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Get your Kitchen Ready for a Labor Day Bash


The pressure of entertaining guests can be overwhelming, especially around the holidays. We’ve created a simple list to get you ready for the big day – so start planning!

Create Menu / Shopping List Ahead of Time

You know when you have 30 minutes till go time and you realize you’ve forgotten something crucial from the grocery store. To avoid these situations, start by planning a menu and assembling an organized shopping list at least a week before your Labor Day get together. This ensures that you’ll have no unnecessary anxiety on the day of the party. Consider choosing dishes that are easy to prepare such as non-cook salads made of fresh veggies and/or fruits.

Clear out Fridge Before Shopping Trip

Nobody likes to come home after a grocery haul only to find there’s no space to put anything away. Rid your refrigerator and pantry of any and all unnecessary products before you venture out on a shopping trip.

Prep for the Party the Night Before

Cut cooking time by chopping and prepping as much as you can the night before. This makes the day more relaxing and enjoyable.

Make Pitchers of Booze

Throw together a few batches of summer classics for your get-together. If you’re planning on using fresh juices, you may want to choose cocktails that use the same citrus, such as: daiquiris, west side, or a margarita variation.

Look no further, we’ve got you covered on the batching specs below:

East Side

  • 18 Oz. Lime
  • 13 Oz. Simple syrup
  • 15 cucumber slices
  • Fresh mint

Classic Daiquiri

  • 36 Oz. White rum
  • 36 Oz. Gin
  • 18 Oz. Lime
  • 13 Oz. Simple Syrup

To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar to boiling water. Start with two separate containers and slowly add sugar to water and string with a wooden spoon.


If you’re into festive home-decorating, bring out your crafty side and make your party ring with patriotism (just make sure that it’s relatively simple).

Jams (no, not preserves)

Establish your party playlist in advance. Decide on which stations are best suited for the mood of your party.

Posted: August 29, 2016

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