Canada Day celebrations are underway, but do you have your backyard party in order? If not, you are in the right place for some helpful tips on how to make your get together a memorable one. First of all, if you read my previous blog it is a no-brainer where you will be purchasing your steaks for the ultimate patio bbq this weekend! The food should be all planned out, from potato salad, to fruit kabobs drizzled in white and dark chocolate as an indulgent dessert. A lovely cheese and fruit platter will keep guests busy while you fire up the grill, and will buy you time to cook those steaks to perfection! Drinks should be simple but exotic. For example: A simple lemonade with mixed berries thrown into the bottom of the pitcher, along with crushed ice and slices of lemon, would make a beautiful thirst quenching statement. For those who like their drinks a bit stronger, the option to splash a little vodka into the mix could also satisfy your palette.
The decorations are key to this event because it sets the tone of the party, which is festive and fun! You could hang red and white paper lanterns, and string a homemade banner behind the food table to keep the Canada Day theme alive throughout your outdoor space. Dress your table with various sizes of empty bottles, and place red and white carnations, and/or mini Canadian flags in each one. This will work as an instant centerpiece that people will think you slaved all night over, trying to complete!
Another helpful hint: Don’t be shy to dig into your Christmas crates for red and white. In this case, your solid red plates, and plaid tablecloth will work on your summer table! At least this way you can make the argument to the significant other that the Christmas decor is never a complete waste of money! You can definitely repeat its use throughout the summer months too.
For those who don’t trust themselves with explosives, simple sparkling candles will do just fun for the night’s entertainment. They work really well for pictures, and kids can partake in the sparkler festivities safely. Remember that the mosquitoes come out at night, so equip your guests with adequate bug spray to keep the critters away. Have a great long weekend!