Thanksgiving is well known as the annual national holiday celebrating the fall harvest and for years we have gathered with family to share amazing meals of hot roasted turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, cranberry sauce and of course mom’s homemade pumpkin pie with whipped cream. YUM! I close my eyes and try to think about it hard enough so I can maybe start to smell the aromas wafting from the kitchen well in advance. Why do we tend to only have turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Mealtime gets quite animated in our household as relatives share the same fun stories over again from years past and of course we have a couple comedians at the table that like to challenge everyone with fun facts. This year I plan to be prepared with my own list of Thanksgiving Trivia Facts to share with everyone and as I made the list I thought I’d share them with you. Hopefully there is one or more out of the list you will enjoy sharing at your celebration.
- Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to 1578 in Newfoundland when explorer Martin Frobisher held a ceremony of gratitude for surviving the journey from Europe.
- Americans didn’t begin their annual Thanksgiving tradition until 1621 – 43 years later.
- “Cornucopia” is the Horn of Plenty; the symbol of abundance and nourishment.
- The wishbone is the forked bone between the turkey’s neck and breast and is classically saved, dried and snapped in two by two people as a superstitious good luck custom where whoever ends up holding the majority of the bone ‘gets their wish’.
- The average weight of an adult male turkey is 17 pounds. Current records with the NWTF show that the largest turkey harvested is 37.1 pounds.
- There are 17 ridges on a 14-ounce can of Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce.
- There are 531 turkey farmers in Canada.
- 3.1 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians at Thanksgiving in 2014.
- The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving according to the Calorie Control Council. (3,000/meal & 1,500/snacking)
- Butterball says the best place to put the meat thermometer in the turkey is the thigh and should register at 165 degrees to ensure it is done.
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Diwali, popularly known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ is a five-day Hindu festival marking the beginning of the Hindu New Year and is considered one of the most important festivals of their year. As I love learning about various cultures and celebrations and didn’t know much about Diwali, I was excited to do some research to learn all about it and its festivities.
Diwali celebrations vary in different regions and communities but its significance and spiritual meaning is generally ‘the awareness of the inner light’. A few weeks prior to the Diwali festival people who celebrate will often begin cleaning their houses and planning their parties in preparation for all the family get togethers and fun community celebrations. They will shop for new clothes and in fact many of the stores will have discounts and offers for Diwali with attractive prices on electronic items like phones and televisions etc. People buy sweets, decorations and lighting to be used during the holiday. Streets, homes and even stores will be decorated with lights and multitudes of firecrackers play a big part of the Diwali celebration.
On the big day of Diwali, religious prayers are conducted to celebrate good over evil and light over darkness. Families and friends get together to exchange sweets and other amazing foods whether bought or homemade (for instance Mullu Thenkuzhal). The day is filled with prayer, feasts of great food and in the evening the sky is lit with fireworks.
The day following Diwali is New Year! While only celebrated in some parts of India, family again gathers for more fun and festivities and share gifts of sweets and other foods.
Eventastic.com is a fun and easy way of planning events and inviting guests to the gatherings using cool video technology whether it be a small traditional family get together or a community wide celebration. We hope to help families this year with their Diwali festivities.
Have a very safe and happy Diwali.
I love Halloween. There. I said it! I have loved it since I was a small child and dressed in goofy outfits racing from house to house to fill my pillowcase with tons of candy. What a funny ‘tradition’. The weeks of planning what to wear almost became as exciting as the actual event of wearing the final chosen costume. As I got older it didn’t get any less exciting for me and in fact, it not only was about the costumes and candy anymore, it was about the decorating and party planning. It’s truly a great day when I can retrieve my bins (yes I said BINS with an ‘s’) of Halloween decorations out of storage in early October and start carefully placing all the eerie pieces in their special places.
What is it about taping spiders, webs and goulish shadowy figures on the insides of my windows to lend to a haunted house feel for those adorable innocent little trick or treaters that is just SO MUCH FUN! Yes,,,I put tomb stones in my flower beds and drape sticky webs over my shrubs. I have ghosts hanging from now orange glowing porch lights and the most creepy scary music I can find to play outdoors on the eve of Halloween through a slightly open garage door.
Inside I have multitudes of spiders, worms, skeleton bones and skulls strewn over tables lit with soft flickering candle light at night. My dining room takes on an ‘Adam’s Family’/ ‘Munsters’ feel with black crows on my chandelier, more webs, black candelabra on the table with torn muslin and spidery serving trays awaiting the jellied brain and blood (raspberry jam) soaked finger tip cookies. Witch’s hands are placed here and there, creeping out from unsuspecting spots. Black cats with their backs arched and hair on end are perched high on cupboards looking like they’re ready to pounce. Small rubber mice peer around corners and sit on gourds and mini pumpkins on my mantle. And.. of course… don’t forget the mannequins dressed in various outfits looking like they’re sneaking around corners where you least expect. Even Jeeves our butler (yes…that’s right) is ready for service with blood filled goblets. With dark dingy pictures of fake relatives now hung on my walls, eyes following you as you walk by, and various decorative signs saying ‘This way to the Asylum’ my decorating is complete.
I think sometimes my family and friends wonder if I’m a bit nuts when they come to my home in October. Along with all the wacky Halloween decor, I have racks of costumes both bought and handmade as well as drawers of various wigs waiting for the choosing. Life for me is about having fun and keeping things interesting and what better event to let your creative side run wild than Halloween. I think it’s time to have a party!
Happy Party Planning from Eventastic!
I am happy to say that over the years I have acquired many friends in all parts of the world. Whether north, south, east or west, these friends remind me that being Canadian sets me apart in more ways than one. I suppose everyone has their characteristics depending on what part of the world they are from that would give hints to their heritage. Thinking about this has led me to think about the event space and what aspects of a Canadian event might remind you where you are.
Of course I write this blog somewhat ‘tongue in cheek’ with Canada Day approaching and wanting to write a ‘Canadian’ related blog. I’m enjoying Canada’s singer/songwriter Tim Hicks who has a very popular song climbing the charts now entitled “Stronger Beer” where he sings about the differences between Canada and the States. As I sing along to the lyrics of his song and consider my own multitudes of travels outside our beautiful country, I’ve come up with a list of indicators you may experience when attending a Canadian event. They are as follows:
- Colourful plastic money as well as $1 and $2 coins
- Driving directions written using Metric System & people talk in time not miles
- Legal age to drink is 19yrs (18 in Quebec, Manitoba, and Alberta)
- Stronger beer (Labatt Blue Dry 10.1%, Bud Light Platinum 6%)
- You can order an alcoholic drink called a Caesar (like Bloody Mary but with Clamato juice)
- Tim Horton’s coffee & donuts
- You’ll be offered vinegar for french fries
- Your Coke or Pepsi will contain real sugar, not corn syrup
- Idle chit chat usually involves talking about the weather, or apologizing for something irrelevant
- Prizes/auction items most often involve hockey related tickets or paraphernalia
- Venues are often located in cottage country or the like with views of Canadian Maples
- If your event is called a Stag ‘N Doe, you’re at a pre-wedding event to raise money for the couple getting married
‘Canadianisms’ are fun to think about and I am always fascinated when I travel and someone guesses I’m from Canada!
Eventastic would like to know what other indicators are you aware of?
Have a great day eh!
The Weekend Is Here!
What a wonderful time of year with people planning summer outings and party invites flying around for backyard barbecues and fun with friends. Cottage country is hopping with fun loving people beaching it or cruising to one another’s cottages in boats of all sizes, shapes and speeds. Patios are packed with patrons loving the opportunity to wine and dine outdoors with others feeling the same enthusiasm. Campgrounds are filled with people needing to embrace the open air and out-of-doors environment. Yes…It’s a great feeling!
Get away for the weekend!
Who doesn’t like to plan a weekend away during the summer months to spend time with friends or family and wind down for a few days! Whether camping or cottaging there is a basic list of items I always consider as necessities to help make my weekend more enjoyable.
- Weather Appropriate Clothing – Check the long range forecast and then be prepared for anything is my moto! You can pack light but still be prepared for colder temperatures which you’re bound to experience this time of year later in the evenings while sitting around a campfire
- Personal Accessories – Sunglasses, water bottle, appropriate footwear, hat, camera, cellphone, chargers, comb/brush, shampoo, soap, lotions, towels, deodorant, floss, toothpaste, shaver/gel, toilet paper
- Entertainment Items – Deck of cards, music & portable speakers, games, football, volleyball, book of ghost stories, magazines/novel for quiet moments
- Location Necessities – Depending on where you are going/staying; tent, sleeping bag, bedding, pillow, BBQ, propane, lawn chairs, campfire wood, utensils
- Medications/First Aid Items – Remember personal meds, antihistamine for allergies, pain reliever, antacid, bug spray, bandages, antibacterial lotion and spray
- Food and Cooking Tools – Check with ‘party coordinator’ on what is needed or would be helpful. Aside from main meals you’ll need to consider snacks and drinks. Paper towels, garbage bags and resealable plastic bags are always helpful.
If you are planning a weekend get away with friends, Eventastic offers a great online platform where you can create your party invite with picture, video and photo sharing options PLUS when guests use the registration option on the site they can message back with things they plan to bring such as potluck items or otherwise. The photo sharing option will be lots of fun for weeks following the party as friends share their pictures of the memories made.
Have a great weekend!
My dream come true: Family Day at the cottage! Politicians knew what they were doing when they made a designated holiday where families could take time off work to spend with their families. Making it in February is great timing since by then some of us are dreaming of Spring and warmer temperatures where we are more likely to spend time outdoors with family and friends. Family Day encourages us to plan a day of fun with family and forget the humdrum stuff for a day. If you’re lucky enough to own or have access to a cottage it is a perfect location to relax and have fun for the day.
Fun in the Snow
You never really know what the weather will be like for Family Day but being ready for the elements projected is always wise. Should there be snow, we have some ideas that may be intriguing for you.
- Cross country skiing or snowshoeing around the area
- Downhill skiing/snowboarding
- Snowmobiling to a destination or just around the area
- Building a snow fort with cool covered rooms
- Tromping a maze in fresh snow and play a game of tag
- Make a snowman family
If the weather hasn’t cooperated with your outdoor plans or you wish to stay inside where it’s warm we have other ideas for you. Put on your comfy clothes and consider one of these.
- Family movie day
- Playing favourite board/card games
- Hide and Seek with little ones
- Drinking games with big ones (pop of course… :))
- Make your own pizza and share party
- Crafts time
- Everyone work on a puzzle and then frame it
- Electronic games like Wii
A cottage is a place where you most likely already are tuned to be in relaxation mode. This makes it a perfect place to celebrate Family Day. Put down the cell phone and close the computer screen for a bit. It’s time to kick back, appreciate family members and enjoy time with them. Hope our suggestions are helpful. Check in with our Family Day Pinterest board for more ideas.
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I remember those cold, snowy days where we would bundle up so only our noses would show between our toques and scarves. We’d waddle in our snowsuits dragging our toboggans behind us to the best hill we could find. We’d spend the whole day trudging up that hill avoiding friends flying past us, pile on that wooden speed machine waxed to perfection, and take our turn flying down the hill attempting to steer to avoid trees, fences and kids strewn over the hill from fabulous roll-overs. It was the best!
Times have changed and so have the sledding toys. From the magic carpet to ski machines to flying saucers and now the amazing inflatable snow tubes! To make the whole outdoor winter experience even more fun there are now snow tubing parks where you can go for a day and share mega laughs with friends and family while you fly down mountains of groomed snow paths in singles or multiples.
When I was a kid and hit the hills with my toboggan or GT for the day, and there was a huge group of us! We’d build jumps, take a break and build snow men, head to a house close-by to warm up with hot chocolate and then do it all over again – it was an event!
Create the same memorable experiences for your kids by arranging for the kids in the community to head to the hill or tube park!
Tips to plan your snow tubing/tobogganing party
- Check the weather and have a back-up date
- Decide if there will be a follow-up location to extend the fun
- Sort out if food and drink will be provided, sold or potluck style
- Research the location, to determine if there are admission costs and collect funds in advance so the fun gets started right away!
- Be realistic on the kids stamina and the length of time your event will run
- Identify chaperons so parents can relax too
Plan with ease
Once you’ve decided on how to plan and run your event, Eventastic will make your planning easy as you fill out the invite template with all the details, await responses and sort out the fine details. `
It’s really easy for parents to take photos and upload them directly to the event page. After the event, if you are having a follow-up party, you can watch the slide show as a group and have a few more laughs. The best part about the photos is that anyone who had access to the event page can download them all as soon as they like!
It’s a perfect way of seeing and feeling the beauty of winter and building memories and relationships that will last!