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Savor Summer’s End With These 10 Labor Day Essentials

August 25, 2018

With summer winding down, now is the time to take advantage of these last few weekends of warmer weather, longer nights and no school. And what better way to say farewell to summer than gathering friends and family together for a picnic or barbecue? Simply stock up on these Labor Day essentials now and send the summer season off with a kick.

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Fold it Up

Set out this folding chair in a park, the beach or your own backyard and enjoy hours of relaxation. With a folding steel frame and classic cotton seat, this chair can easily be packed up and taken wherever you go. And with a choice of several different colors and frame finishes, this versatile chair can mesh with a variety of styles.

Albatross Folding Chair with Black Frame, Natural from Houzz

Pack a Pie

Be the most popular guest at the party by bringing along a freshly-baked pie. Simply pack it up in this protective carrier and you won’t have to worry about it getting smashed on the way over. With a wooden board on the bottom and a cotton cloth covering, this carrier fits desserts up to nine inches in diameter and two inches high.

Pie Carrier from Houzz

Have a Picnic

Make use of the warm weather and pack a picnic to enjoy outside. This classic wicker basket comes with a flat wooden lid that can be used to place drinks and plates on for effortless outdoor dining. With plenty of storage space and durable canvas straps, this basket is sure to make picnicking a piece of cake.

Canasta Grande Picnic Basket from Houzz

Sit in the Shade

Don’t let that late summer heat get to you -- just put up this shade sail instead. This woven fiber shade blocks up to 90 percent of UV rays, so you can enjoy the outdoors in comfort. Just tie this shade sail to some trees or posts and you’ll have about seven feet of shaded space to relax in.

Sun Shade Sail Small, Square from Houzz

Game Time

Get the party going with a game of cornhole by bringing along this portable set. With two boards, eight bean bags and a carrying case, this game set is perfect for enjoying at a picnic or barbecue. Weighing just under 10 pounds, it can also easily be folded up and stowed in its bag for easy transport.

GoSports Portable Cornhole Game Set from Houzz

Fire Up the Grill

Ensure you can have hot dogs and hamburgers from the park to the beach with this portable grill. Complete with a tote bag that doubles as a cooler, this compact charcoal grill set is incredibly versatile. And with a 10 inch grate, you’ll still have plenty of cooking space.

Caliente BBQ Cooler Tote from Houzz

Keep the Drinks Chilled

Keep your party hydrated and happy by keeping a stash of cool drinks on hand. This insulated navy blue cooler holds upwards of 72 cans and can be filled with ice to keep them cool for hours. And for easy setup and transport, the entire cooler and stand fit into an included carrying case and can be unfolded in seconds.

Tub Cooler, Navy from Houzz

Bring Out the Dip

No party is complete without some chips and dip, so serve your guests in style with this terracotta platter. Made in Portugal and hand-painted in a blue and white floral pattern, this chip and dip plate will instantly make your party snacks more festive. Dishwasher and microwave safe, this platter is meant to become your entertaining go-to.

Azul Tile Chip & Dip Platter from Houzz

Set the Table

Make your Labor Day gathering feel extra special by setting out full table settings for each guest. These hand-woven cloth napkins would add a thoughtful, rustic touch to your picnic table spread. Made of 100 percent cotton, this set of four napkins can be washed and reused throughout the year.

Alford Hand-Woven Napkins, Set of 4 from Houzz

Lay Out a Tablecloth

Set the mood for your party by laying out this floral tablecloth on a picnic bench or your own patio table. With a vibrant floral pattern in the colors of both summer and fall, this cotton tablecloth is perfect for centering your Labor Day spread. And if reclining on the grass is more your style, simply use this tablecloth as a festive picnic blanket.

Alpine Sunshine Floral Cotton Tablecloth from Houzz

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