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Tips on hosting your own Canada Day party

There’s no better way to show your pride for “the true north strong and free” than by hosting your own Canada Day party! Here are some simple ideas for the invitations, décor, food and fun for a fabulous, all-Canadian affair.

Invitations: This isn’t a black tie affair, so keep things simple and send out invites in the shape of a Canadian flag or a maple leaf. Suggest your guests wear red and white to amplify the Canada love.

Décor: Set the mood for a celebratory barbecue with some patriotic décor. Deck out your backyard with Canadian flags of all sizes – place them in flower pots or throughout the garden – be sure to have extras for the kids to wave around. For another easy, affordable décor option, pick up some red and white plates, coasters and table cloths from the dollar store.

Food: This is the perfect time for a barbecue so it’s appropriate to serve your favourite burgers, ribs and pasta salad. To keep things with the Canada theme, look to serve extras that are naturally red and white. Strawberries with whipped cream make a great topping for a vanilla sponge cake. Think of serving some Canadian flag or maple leaf-shaped cookies for the kids; these will be gobbled up in seconds! For more great festive recipes, check out our Canada Day party menu ideas.

Fun: Looking for some kid- and adult-friendly entertainment? Start off with a great Canada Day playlist — look for upbeat tracks that really spark your patriotic pride. For some kid-friendly fun and great photo opportunities, make sure to have sparklers for your guests. Another idea is to organize a Canada Day trivia game to test everyone’s knowledge. Lastly, finish off the fun with a fireworks display! Check your local fireworks listings to hit up the best spots in town, or see our list here.

Originally published on Cityline.ca