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By Lauren McPhillips on August 16, 2017

Five Summer Party Ideas

Five Summer Party Ideas

Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived and Canadians are coming out of hibernation, it’s time to start soaking up the summer fun. And with the Great White North celebrating its 150th birthday this year, there’s no better reason to throw a party (or two!). To get you started, here are five summer party ideas that can be hosted at home and that make the most of Canada’s favourite season. And remember, when you use your PC Financial® World Elite Mastercard® to purchase your summer party supplies, you’ll earn 10 PC® points on every dollar spent (30 PC points when it’s at a participating Loblaw banner store – woo hoo!).

  1. Ice cream social
    There’s no denying that ice cream is one of the best things about summer, so why not kick off the season with an ice cream social? Set the table with a few different flavours and load up on toppings – chocolate syrup, cookie crumbs, strawberries, gummi bears and nuts. To make it social media-worthy, hang with some bunting flags around the table and serve scoops in tall ice cream glass cups.

    Hosting tip:Make sure to include a non-dairy option as well for vegan or lactose-sensitive guests.
  2. Outdoor movie night
    Nostalgic for the days of drive-in movies? Recreate the setting at home! Throw down some cushions and blankets, break open bags of popcorn and light up the citronella candles for a cozy movie night in the backyard. If you don’t have a portable projector screen, just use a white sheet and fix it to the fence or side of the house.

    Hosting tip:To make it interactive, give your guests trivia questions about the movie and see who can answer them all by the end of the film. Winner gets a gift bag with all the snacks from the party to enjoy later!
  3. Canadiana extravaganza
    Keep the celebrations going for Canada’s 150th birthday with an epic party for your family and friends. It’s Canada’s big year, so feel free to go overboard with the theme and serve up some national favourites – poutine, butter tarts, Caesars - as well as some international dishes to celebrate our country’s cultural diversity. And if you run out of snacks or soda, it’s cool – the PC Financial® no fee bank account has no transaction fees, so there’s no added stress on your wallet when heading back to the store to pick up an item or two.

    Hosting tip:Go beyond the red and white decor and carry the Canadian theme through every party detail, from a playlist of your favourite Canadian bands to serving locally brewed beer and setting up a horseshoe pit for games in the backyard.
  4. Sunday baseball
    Can’t make it to the ball game? No sweat. Round up some friends for a casual Sunday baseball party at home cheering on your favourite team from the comfort of your couch. Stock up on all your favourite stadium foods – nachos, hot dogs, peanuts and fries.

    Hosting tip: Make some friendly guesses before the game, like who will hit a home run first, how many innings the starting pitcher will play, who will be the first to strike-out, etc. It’s a great way to get some excitement going amongst your guests.
  5. Sleepover under the stars
    For households filled with adventurous kids (or even adults that are young at heart!), there’s no summer activity more fun than sleeping outside under the stars. Set up the backyard like a campground with sleeping bags and pillows for your guests, and provide each with a ‘survival bag’ filled with goodies – flashlight, snacks, bug spray and a scavenger hunt checklist.

    Hosting tip: In case of rain, make sure you have an indoor space set up with movies and camping themed decor so that the fun can continue inside.

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