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Weekend Guide: Throw the Best Labor Day Party. Ever.

Posted on August 28, 2014

Sadly, summer is winding down to an end. The kids are heading back to school, the nights are getting cooler and yes, the leaves are turning. But, alas! We still have Labor Day weekend to soak in all that summer has left before it’s gone forever … or what seems like forever.

In order to celebrate summer in all it’s glory, we’ve rounded up recipes that incorporate the best of the season. So run to your local market and pick up these succulent summer fruits and anything to throw on the grill for the best Labor Day party — EVER!

Watermelon

Hands down, the must-have, poster child fruit of the summer is watermelon, and there are so many ways you can incorporate it into your menu. Although watermelon is available year round, peak season is summer, when you’re going to get the local stuff which is always juicier and fresher. Start your meal with a watermelon salad. This recipe from Ina Garten pairs the juicy watermelon with bitter arugula and salty feta for a mouthwatering summer salad.

Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad

Watermelon, Arugula and Feta Salad

If you’ve had your fair share of watermelon salads this summer, try this Watermelon-Raspberry Granita for a super refreshing dessert or even side dish. Granita is an Italian shaved ice dish that only calls for a few basic ingredients and can be made ahead. Enjoy this cool and refreshing dessert in the warmth of the sun while you still can.

Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita

Boozy Popsicles

As if popsicles weren’t perfect on their own, some genius food wizards had the brilliant idea to add alcohol to popsicles. Now you can reminisce back to the simpler times when popsicles were basically life’s greatest joy and get a little buzzed doing it. Here are some of our favorite popsicle mixes that make use of fresh summer fruits.

Pina Colada Ice Pop 

Pina Colada Ice Pop

Watermelon Mint Tequila Popsicles

Watermelon Mint Tequila Popsicle

Pinot Noir Blackberry Popsicle

Pinot Noir Blackberry Popsicle

If you want something a little stronger try our favorite summer cocktail recipes, the Strawberry Basil Margarita and  Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita

On the Grill

It wouldn’t be Labor Day without a cookout, so pick up some ground meat and load up on summer veggies, because it’s grillin’ time! We’re sharing our favorite recipes for the perfect burger and sweet grilled corn.

Bobby Flay’s signature burger, the Crunchburger, is the epitome of a barbecue; juicy beef, spicy chipotle ketchup, vinegar-y cole slaw and crunchy potato chips — the perfect bite.

Bobby Flay's Crunch Burger

Pair Bobby’s burger with these 5 ingenious ways to spruce up your corn on the cob. With 5 different flavors you are sure to serve up something for everyone. We’re dying to try the Bacon Cheddar grilled corn.

Grilled Corn

About Aisling Rice

Aisling Rice graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media, Arts and Communication. Aisling has a passion for graphic and information design as well as everything food related.