Don’t let summer slip away without a proper send-off. As we all know the unofficial end to summer is Labor Day. Many of us are already in the back to school routine, but now is time to enjoy one last casual party to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer. It’s time to savor the flavors of the last fresh produce from the Farmer’s Market, before they have to be canned and preserved for winter.
Let summer go out with a bang and plan the best ever Labor Day party for your friends and family.
Serve strawberry ginger punch – made of sugar, strawberries, ginger, basil, brandy, lime juice and club soda – this will keep your neighbors talking for a long time.
A berry, tarragon Pavlova is an easy and light summer dessert to make. Serve with unsweetened whipped cream and watch everyone swoon with pleasure. Or use the last of the summer’s peaches and roast them in white wine and honey.
Forget burgers and brats – make lobster rolls or ribs or even rack of lamb.
Instead of chips and baked beans as sides, make spaghetti with parsley pesto, and a fresh tomato, bacon, blue cheese salad.
As far as decorating is concerned, be casual. Use large bowls of ripe tomatoes or peaches as centerpieces. You can always give them away to your guests as gifts at the end of the night. Use white tablecloths and brightly colored napkins tied with raffia. Be sure to light citronella candles to keep the mosquitoes at bay and play some fun summer tunes on the Ipod to celebrate the end of the season.