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7 Fun and Inexpensive Things to Do at Home for Labor Day Weekend

by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Aug 10, 2015

LaborDayAtHome_WebFor many Florida homeowners, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Maybe not on the thermometer, but certainly in spirit – kids and adults alike know the time for summer vacation is done. 

Fortunately, you don’t need to plan an extravagant trip or host an expensive party to mark the holiday. Kick back, relax and soak up the last bit of summer this Labor Day weekend with these fun and budget-friendly activities.

Go Camping… At Home

Whether you choose to set up camp in your backyard or living room, this exciting “getaway” is a wonderful family bonding activity that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. All you need are plenty of blankets, s’mores and campfire stories (but keep the actual fire in a campground)!

Roast the marshmallows, not your home… Check out these safe, alternative methods for making s’mores.

Host a BYOB Potluck (Bring Your Own Barbecue)

Barbecues are a beloved Labor Day tradition, but the cost of meat, snacks and refreshments can quickly add up. Save money without sacrificing fun by hosting a barbecue potluck. Instead of fronting all the food costs, ask guests to pitch in and contribute their favorite dishes.

And don’t let your Labor Day BBQ bash burn down the house; Check out our top grilling safety tips.

Enjoy an Extended “Staycation”

Take advantage of your extra day off. Avoid crowded airports, traffic congestion and hefty hotel bills – instead, opt for an extended staycation at home.

Feeling adventurous? Play tourist for the day and explore a part of your community that you haven’t visited before. Who knows what hidden treasures you may stumble upon!

We All Scream for Homemade Ice Cream

Savor the final stretch of summer with one of America’s most delectable desserts – ice cream! Skip the lines and spend quality time with family by learning to make your favorite flavors at home. In need of some ice cream inspiration? Check out these mouthwatering recipes. 

Throw a “Wear Your White” Party

Whether or not you follow the unspoken Northern rule of “don’t wear white after Labor Day,” why not use it as an excuse for a fun party theme? Invite friends and family over and dress up in your best white outfit.

Disclaimer: White clothes and barbecue are a dangerous mix. Consider changing clothes or throwing on an apron before participating in a rib eating contest. 

Host a Moonlight Movie in Your Backyard

Avoid the holiday crowds, expensive movie tickets and overpriced snacks this weekend. Instead, invite guests over to screen your favorite summertime movies under the stars … at home. Encourage everyone to bring their own snacks and goodies. 

Parenting Magazine offers budget-friendly tips for installing a movie screen in your backyard. 

It’s Showtime!

Got younger kids? Get them in the Labor Day spirit while teaching them what the holiday is really all about by putting on a backyard show. Let your kids and their friends dress up as someone they want to be when they grow up and then act out what they think that person actually does for a living. It’s entertaining for adults and your kids will gain a greater appreciation of the Labor Day holiday.