Labor Day weekend usually signals the end of summer, making it a great time to hold an outdoor BBQ! As outdoor experts, we decided to put together some tips and tricks to have a memorable holiday weekend with family and friends – all without too much party-planning stress.
Know Your Guests: Now isn’t the best time to try out that fancy recipe you’ve been meaning to try out all summer long. Most people show up to a barbecue wanting the classics: hotdogs and burgers. Just make sure to have a few veggie alternatives for any non-meat eaters, and you’ll be set!
Keep It Simple: A potluck is a great way to let go of some hosting responsibility, and bring some new food options into the day. Give each guest a category (appetizer, side dish, dessert), and make it even easier for family and friends who don’t cook by offering the category of “alcohol”. Be sure to also have plenty of drinking water and non-alcoholic refreshments on hand as well.
Don’t Forget About Fun: Gather some things for entertainment after eating. A deck of cards or a board game, some lawn games like washers or bags, and some fun background music are a great way to entertain both adults and children.
Enjoy the Outdoors: To keep outdoor pests from invading your house, ask friends to bring coolers with ice. Make sure to keep mosquitoes and flies away from your food and party with outdoor control solutions and mesh food covers.
Happy Labor Day weekend from the Mosquito Squad of Greater St. Louis!