5 Labor Day Party Theme Ideas

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Last Chance To Wear White

Labor Day marks the last day of Summer.. and the last time you can wear white until next Memorial Day.. the  horror! Have your guest dress the part, decorate the tables with white linens and serve white foods like desserts!

white party decorations

white tablescapes

white desserts

The Working-Man’s Holiday

Today is a holiday dedicated to the working-man… the blue collar hard working father and husband who wears blue jeans. (Well it was more so accepted and honored way back when) But so carry on the tradition and decorate with denim. Make it an All-American Potluck-BBQ with the red, white, and blue decor.


bbq potluck

denim pot holder

denim utensil holder

Labor-Free Build Your Own Labor Day (Fill In The Blank) Bar

You have the day off from work.. soooo you shouldn’t be working hard on your paid holiday (Monday for that matter, thank goodness) Make it a Build Your Own Burger Bar, Hot Dog Bar, Cocktail Bar, etc.. Easy clean up and no cooking involved.

burger bar

hot dog bar

ice cream social

lemonade bar

Neighborhood Clambake

A great tradition that isn’t always used here in the Midwest. The coasts often grill, boil, or bake seafood and gather as many people to help celebrate Labor Day. A little suggestion: have fresh grilled salmon available on hand for those that are allergic to shellfish.


grilled salmon

lobster roll

Anchors Aweigh – Nautical Labor Day Party

My favorite theme for Labor Day is to party like you own a yacht. And maybe you do, and so you already know how to party like a Captain, but if you don’t here’s how to pull it off. Check out the whole description in our Nautical Labor Day Blog.

Table Linens and Decorations

Nautical Swag Bag

Stay Inspired!

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6 Steps to a Chic Nautical Labor Day Party

Gold Anchor

Gold Anchor Decoration

Ahoy Mateys! Labor Day means a few things: Kids go back to school; a paid vacation day (thank goodness it’s on a Monday!); time to reflect on how darn hard you’ve worked all year thus far (by not working); and sadly Summer is over. Done. Finished. Adios. Sayonara! If you haven’t taken that tropical vacay with your besties you probably won’t till next year. Sorry to say. BUT the universe has given you one more chance to be a star. To impress your friends. To be the neighborhood party-planning hero. To party like a Captain. Party like you are the Captain of a boat. Party like seersucker makes up your entire wardrobe; and Sperry’s are the only shoes that you will let touch your feet. Gather your crew from all corners of the city and sail off into the sunset with hopes of champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Here’s how.


Step 1 – Accessorize the Main Deck

Deck out your place with wooden Captain’s wheels, star fish, ship rope, sea shells, sand, anchors, etc. Here are some great ideas:

Captain's Wheel Decor

Captain’s Wheel Decor

Step 2 – Lay Out Your Linens

Use light, fresh colors to cover your tables. Also Martha Stewart suggests to use seersucker linens as napkins for easy clean up.

Table Linens and Decorations

Table Linens and Decorations

Seersucker Napkins

Seersucker Napkins

Step 3 – Mix Up Your Cocktails

Create champagne cocktails to make your guests feel like billionaires on your yacht (or backyard). Here’s a great list of 18 different champagne cocktails to serve up for your crew.

Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Cocktail

Step 4 – Catch Your Feast

The catch of the day. The only meal fit to be served at your Nautical Labor Day Party. Endless amounts of fresh, glorious seafood.

Seafood Feast

Seafood Feast

Step 5 – Light It Up

If you are on a beach or near the water – perfect. If not, the backyard bonfire pit will do just fine. Light up a huge bonfire and just relax with all of your buds. Sing Kumbaya. Soak in the memories. Reminisce about the Summer. Enjoy this evening. Savor this night.

Sunset Bonfire

Sunset Bonfire

Step 6 – Time to Say Bon Voyage

Send everyone off with a little memento. Here is a great Nautical themed linen bag. Fill it with things like salt water taffy, life savers, and other fun sea inspired gifts.

Nautical Swag Bag

Nautical Swag Bag

As you dry your tears – mourning the loss of Summer – just remember that it will be back. Here in the Midwest it will be a long, harsh wait. But that’s what makes our Summers so great. They may short lived – but we sure do appreciate and take advantage of those beautiful, breath-taking Summer sunsets.

Stay Inspired!