Labor Day may mean the unofficial end of summer, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Here are tips to throw a great party.

1. Serve smoked meats. Anyone can throw hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. A smoker will make your party truly stand out. This one comes with its own recipe book!

Masterbuilt JMSS 800-Watt Electric Vertical Smoker 

2. Keep it shady. There's nothing wrong with throwing shade when the sun's blazing. A canopy, pop-up gazebo, or just a large patio umbrella will help your guests stay comfortable.

Blue Wave Santorini II Antique Beige Offset Patio Umbrella with Base

3. Keep the bugs at bay. A stylish Citronella garden torch will keep you and your guests from getting annoying mosquito bites.

TIKI 60-in Molokini Bamboo Citronella Garden Torch

4. Make sure it's lit all night. String lights provide nice ambiance if your party outlasts the sun.

Portfolio 24-ft 12-Light White Plug-in Bulbs String Lights

5. Have a fun activity. We all love great food and drinks, but a game takes your party to the next level. Making your own cornhole gameboard is easy, and will impress your guests!

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