Canada Day is a big one this year -it’s Canada’s 150th Birthday! And we can’t wait to celebrate!
I’m joining with 5 other great Canadian bloggers for our Summer Year of Feasting and this time we’re all celebrating Canada Day. The Year of Feasting is a whole year of celebrations -Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. I find that if I’m not intentional about connecting with friends and familiy it’s the kind of thing that never happens. That’s why we’re planning at least one great get together each season this year. Be sure to check out all the Canada Day Summer Year of Feasting celebrations at the end of the post.
For my Canada Day party I decided to go with a classic Canadiana theme with lots of red and white.
I set up a great dessert table under our pergola for a backyard get together. I love summer entertaining in the backyard.
Our Summer Year of Feasting Canada Day party was sponsored by Giant Tiger. I love their one-stop shopping where I was able to pick up outdoor decor, and groceries for the party. One of my favourite finds there were these great outdoor curtains. At certain times of day in our backyard, the sun is so bright as in this spot. The pretty curtains are the perfect way to provide a little shade, and I love their flowy look. They were the perfect backdrop for our party.
I set up the dessert table at one end of the pergola, and at the other end a little seating area with our Muskoka chairs. It’s that buggy time of year here, so the mosquito netting was pretty and functional.
It was so fun to put together a great dessert table with lots of fun Canada themed desserts. And my guest loved all the fun Canada desserts to choose from.
I started out with some pretty centrepieces and flowers for the table.
For the flowers, I cut a pretty maple tree branch, used some birch branches in a mason jar, and made a little flower arrangement in a maple syrup can.
I just used some flowers from my yard and an old maple syrup tin.
I wanted the party to feel rustic and kind of campy so I used a few wood log slices, along with some cute Canadian animal toys. The old lantern was my Grandma’s, one she used to use for trips the barn at night -the red was perfect for Canada Day!
Another fun vintage piece I used was this old provincial flower tray.
I also made a really simple tassel bunting in red, white and grey from some yarn. I love simple party decorations like this one that you can reuse.
Then I added all the fun Canadian themed foods.
This party included lots of easy food ideas -in fact you can see me making some of the recipes here if you want to see just how easy it was!
I picked up a few classic Canadian treats, like these maple cookies.
I also bought some butter tarts -also classically Canadian.
I also made some individual raspberry trifles.
They’re very easy to make. I used some store bought pound cake, and canned custard. Begin by cutting the pound cake into small squares and putting a layer in a mini mason jar. Then spoon in some custard. Top that with some raspberry jam and a few fresh raspberries, and then top with whipped cream. That’s it, easy peasy. Be sure to store in the fridge.
I love the classic red and white for Canada Day, they’d also be great in strawberry.
One of my favourite desserts of the day was the easy Canada Day cake.
I used a simple and inexpensive cake mix to create this cute three layer cake.
I used some plastic toy animals to decorate the top along with some simple red and white ribbon flags. So easy and so cute.
I also made some easy marshmallow pops. Just dip marshmallows into melted chocolate and then coat with Canada Day sprinkles. For s’more pops, we dipped them into some crushed graham crackers -boy were these a hit with the kids!
I also included my Canada Day Chocolate Bark -you can see how made it here, including a video.
Lastly we had a fun drink station on the end. I used my letter board to display the lyrics of Oh Canada.
I made some strawberry punch with strawberry juice, gingerale, and some fresh sliced strawberries.
I love my little deer family along with some fun Canada Day straws.
We had such a great time at our early Canada Day celebration and I can’t wait to do more celebrating on July 1st!
While I was shopping at Giant Tiger, I also picked up some fun free frisbees, sun glasses, and beach balls. Participating Giant Tiger stores are giving them out to kids at the cash register to help them celebrate -whiles supplies last.
I hope I’ve inspired you to get together with friends and family this year and celebrate Canada’s 150!
With a fun Canada Day party in the backyard, life really is a party!
And now be sure to check out all the other great party ideas in the Summer Year of Feasting!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Giant Tiger. All opinions, as always, are my own. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that make Life is a Party possible.