Looking for a few easy Labor Day recipe ideas to spark your backyard BBQ?

Gotcha covered! You’re going to love these super simple recipes for Patriotic Parfait and Americana Punch. These easy Labor Day recipes will put the red, white and blue into your celebration!

For parties, I rely on recipes I can whip up ahead of time. Hosts shouldn’t be chained to the kitchen when their guests arrive. Patriotic Parfaits can be prepared a day in advance.

I suggest using clear cups or glasses for this dessert so guests can ooh and ahh over the colors! Make this a patriotic favor your guests can take home by using customized frosted cups. (Totally Promotional also has some adorable patriotic sunglasses, custom coasters and customized can coolers your guests will love!)

dessert cups

Patriotic Parfait


  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 cups strawberries, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 3 8-oz. bowls of Cool Whip
  • 10 oz. angel food cake, cut or torn into 1-inch pieces


labor day dessert cup recipe steps

Start by placing a single layer of angel food cake pieces at the bottom of 8 individual 16-oz. frosted cups or Mason jars. Top with a single layer of strawberries, a layer of blueberries and 2 tablespoons of Cool Whip. Repeat. Top with a few blueberries and strawberry pieces. Chill until ready to serve.

Bottoms up!

Americana firecracker drink in frosted cups

The best summer party ideas begin with a cool, refreshing drink. Why not kick it up a notch and make it a visual treat? Americana Punch is a science experiment that will fascinate kids and adults! The varying amounts of sugar in each ingredient keep the colors from mixing. In just a few minutes you’ll have an amazing red, white and blue beverage!

Our staff made this drink in our unbreakable frosted cups with our popular Stars and Stripes design. The colors stood out perfectly!

Americana Punch


easy labor day drink recipe ingredients

  • Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  • Cool Blue G2 Gatorade
  • Strawberry Clear American Zero
  • Clear or translucent 16 oz. cups 

Note: We used Lower Sugar Glacier Freeze Gatorade with a few drops of blue food coloring to get a deeper hue.


easy labor day drink steps

Pour an inch of cranberry juice into the cups. Add ice to the top. Very slowly pour the Gatorade into the cups until they are ⅔ full. Top off the mixture with the clear soda. Let it sit for 5 minutes so the three liquids fully separate.

More Labor Day party ideas

Whether you’re planning a Labor Day house party or festivities for a veterans’ group, you’ll want to see our Patriotic Party Ideas Pinterest Board. We’ve rounded up the best and easiest Labor Day recipe ideas, DIY decorations and popular guest favors just for you.

The secret behind an awesome Labor Day party is being prepared. Totally Promotional is here to help you any way we can!

Happy Labor Day!

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Shelley Grieshop is a former newspaper journalist who earned more than a dozen Associated Press awards for her in-depth research and writing skills. In May 2016, she joined Totally Promotional as a creative writer. She currently writes company blogs about branding, marketing, logos, wedding planning and much more. One of her life goals is to teach people when to use hyphens and apostrophes.

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