8 Fun Ideas for a Fabulous Labor Day Party

August 25, 2016

This weekend, the sun will set on the sweet, lazy days of summer and we will usher in fall and all its busyness with a holiday we call Labor Day. Since it's the last hurrah before we have to buckle down and get back to school, why not make it as fun as possible? Here are some super fun ways to bid farewell to summer.

Set up an outdoor movie theater in the backyard and entertain guests with a fun summer-themed flick. If you don't have a TV that you can easily move around, hang a solid white sheet up and use a projector to show the film. 

Scoop ice cream into mason jars and tie little wooden spoons to them with colorful ribbon. You can keep them in the freezer until it's time to serve, or put them in a galvanized bucket with some ice and salt (to keep the ice from melting too quickly) and your friends can grab them as they please.

Let guests get creative with a build-your-own brats or burger bar. Put out traditional condiments like ketchup, mustard, relish, and barbecue sauce, and add more fun and unconventional ingredients like a variety of salsas, sliced red jalapeños, kimchi, guacamole, blue cheese, grilled pineapple, spicy queso, maple bacon, fried onions, you name it.

Even though the idea of not wearing white after Labor Day is completely tired and dated, invite guests to wear all white to commemorate the occasion.

Pick up or make a summery piñata--think watermelon slices, pineapples, or even a colorful cocktail--fill it up with anything from candy to mini plastic bottles of booze, and let your friends go crazy on it. 

Instead of a photo booth, which limits friends to one area, fill a basket with summertime props (think oversized sun hats, those cheesy shutter shade sunglasses, beach balls, leis, and cut-outs of tropical cocktails) and let people take pics wherever they want. 

Fill up your pool with as many cute floaties as possible. No pool? Blow up a bunch of floaties and create a lounge area where your friends can relax and eat. 

Of course, create a summer-themed playlist that includes songs like Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Summer by Calvin Harris, Cruel Summer by Bananarama, and Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran.

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Wordsmith Wednesday: Lugubrious

August 24, 2016

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Friday Favorites

August 19, 2016

Summer vacation is winding down, and I've got just a week and a half left with both of my babies before I have to release my big girl back into the elementary school fray. She's super excited about going into the second grade (in fact, she asked if she could go to school today), which is good news because she's starting at a new school and will have to make friends on her own. Admittedly, I'm slightly less excited--I don't want my babies to grow up! Since I can't keep her home, we'll spend the next week or so continuing to explore our new neighborhood (we've already discovered a favorite new burger joint, and a local mall with a Disney store) and, hopefully, squeezing in some extra hugs and kisses throughout the day. This weekend I've promised her a trip to an ice cream shop that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze their cream and has, not only waffle bowls, but brownie and chocolate bowls as well. Have a fantastic weekend, and God bless!

A swimming pool filled with sprinkles at the Museum of Ice Cream. Sadly, it's in NYC and even more sadly, tickets are sold out.

This gorgeous art deco marble tile. I'd love to have this print on a wrap dress. 

A grilled white pizza with bacon and basil that I'm going to convince my hubby to make soon. 

Super cute DIY sandals

Master bathroom goals. 
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