Canada’s Day Party Ideas
Canada Day is celebrated on the 1st of July. It is a national holiday that commemorates uniting the colonies under one country of Canada. Similar to Independence Day for Americans, Canada’s Day is a day celebrating national pride where Canadians reflect on the greatness of their vast and diverse nation. By July 1st, summer is in full swing in Canada and most Canadians mark the day with some sort of celebrations. Here are some party ideas for your Canada Day celebration.
1. Celebrate with Quintessential Canada Food
A great way to pay homage to Canada is by enjoying its national food. Try serving up poutine at your party. Poutine is a Canadian dish that originated from the French province of Quebec. It is a dish of French fries that are traditionally topped with gravy and cheese curds. Poutine is very popular. Why not jazz things up and put a creative spin on the Canadian staple? Consider having a poutine bar. Here guests can top their poutine with a variety of toppings that you will provide. Why not try pulled pork or butter chicken? These unique takes on the traditional poutine are sure to be a crowd pleaser.
2. Break out the Red and White Décor
Canada’s national colors are red and white. Make your party more festive by decorating in Canada’s national colors. Red and white décor is easy to find. Why not add some patriotic elements by including the Canadian flag and maple leaves. You can even get creative and use red and white in your dinnerware. Red and white striped straws are an easy way to get festive without having to get crafty or think outside of the box. During the days leading up to Canada’s Day you will find plenty of Canadian themed red and white décor items and decorations at your local stores and party supply outlets. As a cost-saving measure, plan ahead for Canada’s Day and pick up red décor items that are on clearance after Valentine’s Day.
3. No Party is Complete without Dessert
Round out the end of your Canada Day celebration with Canadian themed desserts. This can include the classic flag cake where you use strawberries and cream to decorate the cake with a Canadian flag. A classic Canadian dessert is the Nanaimo bar. While the origin of this dessert is debated, the British Colombia town of Nanaimo has claimed this dessert as their own. The chocolaty coconut dessert is sure to be a crowd pleaser at any party. The red and white theme of the day can also be carried forward into dessert. Consider serving red and white parfaits. Not only do berries and cream go wonderfully together, choosing red berries like strawberries, raspberries or even cherries carry forward the red and white theme. White chocolate dipped strawberries are a festive twist on the traditional chocolate covered strawberries. If you are challenged in the kitchen, a really easy way to continue with the motif is to make maple leaf shaped watermelon slices. Lastly, you can pay homage to the beloved Canadian beaver but making cupcakes whose tops are decorated in the face of this woodland creature.