Labor Day is the ultimate sign that summer has come to an end. It’s a bittersweet mix of feelings saying goodbye to long summer days and hello to a new season. To celebrate the end of a great summer by treating your family to an outdoor dinner.
Jenny Keller here from Jenny Cookies! My family was thrilled to hear we’d be dining outdoors to commemorate the end of an adventure filled season. We are in the process of moving to a new home, so this dinner was the closure of one chapter and the last opportunity to enjoy our beautiful property at the Keller Farmhouse.
To prep for a memorable Labor Day dinner, head to JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores for festive fabric. I always begin creating a tablescape with my table linens. If the event or table isn’t something extra fancy, I often opt for fabric rather than sewn linens. Since I wanted our outdoor dinner to have a casual vibe, I went with a red and white gingham fabric and laid it on the table rather than as a table runner. I also picked up a yard of navy and white fabric to use as napkins.
The table was set out in our field which lent the beauty of our property in the evening light. I used mason jar glasses to hold everyone’s utensils, napkin and added a mini flag to give our table a pop of patriotism!
Peek around your home for unusual items to repurpose. I used a glass candle holder as a gorgeous vase of flowers for our table. Farmer’s Markets are still selling fresh flowers, so grab a bunch and pop them into a pretty container for life and texture on the table.
We kept dinner simple with a classic mix of corn on the cob, grilled chicken, and a watermelon feta salad, saving room for dessert. I made my mini stacked cakes but instead of topping them with buttercream flowers, I added fresh berries for another pop of red, white and blue.
The dinner was delicious and just enough to fill everyone up. After dinner, you can finish with an outdoor movie, lawn games, a walk around the block or perhaps s’mores if you still have room!
Does your family do anything special to celebrate the end of the summer?
Photography by Kelly Clare