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Get Your Kitchen Ready For A Labor Day Bash

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The pressure of entertaining guests can be overwhelming, especially around the holidays. We’ve jotted down some simple tips to help you enjoy your Labor Day, with the least amount of labor possible. We’ve even included a few of our favorite cocktail recipes!

Create Menu/Shopping List Ahead of Time

pink back ground, bananas, print out grocery list
We’ve all had that “oh no” moment when it’s 20 minutes till go time and you realize you’ve forgotten something crucial from the grocery store. To avoid these situations, start by planning a menu and assembling an organized shopping list at least a week before your Labor Day get together. This ensures that you’ll have no unnecessary anxiety on the day of the party. Consider choosing dishes that are easy to prepare such as non-cook salads made of fresh veggies and/or fruits. This is also a fantastic way to celebrate the last of the summer yields. Think about what you can buy in terms of disposable dishes and cutlery to minimize clean up, and don’t forget to unload the dishwasher the day prior.

Clear out Fridge Before Shopping Trip

inside of double door fridge
No body likes to come home after a grocery haul only to find there’s no space to put anything away. Rid your refrigerator and pantry of any and all unnecessary products before you venture out on a shopping trip.

Get Prep Done the Night Before

Crudite; carrot, celery, jicama
Cut cooking time in half by chopping and prepping as much as you can the night before. This makes the day much more relaxing and enjoyable.

Batch Pitchers of Cocktails

Batched cocktail in mason jar dispenser
Throw together a few batches of simple summer classics. If you’re planning on using fresh juices, you may want to choose cocktails that use the same citrus such as daiquiris, west side, and a margarita variation. Look no further, we’ve got you covered on the batching specs below. Each batch holds roughly 16 drinks.

The Spotted Pig’s Don Felipe

  • 26 Oz. Reposado tequila
  • 8.5 Oz. Campari
  • 17 Oz. Lime
  • 8.5 Oz. Simple syrup

Classic Daquiri

  • 36 Oz. White rum
  • 36 Oz. Gin
  • 18 Oz. Lime
  • 13 Oz. Simple syrup

East Side

  • 18 Oz. Lime
  • 13 Oz. Simple syrup
  • 15 Cucumber slices
  • Generous handful fresh mint

TIP: To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar to boiling water. Start with two separate containers and slowly add sugar to water string with a wooden spoon.

Decor

American flag mason jar lantern DIY
If you’re into festive decorations, go online for some crafty projects to liven up the atmosphere, just make sure you’re choosing ones that require minimal time and effort!

Pick Out Playlist

White iPhone in wood dock
Select your tunes ahead of time. Make a few playlists or decide on stations that are best suited for the mood of your party.

How do you get your kitchen ready for company?

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