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The days are getting shorter and the nights cooler. Summer is winding down whether we like it or not, so why not give it a proper send-off? From drinks to décor, check out these ideas for a perfectly planned Labor Day gathering.

Cook something up: Take advantage of the few days of nice weather left this season, and plan an outdoor event. Everyone loves a backyard barbeque between friends and family. Whether you’re cooking up something as simple as burgers on the grill or as elaborate as balsamic steak, check out our list of to-die-for end of summer recipes. Try a few out, and don’t forget to share the leftovers with us!

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Toast the end of summer: Now that you’ve decided on the food menu, don’t forget the drinks! Spice your party up a bit this year with some festive beverages, such as a strawberry mojito!

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Create some outdoor ambiance: Presentation is key when it comes to planning an event. And just because you’re dining outdoors, that doesn’t mean you have to stick with plastic lawn furniture, which can take away from an otherwise beautiful setting. Bradshaw Kirchofer’s handmade tables are pre-treated for outdoor use and are a great choice for outdoor entertaining. With its vintage yet refined feel, the Tremaine Trestle dining table is sure to give your Labor Day party the proper feng shui.

Don’t forget the details: While the holiday colors may call for a patriotic theme, the changing of seasons also makes warm, earthy tones and rich orange and gold colors appropriate. Paper lanterns, summery floral arrangements and subtle centerpieces will give your gathering a sophisticated yet fun feel. On a budget for this little get together? Check out festive summer décor for under $30.

Most importantly, remember to have fun! Labor Day is a celebration of relaxation, so stressing about your party defeats the purpose. Kick back, enjoy the weather while you can and spend time with the ones you love. That’s the true recipe for a perfect party.