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by Tan Rutley

Tan Rutley, a teacher/blogger/maker/hugger, is the creator of Squirrelly Minds where she shares DIY creations, recipes, and more to make your life pretty and fun. Her mind never stops thinking, planning, and making (squirrelly mind, get it?) and her projects nearly always leave her covered in glitter or flour. Sometimes both. Tan is an island girl living in Canada's west coast with her husband and overly fluffy kitty Lucy.

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  • Labor Day brings about a flurry of mixed emotions. On one hand it signifies the end of summer, but on the other it's a time to get all your friends and family out in the backyard to celebrate and party. Isn't that what summer is all about?

    Send summer out in style by throwing a laid back and totally cool Labor Day party with your best buds. With lawn games, cushy seating, delicious nibbles, and a warmly-lit atmosphere as the summer sun sets, this party is the perfect way to end one season and welcome the next.
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  • Lawn games, such as ladder ball, bocce ball, horseshoes, and croquet, are musts! Fun and mostly easy to play with a cool bevy or ice cream cone in hand, these games are sure to bring laughter, hoots, and hollers to your backyard fete. 
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  • Keep a cool, lounge vibe at the party with low, cushioned seating around a low table. I mean isn't that gold pouf just too incredible not to show off at a party? And don't forget to have a few blankets around for when it gets chilly after sundown!
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  • If you want to maintain that cool vibe yet take full advantage of that gorgeous barbecue weather, stick to finger foods like chicken wings and skewers. You'll also want to offer refreshing beverages like classic lemonade to rehydrate in that hot summer sun.
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  • Create a dreamy atmosphere after the sun sets with candlelight and soft paper lanterns. If mosquitos are a problem, keep them away with fresh-scented citronella candles. Here's a tip if wasps are a pest in the daytime: Place a couple of tablespoons of freshly ground cloves in small bowls and scatter a few around the seating area. Wasps will avoid that smell (and you!) at all costs.
    Wishing you all a wonderfully relaxed and fun-filled Labor Day!
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