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Monday, August 24, 2015

Labor Day Party Ideas from Community Financial

The end of summer is quickly approaching, but with Labor Day just around the corner there is still time for one last summer celebration! We’ve compiled a list of Labor Day party ideas to make your end of summer celebration a hit:
Block Party
Consider getting together with the neighbors to plan an end of summer block party. Designate set areas of your neighborhood as “stations” for food, drinks, dessert, music and games! This is a great way to connect with your community and create summer memories to last a lifetime.

Potluck BBQ
What better way to celebrate Labor Day than with a BBQ! Gather your friends and family together for an end of the summer bash, potluck style. Potlucks are a great way to save money and cut additional expenses that can pile up with a traditional barbeque. Need an idea for a great recipe to bring with you? Amanda Madden, a MSR from our Call Center shared her favorite potluck recipe for Buffalo Chicken dip that is sure to be a crowd favorite:

FRANK’s RedHot Buffalo Chicken Dip
This robust creamy dip tastes like Buffalo Chicken Wings but without the mess! Serve hot with celery sticks or veggies
Makes: 4 cups of dip Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 20 min User Rating: 3 stars
·         2 cups shredded cooked chicken
·         1 (8 oz. pkg.) cream cheese, softened
·         ½ cup FRANK’S RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce or FRANK’S RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce
·         ½ cup blue cheese or ranch dressing
·         ½ cup crumbled bleu cheese or your favorite shredded cheese
·         PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F.
·         COMBINE all ingredients and spoon into a shallow 1-quart baking dish.
·         BAKE 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through; stir. Garnish with chopped green onions if desired.
·         Serve with crackers and/or vegetables.

Labor Day Luau
Didn’t get a chance to take a vacation this summer? Bring the tropical island life to your home! A Labor Day Luau is the perfect way to indulge in paradise with your closest family and friends in the comfort of your own backyard. Break out the leis, grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts and enjoy your favorite drink inside of a coconut cup. This is a great way to end summer on a relaxing note.

Enjoy the last major holiday of the summer with a bonfire. Bonfires are relaxing, tons of fun and easy to plan for! Be sure to check with your city or township first to see what regulations apply. Then gather your friends and family around the fire for roasted hot dogs and delicious s’mores while reminiscing over your favorite summer memories.

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate the end of summer, we hope that you enjoy a happy and safe holiday weekend! 

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