How to Have a Small Labor Day Gathering

Get ready to kick back and relax—your 3-day weekend is almost here! We have ideas for a safe, socially distant celebration.

Ready or not, here it comes: the end of summer. While this year’s preparations may look a little bit different, we’re still getting ready to trade our sandals for school supplies and our pasta salads for pumpkin spice.

But before we make the switch, let’s have one last hurrah. Send summer off in style with a socially distant Labor Day celebration. Here’s how to plan a small, safe gathering. Our first tip? Get the party started with these Labor Day decorations.

Small-Batch Labor Day Recipes

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Labor Day is the perfect time to whip up all of your summer favorites. Put your grill to work—and don’t forget to utilize all of that garden-fresh produce.

  • Party of Four: Keep your gathering low-key by cooking for just the fam. We love these Labor Day recipes that serve four people.
  • Bite-Sized Apps: Kick off your celebration with a tasty appetizer or two. Small-batch snacks, dips, finger foods—you name it, we’ve got it.
  • Must-Try Mains: Grilled? Slow-cooked? Oven-baked? No matter how you want to prepare your meal, find a delicious main course for your Labor Day feast.
  • Super Sides: In our humble opinion, summer is all about the sides. I mean what kind of picnic doesn’t have potato salad, baked beans and grandma’s secret pasta salad? Find all of your favorites (and more!) with these small-batch sides.
  • Festive Desserts: We know Labor Day isn’t quite as exciting as the 4th of July, but it’s still a good excuse to whip up a red, white and blue treat. Or, take advantage of fresh summer peaches, berries or cherries. Find a dessert idea the whole family will love with these small-batch ideas.

What to Do on Labor Day

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The one thing you need to do on Labor Day? Relax. Whether that means hanging with the fam or hitting the snooze button a few extra times, spend your extra day sneaking in some TLC.  Here are our top ideas:

  • Go for a Family Bike Ride: Start your day with some good ol’ fashioned fun. Now’s the time to explore your neighborhood and get some fresh air.
  • Bake Up Something Sweet: Feeling a little anxious about the new school year? Baking is our stress-busting activity of choice. Pull out a recipe (these are some of our favorites) and get ready to knead, mix, whip and stir your stress away.
  • Kick Back on the Patio: Whether you’re a hammock person or more suited for an Adirondack chair, use your day off to enjoy some quality time on the patio. Go ahead and take a little nap, too—we won’t tell.
  • Mix Some Drinks: Even though it’s in September, Labor Day can still be pretty hot. Cool off with a cocktail, lemonade, sangria or one of these summer sippers.

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As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.