It will be here before you know it, the culmination of an entire year of celebrating –the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. If you’re planning to host a celebration, that means it can’t be just another Canada Day party. This one has to be big (no pressure or anything)!
All fabulous celebrations start with a little bit of inspiration, so we’ve gathered some of our favourite festive ideas and recipes for décor, food, drinks, and entertainment to help you get your party started.
Florals – Sadly, it’s too late to put any Canada 150 tulips or Canadian Shield roses into the ground, but that doesn’t mean you can add some flower power to your décor. Adorn your porch, patio, deck, or dinner table containers filled with red and white gardenias, daisies, carnations, roses and other beautiful blooms.
Flags and Bunting -Add some festive flair to your home’s railings, beneath windows, and between columns with red and white fabric buntings. Don’t forget to fly a flag or two, of course.
Home accessories –Don’t think for a moment that your only options are crepe streamers and cardboard maple leaves. Numerous brands have filled their shelves with stylish Canadiana to make it easy for you to give your home a patriotic teak without compromising your style. You can opt for vintage inspired provincial pennants from Drake General Store, throw pillows, serving pieces, and candles from Indigo, and an Iconic Point blanket from The Bay.
In addition to whatever you plan to throw onto the grill, there are loads of sides and sweets that can help you and your guests enjoy a tasty Canada Day. You can go for a simply red and white theme that includes items such as these:
Or opt for Canada-inspired delights:
Games – A Canada Day backyard BBQ provides the perfect opportunity for some fun and games that can be enjoyed by everyone. Try out some supersized versions of table games, like Yard Yahtzee, Giant Jenga, and Backyard Dominos. Or, opt for outdoor classics like beanbag toss (sometimes called cornhole), horseshoes, or lawn bowling.
Movie Night – There’s no better time for a backyard movie night than on Canada Day. The basics of what you need include: a video source, projector, sound system, and a screen. Then add seating (inflatable kiddie pools loaded with blankets and pillows are a favourite), snacks, and your favourite movie. How about something starring a favourite Canadian actor?
Fireworks – Whether you set off your own or pack up the crew and head out to see a larger display, absolutely no Canada Day would be complete without sending the whole thing out with a bang!
Serve some special sips along with the standard soft drinks, beer and wine. The fine folks at Corby Spirit and Wine Limited have shared some fantastic recipes that we think are sure to get you and your guests into the Canada Day spirit.
1 oz Cabot Trail Maple Cream
1 oz Chic Choc Spiced Rum
0.5 oz Malibu Coconut flavored rum
6 oz Pineapple juice
Shake hard, serve over new ice in a Hurricane glass (or wine glass), garnish with Tiki Umbrella (or a tiny Canadian flag) and Orange wheel.
1.5 oz Lot 40 Canadian Rye
0.75 oz Cabot Trail Maple Whisky
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Express the orange peel’s oils into the glass and then drop it in, pour Cabot Trail and bitters. Stir with 1 ice cube. Pour Rye and fill half way with ice. Stir.
Add a few ice cubes.
Garnish with bacon strips that have been pan cooked with Cabot Trail Whisky.