Canada Day, Eh!

I am so excited for Canada Day weekend so I am sharing some festive food, drink and décor ideas! Unfortunately, I am working on Canada day so it's not a real long weekend for me. Despite that, I am still looking forward to cocktails with friends, backyard BBQs, live music at local patios and fireworks on the beach!

Because I am working, I will likely stick to some simple red and white food and drinks but wanted to share some other awesome ideas;

These Canada Day pudding pops look so delicious and refreshing!

These Canada Day pudding pops look so delicious and refreshing!

Simple cherry tomato and bocconcini salad screams Canada Day!

Simple cherry tomato and bocconcini salad screams Canada Day!

Or another idea for your tomatoes and bocconcini- add bacon and a skewer and you've got a Canada Flag

Or another idea for your tomatoes and bocconcini- add bacon and a skewer and you've got a Canada Flag

I love the simplicity of the tomato and bocconcini salad and how festive the colours are but I think I will be bring my favourite summer side to the BBQ I am attending- watermelon and feta salad. I knooooow, watermelon is more pink than red, but you get the idea :)

You can add basil or mint, red onion and balsamic vinegar or leave it as is. I love the sweet and saltiness of this fresh summer salad!

You can add basil or mint, red onion and balsamic vinegar or leave it as is. I love the sweet and saltiness of this fresh summer salad!

How cute are these mason jar cheery cheesecakes for dessert?!

How cute are these mason jar cheery cheesecakes for dessert?!

Lets not forget about the most important part of the long weekend--DRINKS !!

You can use your choice of cranberry juice or grenadine, sprite or club soda and your favorite red fruit . Don't forget the vodka!

You can use your choice of cranberry juice or grenadine, sprite or club soda and your favorite red fruit . Don't forget the vodka!

This cranberry raspberry Canada Day cocktail looks super festive and refreshing. Or your favourite red wine sangria would do the trick :)

This cranberry raspberry Canada Day cocktail looks super festive and refreshing. Or your favourite red wine sangria would do the trick :)

If you are hosting a Canada day party or BBQ, its pretty simple to add red and white to your décor. I love to hit up the dollar store and grab some mini Canada flags, festive cocktail napkins and straws and of course some red solo cups.

LOVE these mason jars

LOVE these mason jars

Red & White

Red & White

And to wrap it up, a few of my favourite printables to add to your Canada Day décor;

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For the recipes or other long weekend ideas, head over to my Pinterest page.

Wishing you a safe and sunny long weekend. Happy Canada Day!!!

Jess xx

Summer Plans + Decor Inspiration

Well, it's officially summer and I couldn't be happier! The weather has been beautiful and I have a ton of things I am excited to do over the next few months. I have a couple of outdoor projects I hope to complete before Labour day as well as some fun and yummy summer recipes to try!

We are very lucky to live in a beach town where the lake is only a few minutes away. We spend a lot of time walking and biking around the village in the summer, enjoying the beach and local patios. Most of our friends live close by so we are never lonely :)

Live music on a patio with a view of the Port Stanley lift bridge

Live music on a patio with a view of the Port Stanley lift bridge

Port Stanley harbour

Port Stanley harbour

Main beach @ Sunset

Main beach @ Sunset

Now that we have Poppy, we will spend even more time in the backyard so I have some plans to make our yard more inviting. I will share more of these details later :)

summer mornings

summer mornings

I wanted to share some of the food and drink recipes I am excited to try as well as some summer décor inspiration.

Starting in the spring, I start to add elements of colour into my décor pallet and continue this into summer. My mantle has not changed much from Spring but my bar top got a touch of summer. You might not think of summer when you see black and white stripes but I love the classic look along with a kick of colour. 

Just need some fresh cut fruit & some wine chilling :)

Just need some fresh cut fruit & some wine chilling :)

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My spare room is also fitting in with the summer vibe!

Frame & print from Chapters Indigo, anchor hook from James Street- Port Stanley, ON, starfish & wicker wreath from Joshua & Company- Port Stanley, ON

Frame & print from Chapters Indigo, anchor hook from James Street- Port Stanley, ON, starfish & wicker wreath from Joshua & Company- Port Stanley, ON

As I have mentioned before, one of my favourite ways to add seasonal décor is framing prints found online. Here are a few of my favourites;

These festive prints are available at  Tell Love and Party

These festive prints are available at Tell Love and Party

Free prints available at  Craft a Doodle Doo

Free prints available at Craft a Doodle Doo

I am looking forward to shopping the local farmers markets for fresh fruits and veggies and trying different things on the grill.

Skewers are always a good idea and the possibilities are endless!!

Skewers are always a good idea and the possibilities are endless!!

Let's not forget about the drinks as you always need one in hand while grilling :)

Watermelon breeze

Watermelon breeze

These s'more sticks look ridiculously easy and delicious and I had full intentions of making them last summer but sadly didn't.

I LOVE salt on my watermelon. Add tequila you say? OKAY!!!

tequila soaked watermelon and sea salt

tequila soaked watermelon and sea salt

I can't wait to try making these puppy popsicles for Poppy!

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And cake batter ones for me!! (drool)

Head over to my Pinterest for food and drink recipes and other fun summer ideas.

We have a busy summer ahead with weddings and me working several weekends a month but will be dedicating lots of time to enjoy the season as it will be over before we know it!! Canada Day is right around the corner so I will be brainstorming some red and white food and drink ideas to celebrate our nation and the long weekend. Stay tuned :)

Jess xo