It’s hard to believe, but it’s nearly the Canada Day weekend: a chance to barbecue, relax, and celebrate this country’s birthday.
Fourth of July parties seem to get all the attention, and it’s true that all you need for a great party on July 1 is beer and friends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t break out a few patriotic touches.
Check out our 15 suggestions for special touches to add to your Canada Day celebrations, from food to decor to activities, and celebrate the country’s 147th birthday in style.
1. Perfect Poutine: What’s a Canada Day party without this quintessentially Canadian treat? We trust Canadian chef Chuck Hughes to offer an authentic version.
2. Striped Straws: Classic red-and-white straws are an easy way to add a festive touch to your decor, especially if you are craft challenged.
3. Patriotic Windsock: Show your Canadian pride with a couple of these easy-to-make windsocks hanging from your front porch.
4. Flag Icebox Cake: You can make this cake the night before in order to save time on the day of your party.
5. Red And White Parfait: With raspberries and yogurt, this parfait is a delicious way to end your celebratory meal. The tiny maple leafs on top are a cute touch.
6. Caesars: If you really want to wow your guests, make pitchers of the ultimate Canadian cocktail with this homemade Caesar mix.
7. Handprint Shirt: Hit up a thrift store for plain white tshirts and make this fun craft with your kids. They can wear their patriotic shirts to your town’s Canada Day parade.
8. Beaver Cupcakes: These sweet versions of our national animal are definitely ambitious, but they’re adorable enough to be worth it.
9. White Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries: We like this festive twist on chocolate-dipped strawberries, with white chocolate instead of the usual dark.
10. Trivia Game: Which of your guests knows the most about our country’s history? Have a prize for the winner!
11. Nanaimo Bars: The origin of nanaimo bars is debated, but the town itself decided that this recipe was the definitive version of the Canadian dessert.
12. Beer-Brined Chicken: We suggest using one of the many excellent Canadian craft beers for this chicken recipe. As a bonus, science shows that beer-marinaded chicken is better for you when grilled!
13. Themed Board Games: If your crowd is more inclined towards sitting down and having some fun, try playing a Canadian-created board game, like Balderdash or Trivial Pursuit, or even a Canadian version of a classic like Monopoly.
14. Watermelon Daiquiri Popsicles: Cutesy doesn't have to mean P-G, which is why these maple leaf-shaped ice pops get a hit of booze in them. Make some virgin ones for the kids (just be sure to mark them carefully!).
15. Colourful Oats: For guests who want a healthier option (or if you're throwing a Canada Day brunch), these vegan overnight oats will be right on theme (and filing to boot).