It's that time of year again – when you can finally saturate your every thought with red-and-white décor ideas. No longer are you tied to the belief that your party should only include a bit of patriotic colour or that you should take special care to avoid overuse of maple leaf decorations. For an amazing Canada Day celebration, gravitate toward unique décor ideas that work for the day's festivities no matter what size gathering you've got planned.
Oh, the options are endless when it comes to choosing linens, but your red-and-white colour palette means you're sure to succeed. If you're going for an eclectic approach, mix and match textures and prints while adhering strictly to red and white. Visualize a red and white toile tablecloth with white crocheted place mats and red and white chevron napkins. For a simple, modern aesthetic, consider a white tablecloth, red place mats and red and white striped napkins. Stick to your personal taste and your tabletop will appear inspired and
Remember, if you're hosting a more casual event, stores are full of festive disposable tableware. Find cute cups, plates and flatware that will make clean-up a breeze. Or bring out your everyday white dishes and smile – who ever thought that classic dinnerware could make such a statement?
The Arts and Crafts Experience
This is especially lovely if you're a fan of DIY projects (or if you have a few little helpers just itching to join in the fun), harvesting materials from around your home (and a few inexpensive items from your local store) is a budget-friendly way to amp up your décor. Homespun projects offer a modern, this-didn't-come-from-a-box feel to your space.
Collect maple leaves in various sizes – reach for soft leaves that haven't yet dried to a crunch since they're much easier to work with. Now choose a material you deem worthy of a little artwork. Maybe you have a solid white table runner that could use some sprucing up. Or perhaps you're sending out homemade invitations and have purchased red card stock.
If you're a fan of repurposing, you can always get creative with burlap rice bags or paper grocery bags. Cut the burlap into squares and stamp with a leaf for cute coasters. Or skip the card stock and cut your paper bags into envelope-size rectangles — add your maple leaf design on one side and your party information on the other for a green approach to party invitations. The sky's the limit on this one!
Unless you have red or white paint hanging around the house, pick up a couple small tubes of paint and a couple basic paintbrushes from your local craft store (choose acrylic paint if you're applying to paper and fabric paint for fabric). Lightly paint one side of your leaf, press it firmly against your material and slowly peel it back. Voila! Keep it simple with a single leaf on the front of an invitation, or cover your piece of fabric with a variety of sizes and use as table or wall décor.
Create a Chic Drink Station
Have a little extra fun with the red-and-white theme and dream up drinks for the whole family. Sangria and piña coladas with a red cherry garnish work well for adults. Or if your favourite cocktail's hue threatens to ruin the fun, choose red-hued glasses that will conceal the colour of your preferred beverage.
For children, a clear punch bowl full of bold red punch is a visually sweet treat that fits right into your celebration. Spring for some cute red or white plastic or paper cups for the little ones rather than breakable glass.
As for the location – this is a perfect décor idea to dress up outdoor festivities. Whether you're relaxing by the pool or barbecuing for the evening, cool drinks refresh party goers' warm nights (and an accidental fruit punch spill in the grass is much less stressful than one on your carpet or sofa).
Blossoms for Any Canada Day Occasion
Lavish party? Cozy day with close friends? Gathering appropriately-hued flowers is your ultimate foolproof way to spice up your Canada Day décor for any occasion. Choose from a wide variety of red and white flowers and combine them for mixed bouquets or set them side-by-side.
For red blooms, consider:
Roses, gerbera daisies, tulips, lilies, carnations, anthurium, sage or pansies.
For white blossoms, consider:
Roses, shasta daisies, tulips, calla lilies, gardenias, hyacinths, azaleas or camellias.
Place your flowers in a variety of vases in any room of your home, or add them to a snack or dinner table for a fresh pop of beauty (and if you plan carefully, a lovely fragrance, too).
Enjoying Canada Day is always a blast – by including a bit of fun décor, you add both visual interest and that patriotic nod to your country's history that illuminates the true meaning of the celebration.
By Tarah Damask