Canada Day

For years I’ve been celebrating the 4th of July while away on holiday, so when it fell on Wednesday this year—and I was home!—I decided to embrace our northern neighbors and celebrate their independence, too, as a way to kick off the week.  Truth be told, it fell on a Sunday, July 1st, so rather than a hump-day, mid-week gathering, and being a lover of all things British (including her Commonwealth!), I decided to throw an impromptu party to celebrate Canada’s independence, the end of a weekend and a hazy hot and humid week.

Having several wonderful Canadian friends and being no stranger to throwing a festive al fresco party I thought it would be fun to do.  I planned to keep it small—around six guests. But soon word got out and it turned to eight, then ten, and when it was all said and done I had a grand total of eleven guests plus one schnauzer.  I had no idea so many people were so fond of Canada.   This would be a sit down dinner barbeque to be served under the pergola. 

Rosebrook Gardens would host the event, I would serve as grill master and co-host and my devoted friends would jump into action to help serve. How lucky am I? A perfect summer night that took less than 24 hours to coordinate.  

What’s my secret?  Well, as in life, I begin any planning with: What are my resources? What do I need?  Fresh hydrangea flowers from the garden provided a vast array of flowers for the dining table and house.  As much red and white decor as I could muster to honor Canada’s flag (I was able to borrow one.) Two cases of French rose and a simple menu:  A fabulous cheese platter to start, then sliders, hotdogs, an assortment of seasonal salads, and fresh local corn.

I may not live in Canada, but I do live in a country that embraces and welcomes all to our big melting pot of a country.  Red, white and blue may be our country’s colors, and there is no one more patriotic than me, but when it comes to entertaining and social affairs I prefer using all my crayons as my inspiration.  

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