I can’t believe that summer is almost gone already and Labor Day is only a week away. If you haven’t planned your menu yet, here are a few ideas…
My personal favorite for every get-together, the infinitely adaptable antipasti platter. May I mention that you can buy great cheese and cured meats at Trader Joe’s for SUPER CHEAP?? True story. I spotted this beauty over on Aida Mollenkamp’s blog.
Make sure to include some prosciutto, fig jam, and mascarpone and you can have your guests build their own prosciutto and fig bruschettas.
Or this amazing goat cheese platter from the lovely girls over at A Beautiful Mess.
If you want something with a bit more heft, give these nacho loaded potato skins from What’s Gaby Cooking a shot:
No cookout is complete without coleslaw, and A Farmgirl’s Dabbles has the most perfect-looking coleslaw I’ve ever seen.
I’ve always been a bit obsessed with cucumbers, and have been eyeing Food Taste Good’s herbaceous cucumber salad.
And throw that boring potato salad out, because Elephant Eats has a great recipe for pesto potato salad that will wow your guests and help you use up that big bunch of basil you’ve been fretting over.
You can feed a crowd with these adorably portable ham and swiss sliders with mustard glaze from Kitchen Simplicity.
Or keep it vegetarian with these hearty, summery avocado caprese wraps from FoodieCrush, which would be equally delicious (and probably even more cute) in slider form.
You could even turn these teriyaki chicken sandwiches into bite-size teriyaki chicken sliders instead!
Cool off with a refreshing sparkling blueberry lemonade, you can even serve it out of a gorgeous pitcher like the ladies over at Spoon Fork Bacon do.
Or, if you need something with a little more kick, Movita’s dark and stormy cocktail should do the trick.
Or this refreshing (alcohol-free) cucumber cooler from Chez Us, I won’t judge you if a splash of vodka or gin falls in, though. Let’s stick to ginger ale for the kids, though.
Biscoff chocolate chip gelato for dessert, anyone? You could even sandwich it between two grahams or cookies to make it a little more portable.
You could even serve it alongside some blackberry-peach pie from Hummingbird High.
Or skip the pie and opt for some very portable, very delicious black plum mini-streudels from A Periodic Table.
Or keep cool and get your s’more on with this fabulous s’mores icebox cake. Seriously, it’s SO GOOD.
If you guys have any favorite Labor Day recipes, feel free to share them in a comment below! <3