Celebrate Canada Day with these Party Ideas

Canada Day inspiration board

Canada’s birthday is upon us and you may have heard that this year is a biggie! Canada Day just screams an opportunity to host a party and with the warm weather upon us I think a BBQ fits the bill perfectly. Decking out your backyard in red and white is great, but sometimes we want to go for a more subtle look. I put together this inspiration board, still using some red and white, but incorporating other elements that are distinctively Canadian. In this post we talk food, decor and activities when planning your very own rustic Canada Day party. 

Food & Drink
It’s not a party without some delicious treats to satisfy your palette. What better way to celebrate Canada’s birthday than by serving some Canadian favourites.

Canadian caesar bar

1) To kick things off, why not create a make your own Caesar bar? Write out the classic recipe on a chalkboard and provide your guests with all the ingredients. Include both classic and wacky toppings such as celery, green beans, lime, bacon, pepperoni sticks, olives, pickles and various types of hot sauce for a completely customized experience.

 

2) When I think of Canada – Tim Hortons often comes to mind. Why not serve Timbits as an easy and cost-effective dessert. Even better – make a Timbit tree like in the inspiration board. Create this by sticking each Timbit into a styrofoam tree (found at any craft store) using toothpicks.

3) Maple syrup! One of my all time favourite Canadian treats. Mini maple syrup bottles like the one to the right are great for giving out to your guests as favours or game prizes. These a particularly great if you are entertaining international guests. Or use maple in your menu by serving maple glazed meats or incorporating it into your desserts.

Canadian Maple Syrup

 

4) Serve Canadian peameal bacon sandwiches – spice up the traditional BLT by using peameal bacon or add it as a burger topping.

Other Canadian foods to serve:
– Poutine
– Butter tarts
– Nanimo bars
– BeaverTails
– Tourtiére

Decor
For this Canada Day inspiration board I went with a rustic theme, still incorporating red and white, but in a more subtle way. Bring elements of Canada’s beautiful landscape to the decor by using wood, stone, wildflowers and mixed metals. Wooden pallets can be painted with the Canada flag to act as a focal point for the party. Rustic aluminum buckets can be filled with ice to keep beverages cold or hold BBQ condiments. Log stumps make great pedestals for candles, vases and other decor items. Go local and use Ontario wildflowers to fit with our theme. I placed mine in mason jars with twine tied around the tops.

Rustic Canada Flag decor

Rustic Canada Flag

Canadian wildflowers in mason jars

Canadian wildflowers in mason jars

 

Finally, don’t forget about your guests as it starts to get dark. Make sure to have plenty of Citronella candles on hand to keep away those mosquitoes. You can find ones in large metal tins that will keep with the rustic theme. Keep your guests warm in the evening by providing baskets of blankets – what’s more Canadian than a cozy Hudson’s Bay blanket?

Activities
Lawn games are perfect for a BBQ no matter the theme. Lawn bowling, horse shoes, croquet and ladder golf are some of my favourites.  Kids and adults alike will love a giant game of Jenga and will be sure to create some friendly competition. One of my favourite additions to a BBQ is an evening campfire. Just make sure you check your city’s regulations before having one in your backyard. And don’t forget the S’mores!

Giant Jenga is a great BBQ activity

Giant Jenga is a great BBQ activity

How are you celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday? Let us know in the comments!

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