Provided by Layla’s Restaurant
Labor Day is the first Monday in September. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the celebration that honors the American worker; it’s also the unofficial end of summer. Millions of people around the country will take the day off and relax, attend events, and hold their own backyard celebrations. Having a tasty celebration is easier than one may think. Planning ahead can make a world of difference in keeping the celebration stress-free.
“Having a gathering for Labor Day is a great way to have fun, mingle, and enjoy some wonderful food,” said Mathil Chebat, the mother and executive chef of Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant, a family-owned and operated restaurant. “The centerpiece of your celebration is going to be the food you serve, so you want to pay special attention to that and aim to please.”
Tips for a tasty Labor Day celebration:
- Wow the crowd. Opt for making something that is easy that will be a pleasant surprise for those who attend the celebration. Opting for something like barbecuing kabobs will give people a delicious meal that they will remember and you can brag about.
- Make it a potluck. If you want to share the labor in preparing food for the gathering, consider making it a potluck. Make it more fun by picking a theme and asking people to bring a dish to share. Example themes include Mediterranean, Spanish, summer, Mexican fiesta, etc. You could ask everyone to bring a dish that is a family favorite. Or, you could opt for a Meatless Monday theme, since the holiday will be on a Monday.
- Choose drinks wisely. What you offer people to drink is going to make a big difference. Aim for a variety of options, so that there is something for everyone. If you will be serving wine, try to pair it with what you are serving.
- Consider catering. For you and your guests to really get a day off, consider catering your Labor Day celebration. It’s more affordable than you may think, and it saves you the time and effort of preparing food for everyone.
- Serve sensational ready-made flavors. If you want to save time, opt for pre-made foods, such as dips.
- Employ psychology. There is a lot more that goes into creating a great-tasting meal at a gathering than just the food. Research has shown that the ambiance and even the plates make a difference. If a plate of food looks nice, for example, people tend to think it tastes better. Put a little effort into how the food area looks and the ambiance. Research shows that guests will be more likely to find the food tastier.