Happy Labor Day week-end!  I want to share a collection of recipes/ food ideas to enjoy if your Labor Day cook-out will only be for 2 people.

Recipes & ideas on celebrating Labor Day for 2 people.

We have a very large family, but this Labor Day week-end we will not be able to get together. Some families are out of town and the others will be attending sporting events with our grandchildren.  I still like to celebrate with a Labor Day cook-out but since it will just be Grandpa Bob and I, the menu needs to be scaled down.

Keep it festive.  Decorate your table or cook-out area.  That will still make if feel like a holiday.

Our weather is so hot that I think our picnic will be inside this year!

I will still be fixing a variety of foods, but just a scaled down version of each recipe.

Main dish choices  for your Labor Day cook-out:

labor day cook-out, steaks, Filet Mignon

cook out foods, kid friendly foods, picnics, kabobsSteak  or Chicken Kabobs

homemade hot dog sauce, hot dogs, cook-outsHot Dogs with Sauce.  

This recipe for hot dog sauce was created by my husband.  We make a pan of this and break it down into smaller containers to freeze.  It freezes well and we just thaw one out when we need it.

cook-out foods, kids cookingSliders .  We like chicken or beef sliders but on this day, I just made the beef ones. 


Side Dishes offer many options:

potato salad, thanksgiving sides, downsized cooking for 2Potato Salad.    This delicious homemade recipe is scaled down so you will have plenty but not an enormous bowl full of it.

Homemade Backyard Potato Salad
Serves 2
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  1. 3 large potatoes
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  4. 1/4 cup sweet relish
  5. 1 Tablespoon mustard
  6. 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  7. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  9. 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  1. Peel potatoes, wash, and cut into 1- 1 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a medium size saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, and cook until potatoes are fork tender but not overcooked and mushy. Drain water and place back in the saucepan to cool. Place the eggs in a small saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Cook 8 minutes. Remove from the water and allow to cool. Peel the eggs. Chop 1 of the eggs; slice the remaining egg; set aside.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, place the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and celery. Stir together to combine all ingredients.
  3. Add the potatoes and the chopped egg; fold carefully to combine with the other ingredients. Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with sliced egg and refrigerate until ready to serve.
labor day cookouts, pasta saladProtein Packed Pasta Salad

labor day cook out, cooking for 2Deviled Eggs


Desserts round off the menu:

labor day cook out, cooking for 2Fresh Fruit

strawberry parfait, chocolate chip cookiehealthy snack, pta workshop, parfait barParfaits

labor day cook out, desserts, cooking for 2Another really simple idea for dessert for 2 on a Labor Day cook-out is pound cake with fresh berry sauce served on the side.  I like to buy a pound cake from the store deli, cut it into slices and freeze 2 or 3 slices in each freezer bag.  This is so handy when you need a quick dessert and don’t have time to bake one.

There is no reason not to celebrate a Labor Day cook out with only 2 people.  Just chose a few of these ideas and have a great day.  



  1. I should not have looked at this before eating because now I want everything! Good thing I’m not headed to the store or I would buy everything! Hope you have a great holiday weekend.

  2. This year it was just me and hubby too. Once the school year begins, the day turns into more of a “getting the kids ready” time for my daughters with no room for picnicking. That’s okay with me, though. I’ve had a full, happy summer and it’s fun to start putting out the fall decor.

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