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    • The History of Labor Day

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      Most of us view Labor Day as the last real weekend of summer. If they haven't done so already, this is the time when the kids go back to school and fall is about ready to begin. We are also advised not to wear white and soon we will notice the crisp, cool smell of autumn in the air. Labor Day is a popular time for those last out-of-town or camping trips as well but some of you may be wondering -- what exactly is Labor Day? What is it for and when did it begin? On the Charming Chick blog today we will answer some of these question and provide a few fun facts along the way.  



      Labor Day is observed on the first Monday of September. This holiday is dedicated to the hard-working men and women of our country -- that means YOU! It is a celebration all the social and economic contributions of the American peope. On May 18th, 1882 cabinetmaker Peter McGuire attending a meeting at Central Labor Union and proposed a holiday for all those who labor. The first Labor Day was help on September 5, 1882. However, 1883 few workers were given this holiday off so over 10,000 New York workers showed up to take a stand against employers not willing to recognize the holiday. Actually, at that time it was more of an unoffical holiday though.


      In 1887 Oregon was the very first state to recognize Labor Day as a holiday. It didn't become a national holiday until 1894 but by that time 30 states were already officially observing it.  President Grover Cleveland rushed the request to make Labor Day a national holiday through congress -- where it was unanimously approved. The reason they were in such a hurry, had to do with several tragic deaths during heated labor disputes. It was an attempt by President Cleveland prevent further violence from erupting due to labor issues.



      Labor Day is usually a time for rest, for parties and for just enjoying the extra day off. Did you know that the time between Memorial Day a Labor Day is considered hot dog season? It's true! Labor Day is actually the 3rd most popular holiday for grilling right behind Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.


      All of us here and Charming Chick wish you a fun, relaxing and safe Labor Day weekend!!!!! Enjoy!


    • Memorial Day ~ How to throw a GREAT BBQ

      Memorial Day - which was originally known as Decoration Day - is a time when we remember the brave men and women, who died serving our great country. This year, Memorial Day falls on May 30th. Not too far off actually. During this 3-day weekend, many people plan to gather with family and friends. Several plan to host  - or attend - BBQs, potlucks and picnics. Most consider this holiday, the "official kick-off," of grilling season. If you have been wanting to have a get together over the holiday weekend -- here are some tips to help you throw a great Memorial Day BBQ.


      {Tip#1} Send out Invites

      This can be done easily - and in an eco-friendly way - if you do so using e-mail, Evite, and/or social media such as facebook (who has a great events feature). You can also use good old postal service and - if you are a creative type -  you can make your own invites. This adds a unique and personal touch -- that your guests are sure to appreciate.


      {Tip# 2} Plan Your Menu

      If you decide to make the BBQ a potluck, it can save you a lot of time and money. Guests usually don't mind bringing something -- in most cases the insist on it. You'll also want to consider your guests and what they like but you certainly don't need to cater to everyone -- burgers, hot dogs, kabobs, fish, and ribs are the most common items you'll find at these events. Keep it simple, and you you'll be able to enjoy the festivities as much as everyone else.


      {Tip #3} Plan Activities

      You don't want everyone just sitting around staring at each other.  Actually, that probably wouldn't happen because there is always a lot of great conversation to be had at these gatherings -- but it's still nice to have some fun outdoor activities planned. Some activities and games you might want to include are: croquet, bocce ball, badminton, volleyball, set up a sprinkler for the kiddos if it's warm enough, plan to roast marshmallows and make s'mores, or anything else you think your guests will enjoy. You'll also want to consider the venue - and how many people will be attending - when choosing the activities for you BBQ. 

      {Tip#4} Decorate! 

      It is completely appropriate to decorate using a lot of red white and blue -- just as you would for the 4th of July. In fact if you are planning on hosting a 4th of July BBQ, you can just reuse the decorations and maybe add a few fireworks themed items. If you want your Memorial Day BBQ to have a different theme, you might consider a Luau, Western, Sports, Hollywood, etc. If you can imagine it, you can do it. Need inspiration? Just go to your local party planning store and see what decoration jump out at you.


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