If you are getting ready to have a lunch or dinner on Canada Day here are a few ideas that you can use to really make it pop!
Our family's Canada Day includes a Canada Day Parade, usually a swim when we get home and dinner in the gazebo.
With Canada's colors being red and white it is easy to pull together a fun patriotic table.
Pull together anything you have that is red, white and red and white to see what choices you have to decorate with.
Red checkered table linen or place mats are ideal. You could always use clean, crisply ironed red and white dishtowels as place mats.
White dishes are always easy to decorate with since they are so versatile. I also happen to own dishes that have a red trim to them.
Glassware doesn't always have to match for a meal. Here I pulled out my vintage collection of red, white and black glasses.
With most of your table already being red and white it just takes a few little items to make it patriotic.
I made place-cards that simply read Happy Canada Day that have a Canadian Flag lapel pin in each one. Write the names of your guests (or family ) under the pin.
The pin is a take away that they can use when they travel overseas.
While I could have made the flower arrangement in a mix of red and white flowers I decided to just use red so the small little flags that I bought would stand out.
These little flags are cocktail piks but I added them to the flowers.
The greens in this flower arrangement are Emerald Gaiety euonymus from my garden. I like using them in arrangements because the white is a very crisp white and the green is a dark green.
I made the arrangement using a flower frog adding the euonymus first and filling it in with red carnations and red alstroemeria, two very long lasting flowers.
The flag picks are just gently placed through out the arrangement and are not placed into the frog.
The outside of the gazebo was decorated with bunting.
This traditional decoration is very easy to sew and can be used year to year.
If you don't have a gazebo or other structure then consider placing them on your back windows so you can admire them from where you are eating.
The final tablescape has a red checkered tablecloth, white napkins, white and red plates, plain stainless cutlery, a mix of vintage red, white and black glassware, Canada Day place-cards and a red flower arrangement with Canada Day piks in it.
On a serving tray table there is checkered dish towel, white tray, milk, cranberry juice and a bowl of ice.
A cheerful table to celebrate Canada Day.
Happy Canada Day!
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