Labor Day Weekend: the coveted long weekend before the summer warmth fades into the crisp autumn air. Historically, it also marks the last day of the year deemed appropriate to wear white (apparently, says somebody). So whether or not you follow the fashion police on that one, why not use the opportunity to throw a White Party where your guests can don their crisp creme, eggshell, and ivory apparel and give a proper farewell to summer. Here are our top 4 tips on how to throw a white hot Labor Day party that will be one for the books!
Go all out
With themed parties there is only one rule: don’t hold back. The more you get into the theme, the more your guests will and the more successful your party will be. Make sure every small, seemingly insignificant detail is considered; from decor and place settings to flowers and drinks. This will tie the entire evening together, and guarantee a night to remember (depending what cocktails you’re serving, anyway.)
Define the dress code
I know what you’re thinking. “It’s a white party, so everyone wears white. Duh.” Not so fast. Nothing is worse than showing up to a party and being over-dressed or under-dressed. No one likes sticking out like a sore thumb. So included with your invite let your guests know if attire is casual for an afternoon gathering or ‘white-tie’ (sorry – too easy) for an evening soiree. To set the tone for an all-white shindig, we love the chic French Bloom from the Luly Yang collection or the trendy Dots & Arrows design.
Don’t skimp on the decor, and take this opportunity to really wow your guests. String white paper lanterns and lights throughout your yard for an ethereal ambiance. Create some dimension in the space by using wooden tables and all-white place settings, linens, and florals. Various types of seating areas are ideal where your guests can gather, so mix it up with white couches, bar stools, low chairs, benches, or for a more rustic picnic feel, we love these patterned white blankets from lemlem.
It’s hard to be a party without a few libations, and don’t back down from a little creativity. It’s hard to go wrong with the classics like champagne or G+Ts, but consider including a few of something new like a White Russian or an Elderflower White Cosmo.