This year, we'll be celebrating our country's 151st birthday! It's time to start preparing for your big Canada Day Party now so you can be sure to have everything set for the big day. Below are some quick tips and recommendations to make sure your party is best in the neighbourhood!
Setting the right tone for your amazing Canada Day party is easy right? Slap red and white everywhere and you're done. However, if you're looking for an epic party look for things that go beyond colour as well. Think of symbols that celebrate our home and native land. Look for great Canadiana pieces that feature moose, maple leaves, and plaid. These can be anything from throw pillows to something as simple as themed trays. Trays are always a good party choice as they make things easy to carry and they keep things organized and together in one place. Try thinking outside the box by using a colourful, fun themed blanket as a tablecloth; this can help hide spills and your guests will love how creative and festive it is.
Hosting your party outdoors just screams "Canada"! Not only does it set the right ambiance but it provides you with plenty of seating options for all your guests. If you want to go one step further, look into creating a cottage country feel with faux wood/ fabric log ottomans to really get into the outdoorsy feel. Once it gets dark, shine a little ambient light on your guests using string lights that look like maple leafs, maple scented candles and other Canadiana-inspired pieces. They're a great way to welcome your guests and they're patriotic.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when hosting, is hosting too much. You forget to have fun! Rather than running back and forth the entire time getting food and drinks for your guests, invest in a giant galvanized tub or Canadian-themed ice buckets. That way, you can fill them with ice and drinks and let your guests help themselves. These pieces really add nicely to the casual, fun vibe of your party and guests will be happy that they don't have to wait for refills.
We highly recommend investing in a chalkboard serving tray for your Canada Day bash; these allow you to write the name of the cheeses and meats of your charcuterie boards directly onto the tray so you don't have to worry about little pick signs.
As far as the menu goes, a fun treat to include for the evening are everyone's favourite: s'mores. If you'd like to add a Canadian twist on this classic treat, try replacing the graham crackers with maple cookies! Be sure to toast Canada's birthday with this fun little drink using lemonade with strawberry ice cubes. It's refreshing and easy to make and best of all, it's a drink that the whole family can enjoy. We recommend blending the strawberries in a blender with a bit of simple syrup; this goes along well with tart lemonade because, as the ice cubes melt, the drink becomes sweeter.
Be sure to have fun Canada Day-themed props on hand for your Canada Day selfies! Cute hats, headbands, glasses, and flags are sure to make memorable pictures. Invest in bubbles! Everyone loves them and they are a great, clean way to keep children entertained for hours. Look into new apparatuses you can get to make them even more fun; things like bubble guns that create bubble tornadoes and bubble gloves that allow you to catch and bounce bubbles in your hand will be a smash hit. Giant sidewalk chalk is another fun and temporary activity. You can send your kids off and let them draw all over the sidewalk, patio, walkway, fence, because it's all washable. If you're looking for something a little more involved, a fun Canada Day craft to set up are flag shirts! Take a plain white t-shirt and paint two red lines on either side. Then pour red paint into a plate, place your hand in the paint, and then put your painted hand print in between the two red lines. Everyone's maple leaf will be unique but everyone's craft will resemble the Canada flag. If you prep early enough you may have the shirts dried in time to wear them later on.
We hope this list helps you to come up with some ideas for a Canada Day celebration you won't soon forget. From all of us at Marina Homes Happy Canada Day!