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How To: Throw a Nation Themed Party – Canada Edition

by Rachel

We had our third nation themed party this weekend, and it never fails to be great! In honour of the Olympics we chose our home and native land, CANADA! We ate, drank, listened, decorated all things Canada.

Canada is known for their beer, rye, whiskey, and Caesars… So that’s what we drank! Courtesy of Shannon we had Moosehead and Cracked Canoe. Moosehead Brewery is Canada’s oldest independent brewery! We had some creative guests who brought strawberry jello shots with whip cream: red and white!

So many options here. Anything with bacon and maple syrup is game. 77% of the world’s maple syrup is made in Quebec. Poutine is another great Canadian dish. Ketchup chips are a Canadian thing and of COURSE Timbits. If you are really ambitious, you can make maple bacon cupcakes, don’t skimp on the bacon! They are delicious. And if you have any game meat lying around that’s good too.

Our main Canadian activity was air hockey and Canada Kings, but you’ll have to tune in tomorrow to learn how to play.

Oh my goodness, so much fun! Since I have a LOT of time on my hands, moose, beaver, and goose paintings were made, OH Canada bunting flag, all things red and white and wintery. I don’t want to undecorate!

So so so many options. Canada is full of outstanding musicians. To name a few: The Guess Who, Joel Plaskett, Alanis Morrissette, BTO, Neil Young, Our Lady Peace, Arkells… I could keep going for awhile.

My favourite part! Canadian tuxedo, hockey jerseys, lumberjack outfits, fur, flannel, plaid, touques, Roots clothing, red, white… It was so fun dressing for this one!
I just want to have theme parties again and again!

With Glowing Hearts, We See Thee Rise, Our True North Strong and Free

How To: Throw A Nation Themed Party – Cuba Edition

by Rachel

I love countries. Unfortunately, I have only been to two other ones other than Canada: U.S. and Cuba. I have never gone anywhere super cool in the states, but Cuba, by golly, it’s great there! So after our February best friend couple trip to Cuba in February, we decided this summer, we’d bring Cuba to Canada and have a ballin’ Cuba themed party at my pool friend’s pool. All you have to do is EVERYTHING CUBA! Examples:

DRINKS: We won a couple bottles of Cuban rum, what up? It was like we were THERE! I shall include the fat Cuban cigar we acquired while there too. Goes down… smooth?

FOOD: We tried to go as tropical as possible given the limitations in Canada. Pineapple was the closest we could get, but since we ate a lot of mini pizza’s when we were there, we had some homemade mini pizza’s. Also sausage, since they eat a lot of pig down there. Ok, so the food thing was a little tough with this country since they try to serve North American food at the resorts.

ACTIVITIES: We had really awesome entertainment staff at the resort so we played all kinds of games that they made up for us, including water balloon volleyball and knocking down cups of water with a tennis ball. We also did the limbo! Also, those short 11am dance lessons sure came in handy for our Cuba party too.

DECOR: The flag of the celebrated country is really the only thing you need to do. But we also put up some English to Spanish translated phrases for fun! Ola! Como Estas?  YO soy buena! Tiene bonitos abs.

MUSIC: We had a couple of cd’s from the house bands of the resorts we’ve been too, and I downloaded 40 of the top Cuban hits from iTunes for $5.99! Can’t go wrong…

COSTUMES/DRESS: Obviously, it was bathing suits and beach cover ups for this party. I don’t even know why I take clothes to Cuba.

Limbo! Ola! flags and limbo!

Next themes on the docket: Germany and Canada!

Me encanta Cuba! ❤

How To: Feel Completely Ignorant of Your Country’s History

by Rachel

Buy the aforementioned globe, or one like it. Now, this globe needs to be well over 20 years. I’m talkin’ U.S.S.R. instead of Russia, which means it was made earlier than 1991. Take a look at our true north strong and free country, and see that Northwest Territories are split into three separate districts; District of Mackenzie, District of Franklin and District of Keewatin. The name Northwest Territories is nowhere in sight, and that’s all I EVER knew it as. Either I went to a really terrible school, or I probably should have paid more attention in Grade 7 history.

History of NWT

I am so smart, S-M-R-T

How To: Have a Good Experience at the Passport Office

by Rachel

Expect the worst. Like, the absolute worst… Hour long+ line ups, cramped seating, grumpy clerks, and being sent home because you forgot the correct documents. Then, when the wait time is only 15 minutes, your clerk is very nice, you brought everything you need and find out that they now offer ten year passports for a killer deal (meaning, you don’t have to go back for 10 years AND it saves you money!), you’ll walk out feeling great, because it was better than you expected.

How To: Fall In Love With Canada

by Shannon

Just visit the Drake General Store, because it’s the absolute best.

Please buy me everything, including a Hudson’s Bay tee-shirt, an Ontario toque, this blanket, and like, a bunch of random stuff that just looks cool. But not the provinces tee because I already have that, okay?

How To: Meet A Canadian Celebrity

by Shannon

Just see them in the subway buying Powerade.

Rock on, Gary Glitter.

All that glitters is Gary

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