Labor Day Weekend 2018 has (unfortunately) arrived much sooner than expected. Which means that we only have a few days left to enjoy the sun and the sand, because there’s no better place to say “so long” to summer than at the beach! But don’t show up empty-handed! We’ve come up with some of our go to beach foods that go perfectly with the salt water. So whether you’re snacking, eating dinner or just enjoying a few good drinks, you’re ready to take on LDW with the perfect fare to share with your friends and family!
The first thing that you want to keep in mind with any food that you’re bringing to the beach, is that it will inevitably get sandy (dun, dun, dun). So we recommend bringing food that can be wrapped, especially for breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, bagels and egg sandwiches are always good options and, if you’re buying for a group, both are easy things to get in bulk for a relatively cheap price. If you know that some of your friends or family are healthier eaters, include some sliced fruit or individual yogurts if they have them!
Pretzels, chips and popcorn are easy beach snacks because they’re crowd-pleasers and almost every store has them. So if you happen to forget to pick up that dessert that your mom asked you to bring…. you can always pop into a convenience store and avoid getting yelled at for not bringing anything. But if you’re trying to step up your snack game, chips and guacamole, hummus and pita or a charcuterie board are great ways to impress at a party or make your beach day a little fancier. The charcuterie board will take more effort than chips and guacamole or hummus and pita, since you can get those items at a store (if you don’t want to make your own guacamole or hummus) and a charcuterie board will require more arrangement on a platter or cutting board. But showing up with a unique snack, or any snack really, is always appreciated at the beach!
Wraps and sandwiches are pretty common beach lunches because, as we mentioned, they can stay in the tin foil and out of the sand. Plus they’re easy to hold or eat from a plate in your lap. They’re also a great option because they don’t take much prep work! Bread, wraps, protein, cheese, lettuce, tomato, condiments… that’s all you really need if you’re meal prepping before the beach. And everyone can customize their own! If you’re short on time, calling a local deli and picking up a sandwich or wrap platter is an efficient way to take care of lunch and make sure that there’s a bunch of variety for your group to choose from.
Wraps and sandwiches can always work for dinner as well but if you’re able to set up a table on the beach to create a buffet later in the day (hopefully the seagulls will be gone by that point), some of our Labor Day faves are obviously burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, grilled veggies and grilled corn, if you have access to a grill. If not, skewers are a great way to prepare a protein beforehand, cook it and then serve it room temp later in the day when it’s time for dinner! You can do steak, chicken, shrimp and caprese or assorted veggies for vegetarians. Pasta salad, grain salad and green salad are great side dishes that can also be served room temp and go great with pre-cooked items or with food fresh off the grill. Of course, if you don’t feel like cooking or leaving your spot on the beach, there’s always our favorite fall back option: pizza! Order a few pies from your local pizzeria and have them delivered to you on the sand. This is a great way to enjoy a casual dinner on the beach and, seriously, who doesn’t like pizza??
Sangria is always our go to choice for beach drinks! Not only does the fruit in the drink make it feel more tropical, it’s also one of the easiest drinks to create, especially in a large batch. You don’t need a blender and it takes little more than 6 or 7 ingredients to make (depending on the recipe you follow): red or white wine, fruit (apples, oranges, peaches, strawberries), lemon, lime, brandy, schnapps, sugar and club soda. Here’s a recipe we love for white sangria! However, something else that we recently discovered that could be a unique addition to your Labor Day party is fireball peaches! Again, these are super easy to make since you’re simply soaking the peach slices in fireball overnight but if you’re not a fan of whiskey, these definitely aren’t for you. If you want to try them out, be sure to make a lot since these fun treats will go quick!