There’s a lot to plan when it comes to throwing a Canada Day party – we get it! From the food and drinks to the decorations and attire, it can become overwhelming, fast. Here at BOATsmart!, our staff has taken the liberty of choosing some of our favourite songs to create an all-Canadian playlist just for you to rock out to this Canada Day!
Canada Day is a day to celebrate the history of when the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick united into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Not only is it a day to celebrate the rich history of the land and stunning scenery, it’s also a day to celebrate the numerous different cultures enriching this beautiful Country and the progressiveness of our society. We are champions of inclusion and have been deemed some of the nicest people ever, #winning! Let’s rock the socks off this Canada Day in true Canadian style by hosting a dock party at the cottage! Get your dock-a-rockin’ with these awesome party tricks to celebrate Canada Day proudly!
Music could actually qualify as the most important element to not just a Canada Day dock party, but any party for that matter. Make sure you have an awesome playlist (preferably an all-Canadian one) for your guests to rock-out to as they enjoy the scenic beauty that the lake has to offer in their red and white attire.
The right lighting will set the ambience for this epic Canada Day dock party and create an atmosphere that’s just right. Grab some lanterns, candles and candle holders, twinkle lights if you have somewhere to string them and create a beautiful, cozy feeling for your guests.
Keep mosquitos away
Mosquitos can be pretty pesky this time of year. Here are some DIY natural repellents that will not only keep those annoying little blood-suckers away but will add a nice scent to your shindig.
1. Cut lemons in half and add them to a jar with a handful of cloves. This will repel the mosquitos while giving off a nice sent.
2. Face a fan towards your dock area to keep mosquitos at bay. They aren’t strong fliers so the air flow from the fan will be enough to keep them away.
3. DIY your own citronella candles to distribute across your property. Citronella is a natural, non-toxic alternative to other chemical repellents and is derived from leaves and stems of various lemongrass species.
Canada’s national cocktail! How could you ever throw a dock party in the bush without a caesar station set up to make and enjoy these deliciously salty beverages? It would be an injustice to yourself, your guests and Canada if you didn’t. I mean, there’s a National Caesar Day for crying out loud! Check out this cool site for a spicy variety of recipes to try out.
Okay, the main event that everyone has been anticipating – the food. Barbequing is obviously the traditional Canadian way to go. So, spark up the grill and get cookin’; that Peameal bacon isn’t going to cook itself, eh? There are plenty of great recipes you can find online to get those creative BBQing ideas flowing such as this one from Country Living. It supplies you with 60 different delicious recipes to choose from such as honey siracha grilled chicken thighs and grilled pork tenderloin with peach barbecue sauce. You’ll be captain of the Canadian grill and will most likely hear the words “thank you” more times than you can count.
Sparklers & Fireworks
These will help keep the party lit! Sparklers are awesome for all those Canadian gals who need to Instagram everything (or else it didn’t happen, duh!) and for any kids who may be in attendance of this awesome dock party. If you’re planning on setting off those classic fireworks to light up the sky, you’ll want to ensure that you and all your guests are a safe distance away at the time of take-off. Fireworks are a perfect way to make a bang at this Canada Day party.
Talk to your neighbours
If you’re throwing an epic Canada Day dock party, you might want to do the Canadian thing by letting your neighbours know, seeing as this is going to be the BEST. PARTY. EVER!! Let them know you’ll be rockin’ the dock all night and there might be some sing-alongs that could get out of hand, especially when Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69 comes on. Who knows, maybe they’re even cool enough to get the invite!
There are so many reasons we celebrate this beautiful country of ours, from the people to the landscape, we are so very lucky to call it home. Celebrate this year by throwing the best Canada Day dock party and show your patriotism in true Canadian style.
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