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. Each inflatable ring is nice and roomy (that makes it a sure fit for anyone 14 years and up). Better grab those sunglasses.

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. Featuring a soft-touch silicone exterior and a built-in microphone for calls, it’s your go-to speaker with bold sound—wherever you need it.

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. The unique oil-free formula glides onto skin providing shine control and leaving a velvety, makeup-gripping finish.

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. Waterproof with loud, clear 360° sound and thundering bass, Megaboom 3 is the ultimate party starter redefined.

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. Pull good moments fresh from the fire with authentic design reinvented for the modern backyard.

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. The extra-long handles put you at a safe distance from the heat, while the heavy-gauge, polished stainless steel promises to shine through countless cookouts. (We love that everything’s dishwasher-safe too.) It all comes from All-Clad, the very same makers behind some of your favorite cookware. We’ll leave you to gather the barbecue recipes.

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). It all comes in a spread of shapes and sizes, too—dinner and salad plates, pasta and cereal bowls, matching cups—ready for full-on feasts and all the bites in between. Plus, a little bonus for when mealtime’s over: Everything cleans right up in the dishwasher. We haven’t even gotten to that rainbow of happy hues, either. Yeah...these pals are getting an invite to our next backyard bash.

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, High Resilience Foam & Synthetic Down Comfort Topper Interior Water-resistant Nylon Casings Stainless Steel Hardware

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 which). Each one has grooves, too, ready to catch any drippings. They nest one over the other, then zip through the dishwasher when they’re done—talk about convenient.

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. Built to last with double-walled porcelain enameled steel kettle. Easy setup, plugs into a standard three-prong outlet.

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. When the grill's gone cold, simply stow the utensils in the pockets, roll up and secure with the snap tabs.

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. A water-resistant backing keeps you comfortable when things get dewy.

Yeti Tundra 45 Hard Cooler

The Yeti Tundra 45 combines versatility with durability. This premium cooler is infused with that legendary YETI toughness — a durable rotomolded construction and up to two inches of PermaFrost™ Insulation. Which is to say it's built to last and will keep your contents ice-cold even in sweltering conditions, like a triple-digit summer day in central Texas. No bowing, cracking, or melting here.

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. Everything will be chill :-)

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. Think of the Heavy Duty Wagon as an upgraded version of the Radio Flyer you had as a kid—rugged powder-coated frame, durable woven nylon fabric, and robust construction throughout. And with a hefty weight capacity, it can haul darn near anything you need it to.

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. One person can set up Shibumi Shade in a couple of minutes, providing shade for 6 with room for beach gear too.

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. Made from 100% cotton in a premium weight, you need these in your suitcase.

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. Inspired by modular chair designs from eighth-century Africa, Trippy got right to work updating the time-tested concept for the needs of today’s adventurers in their Texas workshop. Modern hardware increases the chair’s load-bearing capabilities, and is available in subdued, nature-inspired hues that look right at home with the lightweight-yet-sturdy maple construction. Packing down flat in mere seconds, the pieces magnetically snap together for worry-free transport while cut-out handles provide multiple ways to grab-and-go.

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. No fragrance. No parabens. No silicones. No aluminums.

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. The printed drawstring game board and wood game pieces are crafted in the USA and stow easily so you can take on new challengers anywhere.

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. (On breezy days, keep the shelter in place with stakes.) Our favorite part: It’s super fun to set up! Packed away as a round disc, all you have to do is hold it away from you, give it a little toss, and boom, it snaps right open. We were gonna to say it’s magic, but we’re resisting the urge. Okay, it’s pretty magical.

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!). In summery hues, they’re fun to mix and match anywhere from picnic to pool to dinner party.

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. The bowl’s oval shape makes it plenty spacious for a crowd (more room for croutons, we say) while the servers will have you tossing up a storm in no time. Find the salad recipe that suits your fancy, then rest easy knowing it’s all dishwasher safe.

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. We designed the nets with weighted corners, so you can toss it over your food and not worry about it flying away.

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. The BTR Camping Stool holds up to 240 pounds on its comfortable tripod frame but folds up small enough to fit in the water bottle pocket of your backpack. BTR stands for better than a rock, and we can’t think of a more aptly named piece of equipment.

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. Since it only weighs 5.7 pounds, you're more than welcome to hike as far away from civilization as you can get, and once there it's intuitive clip-in setup will have you chilling by the campfire in no time. Thanks to its hubbed pole structure, the interior feels surprisingly spacious for a backpacking tent.

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. It makes sense that they love cast iron, being one of the simplest, most no-frills, and best all-around cookware materials in existence. Their cast iron cookware is ergonomically designed, triple-sanded for a smooth finish and pre-seasoned so you can start cooking on it immediately. We love cast iron as much as Barebones does, and we love their cast iron cookware to the stars and back—and we know you will too.

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. The collapsible chair’s frame is made from proprietary aluminum alloy, for a maximum strength-to-weight ratio, and setup is easy and fast thanks to a single internal bungee cord that self-assembles the poles. The Helinox Chair One is the perfect easy-to-carry chair for travel, camping and other outdoor adventures.

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. Even makes a great alternative to traditional mattresses!

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