Thursday, July 2, 2020

Canada Day Tablescape for Backyard BBQ



Our Canada Day plans had included burgers in the backyard with my parents but that was put on hold due to inclement weather.  However, I thought I'd show you the tablescape I came up with to celebrate this special day.

I took these pics earlier in the week when there was a tiny bit of sun but Canada Day saw only clouds and rain.


I decorated the table in our backyard deck area in what we like to call the cabana. Flags and red/white gingham played a major role in this tablescape.


Inspiration began when I got 4 of these mugs at our local Dollar Store.  I tucked a red gingham napkin and a flag inside each one.

These coordinating gingham melamine plates that I got at HomeSense last year were set atop a white dinner plate. 

The layering of the place settings continued with a barnwood-look charger and a round woven placemat on a white damask tablecloth.


I tied red-handled flatware together with gingham ribbon and tucked a little flag pick inside. 

The centerpiece was created with three lanterns set in a row down the middle of the table.

A red berry garland (post Christmas sales),  faux white flowers and some red coloured grapevine balls were arranged around the lanterns.

Each lantern was set on a square red plate for added height and presence on the table.

String lights were woven throughout the garland and the battery pack was hidden beneath the edge of the plate and under some of the berries.

Canada's iconic symbol of the moose is represented in the centerpiece too.

I placed a white moose (local gift store a few years ago) on each side of the middle lantern.

A red/white checked table runner coordinates with the napkins and also the chair backs.

I placed white pillowcases over my striped chair cushions so they would coordinate better with the table.  Additional cloth napkins were pinned to the pillowcase on top of each chair.


 I tied up the edges of the tablecloth with red curling ribbon for an extra embellishment (and because it was too long :)

The view of our cabana...


...under gray skies and unfortunately it is too cold and rainy for it to be enjoyable sitting out here today.

We are hoping the weather is better this weekend and we can have a belated celebration of Canada Day in our backyard.

But no matter when we celebrate, I'm always thankful to be able to call this wonderful nation home and so appreciative of my fellow Canadians who make this country a wonderful place to live!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Tiered Tray Decorated for Canada Day


In my last post, I showed you how I decorated my kitchen sideboard for Canada Day and now I'm sharing a look at the area right next to it.

 I usually have my tiered tray, decked out in seasonal decor, on the end of the kitchen island.  For this special holiday, I gave it a Canadian Cottage type of vibe and incorporated a few elements that are meant to represent that.

On the bottom tier, I placed two mini Adirondack chairs that I found at our local Dollar Store.  They came unfinished and were painted white.

I rolled some wired red gingham ribbon to create pillows for the chairs and taped on a flag decal to the fronts of them.

The chairs are nestled up to a campfire and a canoe (actually a pickle dish with a flag decal stuck on) and oar sit ready for some Canada Day activity.

I created the little campfire by using a metal holder from a large tealight surrounded by some pieces of a decorative branch and then placing a faux tealight in the middle.

Did you see Mr Moose hiding behind one of the chairs? He's wearing festive attire for the occasion with a red/white scarf and a flag as a coat.

On the top tier, I placed a Canada mug from the Dollar Store along with a red-handled spoon tied with gingham ribbon, some faux flowers in red/white and a little white house to represent a cottage.

I added a Canadian flag to the chimney of the house so that it hung over the metal piece at the top of the tray.

Little pieces of faux cedar greenery were tucked in here and there.

The little cottages (houses from Michael's last year) were lit by adding string lights inside and hiding the battery packs under some of the faux greenery.  I also taped flag decals on each of the cottages.

This was a fun theme to put together and while it is perfect for Canada Day decor, if you take away the flags, it would also work for a summertime look.

I've added a few other Canada Day decorations around the kitchen and in the far back corner...


...I've set up this display where I just need to add a few flags.

Wishing all my Canadian friends a very Happy Canada Day!

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I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
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Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make at Two Chicks and a Mom
Hearth and Soul Link Party at April Harris
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Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
All About Home at Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Celebrate Your Story at Zucchini Sisters
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
Tuesday Turn About at My Wee Abode
Keep in Touch at Let's Add Sprinkles
Charming Homes & Gardens Wednesday at Dabbling & Decorating
To Grandma's House We Go at Grandma's House DIY
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