Labor Day BBQ Party Ideas: Invitations, Decorations, Entertainment

    The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. Over 100 years later, we are still celebrating American workers with street parades, festivals, and barbecue parties. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and take a break from the daily grind. Many people choose to host their own Labor Day party rather than attending a festival or parade. If you’re planning on throwing a Labor Day party this year, check out these ideas on invitations, decorations, and entertainment for a memorable Labor Day celebration.


    Not only are invitations important to give your guests essential information about your party, but they also make great keepsakes for memory boxes or scrapbooks. First you should decide whether you want to send invitations via traditional mail or the internet, or both. Evite has a gallery of Labor Day invitation templates that you can choose from and then tailor to your specific party. Make sure to fill out all of the customizable fields once you choose your template, including the event title, phone number, and the address of your event venue. Finally, choose the RSVP style that best suits your party.

    Another route you can go is printing your own custom invitation and sending them in the mail. Etsy and Martha Stewart are great websites to search for custom invite ideas. If you have a printer at home, simply print out your invites by yourself and send them off! If you don’t have a printer, head to your local copy store and have them print out your invitations on high quality card stock.

    How to Decorate

    Decorating your event space for this holiday doesn't need to be complicated. Here are some quick and easy decorating ideas for your Labor Day party:

    Floral Theme

    Deck out your party with tons of flowers and bouquets to transform an ordinary area into a breathtaking event space. Go for a signature look by picking different flowers of one color and put them in a bouquet for a stylish and sophisticated look. Alternatively, you can choose an assortment of different colored flowers to create a fresh and vibrant party. If you have your own flower garden, you can save some money by picking your own flowers, or if you don’t have your own garden, visit your nearest florist to pick out your favorite bouquets. If you want to reuse your flower decorations, consider going to a craft store and purchasing some silk flowers that you can use again and again. Choose an assortment of different vases to display the flowers around your home.

    Red, White, and Blue

    Since Labor Day is only celebrated in America, it’s considered a patriotic holiday just like the Fourth of July. The red, white, and blue theme is also relatively low maintenance, simply use the decorations left over from Independence Day. To keep it classy, opt for paper lanterns and flowers rather than balloons and streamers. Buy some paper plates and napkins in red, white and blue for a subtle color theme as well. Finally, choose a few high-quality flowers (roses now come in all shades of the rainbow) from your florist in red, white, and blue and display them in vases around your event space.

    Games and Entertainment

    Food, drinks, and conversation are great, but add a little extra excitement for your Labor Day party with games for your guests. Since most Labor Day parties are held outdoors, make sure you have a few outdoor games ready to go by the time the first guest arrives. Beanbag toss is simple and fun for people of all ages. It can be played in teams and you don’t have to buy a fancy set to pull this off. Get a laundry basket or cardboard box to catch the bean bags and create your own bags with dried beans or corn.

    For the kids in the group, get a piñata or two and hang them from a tree in your backyard. Get a plastic bat and a blindfold and let them go to town trying to crack open the piñata. Be sure to fill it up with candies and other treats they might enjoy!

    “Pole in the Hole” is a fun game for adults to play during your Labor Day party. To play this game, split up into teams and grab a pole of some sort as well as a hole, such as a roll of paper towels. The point of the game is for the player with the pole to place it in the hole. To do this, they must place the pole between their knees and, without using their hands, they have to put it in the hole, which is held in the knees of another team member.

    What other fun ideas do you have for Labor Day party invitations, decorations, and entertainment? Feel free to share with us by leaving a comment below, on Facebook or Twitter.