4 Tips for Planning a Labor-Free Labor Day Party in DC

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Before you bring on the tears and mourn the last days of sunshine, it’s time for one final shindig! Since Labor Day pays tribute to the American worker, no one should have to labor on this holiday, and that includes you, Ms./Mr. party host. Need some help? Here are 5 stress-free party-planning tips.

Keep it outside

Encourage guests to stay in the backyard by putting up baby gates (yup, they still come in handy!) to tactfully keep guests within a certain area of your house, say the kitchen. Just don’t forget to include a pathway to the bathroom! Also, add a note in your invite for guests to enter by the back or side gate and they won't be ringing your doorbell or traipsing through your house. This will save you from having to clean inside and out to get your house spic and span for company. <strong>Make it even easier:</strong> Skip the scrubbing altogether and set up a picnic with your friends at the U.S. Capitol’s west lawn for their annual Labor Day Capitol Concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Sept. 1. Gates open at 3 p.m., with a dress rehearsal at 3:30 p.m. The main concert starts at 8 p.m.fuck

What are some of your stress-free party tips?

—Pat Tanumihardja

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