Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Canada Day 2013

On July 1st, Canada celebrated it's 146th birthday.  Being a very proud Canadian, I decided to mark the occasion with a dinner in our backyard this past weekend and decorated our cabana accordingly.
 
 
 
I wish you could have been here... let's pretend you are one of my guests...
Would you care for a pre-dinner cocktail? (Appropriate in colour, they are strawberry lemonade with a splash of vanilla vodka.)
 
 
Feel free to relax in this decorated Adirondack chair
(My dad made two of these beauties for us a few years back)
 
 
 
Or you may prefer sitting in one of these chairs with matching footstool.
(A recent purchase from Home Hardware)
 
 
The "table" in the middle of this area is actually our new gas fire-bowl. 
(Mr. Delight made a wooden top for it to keep out the rain 
which also makes it into a table.)
 
Here's a quick peek at it but I'll do a more in depth post on the fire-bowl another day.
 
 
Dinner is almost ready so please bring your drinks over to the table and have a seat.
 
 
 
Here is your place.
 
 
 
Faux boxwoods, flags and lanterns line up to create a festive centerpiece.
 
 
 
I love this round metal hurricane my SIL gave me.  I added some Canadian Flags -"Dollar Store-cling-ons" - to the glass and scattered shells inside.
 
 
 
Speaking of the "cling-on" flags...did you think I actually had Canadian Flag dishes?
 
Nope... these were created by pressing the vinyl cling-on onto the plate and putting the clear salad plate (below) on top.
 
 
 
Voila...instant themed dishes!
 
 
 
 
The table runner consists of three kerchiefs/bandannas from the Dollar Store.
 
 
All of the pillows you see here were created using the same type of kerchief/bandanna
(just pinned on existing pillows though!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
On the menu this evening:
Apple Coleslaw
Pork Cutlets Mornay
Brown Rice
Grilled Asparagus
Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms
 Strawberry Shortcake and Whipped Cream
 
 
 
 
 
We were fortunate to have lovely weather for our Canada Day dinner!
 
 
 
Happy Canada Day!
 
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hope you enjoyed your stay!
 
 
I'll be linking this post to the following terrific blog parties:
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
                  Show & Tell Fridays at My Romantic Home
                   Be Inspired at Common Ground
Say G'Day Saturday at Natasha In Oz
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings


Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen

Tablescape Thursdays at Between Naps on the Porch



 

8 comments:

Sarah said...

Lovely weather and an absolutely beautiful setting for your party. Thanks for having us! Love seeing all the red and white! Happy Canada Day! ~ Sarah

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Gorgeous outdoor setting for you to celebrate Canada Day. Your bandannas worked perfect for the table runner and your pillows. Everything is perfect for your special day.

Karen said...

Hi Canadian friend,
I just love your display for Canada Day. It is absolutely gorgeous! You are so creative and talented. Thank you so much for sharing and Happy Canada Day to you! Have a wonderful weekend!
Karen

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful table!! Love the red. Everything looks so stunning!!

Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful and every detail is perfection. Wow, I wish I had been a guest too. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Debra Oliver said...

wow, you have a fabulous yard!! Everything is beautiful, love that Adirondack chair all decked out for the holiday. I'll be including this post as a feature at Be Inspired this week. thanks so much for joining in!!

Kathleen said...

How festive it all looks, DD! Another beautiful table, so crisp!

Alycia Nichols said...

I hate it that I missed this last year. It's so inviting starting with the lemonade and right on through! The Adirondacks are beautiful. That was wonderful of your Dad to share his wonderful talent with you like that. Those are real keepers!

Fun idea to use the cling-on's to spice up the dishes! I'm going to have to adopt that idea! I have some clear chargers I could use to get the same effect. Thanks!

Wow...you even have a throw with the maple leaves! Cool!

I would have loved to have been a guest at this soiree!!! I'd probably STILL be there! :-)