Finally, the weekend you’ve waited all summer for has arrived:
It’s Labor Day weekend in northern Virginia.
You’re known around the neighborhood for throwing the best, the most elaborate Labor Day parties around. And this year will be no different. In fact, it’ll be better.Why will this year’s party be better?This year’s Labor Day party is sure to be the shindig-iest because all summer long, you’ve worked with northern Virginia’s landscape and hardscape design
experts to build a new flagstone patio
, complete with an outdoor grill and a fancy water feature too.Your new backyard oasis will be complete, and ready for the big reveal this weekend. Now it’s time to turn your attention to the party preparation… on a little slimmer budget. (After all, you did just go all out on the backyard.)
Throw a great Labor Day party on a budget.
Dig into the hot dogs and the hamburgers, not your savings account.
Keep it simple.
It’s a summer party, folks. No one expects dishes with a lot of ingredients, and no one expects you to have slaved over a hot stove for hours and hours. Grill burgers and hot dogs, and corn and watermelon, too!Simple dishes that require fewer ingredients means fewer items to buy, and more time spent enjoying the great outdoors. Throw back a cold one; take a dip in the pool; and enjoy the fruits of Grigg Design’s labor.
Skip the disposables.
Sure, the clean up may be faster and easier when you choose to use paper plates, plastic utensils and the like, but it’ll cost a lot more to purchase these items than it will if you just wash your own dishes. Use as many regular plates and utensils as you can, and supplement with disposable items. You’ll be helping your wallet and the environment at the same time.
Rely on the kindness of your friends.
Every time you throw a party, someone asks, “What can I bring?” Don’t be too proud. Your friends will be more than happy to bring a pasta salad, or a dessert, or drinks. Voila! There’s more food for everyone to enjoy, and less stress (and money spent) for you.
Limit the drinks.
Provide water and lemonade, and maybe a case of beer. That’s all you really need. Party guests want something else to drink? Tell them, “Feel free to BYOB.”Enjoy the waning days of sweet summer in northern Virginia…
Enjoy your new backyard, courtesy of Grigg Design.