I've been going to the fair and parade almost every year since I was a little girl and although it has now dwindled in size due to the economy and perhaps the adult lense through which I now view it, Labor Day in Northfield will forever be special for me.
Another part of our Labor Day tradition is my parent's annual barbecue which is still going strong. This year it was made even more special by inaugurating their newly renovated kitchen and since my kitchen at home is small, I couldn't wait to test out theirs by helping my mom with party prep.
To celebrate the lovely summer past and unofficial start to fall, we had fresh salads, corn, and barbecued chicken on the porch followed by light summer desserts on the patio.
(Above: One of my new favorite recipes from the Barefoot Contessa - Fresh citrus scented cake with strawberries and whipped cream)
Wonderfully delicious chocolate nut cake made by a family friend/excellent chef.
I love the decoration of edible flowers. These are nasturtiums but Johnny Jumpups also work!