I’m just curious: What do you have planned for Labor Day? Most people tend to have big meals and if this is your first Labor Day celebration in your new Atlanta home, then you should make this one one to remember. Here are 5 things to keep in mind if you want to have an excellent Labor Day cookout to welcome guests your new Atlanta home.
Have Guest Bring Something To The Party
As long as everyone isn’t bringing paper plates, this could be a good idea. This will help you to minimize having to work so hard in the kitchen and at the grill. If some people’s food is suspect, suggest that they bring a grocery food item or be the paper plate or soda bearer.
Get RSVPs Electronically
There are several apps that can help you get people to RSVP to your get together such as RSVPify.com, Evite, and Eventbrite. Even if it’s just a matter of getting an email or text confirmation stating who will be coming, who they will be bringing, and what food item they will bring this will let you know how much food you should anticipate cooking. This will keep you from cooking too much or too little.
Start The Grill Early
Even if you have to put the meat in the oven to warm it up later, it’s best to get the meat on the grill asap. You want to have time to interact with your guests. Also, you don’t want people to come to your party ready to eat and end up “hangry” because you haven’t prepared the meats.
Show Off Your New Place
After all your hard work of closing on your new home in Atlanta and buying furniture for it, don’t forget to show it off! As your guests arrive, take some around and give them the grand tour. If too many arrive at once, show some to the hors de voures while you show a small group around the home.
Play Games or Have Giveaways
Some fun games to play can be cards games, board games, trivia, or one of the all-time favorites, charades. Grown folks have the right to have fun so make sure that you include fun in your cook out. If there are several children present at the cook out, make sure that you have some things planned for them to do, also.
Don’t Forget the Booze
Whether you are designating someone to bring it for everyone, you’re supplying it, or everyone has to bring their own, don’t forget the booze! Maybe you could be responsible for some beers but anything harder, everyone else can fend for self. Unless of course you are ready to show off that spectacular bar that came with your new home.
Have the Time of Your Life!
Remember this isn’t just a Labor Day celebration. This is the first Labor Day celebration in your new Atlanta home. Take photos, turn up, and live a little! After all, you deserve it after all the struggles you have encountered from relocating to the ATL. Now, you can relax and enjoy your first celebration in your home.
“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.”
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Mel Childs is the author of this article and the owner of Move Me To Atlanta. She also owns her own writing company in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she has written freelance for various publications, including Bob Vila, This Old House, Lawnstarter, WikiLawn, Homelight, Fixr, LeadsForward, Upscale Magazine, Black EOE Journal, Ancient Origins, and many more.