In true Katie fashion we threw her a DIY Canadian themed birthday party in mid October. She had absolutely no idea when she showed up at my house that she would be greeted by screams of "surprise". Katie was under the impression that Vanessa and I would be taking her out to dinner for her birthday, since she didn't want to do anything so close to her Jack and Jill party. Silly Katie really thought we'd let her last birthday with us just pass by without any big notice.
Now, how does one throw a Canadian themed party in the middle of October you ask, well you start off by venturing off to every party store or dollar store in town. Surprisingly they all stock Canadian decor all year long.
We bought flags, red balloons, chocolate loonies, maple leaf sprinkles to add to chocolate covered strawberries, and red and white decor galore. For the do it yourself portion, we found a printable sign and altered it for our party, we made a collage of photos of Katie and Tom at various "Canadian" locations so Tom could be included in the party even if he wasn't able to be here.
There were many Canadian printables in frames and as Katie would have done at her own party, we made loot bags which included maple flavoured cookies shaped as maple leafs packaged in fours and tied together with a Canada luggage tag since Katie would be leaving the country.
No matter what we did for this party, it would never be enough to show Katie just how much we care about her and how much we would miss her when she left for Florida. Katie, never forget that Canada is your home and your friends are looking forward to your many visits and will be waiting with open arms.