Labor Day Inspiration

Labor Day is a long weekend that many people consider as the end of the summer and last chance to celebrate outdoors for a while.  Enjoy a nice long weekend with some of the ideas for your Labor Day weekend.

1.  Fiskars shares some great ideas for Labor Day decorations here.

2.  Play some outdoor Jenga using your own wooden blocks like these.

3.  Use a simple bucket caddy like this one from Martha Stewart for a casual picnic.

4.  Download your free Labor Day invitations from Martha Stewart here.

5.  Add some variety to your barbecue by making this grilled corn with sundried tomato-bacon butter.

Caprese Stars and a Watermelon Flag

We started our July 4th celebrations this weekend with my family.  We enjoyed some fireworks, fun and of course great food!

My sister in law made this DELICIOUS patriotic watermelon and cheese flag.  I’ve seen a couple of varieties on Pinterest and it was definitely a great treat.  She used watermelon, Swiss cheese, pepper jack cheese and blueberries to make this.  The combination of ingredients was very tasty!

I put together these Caprese Stars.  I got the idea from Divine Dinner Party but I changed mine up a little.


  • Simply cut stars out of puff pastry and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and cook as directed.
  • Let stars cool and poke a hole in the center to add pesto.
  • I used blue and red toothpicks to skewer the tomatoes, basil and mozzarella.
This was an easy and delicious appetizer to serve for the July 4th festivities.


Adding Pop Rocks to Food and Drinks

Add some “POP” to your July 4th celebration with Pop Rocks.  This is a fun candy to use with drinks and food to give your guests a little surprise when they taste it.

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade with Pop Rocks from Gimme Some Oven.

Firecracker Push Pops from Hoosier Homemade.

Pop Rocks Marshmallow Pops from The Decorated Cookie.

Firecracker Cakelettes from She Knows

Strawberry Pop Rocks Ice Cream from the Kitchn

Red, White and Blue Pop Rocks drink from Food Network

Watermelon Poptini from Snappy Gourmet

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