, flying friends from inviting themselves. Decorations are traditionally red, white and blue themed, but you could also have late-summer flower arrangements. Work is the last thing we want to think about on Labor Day, but you can create job-related decorations such as chips served in a briefcase or arrange Ken and Barbie in business or work attire on the table. If your party lasts into the evening, light tiki torches, candles in hurricane lamps or hang sparkly lights.
You want to have fun at your own party, so do as much preparation as possible beforehand, and keep the menu simple. It's hard to improve on grilled burgers and hotdogs, but here are some suggestions from Allrecipes.com to keep things interesting, including hot dog men. If you're lucky, your guests will ask "What should I bring?" That's when you suggest a side dish or dessert. Also, you might have lots of garden edibles by now, so check out these fresh tomato and zucchini recipes and tips for freezing and storage.
Since you don't want your friends and loved ones to get food poisoning, be sure to keep food refrigerated as along as possible and serve in bowls nested in larger bowls containing ice - in the shade if possible.
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