Labor Day was created to honor the American labor movement, and the federal holiday provides a much-desired three-day weekend for many workers across the United States. With an extra day off, Darling Homes residents in Dallas or Houston can join in a celebration near their communities to revel in the unofficial end of summer.
Parade of Activities | Garland
Head to Garland to catch a parade starting at 9 a.m. in the historic downtown area. Following the parade, the festivities will continue with a car show, a kids’ BBQ festival and more Labor Day activities.
Truly Texan Labor Day | Plano
For a truly Texan Labor Day, head to The Texas Pool in Plano for a fun-filled day in the sun. The regular snack bar will be open for business, and food trucks for Kona Ice and 5-OHH BBQ will be on location to keep visitors well-fed throughout the day. Modeled after the state of Texas, this community pool features:
- Diving board
- Two water slides
- Island and a wading area for kids
Luau for all Ages | Spring
Wet’n’Wild Splashtown in Spring is throwing a Labor Day Luau for all ages on Monday. Enjoy the incredible fun of a waterpark and stay cool under the hot sun with some added elements, listed below, to make the holiday more memorable:
- Fire and luau dancers
- Face painting
- Balloon art
Restaurant Week | City-wide
Foodies in Houston can take advantage of the last 2018 over the weekend. This annual fundraiser gives residents and visitors special deals for exceptional dining throughout the city while contributing to local food banks. With brunch and lunch deals for $20 and dinner options ringing in at $35 and $45, diners enjoy delicious and photo-worthy meals for a good cause.
Military personnel have the opportunity to view a bit of history on Labor Day with free entry for active duty members and their families to all three presidential libraries and museums in Texas.
How will you spend Labor Day?
Decor and Atmosphere
Set the stage for a dinner party with a simple, elegant centerpiece that shows off your style and personality. Gain inspiration from the season, using fresh flowers in the springtime through the end of summer, or fall-inspired colors and decor during the autumn months.
Darling Homes’ dining rooms are impeccably-designed entertainment spaces. Homeowners can add their personal touch with the addition of a few art pieces or mirrors to the walls.
In addition, for your dinner party, set the table and adding in decor ahead of time with a full range of cutlery, cloth napkins and any dishware necessary to help prepare you for an evening of hosting guests.
Consider playing light background music from the living room or kitchen area to help set a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.
When it comes to choosing a menu, it’s best to pick something that you are comfortable cooking that is also a generally popular food.
Food Network put together a list of 34 simple yet savory courses for hosts to try during their next dinner party, with options including lemon and garlic roast chicken, eggplant parmigiana and seafood gumbo. Whether you’re looking for a simple, quick menu or a more complicated, multi-course meal, this list provides plenty of options from appetizers to unforgettable desserts.
In Houston and Dallas, Darling Homes has gained a reputation for incredible, high-quality, gorgeous home designs in ideal locations. For people who love the outdoors, Darling Homes builts within communities filled with hiking, biking and walking trails that create the perfect environment for outdoor exercise.
The Woodlands boasts more than 7,000 acres of green space and 200 plus miles of trails dedicated to hiking, biking and walking space, putting outdoor exercise at the forefront of every neighborhood. Residents of the community can enjoy both the natural beauty and the architecturally-diverse homes built throughout.
Bridgeland, a community based on the concept of residing within a park, will have over 250 miles of interconnecting trails upon completion. Currently, residents have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with the already completed trails which offer fitness stations, wildlife observation areas and educational signs.
Tucker Hill is a community on the rise, with plenty of outdoor space and more hiking and biking opportunities still to come. Acres of natural space back up to creeks, mature trees and featured ‘green centers’ situated no more than 5-10 minutes from each home. The community also has plans for a paved hiking and biking trail that fits within the city of McKinney’s master plan.
The Tribute is an ideal space for outdoor lovers, situated on a peninsula interspersed with incredible hiking, biking and walking trails. With more than 10 miles of trails meandering through the community and along Lake Lewisville, residents can enjoy perusing educational signs and taking in extraordinary, scenic views.
If hiking, biking and walking is an important factor for you when searching for a home, be sure to check out Darling Homes communities with outdoor spaces built for beautiful living, or get outdoors and explore options in your current neighborhood.
The city of Dallas, the site of many incredible Darling Homes communities, is also home to a multitude of historical sites with significance to Texas and the United States. From presidential monuments to Bonnie and Clyde, this beautiful city has something to offer history buffs.
Dallas has connections to several presidents and is home to multiple sites with historical significance. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination remains a fascination for Americans, and companies such as Fun Dallas Tours offer visitors the opportunity to view the site of the shooting, as well as other locations tied to the assassination including admission to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Want more presidential memorabilia? A tour of The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum displays documents, artifacts and more from Bush’s first and second terms.
Bonnie and Clyde
Two of the most notorious outlaws in the U.S. to date, Bonnie and Clyde, had deep ties to Dallas. The Dallas Historical Society and DFW Historical Tours put the couples’ lives and crimes on display all the way to their deaths. Stops include Bonnie and Clyde’s:
- Places of employment
- Locations of crimes
Architecture, Arts and More
Dallas is a city with an incredible range of history, arts and architecture. The Dallas Center for Architecture provides options to take a walking tour through different districts and soak in the sites. Starting at the Dallas Museum of Art entrance, The Arts District tour features buildings from the 1890s to present day. The center also has tours for the Main Street district and the West End District, presenting a varied look at the city’s architecture.
Whether on bus, by car or on foot, a tour is a great way to experience the city and explore more of Dallas’ rich history.
With incredible backyard spaces, open-concept kitchens and living room spaces, a Darling home is the perfect place to gather friends and loved ones.
Creating the Space
Lee Crowder, Darling Homes’ design gallery and model home branding manager, recently shared tips for creating the ideal backyard living space. She recommends thinking through details such as the arrangement of outdoor furniture, grilling station and tables. Align these fixtures to help improve flow to the kitchen, so your home can be ready for both indoor and outdoor entertaining.
When there’s a crowd, Crowder recommends setting up a designated food area for serving or for guests to help themselves. Setting the food in a certain area helps organize the party, and leaves the rest of the home open for entertaining. Crowder recommends serving easily portable food options, such as appetizers, hamburgers or other party staples, to help give guests more freedom to move around and visit.
In the backyard, open seating, a drink station and yard games, such as cornhole, ping pong or badminton, create a charming and fun atmosphere. Back inside, in the kitchen and living room area, background music and table games can help guests feel at home.
To keep your privacy while hosting a crowd, consider closing bedroom doors and guiding guests to areas where they can relax and enjoy their time, including game rooms and media rooms.
Fresh food, delightful drinks, good company and a Darling home create a recipe for a successful summer party.