36 Labor Day Entertaining Essentials for a Fun-Filled Holiday Weekend

36 Labor Day Entertaining Essentials for a Fun-Filled Holiday Weekend

The party tools you need to send summer off in style.

Marking the unofficial last weekend of summer, Labor Day is the perfect time to have one last warm-weather hurrah with friends and family. Whether you’re doing some backyard grilling, hosting a neighborhood pool party, or finally venturing out to do some car camping, these are the tools you’ll need to make this Monday, September 5, one for the scrapbooks.

For a Poolside Plunge

The Nice Fleet Inflatable Printed Pool Rings
Splish splash. Quick, point us to the nearest pool or lake—because that’s exactly where we’re taking these floats. They’re made of BPA-free and happily recyclable PVC plastic. And those beach-inspired prints on both sides? They’ll shine bright even on the cloudiest of days.
Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II
From the pool to the park to the patio, the SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II is a tough and water-resistant companion that’s perfect for any adventure.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
This innovative, antioxidant-rich SPF primer preps skin for makeup while providing broad spectrum SPF 40 and protection from blue light, the light emitted from our phones and computers.

Dusen Dusen Atom Bath Towel
Add a playful note to your bathroom with the science-inspired pattern of this towel made from plush, absorbent terry cloth woven from soft Portuguese cotton.  ...
Jasonwell Inflatable Unicorn Sprinkler
Made of thick quality and tested material. Perfect for outdoor backyard water play, summer party, pool party, unicorn party, etc.
Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3
Rock any adventure with a supremely powerful, portable wireless speaker.
Solo Stove Pi Pizza Oven
The pizza oven for everyone. Make wood-fired pizzas that impress, or bake with propane by adding on the gas burner.

For a Backyard BBQ

All-Clad 4-Piece Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set
Now we’re grilling. Follow the scent of smoky BBQ, and you’ll be led straight to these all-star grilling tools. The set’s got four utensils for all your burger flipping and veggie charring: a slotted turner, locking tongs, a basting brush, and a two-prong fork.
Fable Colorful Bamboo Plates and Dinnerware
Bamboo beauts. Eco-friendly dinnerware? Count us in. Every dish you see is crafted from bamboo fiber and non-GMO cornstarch (read: super sustainable), with a touch of BPA-free melamine for an extra kick of durability (because these sets will be putting in the miles, just wait).
Everdure Cube Portable Charcoal Grill
BBQ is a total go. Close your eyes and imagine firing up the coals out on the beach...or snacking on barbecue chicken right on your campsite. Then, open them—and take in this portable charcoal grill. It does all that and more, thanks to its very-smart design.
Chicory Modular Teak Outdoor 4-Seater L-Sectional and Storage Coffee Table
The Modular Dwell™ Outdoor Living Collection is thoughtfully designed to be modular and weatherproof for convenient, comfortable outdoor living.  Grade A Teak Wood Stain-resistant, Fade-proof, Liquid Repellent Upholstery  Pillows: 100% recycled synthetic down  Cushions: Low Density,...
Tovolo Prep & Serve Grill Trays, Set of 2
No more mix-ups. You just fired up the coals, and you’re about to sear a couple of steaks...only, how do you keep the raw juices off of the cooked meat? Lucky for you, these grill trays just swooped in. There’s one for prep work and one for serving (the different colors will tell you which is...
Spark Grill
Spark is designed to add an inviting element to your outdoor space—this isn't a grill you'll want to cover up. Easy ignition. No chimney or lighter fluid needed. Set and hold temperature from 250F to 900F. Smoky charcoal flavor you can’t get with propane. Simple, no mess charcoal cleanup.
Crate & Barrel x Shinola Mackinac 4-Piece Barbecue Tool Set
Unroll this handsome tool set and get grilling. Inside this leather-trimmed, waxed canvas carrying case you'll find a spatula, fork and tongs. Featuring stainless steel heads and teak handles with copper rivets, the tools are perfect for flipping burgers, grabbing ears of corn and skewering brisket.

For a Picnic in the Park

Sunnylife Wash Me Beach and Picnic Blanket
A soft foam lining pads this reversible blanket that rolls and carries from the beach to the park and beyond.
Yeti Tundra 45 Hard Cooler
A solid all-purpose size.
Baggu Puffy Cooler Bag
Heading out with drinks and snacks to share? Pack those frosty goods in a puffy cooler. It's insulated to keep your drinks, snacks and other treats cool and cushioned.
REI Co-op x West Elm Outward Day Shelter
Need some cover from sun or rain? The waterproof, seam-sealed REI Co-op x West Elm Outward Day Shelter keeps your dining or lounge area covered multiple ways—in the backyard or backcountry.  ...
Tupelo Heavy Duty Wagon
Gear for getting outside and having a good time. Tupelo’s mission is simple: make awesome gear that helps people get outside in the first place, and enjoy it while they’re out there.

For a Day at the Beach

Shibumi Shade
Shibumi Shade works with the slightest ocean breeze to cast ample shade. The free-flowing design works with the wind, not against it. Weighing less than 4 pounds, Shibumi Shade can be carried by any member of the family.
Neso Grande Beach Tent
Large and in charge, the Neso Grande beach tent is perfect for a beach day with family and friends. Made out of a Lycra/Nylon blend. UPF 50+ and water resistant. Weighs only 6.5 lbs.

Quince Cabana Stripe Beach Towels (Set of 2)
Seaside vibes to take with you anywhere. Our striped beach towels are doing double duty with a super-absorbent terry underside and a cozy velour front.
Trippy Outdoor Tripster Chair
8th-century chair design, built with modern-day engineering and aesthetics. Trippy Outdoor graduated with top honors from the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” school of thought.
Black Girl Sunscreen Kids SPF 50
BGS for Kids is an everyday SPF 50 moisturizing sunscreen lotion for face and body. Our sunscreen protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays and has eliminated all sticky white residue. Soothes, moisturizes, protects, hydrates and heals your child’s skin. Water resistant for 80 minutes. Hypoallergenic.
Backpack Backgammon & Checkers
Putting your game away shouldn't be the most challenging part of playing. This two-in-one board game and backpack from A Summer Shop is a cinch to pack.
Picnic Time Sun Shelter Pop-Up Tent
No shade, no problem. Take a breather from the beach volleyball or a nap at the park in the shade of this pop-up tent’s lightweight polyester shell.

For a Dinner Party

Our Place x Selena Gomez Set of 4 Tumblers
Make casual entertaining a simple delight by serving up beverages in these tumblers perfect for everything from iced coffee to wine—and even ice cream. ...
West Elm Modern Melamine Dinnerware (Set of 16)
Bright and light, designer Aaron Probyn’s sleek, modern update of melamine plates brings unbreakable style to outdoor dining. Rimmed plates make carrying food even easier (no spills!).
Fable New York Oval Bamboo Salad Bowl Set
Salad's on the menu. When you’ve got salads to make and patios to take ‘em to, we know just the thing. This set is made of eco-friendly bamboo fiber and cornstarch—plus melamine for extra durability—so it’s particularly practical for your outdoor gatherings.
Dot and Army Outdoor Net Food Cover
Protect your picnics. 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.
Flamingo Estate Roma Heirloom Tomato Candle
We worship the tomato. Ripe, supple and bursting with juice, the scent of the heirloom tomato catapults us to memories of late summer dinner parties in Sicilian gardens and awakens pleasure in all our uncommon senses.

For a Car Camping Trip

Hillsound Equipment BTR Camping Stool
A compact, packable camp stool that’s far, far better than a rock. After mastering the crampon game, Hillsound Equipment set out to make other aspects of outdoor exploration safer and more accessible—starting with an ultra lightweight, perfectly packable stool.
Stoic Driftwood 2 Tent
Get away from the hustle and bustle of life in the city, whether it's you and your best friend, you and your best furry, four-legged friend, or just you and your thoughts. We recommend setting up the Driftwood 2 Tent by a babbling brook, or perhaps on red desert rocks overlooking a stunning view.
Barebones 12" Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Barebones cast iron cookware might just be the best we’ve ever laid hands on. Barebones is all about feeling the dirt in your hands, feeling the stars shining down on you out in the backcountry, and finding time to enjoy the simplest pleasures life and nature have to offer.
Helinox Chair One Original
The original Helinox Chair One ensures everyone has a seat at the table. This lightweight, compact camping and backpacking chair packs smaller and weighs less than a bottle of wine.
Rada Handmade Yucatan Hammock
Our artisan-crafted hammock envelops your body for ultimate comfort. Lay lengthwise or horizontally for your desired level of comfort and support.

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