Labor Day Menu Ideas


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Ah! Labor Day! The air starts to get just a bit cooler at night, you can hear crickets chirping early in the morning, and the morning dew still glistens on the blades of grass at nine in the morning. I have to say, Labor Day signals the beginning of my very favorite time of year — FALL! It is also the day that we squeeze the last drops of summer out of every minute that we possibly can.


Labor Day Menu Ideas | ©


So, it is no wonder that I adore planning a Labor Day Menu and I thought I’d share a few of my menu ideas with you. You know, just in case you haven’t finalized your plan or anything. Which you probably did a week or so ago, right? Anyway, just appease me for a bit, if you will, and ooh and aah over this menu of deliciousness that would make anyone happy for an extra day to their weekend.

Oh, wait. I think that goes without saying.

Labor Day Menu Ideas

Labor Day Appetizers


Boiled Peanuts | ©

Boiled Peanuts

This recipe for boiled peanuts makes use of one of my very favorite small kitchen appliances – the slow cooker! You’ll be reminded of those favorite fall drives in the south once you begin making these boiled peanuts at home. Perfect for Labor Day festivities (and tailgating, too!). Pop these into your slow cooker the day before your party so they are perfectly cooked on Labor Day. Then, just continue to keep them warm in your slow cooker on the warm setting for serving. They will be a hit. Promise.



Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

I do believe if I left this hot spinach artichoke dip out of any family holiday menu, I’d be up a creek. Without a paddle. It is simply required. Mix this dip up ahead of time and refrigerate. Then, right before your festivities begin, just pop it in the oven so that you serve it hot, bubbly and warm!


Pimento Cheese Poppers | ©


Pimento Cheese Poppers

There are just no words to describe these babies. You need to make double whatever you think you’ll need because they are a-ddict-ive, let me tell you. You’ll think you are doing fine with the ones you make until you turn around and everyone has gathered around the serving dish stuffing them into their mouths as quickly as possible with two more on their plates. Yep, it happens. Just believe me and go ahead and make extra. Oh yeah, and you can make these up ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Then, just bake them prior to serving.

Labor Day Main Course


Grilled Chicken Legs Recipe |


Grilled Chicken Recipe

Regardless if you are making grilled chicken legs, thighs, or breasts, you want to use this marinade for my grilled chicken. It is out of this world delicious and everyone loves it. And you know, grilled chicken and Labor Day just go together like peas and carrots… or sweet tea and the south…. or cookies and milk. You get the picture.


Broccoli Slaw |



Broccoli Slaw

And you know what goes perfectly with grilled chicken? This broccoli slaw recipe. YUM! You can make this a day or so in advance since it is served cold. I think it even gets better the longer the dressing and slaw have time to get acquainted.


Southern Baked Beans | ©



Southern Baked Beans

Again, this is one of those must-have side dishes for any get-together over the summer or holidays. Or ever, really. Be prepared for folks to ask for the recipe for these babies. They are delicious!


Southern Potato Salad Recipe



Southern Potato Salad

Here’s another required dish. Southern Potato Salad. I do not believe there has ever been a reunion, holiday, or get together where this potato salad wasn’t a critical part of the meal plan. It has always been a staple, southern classic dish my Mama serves. Some things are just meant to stay that way. Now, I love this potato salad the next day better than the day it was made. Therefore, what I’m trying to say is, make it ahead of time. You’re welcome.


Labor Day Desserts




Grandmother’s Peach Cobbler

Cobblers always make an appearance throughout the summer and fall and this peach cobbler recipe from my Grandmother is one of my all time favorites. As is her blackberry cobbler. Oh yeah, and her chocolate cobbler. And blueberry cobbler. And then, there’s this easy as pie simple fruit cobbler that I think I started making when I was 12. That’s a whole lot of cobbler!



Peach Ice Cream Recipe | ©

Peach Ice Cream

And then, to round out the whole meal, you’ve just got to have some homemade ice cream. Right? While those cobblers are always perfect topped with a little bit of vanilla ice cream or even butter pecan, my family will of course be asking for peach. It is just the right thing to do around here.


So, what are your favorites for your Labor Day Menu? I’d love to know. Share them in the comments below. 


Robyn xo

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  1. Julie @ Table for Two says:

    I just can’t get enough of good pimento cheese and those poppers look so wonderful!! This menu rocks!!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    I would inhale the Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip all myself. I love dips and yours looks picture perfect! Have a great holiday!

  3. Liz says:

    Thanks Robyn. All nice recipes. Have a great day!

  4. ashley - baker by nature says:

    You had me at pimento cheese poppers! I can’t wait for all the eating this weekend 🙂

  5. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Well now I need the weekend to get here sooner so I can eat all of this deliciousness! We are having friends over for a cookout on Sunday and I had no idea what to make, so thanks for the inspiration (and the tummy growling ;))!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      How fun! It has made me hungry for it to hurry and get here, too!!!

  6. Tieghan says:

    These all sound and look so good! I have not even begun to plan out our Labor day menu, but this is surely going to help!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hope you have a great one, Tieghan!

  7. Terry says:

    HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND! to you and your family! These recipes are for the true Southern gathering – the only item missing is a smoked pork butt (gotta have 2 meat entrees now)♥

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      To you, too! So funny you should say that about smoked pork butt. My husband put it on the smoker last night!