The grill is warming up and the smell of a delicious barbecue lunch is in the air. This special gathering of friends and family is more than your typical weekend barbecue; it’s the last hoorah as sweet summertime comes to an end. Labor Day weekend is right around the corner – and in preparation we have put together a couple of family-friendly outdoor games, some tasty grilling pointers and a few safety tips to ensure you have a successful Labor Day celebration.
Take advantage of the quality time you will spend with the younger generation of your family this weekend by introducing the kids to fun games everyone loves. Below is a list of old and new ideas for fun in the outdoors:
• Water Balloon Toss – A classic yet very entertaining game for all ages. Have everyone pick a partner and line up in two rows facing each other. Give one row a freshly filled water balloon and have them toss it to their partner. After each toss, have one row take a step back. Keep going until only one team is left standing with their water balloon.
• Blanket Run – For this game you may want to recruit the youngest or smallest family member as your partner. Gather some old blankets and bring all of the participants outside to a large grassy area. Set up a starting line and a finish line and have one team member sit on a blanket while the other pulls them across the lawn! The first team to cross the finish line is the winner.
• Egg-And-Spoon Race – Everyone loves a little friendly competition. Give your grocery store a visit and buy a few dozen eggs and spoons. Line up your participants and see who can get from one side to the other without having their egg fall off of their spoon.
There are many more outdoor games that you can add to your Labor Day Weekend barbecue itinerary. Visit Buzzfeed.com for more ideas.
Besides having fun activities for your guests to enjoy, hosting a barbecue is the perfect time to show off your grilling skills. Impress the relatives by trying some new recipes that will standout from the typical barbecue fixings. For example, try a new cilantro-lime butter spread to base corn on the cob before throwing it on the grill. Who knows – it could be the new family favorite. Learn how to make it at TasteofHome.com.
Lastly, safety should be the top concern for the family and friend-filled day. Whether using a charcoal or propane grill, make sure to never leave it unattended. Only use the grill outdoors and place it in a reasonable location that is away from the home and low-hanging trees.
With all of this information you should be able to plan a delicious barbecue for your family and friends. We hope you enjoy a fun and safe Labor Day weekend.