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  • Canada Day is fast approaching and this national holiday is marked on July 1st as the anniversary of the Constitution Act which united 3 territories into one nation as Canada in 1867. Why not celebrate this year with a Canada Day Party with friends and family? Here are 5 hosting ideas and tips for your Canada Day Party:

    Place:

    Consider where you want to host your Canada Day party celebration. Will it be at home or will it be at a park?  Whichever one you choose, either one can be outdoors to enjoy the warm weather.

    If you’re choosing a park, a few things that you might want to consider such as:

    • Is there easy access to picnic tables with shaded areas?
    • Is it convenient to commute to via transit, car share, cycling, and vehicle?
    • Is it an alcohol-permitted park? Check with your local municipalities on which parks, if any, allow alcohol consumption. The Alcohol in Parks Pilot program has been extended to 22 parks in Vancouver from June 3 – October 16, 2022.

     

     

    Food & Drinks:

    BBQ is always a good option both at home and at the park. Here are some BBQ food ideas that will delight your guests:

    • DIY Burgers with all the gourmet toppings to choose from:
      • different cheese options like provolone, mozzarella or smoked cheddar
      • different toppings like sauteed mushrooms and onions from the BBQ, sliced avocado
      • the usual toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, pickles
      • the sauce toppings like mayonnaise, ketchup, Dijon mustard, relish or try a spicy version by mixing siracha sauce and mayonnaise
    • Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs – very tasty and flavourful and easy to BBQ
    • Marinated Chicken Styles
      • buffalo BBQ Wings
      • greek souvlaki skewers
      • marinated pesto chicken thighs with truffle oil

    Some good summer side ideas:

    • greek salad or a version of it like avocado and tomato salad
    • caprese salad
    • BBQ corn on the cob
    • For dessert, a fruit salad is always good. I like to make a watermelon cake.

     

     

    Drinks: The perfect Canada Day drink is our Red and White Sangria recipes.

    Some other drink options:

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Here are some great snack ideas to pair with your drinks:

    • Paired’s Cheese Platter
    • fully loaded nachos with sour cream, guacamole, jalapenos, salsa and cheddar cheese
    • tortillas and salsa dip
    • assorted trail mix of nuts
    • assorted veggie platter

    Entertainment:

    Make your own special playlist featuring Canadian bands or download the Spotify playlist, “Canada Day 2022”, featuring talented Canadian artists.

    If you’re hosting your Canada Day party at a park, there are many other entertainment options like games: volleyball, bocce, badminton, frisbee, etc.

    Décor:

    For Canada Day celebration, a red and white décor is the perfect theme: Canada flag cocktail umbrellas, red and white napkins, wear the colours. Keep it ‘green’ and use patio plates, glassware and cutlery. Create station areas on your patio so that your guests can mix and mingle, relax and enjoy your wonderful meal.  Consider creating some shaded areas with a patio umbrella and as the evening goes on, consider patio lighting needs, a heat lamp or warm blankets.

     

     

     

    Preparation:

    A few things to consider when preparing and organizing your upcoming party:

    • consider the size of your party when determining quantity of food and drinks;
    • consider your guests food allergies and restrictions, if any;
    • shop for most things up to a week prior to your party;
    • prepare marinaded meats a day ahead;
    • have a Plan B just in case the weather changes; and
    • consider doing a potluck if you find it too overwhelming. Friends and family would love to help.

    Now you’re all set to host the best ever Canada Day party celebration! From gourmet BBQ food and delicious drinks to good tunes and a fun and lively atmosphere, these 5 ideas and tips will be sure to impress your guests.  How will you be celebrating Canada Day?  Share your Canada Day party with us on #pairedclub  #wineoccasion

    Diane Jang is the COO of Paired, who is also a food and wine lover. She enjoys discovering different food and wine pairings locally and from around the world. She’s traveled to over 48 countries, visiting many wineries and exploring the tastes of local foods

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