Happy Canada Day! Now on to the Celebration of Lights

With the exciting display of the Canada Day fireworks behind us – and I must admit, that finally was something quite spectacular.  It’s time to plan for our next fireworks extravaganza. The great thing about the Celebration of Lights is the actual celebrations that have grown around it.  The Sat and Wed of July and Aug have become a daily event at the beach, unless you want to fight the crowds and potentially the VPD for a good spot to view the fireworks. But worry not.  Besides the considerable amount of eateries and entertainment in the West End, the City of Vancouver has some daily events planned to keep you occupied while reserving your killer beach spot for the fireworks. SHOREFEST is now entering its 6th year as one of Vancouver’s largest, free community concert series. Started in 2009 in conjunction with the Celebration of Light fireworks, it showcases some of Canada’s top musical acts in one of Vancouver’s most picturesque settings on the shores of English Bay. Over the course of 3 nights in the summer, hundreds of thousands of spectators gather at English Bay to enjoy the fireworks presentations while being entertained by acts on stages located on the Bathhouse Roof at English Bar and in the park at Sunset Beach. This years lineup includes: The Sheepdogs 5440 The Odds Current Swell Spirit of the West and more… For more info on SHOREFEST click here! THE KEG LOUNGE Located on the Bathhouse Roof in English Bay, The Keg Lounge offers the most VIP summer experience in BC. Featuring your favourite hors d’oeuvres by The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, live...

The best fireworks events in Vancouver

There are three time a year in Vancouver where you can see some of the best fireworks displays in Canada. Canada Day Fireworks: The annual Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show is a unique multi-community event that draws people and numerous communities together to celebrate Canada. This unique two barge simultaneous pyrotechnic extravaganza lights up the sky and is visible from numerous locations including Coal Harbour seawall, Stanley Park, West Vancouver and North Vancouver. When / where to see them: July 1, 2014 Coal Harbour seawall Stanly Park West Vancouver North Vancouver Celebration of Light: If there is one event that defines summer in Vancouver, it’s the Celebration of Light international fireworks competition and festival: three nights of the best fireworks displays you’ve ever seen.  Since 1990, the annual Celebration of Light has become one of the most prestigious fireworks competitions in the world, attracting the world’s best fireworks pyrotechnicians and designers. When / where to see them: English Bay Saturday, July 27, 2013 Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Saturday, August 3, 2013 All shows begin at 10pm New Years Eve Fireworks Cruise: There aren’t any large Vancouver New Years fireworks celebrations for the general public, though you are likely to see fireworks lighting up the sky at some point once midnight approaches. Some of the Vancouver New Years Eve cruises promise a fireworks show at midnight, and this is just one of the reasons why they are worth keeping in mind. Take a New Years Eve cruise in this wonderful western Canada city, and you can also expect to enjoy a rewarding dining experience, some drinks, plenty of dancing, and complimentary...

How to find the ideal wedding venue

One of the first things you’ll think about after you’ve gotten engaged (besides the dress of course) is find your perfect wedding venue. From the styling of the space to the timings on the day, the majority of your decisions will ultimately hinge on your choice of wedding venue. So what should you look for in your reception site? Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when looking for a perfect venue: Is there enough room? It sounds obvious, you need to make sure that the space is large enough to accommodate the number of people on your guest list.  Remember, it’s not how many people you can stuff in there, it’s how much room will they (and you) need to be comfortable.  And remember wedding essentials — tables, chairs, a buffet, a bar, the band or DJ setup, the dance floor — can take up a lot of space. Even if you choose an outdoor site, you’ll need ample room on the lawn, in the arboretum, or poolside. The best way to assess the size of a site? Ask to see the space when another wedding is all set up, or at least see photos. Do you have enough privacy? Privacy will vary from venue to venue. For example you’ll have much more privacy if you have your wedding and reception on a private cruise or wedding charter. If you’re having a daytime event in a public spot, such as a park or beach stranger may top to stare or even take pictures (no joke, I was actually asked to pose with strangers passing by at...

Take the headache out of your wedding – hire a Wedding Planner

Planning a wedding is fun, but it can also be hard. Most brides have busy lives and have no time to search for the best prices, perfect venues or quality products for their wedding. Many end up simply booking the first vendor they find, without knowing if they are receiving the best value. But even so, most newly engaged brides say they wouldn’t consider a wedding planner, usually because of the cost. Though it is a common misconception that these services will drain your budget, hiring a professional is a decision that can save you time, stress and money when planning your big day! Here are some things to consider when deciding whether or not you will hire a wedding planner: Most have a long list of vendors that will provide them with discounted pricing on items such as chair covers, sashes, table overlays, centerpieces, guest favours, wedding cakes, florists, DJ’s, photographers, commissioners and more. A wedding planner will ensure the bride and groom know they are getting quality vendors. They will coordinate everyone on the day of the wedding, pay all vendors and take care of last minute details so the bride and groom can enjoy every moment of their special day. Most importantly, a wedding planner will make sure the bride and groom stay on course with the budget. It’s easy to get swept up in planning, so having a neutral third party facilitating the money and staying on top of pennies spent is a huge relief for most couples. If you are a bride or groom, be sure to understand the cost vs. benefit of hiring...

Planning the Best Grad Party for 2014 / 2015

Are you planning a graduation party this year? You can give your high school classmates a party that will be the highlight of the year, whether it’s a small get together or a large bash, the success is in the planning. Here is what you can do to make your graduation party or celebration memorable: Celebrate the end of the school year or your Grad Party at Playland! Enjoy a day of fun filled with games, rides, food and more! We love this idea. It’s fun, exciting and what better way to bond with your class mates then screaming your head off on the old roller-coaster?  And with every 10 students you get a free Play Pass. Book a party bus! It’s so fun to travel in style for your graduation night or to and from any of your grad parties. The bus will pick you up at your home and then cruise around town with all your buddies in a lounge like atmosphere with room to dance, and party all the way to and from your “other” parties.  This is even fun to just do on it’s own. Plan a Grad Boat Cruise.  You can even take the party bus to this event.  There are lots of Vancouver Charter companies to choose from. What better way to celebrate your graduation with a huge party at sea! Sail with all your friends on board the luxurious Pride of Vancouver grad cruise, and party the night away on the young adult friendly ship. Plan a Grad Brunch!  This is perfect for the “after” after party.  After your grad ceremony you’re...

A Unique Valentines Day in Vancouver

If you live in Vancouver, BC, you won’t be at a loss of creative things to do with your love on Valentines Day. Some ideas may include snowshoeing on Mount Seymour,taking a romantic boat ride around the harbour, ice skating in Richmond or on Robson Square or taking a romantic stroll around Stanley Park Seawall.   Of course you can do the traditional dinner and dancing too, but why not take it one step further and add a bit of flair by combining dinner with a unique venue or adventure? Last year for Valentine’s Day we decided to go on a Vancouver wine tasting and tour.  We spent the day touring Vancouver’s nearby wineries, many of which offer free wine tasting, or tasting the finer wines for a small price.  Many of the wineries have restaurants where you can have lunch or dinner and if you decide to buy a bottle of wine to enjoy it’s a much cheaper gift then if you were to buy one at a restaurant. Another one of my personal favs is a home made picnic and snowshoe. All three mountain in Vancouver offer excellent snow shoeing trails and during Valentine’s Day they often offer a fondu and hike.  Or if you want to keep the price down, I like to pack my own wine and food and find a good little spot with a view to have a Valentines picnic. This year my sweetheart and I decided to try something a little bit out of the ordinary and a little bit old school to celebrate our Valentines evening.  We booked a dinner on...