With Halloween decorations hitting the shelves, the month of September marks a bittersweet transition. While it’s nearly time to bid adieu to everyone’s favorite season, there’s no better way to do it than by going out with a *BIG* bang. Gather friends and family this September 5 to celebrate the last days of summer with the best Labor Day party yet. Ensure yours is an unforgettable last hurrah with these 22 Labor Day party ideas!

crazy straws

1. DIY Crazy Straws: Let your guests sip on their drinks in style with these *crazy* fun straws. Tie it in with your party’s summery theme with phrases like “fun” or “sun.” (via Aww, Sam)

fruit cakes

2. DIY Fruit Cakes: Unlike the traditional fruitcake, these vibrant tropical-inspired delectables are ones you’ll actually want to eat. Add a generous dose of food coloring to a plain vanilla box cake to seriously step up your summer party. (via Studio DIY)

emoji coasters

3. DIY Perler Coasters: Your guests will love getting the chance to revisit their love for camp crafts by making these DIY Perler coasters. They serve double duty as decor and furniture protectors. Use our eight printable templates to create this fun set of emoji, fruits and florals! (via Brit + Co)

backyard movie night

4. Backyard Movie Night: What do you get when you combine snack kits, a popcorn bar and a summer movie playlist? Uh, only the best movie night ever! (via Studio DIY)


5. Tropical Photo Booth Backdrop: If you’re not ready to let go of tropical prints just yet, make sure to turn your favorite summer pattern into a chic photo booth backdrop. Just bust out the coconut bras, hula skirts and pineapples for your photo booth props! (via Brit + Co)

pool party

6. Pool Party: Take advantage of the heat while you can by throwing a pool party. Just remember to tell your friends and fam to bring their pool floats! (via Brit + Co)

fruity drink umbrellas

7. DIY Tutti Frutti Cocktail Umbrellas: Garnish your party’s fruity cocktails with fitting fruit slice-inspired umbrellas. Make these stylish drink stirrers by creating your designs on construction paper then gluing them onto wooden skewers. (via We Like Mondays)


8. DIY Outdoor Bowling: Line up empty soda bottles for a game of miniature bowling by the pool. Make the “alley” out of pool noodles and a yoga mat. (via Polka Dot Chair)

adult capri sun

9. Adult Capri Sun: Channel your inner child with these Capri Sun-inspired beverages. But don’t be fooled by their adorable packaging — these frozen strawberry kiwi vodka lemonade ones are for adults ONLY! (via Brit + Co)


10. Pineapple Vase: Give your party a tropical flair by hollowing out a pineapple and using it as a vase. The bright yellow fruit combined with the vibrant florals will definitely spruce up your decor. (via Brit + Co / TODAY)

watermellon ice cubes

11. Melon Ball Ice Cubes: Watermelon ice cubes may be the best summer hack ever. Perk up your drink and keep it cool (at the same time!) with these colorful melon ball ice cubes that look best with clear beverages. (via The Kitchn)


12. Hot Dog Bar: Treat your friends and family to a hot dog bar with toppings galore. With so many options, they’ll surely make their perfect dog. Just make sure to include labels for a helpful and festive touch. (via Brit + Co / TODAY)

diy flower straws

13. DIY Flower Straws: Top off your guests’ drinks with these floral straws that double as drink decorations. They’re conveniently quick and easy to make which is always a plus when it comes to party preparations. (via Brit + Co)

beach party

14. Beach Party: If you’ll be hitting the beach for your Labor Day party, make sure to include our watercolor hat, tote, sarong and beach blanket. These fun beach accessories will give your party the trendy and personalized touch it needs. (via Brit + Co)

flamingo ring toss

15. DIY Flamingo Ring Toss: Whip up this simple game of ring toss using plastic flamingos with stakes and lightweight, plastic rings. Spray paint each set of rings a prettier set of colors to get it on your party’s decor level. (via Sugar & Cloth)


16. Boozy Berry Granitas: Your guests will have found their favorite summer treat once you serve them these boozy granitas. Freshly pureed strawberries and bubbly come together in this adult snow cone. (via Bell’alimento)

feta watermelon cucumber cubes

17. Feta, Watermelon and Cucumber Cubes: These adorable mini skewer appetizers are sure to be a hit at your Labor Day party. To make ‘em, stack pieces of fresh watermelon, cucumber and feta cheese on a toothpick and drizzle on Italian dressing. (via DesignLoveFest)


18. Glamping Party: If you love the outdoors, turn your Labor Day party into a glamping-inspired soiree with tents, cozy throw blankets and s’mores. Sure, the backyard is practical, but if you want to take your party to the next level, consider throwing it at a nearby lakeside cabin. (via Brit + Co)


19. DIY Jenga: What’s better than regular Jenda? A GIGANTIC-sized one of course. Make your set pop by painting the outer edges of each block with a few coats of colorful house paint. (via Brit + Co)

pineapple picnic blankets

20. Pineapple Picnic Blanket: Use plain canvas dropcloths and fabric paint to replicate these super simple chic blankets. They’re a must-have for picnics and can even double as photo booth backdrops. (via Brit + Co)


21. DIY Cornhole: Ah, this ol’ game never gets old. Make this DIY portable cornhole to amp up your outdoor festivities. Pro tip: If you don’t want to DIY it from scratch, try a simple paint facelift for your very own custom set. (via Brit + Co)


22. Table-Top Grill: Serve everything from hors d’oeuvres to roasted marshmallow desserts with these adorably miniature table-top grills. Combine a small terracotta planter, wire mesh and two mini adjustable cake pans together and set them up between every 2-3 seats per table. (via A Subtle Revelry)

Which of these ideas will you incorporate into your Labor Day party? Follow us on Pinterest for more summer party inspo!