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Labor Day Food

August 27th, 2014 - 2:32 PM

Recipes for Labor Day

What started as a celebration of the American labor movement has evolved into a symbolic end to summer and intro to the fall season. Labor Day festivities usually involve squeezing in one last day in the sun and enjoying summer’s best foods. So when you send summer out with a bang on Labor Day, try out these easy, delicious Labor Day foods. We’ve gathered foods that are essential summertime treats with a unique spin on them to keep things interesting. (Just try not to spill anything on your white pants, even though Labor Day IS the last day to wear them according to the unofficial fashion police!)

Fire Up the Grill!

What better way to end the summer than one last turn on the grill? Hot dogs are classic barbecue fare, but there are countless ways to serve them besides the ol’ ketchup and relish standbys. Check out these 18 hot dog recipes from The Crafted Sparrow for some inspiration for your Labor Day menu. Get spicy with a grilled jalapeño dog, try an international version with their Cuban dog, or go traditional with a Chicago-style dog. No matter how you choose to serve your hot dogs, they’re sure to be a hit at your Labor Day cookout.


18 great hot dog recipes for your Labor Day party!

Something Sweet

No Labor Day celebration would be complete without a fun dessert to round out the meal. These two ideas are twists on traditional summer sweets – s’mores and watermelon. But instead of just serving the typical s’mores or a plain, cut-up watermelon, try these fun recipes!

Get the flavor and look of watermelon in these watermelon cake pops from Pint Sized Baker. They are easy to make and fun to eat! If you have kids, they’ll love helping you make these treats for Labor Day. Basic steps include making a cake, mixing it with frosting and coloring/flavoring, and forming it into small mounds. Finish these treats by dipping them into watermelon-colored candy coating for the fun, fruity look.


Watermelon Cake Pop recipe

If you want s’mores, but don’t have time to build a campfire, try these delicious s’mores kiss cookies! The recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff is super simple, and it’s a great way to make lots of s’mores for a crowd.


S’mores cookies are perfect Labor Day food!

Snack Attack

Bite-sized treats are perfect for keeping your Labor Day guests happy while you prepare the main course. You can’t go wrong with anything bacon-wrapped, and since the food trend lately has been “the spicier, the better," we know that these sweet and spicy sriracha bacon chicken bites from The Gunny Sack will be a hit! We actually made these for our office, and they were gone in minutes (literally). If you want them spicier, add some extra shots of sriracha on the chicken after baking.


Sweet and spicy sriracha bacon wrapped chicken bites

Another hit snack around our office was the Mexican street corn dip from Friday We’re in Love. Corn is one of the best summer vegetables, and this creamy dip has a hint of spice that’s sure to make it your favorite Labor Day food. For a summer grilling twist, our tip is to grill whole ears of corn instead of using frozen – which adds a little bit of smoky goodness to the dip.


Mexican street corn dip recipe

Party Printables

Once you have your menu set, finish off your Labor Day BBQ with these fun printables from Catch My Party. There’s a whole collection of printables, including table tags, a welcome sign, and tons more.

Let us know which of these Labor Day foods you’ll be bringing to your party in the comments!