Since Labor Day weekend is always a fun time to gather with friends and family, it’s a perfect occasion to throw a Labor Day beach party. To help you host a smashing Labor Day beach party, today’s entertaining guide features all the must-have tools, supplies, decorations, and food & beverages you’ll need for a Pinterest-worthy vintage inspired patriotic party that your guests will be raving about.
As Alison Bernstein, General Manager for GigMasters.com, says “Hosting a patriotic themed Labor Day party is an obvious and budget-friendly choice if you still have some red, white and blue decorations left over from a Memorial Day or Fourth of July party. You can also have fun with the “no white after Labor Day” rule and throw an all white party. Ask your guests to wear white, purchase all white decorations (flowers, candles for after dusk, linens for the picnic tables, plates, and silverware, etc.) and incorporate the color into your beverage menu – white sangria, piña coladas, and classic margaritas are the perfect beach libations.”
Labor Day Beach Party Decorations
For a vintage inspired patriotic party to celebrate Labor Day, here are several decoration ideas that will charm and delight your guests.
Since a portable folding table is the easiest type of table to transport and set-up at the beach, to make the table more visually-appealing, cover the table with an eye-catching red and white check print tablecloth (and keep it classy by using fabric, not vinyl or plastic tablecloths).
Vintage inspired patriotic decorations such as hanging cardboard pendants, American flags, and patriotic themed flower vases are simple but effective ways to decorate your beach party table. Of course, one of the most festive ways to instantly add patriotic decor is with jumbo balloons (tethered by heavy balloon weights).
You can also use rustic or vintage looking boxes and drawers to bring your belongings down to the beach and to use as props for table decorations. Packing your items in easily portable boxes (with carrying handles) makes it hassle-free to move your items from the car to the beach, resulting in fewer treks back-and-forth. Plus, they can also be used to store utensils, napkins, and other types of items.
Labor Day Beach Party Food & Drinks
When people think of a Labor Day beach party, the first thing that often comes to mind is a barbecue.
One of the best ways to make your BBQ more gourmet is by offering a variety of flavorful condiments for your hamburgers. To create diversity in your BBQ offering, give you guests the choice to have meat burgers or vegetarian patties.
In addition to different condiments (such as Barbecue Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Ketchup & Mustard), a great way to display a variety of toppings is to fill traditional mason jars with sauteed onions and mushrooms, tomato slices, spinach, and pineapple chunks. This makes it convenient for your guests to create their own gourmet burgers. For added functionality (and visual appeal), use self-adhesive, removable chalkboard labels on the mason jars to identify the toppings.
When it comes to beverages, it’s always advisable to provide a variety of choices, including both red and white wine, liquor, and non-alcoholic drinks. To store drinks, use ice-filled plastic tubs and a portable storage caddy (like this vintage inspired copper utensil caddy). Make sure to pack plastic cups, wine & beer bottle openers, and straws.
Relative to desserts, it’s best to give you guests a number of options, as everyone has a personal preference. One of the easiest ways to offer a variety of desserts is to use baking kits, such as Scratch & Grain or FoodStirs. These convenient kits come with pre-packaged organic ingredients and recipe instructions, making it easy and quick to whip up delicious desserts prior to your party.
Labor Day Beach Party Shopping List
To make life easier, here’s a complete shopping list for everything needed to host a vintage inspired patriotic party.
Tools & Supplies:
- Portable BBQ Grill (Camerons Outdoor Portable Grill or Portable Gas Grill)
- Portable Folding Table
- Patriotic Flower Vase & Fresh Flowers
- Serving Platters & Trays
- Vintage Storage Boxes
- Red Check Fabric Tablecloths
- Vintage Patriotic Decorations
- Jumbo Balloons, Nylon Cord, Heavy Balloon Weights, E-Z Balloon Kit (disposable filled helium tank)
- Nautical Paper Napkins
- Patriotic Paper Plates
- Disposable Utensils
- Plastic Cups
- Mason Jars
- Chalkboard Labels
- Red & White Striped Straws
- Kitchen Towels (for clean-up)
- BBQ Tools & Serving Utensils
- Copper Utensil Caddy
- Tiered Storage Rack (to keep under the table, for storing extra food)
- Portable Folding Chairs
- Plastic Beverage Tubs & Ice
- Portable, Disposable Covered Pans (to store extra food)
- Wet Wipes (individually-packaged antibacterial hand wipes)
- Beach Games (to keep guests entertained)
- Bluetooth Speakers (to play music)
- Garbage Bags & Paper Towels
- Hamburger Patties & Buns
- Vegetarian Burger Patties
- Hamburger Condiments
- Hamburger Toppings
- Salad & Salad Dressing
- Fresh Fruit
- Cheese, Crackers & Veggies
- Desserts: Scratch & Grain Baking Kits
- Cream Cheese Brownies
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Pumpkin Bars
- Desserts: FoodStirs Baking Kit
- Strawberry Lemonade Shortcake
- Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes
- Lemon Raspberry Bundtinis
- Carrot Cake Bundtinis
- Beach Whiskey
- Laughing Glass Margarita
- Danzka Vodka
- Mionetto Prosecco
- Notable Chardonnay
- Montes Cherub Rosé
- Baron Herzog Pinot Wine
- Hahn Pinot Noir
- Cupcake Prosecco
- La Croix Flavored Sparkling Water
For more party planning tips and ideas, check out the Entertaining section on Inspirations & Celebrations.
[This is not a sponsored post. Complimentary products provided by Herzog, Beach Whisky, Scratch & Grain, FoodStirs, Montes, Mionetto, Danza Vodka, Laughing Glass Margarita for the purpose of this tutorial. Disclosure: Affiliate links included.]