While for the most part things are back to normal, many are wondering what’s acceptable with recent increases in COVID-19 cases again. Make sure to keep an eye on CDC guidelines when planning your Labor Day Weekend plans. Whether you’re comfortable hosting a small gathering in your yard or laying low with just the family, here are some tips to help you have the perfect Labor Day backyard shindig to celebrate the start of school, and cooler days ahead.
Revamp Your Patio
As the central backyard hangout spot, your patio may have some wear and tear from using it all summer and enduring frequent summer storms. Here are a few checklist items to get your patio shining and entertaining-ready.
- Sweep and wash the patio. You can use a simple mixture of warm water and soap to get that patio sparkling.
- Wipe down surfaces, including tables and chairs. Spiderwebs and other grime will build up if left unattended, so taking care of this before the weekend will give your sitting area a fresh look.
- Wash furniture cushions with a mild soap and clean water. Make sure to let cushions dry before putting them back to avoid mildew.
- Put out fresh candles, string lights, pillows for a pop of color, or plants to provide the party ambience of your liking.
Have a Few Activities Ready to Go
- Put out corn hole, ladder golf, or bocce ball so that people can have options for activities. In the pool, you can have a volleyball net or a basketball hoop set up. If you don’t have those, people always love a good game of Sharks and Minnows or Marco Polo!
- Make a Labor Day Weekend playlist. Good music adds an additional level of energy to any party.
- If your party is going into the evening, set up an outdoor movie screen for people to enjoy a classic film. Throw a white sheet over a rope and shine a projector at it for easy viewing. You can
For more fun backyard activity ideas, check out this list from Country Living.
Gas up the Grill
Grilling is a Labor Day must, so make sure to get gas in the grill and dust off the old Kiss the Cook apron ahead of time. Aside from the delicious food that comes with this backyard party favorite, it’s a great activity that you can socialize during, and also while keeping an eye on kids in the pool. You can go for fan favorites such as hotdog and hamburgers, or get adventurous by trying your hand at street corn or grilled steak tacos.
Make Sure Your Pool is Swim-Ready
As a focal point of Labor Day festivities, make sure your pool is clean and ready for swimming! If you don’t want to take on the daunting task of getting your pool crystal clear with all of the other prep of a Labor Day shindig, then give Pool Scouts a call! Pool Scouts will make sure your swimming pool is ready for some Sharks and Minnows!
These tips will make sure your backyard is the place to be this Labor Day. Happy hosting!