Homemade dip screams “domestic goddess,” but this version -- which combines premade hummus with avocado, scallions, and cilantro -- is as simple as they come. The hardest part is choosing between chips and crudites. (Pro tip: Choose both.)
If you insist on grilling, try pizza instead of the usual burgers and dogs. It’s unusual, vaguely autumnal, and requires less vigilance once it’s on the heat. Make like master entertainer Kevin Sharkey -- purchase ready-made dough from your favorite pizzeria, and then set out assorted toppings in pretty bowls. Laziness is the mother of invention (that’s how the saying goes, right?).
Everyone knows white is off-limits after Labor Day, so get it out of your system now. A paper tablecloth encourages guests to doodle their summer memories -- and makes for minimal cleanup after the fact.
It’s the centerpiece equivalent of a kitchen-sink cookie -- but this time, your garden is providing the ingredients. Late-season flowers and herbs mingle in one meadowlike mishmash.
For a fun how-I-spent-my-summer-vacation activity, hang a giant map, and let guests anonymously flag where they’ve traveled. Later, take turns guessing who went where -- and sharing memorable highlights of the trips.
Summer, that's a wrap! What are your favorite laborless Labor Day party ideas?