How to Throw A Great Labor Day Party

What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with a Labor Day party? Whether you’re having an outdoor barbecue with friends and family or your shindig is going to be inside, here are some tips to help you throw a memorable get together.

  • Test out recipes: If you’ve been itching to try that appetizer recipe on Pinterest, your Labor Day party would be the perfect time to test it out. Let your guests be food critics for the day and try some awesome recipes.
  •  Play games: Whether you’re partial to a jumbo-sized version of Jenga, Twister, cornhole, or a simple baseball and glove, it doesn’t matter. Get outside and have a blast with friends and family while doing something active. Encourage guests to bring any other games they think would be fun to have at your party, as well. 
  • Decorate with a theme: The typical go-to for a Labor Day party is a patriotic theme. However, if you’re celebrating going back to school or want to throw a beach party to relive the beginning of summer, you’ll want to decorate accordingly.
  •  Invitations: Get creative with fun DIY invitations or send out a simple online invitation. Don’t forget to add an RSVP date so you can keep yourself organized. 
  • Ask for help: Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. Let your guests bring different food or games. That way the pressure is off you to do everything and you can relax.

 We hope you have a great Labor Day weekend! Do you have any other tips on how to throw a great Labor Day party? Share with us in the comment section below!


The Best Wood Stains for Your Patio

Summer is getting ready to make its exit, but because of the sunshine and rain’s effect on your wooden patio, it’s important to consider some maintenance and care to keep the natural look all year long.

Wood stains come in three different varieties—clear, which will show off more of the grain and natural look of the wood; solid, which covers the wood completely; and semi-transparent, which is a mixture of both a solid and a clear stain.

If you’re looking to freshen up your patio, these Consumer Reports top-rated wood stains might be what you’re looking for:

This clear wood stain provides strength and protection from mildew and UV ray damage. The formula is water based, so it’s easy to clean up. Best of all, it’s a one day project, so you can apply to damp or dry wood in just one coat and go on with the rest of your day.

If a solid stain for your deck is what fits your style, this 100 percent acrylic formula seals out water and protects from UV ray damage. This wood stain can be used to prepare new to heavily weathered or cracking wood stains.

If you fall in the middle and want a wood stain that’s semi-transparent, this product also had high ratings from Consumer Reports. The formula for this wood stain is also acrylic, seals out water and protects from UV ray damage. You can use it on properly prepared new to moderately weathered, unsealed exterior wood surfaces.

What qualities do you look for in a wood stain? Let us know in the comments!