Celebrate Labor Day with a White Party


by Christa Emmer | Contributing Writer

Labor Day is a summer holiday when we celebrate the American worker and say an official goodbye to summer.

According to late 1800s etiquette, we also must no longer wear white shoes, pants, dresses and handbags until Memorial Day. So why not give your whites one last spin with a Labor Day White Party?

Decorating with white is easy and works in any indoor or outdoor setting. Drape tables and seating areas with white tablecloths, breaking it up with greenery from your yard or garden. Set the mood with candles, white lanterns and fairy lights available in bulk at dollar stores or Ikea. Add some whimsy with white balloons, streamers and some of those cute swan pool floats—which are surely to be on sale by now.

When it comes to the menu, more is less. You don’t have to go completely white when it comes to the food, just make sure you don’t serve food that is too messy. Guests can nosh on a cheese and charcuterie board on arrival. For dinner, a menu of grilled chicken, fresh corn salad and parsley potatoes are filling and easy to cook in summer. For dessert, create a s’mores bar with white chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows. Guests can roast them over a backyard fire pit or you can improvise with Sterno in clay pots.

Keep things simple at the bar with a few brands of beer, white wine and a signature cocktail. White cranberry Cosmopolitans or white sangria made with summer peaches can be made up in pitchers ahead of time and kept in the fridge. For something less complicated, serve Prosecco with a splash of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur.

Memorialize the night with a photo booth. Hang a solid color sheet as a background or string fairy lights on a tall fence. Supply guests with a variety of white props like feather boas, giant glasses and hats with cardboard captions. At the end of the evening, pass out those leftover sparklers from Fourth of July for a glowing send off to summer!