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Canada Day Party Planning From A to Z

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Canada Day party celebrations are in full swing this summer; however, we won’t be participating with the masses.

The forecast for Friday, July 1, 2022, in Canada calls for lots of rain showers for most of the day.

My sister-in-law loves hosting, so I thought it would be a great idea to host a Canada Day Party at her house.

I’m unsure if it’s because our son is growing up and no longer interested or because his Autism bothers him at significant events.

Instead, on July 2, 2022, we planned a Canada Day party with our friends at my sister-in-law’s house.

The funny part is that our son loves loud music, but only the music he wants to play.

He also struggles with mosquitoes and other bugs and doesn’t want to kill them.

We bought him a bug repellent bracelet to combat his fears, and now he won’t leave home without them.

Today I want to share how we organized our Canada Day party, the costs involved and the number of guests we invited.

How we planned our Canada Day Party without expensive costs to help if I ru
Ways that we planned our Canada Day Party using a party budget.

Canada Day Planning With Fireworks At Home

Taking the time to fill out my Party Planning Printable, it’s easy to list what you’ll need and the costs involved.

Since the weather forecast for Friday, July 1, 2022, is Canada Day, we agreed to watch the fireworks from home.

I was fortunate to find four packages of giant sparklers for our son and his friends to use.

Our Canada Day Party list included the following products from Food Basics or No Frills.

Both Food Basics and No Frills are on my list of Canada’s cheapest grocery stores and where we grocery shop act, including Costco.

Planning for a Canada Day Party at your house takes time and patience and frugal minded buyers.
How To Plan a Canada Day party using a Junior Acon Charchol Grill for any occasion

Charcoal BBQ Grill For Any Backyard Summer Party

Planning a Canada Day Party takes more than a table cloth, picnic table and an Akorn Jr. Kamado charcoal BBQ.

The Jr. Kamado is the best BBQ I’ve ever owned, and it takes up little space on the deck.

Moving from the front to the back or into my truck is also straightforward.

Last year we bought a black Acorn Jr. Kamado as the price will jump from $291 to over $700 during the summer and fall seasons.

I’m convinced that no other BBQ will ever beat a charcoal grill for taste, texture and simplicity.

I also save money on the charcoal briquettes from Costco Canada, which costs $17.99 for a huge bag.

Typically, I’ll stock up and buy enough charcoal for the summer, fall and winter months since I grill year-round.

We’ll need games for the adults and children as well as snacks, drinks and juicy marinated meats.

Below I will document our Canada Day Party budget and what we plan to purchase for the event.

Our budget for the Canada Day party we attend is $175 for two adults and one child.

Fun Things For Our Canada Day Party

We optimized everything we already had in the house for our Canada Day party.

  • Grocery List includes everything food-related that needs to be purchased. Condiments include ketchup, mustard, honey, salad dressing, salad items, lettuce, croutons, carrots, tomatoes, beets, eggs, red cabbage, olives, sugar snap peas, and tuna, corned beef, mayonnaise, fresh lemon and limes, pre-made tuna salad or cauliflower. Fruits such as berries, watermelon, blackberries, pineapple, cherries and blueberries are perfect for homemade burgers, hotdogs, steak, pork chops, chicken breasts, salmon and shrimp: potatoes, bread, hotdog buns, and hamburger buns.
  • Desserts can be homemade or pre-purchased based on your time and baking skills.
  • You can find all of my recipes on this blog. Free Recipe Depot.
  • What types of drinks will you be providing? Fresh homemade lemonade, copy-cat Starbucks cold and hot drinks, wine, beer, pop, juices, drink mixes and bottled water.
  • A few bags of ice is always a wise investment for a party.
  • Snack attack list– chips, crackers, peanut butter, jam, yogurt, mixed nuts and cookies.
  • Both large and small plastic plates, drink cups, cutlery, serviettes, bowls, tea towels and baby wipes.
  • Jug of white vinegar and empty spray bottle, and other cleaning supplies.
  • Extra toilet paper if you have an outhouse. Paper towels and hand sanitizer are also essential to have for guests.

Health Products, Outdoor Chairs, Blankets, Games

  • Picnic Table or any outdoor table, foldable table and foldable chair if not provided, blankets, flashlight, small tent etc.
  • Change of clothing, towels and any other beauty supplies,
  • Laundry detergency, fabric softener and a bra bag if staying overnight for a few days.
  • Lastly, fun games include water bunch of balloons, soccer, a baseball bat, a ball and gloves.
  • Swimming pool toys and gadgets: bathing suits, life jackets, sunscreen spray, summer hats and bug spray and repellent.
  • Outdoor furniture includes foldable chairs, deck chairs with umbrellas, water shoes or flip flops.
  • Brushes, toothpaste, floss, and hair and body products if you need to groom yourself after the swim.
  • Purchase fireworks to set off if permitted in your city or sparklers for the kids to play with when it gets dark.
  • Outdoor Dance Music or live entertainment supplied by friends, family or the kids.
  • Games – bean bag toss, Italian bocce balls (lawn bowling)
  • Dollar Store Canada Day Party accessories from flags to balloons, cutlery and food items.

I’m sure there are many other items you would want to take to a Canada Day party that I haven’t listed.

The point of this exercise is to bring what you will need for a Canada Day party, whether you host it or are invited to one.

If you are the guest, don’t be shy to ask the homeowner what you can bring, such as salads, desserts or drinks.

On the other hand, if you are the host, you must budget for any summer parties so you know how much you can spend.

How To Budget For A Canada Day Party

Canada Day Party Planner and Budget Estimation- Budget Binder Printable

Budgeting for any party you plan to host means you should prepare a budget.

Too often, homeowners plan a party and forget how much it costs for the food and drinks.

You can work on your budget based on the number of guests you have invited and those who have RSVP’d.

I’ve always put $20 on each adult and $15 on each child to see how much money it would cost.

Although you are smart, you can do this ahead of time, shop the flyer specials, and pick up drinks at the LCBO.

You’ll be surprised to see how fast the money will add up for a Canada Day party or any party you host.

If you plan to have a Canada Day party on July 1 and know how many people you invite, you will have somewhat of an estimate.

I’ve created a simple budget party planning inventory to jot down everything you need to plan your Canada Day party.

Remember that your guests may not come empty-handed, or they will ask you what they can bring.

The choice is up to the homeowner on how to utilize foods for the party that guests bring with them.

My last advice is to use a projected expenses savings program where you stash cash once a month.

The free budget binder printables for planning your party inventory can be found on the Free Resources page.

Discussion: If you were to host a Canada Day party at your house with a pool, what would you do to keep it frugal?

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