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    Labor Day Party: Drink & Dessert Ideas

    August 29, 2013

    Labor Day is almost upon us! Are you planning to host a Labor Day party? Make sure yours is a complete success by offering some atypical drinks and desserts at your event space. Check out these unique drink and dessert ideas you can use for your Labor Day party.

    Drinks for Kids

    Sometimes it can be difficult to get creative with kids drinks. Glean some inspiration from those more adult beverages by simply removing the alcohol! Keep the kids entertained all day long with some of these fun recipes:

    Tot Shots

    Make some non-alcoholic Jell-O shots to pass around! The kids will love it, and they're also great for the designated drivers and other nondrinkers at your party.

    Preparation


    1. First, choose a few of your favorite Jell-O flavors. Choosing flavors with bright colors like strawberry and blueberry make it that much more fun for the kids.

    2. Follow the directions for preparation on the back of the package, but use juice instead of cold water to give your Jello-O an even fruitier flavor. Ensure the juice is really cold by putting it in the freezer 10 minutes prior to preparing the Jello-O.

    3. Once everything is ready to go and cooled down, pour the mixture into individual shot glasses or ice cube trays. For a different twist, try adding a cherry or raspberry into each shot glass and top with whipped cream for a tasty dessert.


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    Party Punch

     

    Refreshing punch is a drink everyone can enjoy. You can serve this in a large fancy punch bowl, or try making individual servings by putting the punch into mason jars, that way you can seal them up and toss them in a cooler with ice. Mason jars are a hot party trend and make for not only easy preparation but also festive decorations. This is a beautiful way to present your drinks in your event venue plus it will prevent bugs from circling the punch.

    If you’re looking for a unique punch recipe, try this one out:

    Orangey Orange Punch

    Ingredients


    • Orange soda

    • Lemon lime soda

    • Orange sherbet ice cream


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    Preparation

     


    1. Chill orange and lemon lime soda in the freezer until they are very cold.

    2. Mix equal parts of orange and lemon lime soda, then take a melon baller and scoop your ice cream into the cold soda. Serve.


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    The ice cream balls will look great in the punch bowl or mason jar and when they start melting, it will infuse with the soda to make a delicious, refreshing concoction, perfect for a warm, Labor Day party. You can also make this type of punch with any other flavor combination of soda and ice cream, like strawberry or cream soda.

     

     

    Drinks for Adults

    Alcoholic Popsicles

    These are great for parties outside in the sun, a frozen treat to keep you cool. You'll need to buy popsicle molds for this recipe. You can find them at Target or on Amazon. Think of classic drink recipes like the margarita, dark and stormy, and mojito. Follow the normal recipe for these classic cocktails, then pour them into the popsicle molds. Pop them in the freezer overnight and keep them in a cooler clearly marked “Adults Only.” Serve during mid-day where the sun is at its peak.

    Cranberry Kiss Cocktail

    This is a very simple cocktail that is very refreshing. All you need is some spiced rum, Collins mix, cranberry juice, and lemon. Add them all together into an ice-filled high ball glass or mason jar and stir. Use the lemon wedge as a garnish. Check out the full recipe on Delish.com.

    Desserts

    Labor Day is a patriotic holiday celebrating the American work force, which is why you will often see red, white, and blue themed desserts. Try out some of these cool dessert ideas for your Labor Day party:

    Red, White, and Blue Cake

    This eye-catching sweet treat is not only beautiful but will also delight the tastebuds! Try out this twist on a simple recipe from AllRecipes.com:

    Ingredients


    • 1 cup white sugar

    • 1/2 cup butter

    • 2 eggs

    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

    • 1/2 cup milk

    • Red and blue food coloring

    • Vanilla frosting (store bought)


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    Preparation

     


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x9 inch pan.

    2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Lastly, add your food coloring, a few drops of red or blue. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

    3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

    4. Spread vanilla frosting over top of cake (can add more food coloring to frosting, preferably using opposite color used in the cake). Serve.


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    Blueberry Walnut Bars

     

     

    This recipe is quick, tasty, and a healthier option for your guests. The bottom portion of the bars consist of walnuts, cracker crumbs, sugar, oats, and butter. Then, a cream cheese spread goes on top of the crust. Finally, top with blueberries. For the full recipe and instructions, check out the article on Taste of Home.

    Do you have any more ideas for fun Labor Day party drinks and desserts? Feel free to share with us by leaving a comment below, on Facebook or Twitter!