7 Labor Day Party Ideas

The proverbial summertime clock is winding down, and soon it’ll be fall’s turn! Coming up soon is one of the last big hurrahs of the season: Labor Day! Whether you want to host a backyard barbecue or just enjoy a little get together with friends and family, you might need some tips on activities to take part in on your Labor Day weekend! Check out our picks for Labor day and get the creative party juices flowing.


1. Outdoors movie night

There’s no denying that movie nights are the best! Why not enjoy a few flicks on the lawn? Pick up a projector, screen and speakers and you’re good to go! You can enjoy your favorite movies with your friends and family right on the lawn. And if you haven’t fully decked out your backyard to have the consummate movie night, there’s still time. If you’re sporting a bigger budget, you can go for some comfy outdoor lounge chairs, but if you’re pockets aren’t as heavy as you like, you could always wrestle up some throw pillows and a comfy blanket.

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2. Horseshoes

Why not have a little fun with some outdoor activities? The barrier to entry is pretty low with horseshoes! Get a spike to drive into the ground and a handful of horseshoes and you’re ready to have some fun. Consider painting your horseshoes for a little extra festivity! Plus the whole family can join in, which could be a nice departure from the exclusivity of a pong tournament.

3. Corn hole

The hilariously named game that everybody loves to play! You can pick up a couple of boards and beanbags on the cheap to play with friends and family. Have hours of fun tossing the beanbags back and forth and trying to score a bag in the other team’s hole!

4. Tug of war

Tug of war is one of the cheapest games to get into! Get a long enough rope and a few people on each side and you’ve got everything you need to enjoy a giggly mess of people pulling one another back and forth. Pick up some spray paint or sidewalk chalk to draw a line between the two teams so that you know when one side has lost!

5. Roast s’mores

This is an all-time favorite for any outdoor activity, from camping to big parties! Graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars are all you need—plus a nice open fire, of course—to put together some delicious treats for your guests to enjoy. If you’re wanting to class the fire up a bit, you could always check out one of those fancy, stone-framed fire pits: as impressive as they are pretty.

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Smores | Autumn Mott

6. Catching fireflies in a jar

If you live in the southern portion of the States, you’re familiar with fireflies—or, colloquially, lightening bugs—and you probably remember gathering them in jars in summers past! This can be a super fun activity to get people up on their feet and laughing as they try to catch this quick little bugs.

7. Music, live or otherwise

If you have musically inclined pals, why not set up a little stage made out of wooden pallets, rig up a microphone with an extension cord, and enjoy a night of music? Get your guests dancing alone or with each other! If you don’t know anybody with a modicum of musical talent, set up a Bluetooth speaker and enjoy a playlist of your favorite music together! And if you’re still haboring vestiges of the 90s, you could pop in some old CDs and relive the good ol’ days.

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Music + Friends | Jon Tyson

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Author: Billie Hauk

24-year-old Tennessee local yokel, part-time LGBTQ+ journalist and blogger.

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