This post has been updated for 2018

Stock up on charcoal, fire up the grill, and commit to that healthy reset on Tuesday, because this long weekend is all about these delicious Labor Day recipe ideas.

Even if your kids are back in school, chances are you’ve still managed to hit the pool a bit and keep the summer vibes alive. But, alas, all good things come to an end. And this weekend is our last hurrah so we’re all about celebrating. With food!

You may want to start with this post offering 5 easy expert tips for throwing a successful backyard party.

Oh, and if you’re going for burgers, before you choose a recipe, be sure to check out these tips on the best cuts of beef for burgers, which we got from our favorite local butcher.

Related: 5 tricks to host a fabulous Labor Day party on a budget.

Labor Day recipes: Apps and sides

Texas Caviar from A Nutritionist Eats | Cool Mom Picks

Texas Caviar: a quick black-eyed pea salad or dip via A Nutritionist Eats

Serve up one of these 7 creative and awesome salsa recipes that you can whip up quickly.

How about a dip bar with these super simple, super tasty dip recipes?

We also love these 10 homemade dip or dressing recipes that make for an easy Labor Day party side dish or main when you add veggies.

If Labor Day weekend also means tailgating, you’ll want to whip up these Creamy Chicken Enchilada Potato Skins.

Love all of these fresh summer pasta salad ideas for when you’ve already used up every trick you’ve got. Great for starters, sides, or even main courses!

Too hot to grill everything? These cold noodle dishes from around the globe will hit the spot.

Get your party started right with these 6 make-ahead appetizer recipes that are so easy.

Serve one of these 4 make-ahead grain salads on the side.

Related: 10 of the best grilling hacks for backyard barbecues and grilling.

 

Labor Day recipes: Mains

Vegetarian cookout ideas that even meat-eaters will love | Photo © Caroline Siegrist for Cool Mom Eats

Vegetarian cookout ideas that even meat-eaters will love | Caroline Siegrist for Cool Mom Eats

6 killer hot dog recipes that go beyond the plain old ketchup and mustard. And speaking of ketchup, and mustard, here are 13 ideas for creative hot dog toppings!

8 of our favorite summer barbecue recipes beyond burgers (though we like those too).

We’ve got some delicious vegetarian cookout ideas that even meat-eaters will love. Also, check out this recipe for vegetarian sliders. Yum.

For a twist on classic cookout fare, try these 9 burger recipes from around the world.

Master the grill with these 7 awesome grilling recipes.

The motherlode: 40 summer grilling recipes and ideas.

And if you’re grilling for a crowd, here are tips and 10+ easy grilling ideas for your next outdoor party.

Do something different and grill pizzas for your party. Genius!

Another way to go: 5 easy dinner ideas all using food and produce in season right now.

Make use of tomatoes in season with these wonderful ideas for what to make with a pint of cherry tomatoes.

Related: How long can food be left out during the summer before it spoils?

 

Labor Day recipes: Drinks

Botanical cocktail recipes: Lavender Collins at Cali Girl Cooking

5-Ingredient Lavender Collins recipe | Cali Girl Cooking

Gorgeous botanical cocktail recipes are a perfect send-off to the warm weather. (Sniff.)

Of course, we’re still saying rosé all day with these rosé wine cocktails.

Outrageous lemonade hacks to make yours more delicious — whether for the kids or the adults.

Try your hand at a homemade recipe for sun tea (it’s easy), with some tips to make it even more delicious.

Raise a toast to the end of summer with these sophisticated Margarita recipes.

These creative sangria recipes are perfection (and not a lot of work either).

12 creative frozen cocktail recipes: Boozie slushies, granitas, popsicles, and more.

We also love these fruity cocktail recipes for something a little out of the ordinary.

Related: 13 watermelon hacks and serving ideas

 

Labor Day recipes: Desserts

The Perfect Berry Crisp. This easy and delicious dessert on the grill will impress guests and your family. | Jane Sweeney Cool Mom Eats

The easiest, most impressive dessert you can make on a grill: the Berry Crisp, above, from our own Jane Sweeney.

Make a better sundae with these healthier ice cream toppings.

A homemade chocolate shell recipe for all that ice cream (of course).

These 12 mindblowingly creative ice cream serving tips and hacks turn even a scoop of vanilla into something special.

If you’re thinking pie, check out these 6 easy pie crust alternatives that keep things easy and delicious.

Any need to convince you that a red wine float — or one of these other irresistible ice cream floats — is the way to go?

Keep the oven off and try these amazing no-bake summer desserts, plus these no-bake cookie ideas that don’t require turning on the oven at all.

And there are even more all-star, no-bake summer desserts here too.

Popsicles aren’t just for kids! These gourmet popsicle recipes are great for grown-ups. And here’s a great hack for making your own boozy popsicles like the vodka martini pops we’ve seen in Costco.

What’s a barbecue without s’mores? We’ve got 9 fantastic s’mores recipes you’ll definitely want to try.

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