Are you thinking of hosting a Labor Day party? There are no set rules for how to decorate for Labor Day so use your imagination. Here are some great ways to decorate your garden once you decide upon a theme.

Many people who host parties during the year have leftover party decorations. If you have some taking up space in your cabinets or closets, why not take this opportunity to use them up? Look to see what you already have on hand and then use home-made items to complete the garden decorations.

Start with lighting. If you’re out in your garden or on the patio, you’ll need to have some type of lighting. This can be as simple as using leftover Christmas strands or a lighted garland in patriotic colors. You can also use votive, citronella or other candles placed in conversation areas. If you’re looking for a more rustic theme, try using hurricane lamps.

Carry your theme through to your food table. Colored table cloths are inexpensive; most can be found at dollar stores. Colored sheets would also work, but they may become stained if food or drink is spilled.

If you’re using a patriotic theme, it’s easy enough to find colored buckets which can be partially filled with sand. Use red, white and blue streamers taped to a straw which is then placed in the sand. You can also use potted plants in patriotic colors. These can be added to a table centerpiece or used to hold the table cloth down.

Maybe your garden doesn’t match with any particular theme. However, if you’re keeping with a patriotic theme, you could also place potted flowering plants in red, white and blue colored buckets around the garden’s seating area. This will help with decorating according to the theme, as well as fill in flowers around an area which may not have as many plants.

A luau theme is another popular party theme for summertime parties, even if they are for Labor Day. Find Tiki torches to light the party and add to the ambiance. Create a beach out of a sandbox and provide paper or plastic leis for the guests. You could also ask everyone to dress according to theme by wearing “Hawaiian style” shirts and shorts or plastic hula skirts.

If you have room and the time to do so, try to make a fake palm tree or two. This will help decorate your patio or garden. It will also keep with the theme and can be used as a location to set a couple of stuffed parrots. Think of things which are typically associated with the Hawaiian Islands and then try to create something similar for your party.

Don’t forget the music! No matter what theme you choose when thinking of hosting a Labor Day party, music will help set the stage. Bring out a portable CD player with music associated with the theme. You may even want to clear an area for guests to dance, if they feel so inclined.

When you’re thinking of hosting a Labor Day party, you want to decorate your garden or patio rather than leave it as it is. The decorations don’t have to be expensive – in fact you may want to use up leftover decorations from other parties. Using up decorations you have on hand will help keep the costs of the party down, as well as clear your storage area for new decorations for next year’s parties.