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The green-eyed event planner - Celebrate Canada's birthday in style

This is going to be the best Canada Day ever!Why? We are still bursting with pride from therecent Olympic games. Most of us can still close oureyes and hear the Nikki Yanofksy song, "I Believe".

This is going to be the best Canada Day ever!Why? We are still bursting with pride from therecent Olympic games. Most of us can still close oureyes and hear the Nikki Yanofksy song, "I Believe".We can still remember exactly where we were whenthe overtime goal was scored in the Canada versusU.S.A. men's final hockey game. We can still see thetears on the face of Canadian Ladies Figure SkaterJoannie Rochette as she finished her short program.We can still feel the excitement from when KevinMartin threw his final stone to win gold and lastly,we can still hear the strains of O'Canada as our flagwas raised many times during the games.

Come on folks.let's make this 2010 CanadaDay Gold Medal Worthy.

Wave your maple leaf Flags are on sale everywhereright now. Proudly display your CanadianFlag. If you can't display a flag, buy a pin and wearit on your lapel or hat.

Break into Song We have incredible Canadianmusicians. Create a nostalgic play list of Canadianfavourites by encouraging your guests to thinkback..way back to the year they were born andchoose a Top 40 single from a Canadian Artist. I canimagine that it will end up being quite an eclecticmix of tunes..everything from "Four StrongWinds" by Ian and Sylvia Tyson to "My Heart will goon" by Celine Dion.

Set the Scene A clean, freshly ironed, whitecotton flat sheet can double as a table-covering.The simple centerpiece can be a grouping of largeand small clear glass jars, some can contain sandand soy votive/pillar candles (beware jars canbecome very hot), others inexpensive red and whitecarnations. Wrap some of the jars with ribbon..think red and white with possibly a twist a la aquaor chartreuse. Fruit can also make an impact on thetable. In keeping with our colour theme, whatabout cylinder vases filled with red apples or greenlimes!

Hail Caesar? Did you know that the deliciousdrink, the "Bloody Caesar" was invented by aCanadian in 1969 at the Owl's Nest Bar in Calgary(source Wikipedia). The traditional Caesar containsvodka, clamato juice, and seasoning. Garnish it withdill pickles, hot peppers, pickled carrots or asparagus.My personal favourite is pickled beans!

Share some trivia Research some random piecesof Canadian trivia and stump your guests at yourparty. What about, "What is Canada's longest river"or "Whose face is on the Canadian 100 dollar bill?"

A bit of "Tim Bit" Heaven Let's face it, TimHorton's is a Canadian past time. Try this Tim BitDessert on July 1st.

You will need: Large Box of chocolate Tim Bits,wooden skewers, fresh strawberries and powderedsugar for dusting.

Instructions: wash, dry and hull the strawberries,thread the Tim Bits and the strawberries alternatinguntil you have three of each on every skewer, lay ona platter and dust with powdered sugar! Garnishwith fresh mint and serve immediately withwhatelse but Tim Horton's coffee.

Dress the part Encourage everyone to wear abit of red.

Movie Time watch a movie with a memorableCanuck actor, like John Candy in "Planes, Trains andAutomobiles".

Join the party Participate in local Canada Daycelebrations. Show them a good time There aremany visitors from other countries traveling throughour communities during the summer. Take amoment on July 1st to share your Canadian pridewith them.

Happy Canada Day!

Judy Kucharuk is owner of FootprintManagement Systems Inc. and specializes in GreenMeetings and Events. For more info log onto www.managefootprint.com or check out her Facebookpage, the "Green Eyed Event Planner"