July 2016

Pool Party Style

Nothing says summer quite like a pool party – no, we’re not talking about the ones from your childhood with pool noodles and balloons. We’re talking about the poolside summer fetes thrown in Hollywood that we see all over social media. Who said that you can’t throw one that is just as noteworthy? Find a pool, send out those invites and get ready to make waves at your next pool party using our tips!

Set the Scene

Is a party really a party without a theme and a color scheme? Get creative with this because you don’t want to end up with predictable party décor (such as the overdone Luau theme). Don’t have really nice backyard furniture? Fear not! Simply string up some edison lights, or find some fun outdoor lighting fixtures to help set the mood once the sun goes down. A few lanterns, hurricanes, throws and cushions can also add some flare. Be sure to have plenty of seating for everyone, including loungers and benches. Feeling a bit fancy? Cover some foam spheres with flowers and attach the arrangements to weights anchored to the bottom of the pool! Finally, no party is complete without really good music to dance to. Make your own playlist or hire a DJ to really set the tone.

Make a Splash

Fun floaties have been all the rage. Goodbye to the boring inflatable rafts and noodles and say hello to donuts, flamingos and beach balls that are bigger than your wingspan! These are sure to invite those who usually don’t want to jump in to go for a dip! Your inner child is sure to want every single one of these.

Sipping on Sunshine

Who doesn’t enjoy sipping on a cold drink poolside? Create your own backyard bar with custom drinks that are Pinterest worthy (don’t forget water to hydrate). This is an opportune time to perfect your sangria recipe too! If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, get a snow cone or slush machine or make your own ice-cream stand complete with custom sauces and toppings. Let’s not forget the food! Put together a menu that is festive, seasonal and refreshing. Make your signature guacamole and fire up the barbeque or if your budget allows, hire a caterer for some scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. Your pool party is sure to be the talk of the town for the rest of the summer!

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Who Says You Can’t Camp in Style?

Summer is in full swing with lots of sunshine and many long and warm days. For those of us who are the outdoor types, you may have already gone for your first camping trip over the Canada Day long weekend. If the idea of camping in a tent in the middle of nowhere makes you want to run in the other direction, may I suggest glamping? Glamping – short for glamorous camping – is perfect for those of us who would much rather sleep in a comfortable bed, but wouldn’t mind an experience surrounded by nature. British Columbia is home to a wide selection of glamping options, offering different levels of luxury as well as price-point. Here are some glamping locations that we would love to visit!

Free Spirit Spheres

On the bucket list of people from all over the world is to stay in one of the three orbs offered by Free Spirit Spheres. Located near Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, this little getaway is suspended from treetops in a tranquil rainforest. A treehouse for adults, these orbs offer a magical experience for guests who get an immersive experience amidst a lush green canopy. Although the orbs are small, they are cozy and provide a very comfortable stay. A compostable toilet, showerhouse and sauna are also just steps away, creating a full glamping experience.

WOODS on Pender

Looking for a relaxing island getaway with the family without sacrificing wifi, a comfy bed and a hot shower? Then WOODS on Pender Island is perfect for you. You can choose to stay in one of 6 Airstreams, 3 Rustic Cabins, a Shasta Airflyte or one of the 9 Lodge Rooms – each a truly unique stay. You get the camp experience – tranquil with stunning scenery and wildlife – complete with the amenities of a hotel. Accommodations include Beautyrest beds, Apple TV, Towels and luxury toiletries and a hot tub (some even have a private one). If you decide to leave your room, the grounds has the Coffeehouse Restaurant where you can grab some comfort food with a handcrafted cocktail or glass of BC Wine. Adventure a bit further and there are also hammocks, a games room, outdoor recreation areas, fire pits and hiking trails. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days glamping here?

Tent Suites in Halfmoon Bay

A sanctuary overlooking the Pacific Ocean, these tent suites are purely luxurious. Take in the Sunshine Coast scenery from your private deck or enjoy activities such as yoga, swimming and scuba diving. If you are in for an indulgent experience, there is also an onsite spa. Choose from one of two luxury tent suites which feature a king-size bed, fireplace and heated slate floors. Take a soak in your outdoor tub and take in the breathtaking views from your suite. These tent suites are the ultimate adult getaway in style without the kids.

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3 of the Best Vancouver Patios

Ahhh the warm summer sun, what wouldn’t I give to bask in it everyday? With all the time we spend indoors at work and at home, we savor every moment we get to spend outside. Next time you’re looking for your next lunch or dinner spot, be sure to keep these wonderfully designed patios in mind. Here are our top three:

Reflections at Hotel Georgia

Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver and nestled within the 4th floor inner courtyard of the historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia is Reflections: The Garden Terrace. This tranquil urban oasis is the perfect place to grab a bite and a drink after work. With a variety of seafood and tapas-inspired dishes, new and original cocktails and a showcase of wines, you are sure to unwind here. This year their dining and design concept is inspired by the Pacific Northwest with a crisp color scheme of blue and white accented by vibrant foliage, flowers and soft lighting. Did we mention that there are also heated cabanas?

The Roof at Black & Blue

Accommodating 120 guests, The Roof at Glowbal Group’s Black & Blue Steakhouse is Vancouver’s largest rooftop patio.  Rain or shine, guests can enjoy this patio with an electronic ceiling that can be adjusted depending on weather. Looking out to the neighboring buildings on Alberni Street, you can grab a drink with friends and lounge around a fire or enjoy a perfectly cooked steak from the restaurant’s Josper Grill – the first of its kind in Canada. You are sure to love the warm ambiance as you watch the sun go down from here. Don’t leave without trying one of their decadent desserts!

Glowbal Restaurant

The flagship restaurant of Glowbal Restaurant Group, Glowbal is exquisitely designed and is situated on the ground floor of TELUS Garden, Vancouver’s newest architectural landmark. Apart from their palatial interiors by BOX Interior Deisgn, the patio also boasts some spectacular features. Protected by soaring, winged, etched Italian glass is the all-weather patio which is partly warmed by an interior energy-smart fireplace. Take a seat and people-watch as you enjoy your meal or if you’re lucky, be seated in one of the unique bird cage-esque booths with your party. This patio is the spot to see and be seen.
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Which patio will you visit first? Let us know in the comments below!

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