Celebrate the Last Weekend of Summer With These 25 Picks For an Epic Labor Day

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By Paige Alexus / Published by Dwell
Though the idea of summer coming to an end is a sad realization for many of us, there’s one good piece of news—Labor Day weekend festivities are approaching.

As the unofficial last weekend of summer, Labor Day has become the official time to take in the last long, warm days while celebrating with friends and family. On September 4, make sure to take the chance to spend as much time outdoors as possible and enjoy the people you want to surround yourself with. 

To make this happen, you’re going to need some tools—and we have you covered. Take a look below for our end-of-summer picks that will equip you for an epic weekend, whether that includes taking a group trip to the beach, organizing a picnic, or hosting a BBQ or dinner party at your home. 

If You're Heading to the Beach

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Carry Handle Striped Beach Throw
Carry Handle Striped Beach Throw
Beach day, handled. This big and easy striped throw is ready to drop everything and head to the beach at the drop of a straw hat. We love the luxuriously soft, quick-drying Turkish cotton as an alternative to a bulky beach towel not only for seaside trips, but also for outdoor concerts, picnics, and even yoga. The included cotton velcro carrying handle—which detaches from the towel when not in use—makes it easy to pack up and sling over your shoulder.  Made in: Turkey  Made of: 100% Turkish Cotton. Carry handle is made of 100% cotton twill tape with velcro closure.  Size: 50" L x 60" W.  Sourced from: Turkish T Photography by Rocky Luten.
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Portable BBQ Grill "Mon Oncle V2"
Portable BBQ Grill "Mon Oncle V2"
Enjoy the smoky smell of summer at the beach, on a rooftop, at the park—anywhere, really—with this beautifully designed portable grill. The ultra-light Mon Oncle is ridiculously easy to use and perfectly scaled to take with you on the go. When closed, it's an elegant briefcase with character and a vintage feel. Open it up and you'll find a portable, tabletop barbecue grill inside. Take it to a beach picnic or elevate your tailgating experience. Tight on space? Use it at home, on a terrace or balcony. Its innovative design is easy to use and dismantle and features a perforated surface that ensures even air flow for fast, flavorful cooking. 
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Sunski Sunglasses
Sunski Sunglasses
Sunski combines design, materials, and presentation into a stellar end product that celebrates their love for outdoor adventures. Named after a favorite hiking trail across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, the Dipseas sunglasses blend the style of the city with the spirit of the outdoors.Enjoy with each pair Certified UVA/B/400 protection, tri-spoke lock-tight hinges, a microfiber bag, carrying case, and lifetime warranty. Yes, lifetime. 
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Slangette Bag
Slangette Bag
The Slangette is one of the latest additions to Doug Johnson's bag series. This cylindrical basket can be fastened into a handbag by pulling the shoulder strap through the slit in the side of the basket. 
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B&O's Portable Bluetooth Speakers
B&O's Portable Bluetooth Speakers
The industry standard for high fidelity audio you can take anywhere. B&O PLAY’s music systems and speakers are designed to bring you their signature high fidelity sound — the same found in the audio systems of Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, and Mercedes. The A1 packs a serious audio punch into a small, portable package you can take anywhere with you. And with a battery that lasts up to 24 hours, you can keep the party going into the wee hours no matter where you find yourself tipping one back. Weight 1.3 lbDimensions 1.9” x 5.2”Available in 4 unique colorways
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Julian Schnabel Artist Beach Towel
Julian Schnabel Artist Beach Towel
Bask in the sun and in the glory of art with this oversized beach towel designed by artist Julian Schnabel features a customized map of Martinique and is made of 100-percent ultra-soft cotton. Proceeds from this limited edition item go to the Art Production Fund that helps artists finance their very own public art projects.
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Classic Fedora Straw Hat
Classic Fedora Straw Hat
Classic Fedora straw hat with gold stud, suitable for women & for men.This hat's style is both understated and cool. An inner cotton trim ensures it sits comfortably.Materials: Materials: Seagrass straw, cotton.
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If You're Throwing a Backyard BBQ

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Grilling Grids (Set of 2)
Grilling Grids (Set of 2)
Pop these handy grids on the grill for an instant cooking surface perfect for cooking smaller cuts of meat and delicate fish. The perforated bottom lets all that smoky goodness reach your ingredients while cooking, while keeping vegetables like scallions or asparagus from falling through the grill grates (tragedy!).  Made in: China  Made of: Stainless steel or porcelain  Size: Small grid: 13" L x 7.5" W x 0.91" H; Large grid: 16.46" L x 10.04" W x 1" H Sourced from: Companion Group Photography by Rocky Luten.
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White & Grey Enamel Drink Dispenser
White & Grey Enamel Drink Dispenser
There’s no better way to serve big-batch beverages to a crowd than by having guests serve themselves out of a big ol’ classic drink dispenser. This one comes in classic white with grey trim and looks great with a set of matching mugs or tumblers. It holds just over 15 quarts, so get a-squeezin’ those lemons!Read more on why we love enamelware a whole lot for every little kitchen task.   Made in: China  Made of: Steel, porcelain enamel. Metal stand. Stainless steel spout.  Size: 14" in diameter (15" W with handles) x 17.5" H, holds 15.25 quarts  Sourced from: Crow Canyon Home Photography by Rocky Luten.
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Grill Set from Schmidt Brothers
Grill Set from Schmidt Brothers
Grilling essentials built from a deep passion for both world class food and top notch design  Schmidt Bros. uses fine woods from all over the world combined with high-quality stainless steel to craft a line of cutlery and cooking tools that are as beautiful as they are functional. The Bonded Teak Grill Set is made with South Asian teak wood handles and stainless steel. Includes four essential tools for any backyard cookout (Spatula, Fork, Silicone basting brush, Tongs).
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The PK360 Grill & Smoker
The PK360 Grill & Smoker
MVP of the 2017 Cookout Season. Cast from rust-proof, durable aluminum, the PK360 is ready to sling some serious dogs and burgers come next cookout. Originally fired-up in the '60s with wild success, the PK's been upgraded for 2017 with:  High portability: use by itself or with the wheeled pedestal base; grill capsule can sit on uneven surfaces thanks to rear stabilizer feet  Twin cylinder intakes and upper radial vents give you precise control of temperature and airflow (slow or fast grilling) Internal ash roofs prevent ash from falling into the lower air vents  Marine grade 316 stainless steel cooking grate and charcoal grate  Hinged section on cooking grate for easy addition of more coals  Dual heat-resistant, durable and removable shelves provide workspace with steel bar for hanging accessories  Pedestal base with aluminum foot and quick-release knob for easy removal the grill capsule  Aluminum grill capsule guaranteed for 10 years against burnout, rust or breakage  Includes PK360 Grill, pedestal base, two shelves, hardware and assembly instructions as well as a free stainless steel Rib Rack, a $39.99 value
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German Kerosene Lantern
German Kerosene Lantern
Heavy-duty, weather-resistant steel hurricane lantern available in six baked-on lacquer colors and natural tin. Thermal heat-resistant globes will not crack, while specially developed wicks and tank will not flicker, soot or leak. 10 inches high. Made in Germany since 1902. (read more) 
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Cast Iron Dish Fire Pit
Cast Iron Dish Fire Pit
Forged from solid, cast iron to form a sleek, shallow bowl, this durable fire pit can be placed atop a three-legged stand, or directly on the ground for a more rustic appearance. Over time, the iron responds to the elements by developing a reactive patina or rust as a protective barrier, self-sealing to beautifully preserve its integrity. 
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If You're Planning a Picnic

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Pie Basket with Tray
Pie Basket with Tray
The beauty of a basket is in its versatility and utility. This pie basket is built strong to carry 2 delicious pies at once. Remove tray to use as a picnic basket or to bring a dish to a backyard party. The strong ash wood, tight construction of the weave, and smooth wooden handles attached to rivets offer added strength and easy schlepping.
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Backgammon & Checkers Game Set with Canvas Bag
Backgammon & Checkers Game Set with Canvas Bag
Roll it up and travel to play with this handmade, double-sided backgammon and checker drawstring game-bag set. Take your leisure gaming in style. Handmade in classic natural cotton canvas, leather drawstring cord and a signature red stitching detail. Toss in your beach towel and sun screen and head down to the shore. Enjoy a round on the beach, boat or picnics on the lawn. 
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Outdoor Net Food Cover
Outdoor Net Food Cover
Nothing spoils a great picnic or dinner outdoors faster than bugs and gnats. We collaborated with Dot and Army to design these lightweight net food covers, exclusive for us. We wanted something easy to fold up and carry with us, but also pretty to keep our picnics picturesque. We designed the nets with weighted corners, so you can toss it over your food and not worry about it flying away.  Made of: Net with 100% cotton edging  Size: 25" L x 26" W  Sourced from: Dot and Army Photography by James Ransom.
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Vuela Gray Mexican Picnic Blanket
Vuela Gray Mexican Picnic Blanket
Solid colored blankets are dotted with brightly colored flying golondrina birds. The golondrina, spanish for swallow is referenced in many Latin American song lyrics. They are big enough for a 2 - 4 person picnic and roll up in thirds for easy transport.  The blankets are hand woven in Mexico by skilled artisans. The leather straps are hand-made in California out of vegetable tanned leather that ages nicely with use.  Blankets are machine washable on cold gentle cycle, lay flat to dry.
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I-1 Instant Camera
I-1 Instant Camera
The I-1 is the first new camera system in over 20 years for the original instant format. It’s an easy to use point and shoot instant camera, with a variety of unique and innovative features designed to take your photography further. Works with Impossible I-type and 600 type film. The I-1’s uniquely designed ring flash provides a diffused light that’s perfect for portraits. You can also connect your iOS or Android device with the camera to experiment with creative tools like light painting, double exposure and more. This is the only instant camera that lets you take full photographic control of aperture and shutter speed, using the I-1 App’s manual mode. The I-1 is analog instant photography reinvented for the digital age.
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German- and Italian-made Sunglasses from Pacifico
German- and Italian-made Sunglasses from Pacifico
These sunglasses sport German-engineered Zeiss lenses, some of the best lenses the world over for everything from eyewear, to cameras, and binoculars — even wacky stuff like planetarium projectors. And acetate frames carefully handcrafted by Mazzucchelli in Italy as well as Italian-engineered nickel hinges, and vintage-inspired shapes. For a little context, both of these manufacturers have been pioneers in their respective fields since the mid-1800s. Plus, they operate outside the confines of the standard markup-heavy sunglasses market, so you can pick these up for around half of what other companies would charge.
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If You're Hosting a Dinner Party

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Jean Dubost 7 Piece Mariniere Collection Oyster Set
Jean Dubost 7 Piece Mariniere Collection Oyster Set
Feel the breeze of the ocean as you use this blue and white striped oyster set to enjoy fresh oysters. Each set includes one oyster knife and six forks made from high-grade stainless steel. Dishwasher safe and rust-resistant, every item in this set is put through 25 production stages before it is stamped, polished and packaged.
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Stainless Steel Fusti Beverage Dispenser
Stainless Steel Fusti Beverage Dispenser
The fusti (pronounced foo-stee) is a classic stainless steel container that has been around for centuries in Italy. Traditionally used to house olive oil, these professional-quality fustis can be used to store oil, vinegar, or honey or as an industrial-chic beverage dispenser for water, wine, or big-batch cocktails. The airtight lid and completely seamless interior keep the contents fresh and protected from air, light, and debris.
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Rescued Wood Feast Board
Rescued Wood Feast Board
Hold on tight. This one-of-a-kind serving board isn’t just the perfect surface for your antipasti presentation—as soon as you carry it to the table (using the cutout handles) it becomes a talking piece. The boards are handcrafted from rescued wood from fallen trees or trees that must be removed. Each is totally unique, depending on the wood used, its age, the cut, and the finish.  Made in: Atlanta, Georgia  Made of: Pecan or maple wood  Size: 36" L x 10" W x 0.5" H. Note that since these boards are made from rescued wood, the size will vary slightly from what is indicated, depending on the wood and the piece.  Sourced from: Heirloomed   Photography by Rocky Luten
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Table Linens by Modernplum
Table Linens by Modernplum
Imagine a table set with beautiful linens, dishes, and flowers that sets the tone for a memorable evening meal with friends and family. Modernplum linen tablecloths, napkins and runners are part of those special moments. Each item is sewn by artisans in Chicago, Illinois from premium linen and finished with details like deep hems and mitered corners. Quality, craftsmanship, and a dose of beautiful to make the daily meal extraordinary.
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Leather-Handled Oak Tray
Leather-Handled Oak Tray
Look ma, two hands! For the cherry-on-top of presentations, load up this oak tray with your most impressive apps and carry it to your guests with the two attached leather handles. The handles rotate on their brass fixtures, so you can lay the them down flat once the tray has reached your table. It’s especially appreciated by the clumsier among us—the handles provide a fool-proof and sure-footed kitchen-to-table transport.  Made in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Made of: Oak with leather handlesSize: 18" L x 9" W x 1" H  Sourced from: Lostine  Photography by Bobbi Lin
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Modern by Dwell Magazine Stoneware Glazed Plates
Modern by Dwell Magazine Stoneware Glazed Plates
The Stoneware Glazed Plate from the new Dwell x Target home collection pairs strong, simple form with a unique glaze for a dinnerware staple that is both functional and attractive. The distinctive lip lends the impression that the plate is hovering above the tabletop. Sold in a set of four, the Stoneware Glazed Plate is available in black and white. Photo: Courtesy of Target
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