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The Best Labor Day Barbecue + Recipe Roundup

Somehow, the end of summer always comes way sooner than we’d like it to.

During those long summer days you may have thrown birthday parties, barbecues, pool parties, and of course celebrated the Fourth of July. But before pumpkin spice begins to take over and you find yourself eating apples and hiking through the chilly forests, you want to have one final end-of-summer bash.

Throwing the ultimate Labor Day Party when following a Paleo diet (or not) does not need to be particularly complicated. All you need is to prepare yourself with a guest list, a clean home, some decorations, and the sort of weather contingency plan that should be requisite for any backyard barbecue. You never know what that early September weather will bring, after all!

Gather your neighborhood friends and break out the grill one last time before packing it away for the winter. Get ready to throw the best Labor Day holiday bash with some party tips and Paleo friendly recipes sure to win over even the most skeptical of guests.

Create The Right Atmosphere

If you want to keep your party going even as the day begins to fade, plan ahead with a little something extra to set the right mood. Whether it’s a set of Tiki torches, a string of backyard lights or even a backyard bonfire, planning for a little light and the sun begins to fade can go a long way.

Make A Catchy Summer Playlist

Choose the right set of tunes to set the scene. Before your party begins, put together a playlist full of high-energy songs that everyone can sing along to. If your backyard bash turns into a dance party, even better! If you’re not much of a musician or don’t enjoy creating lists, worry not. Most music streaming apps have pre-made playlists that are sure to get that summer fun atmosphere.

Set Out The Backyard Games

It’s a Labor Day party and everyone needs to be able to participate in the fun. Get some fun games ready for the kids like water balloons, sidewalk chalk or lawn twister. They can burn some energy outside while enjoying the delightful end of summer. If your party attendees will be mostly an adult crowd, it might be time to bring out the lawn croquet or horseshoe toss – whatever serves your fancy.

Craft A Fun Signature Drink

Whether your crowd wants a sweet summer punch or something a little stronger, this is the perfect occasion to embrace your inner mixologist. Get creative with it — mix and match fresh fruit, make your own DIY crushed raspberry lemonade or create a refreshing summer sangria. Craft the perfect drink for the perfect day. All you need to ensure is you have enough ice.

A few of our favorites (which can be made with or without alcohol):

Paleo Lemonade (10 ways)

Watermelon Frosé

Strawberry-Basil Moscow Mule

Cantaloupe-Ginger Cocktails

Grill Up Something Delicious

Of course, no party is complete without some delicious meals to share. You’ll need to think tactically, efficiently and deliberately in putting together a Paleo-friendly menu that tastes as good as it sounds.  If you’re stuck in the debate of what to serve to help you end summer on a high note, we have some tantalizing appetizers and entrées for you. And, of course, no menu would be complete without desserts. Sticking with your Paleo plan can and will leave your guests buzzing with delight.

Grilled Eggplant & Roasted Pepper Dip

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta on Zucchini “Toast”

Bacon & Egg Sweet Potato Salad

Paleo Coleslaw

Cucumber & Watermelon Salad

Sweet Chilli Brussel’s Sprouts

Perfectly Grilled Steak

Cider Can Chicken

BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Spicy Jalapeno Turkey Burgers (with Creamy Slaw)

Grilled Pork Skewers

Balsamic Mayo Grilled Drumsticks

Seekh Kebab

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brown Butter Peach & Cherry Cobbler

Revel in the last celebration of summer and have a fantastic Labor Day weekend!!


Michal Ofer is a wellness and digestion expert and nutrition coach. She is focused on assisting clients to take control of their health and happiness through the sustainable food and lifestyle choices that best support them. Through strengthening the body from the inside out, her clients are able to reach new heights of health, happiness and wellness. Michal obtained her Professional Training and Certificate from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. She has a further studied through the University of Colorado (Boulder) and Stanford University and is a Certified 21 Day Sugar Detox Coach. Michal has also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences and a Master Life Coach Certification. For further information and to connect with Michal visit her website at www.michalofer.com

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