Effortless Entertaining: Labor Day Soiree

Hello!  Erin with Fig + Cotton today with some Effortless Entertaining tips for Labor Day.  When many of us think of throwing a backyard BBQ for the Labor Day holiday, we are thinking hot dogs, lots of American flags, paper plates, and checkered table cloths.  Now, don’t get me wrong…that is my kind of party.  However, there is also room for a more sophisticated take on a red, white, and blue bash.  Remember that sophisticated doesn’t mean stuffy or difficult; sometimes it just takes a bit more thought and planning.

Here are my tips!


1 /  Nothing says summer like cool, refreshing desserts.  Try this one.  It is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

2 / Simple, yet stunning, decor is always a hit.  Use streamers or satin ribbons to instantly add elegance to your patio entertaining space.

3 / It is no secret I love using blue and white ginger jars for floral arrangements.  This is the perfect excuse to scoop up some bright red blooms and place them in a ginger jar for an instant – and classic – red, white, and blue arrangement.

4 / These Ikea dish towels are the perfect combo of chic and affordable.  The closely resemble their much fancier vintage French cousins, but are less than $1 a piece.  Yes, you read that right.  I probably own 50.

5 / A slider bar is the perfect way to please your foodie friends while making sure your more low-key guests aren’t intimidated by “weird” ingredients.  Make sure you put all the classics there for the picking, but also add in some fun items like creamy brie and blue cheeses, pickled peppers and onions, and some spicy arugula.

6 / Here are some simple and easy patriotic printables to spruce up your party.

7 /  Invite your guests in style.  As a stationery designer myself, I truly believe that the right invitation can truly set the tone for your gathering.  Even though Labor Day is just a few weeks away, Paperless Post can come to your rescue with their beautiful selection of email-delivered invitations.

Have a great week, and I will see you next time!


Fig + Cotton, Blog and Paperie 

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