We’re all wondering where Summer of 2020 went.  It wasn’t the vacation-filled, carefree season we were hoping for, but we can still savor the last minutes before Fall takes over and we’re in pumpkin-spice latte season and cooler weather.

 

Here are a few spontaneous ideas on how to make this Labor Day, a labor of love and a happy one.

 

 

  • Go old-school and turn on the sprinklers. Run through them with hair flying and shrieks of laughter.  A run through the sprinklers is good for the soul.
  • Make your own ice cream.  You can get an at-home ice cream maker for an indulgent treat, or go healthy and make some Nice-Cream with sliced frozen bananas in your food processor.  Throw in our favorite addition of strawberries, chocolate chips, a little honey  or peanut butter for an even “nicer” treat.
  • Play games.  Have a cornhole competition, play H-O-R-S-E at the basketball hoop, craft some old-fashioned games like a ring toss or water balloon toss.  Play. Laugh. Be silly.
  • Turn your backyard into a movie theater. Wait until the sun sets and create cozy blanket seating, make popcorn, eat Junior Mints and licorice and sit down and enjoy a good summer flick or vacation movie.
  • BBQ. It goes without saying that barbecue is on the Labor Day menu. Upgrade from burgers and hot dogs to in-season healthier choices to keep your immune system strong going into fall.  Grill veggies. Roast sweet potatoes. Make a berry trifle or stone fruit crumble.  Craft some sweet watermelon cocktails or refreshing juices.  Indulge. Enjoy. This is your time to taste the last sweet treats of summer.
  • Have your own mini-parade. Dress up in red, white and blue. Make paper hats and decorate them.  Find makeshift musical instruments and craft ribbon poles to wave as you walk through the neighborhood.  Everyone loves a parade!
  • Camp out back. Pitch some tents. Light some lanterns, make some s’mores, roast hot-dogs, sing campfire songs and tell spooky ghost stories. The simple act of sleeping under the stars is magic in itself.