Ah, Australia Day. Having a barbie, sipping something cool, trotting about in my thongs (for your feet, people) and listening to Triple J's Hottest 100. It's one of my favourite times of the year. And because I love any excuse for a party, I've thrown together a list of decorating, food and drink ideas so you can host a bloody good Australia Day party too!
Thankfully red, white and blue is a pretty common colour combination for a flag. I always think Australia errs more to the blue side but still, why not incorporate all of these colours into your table decor? I love the simplicity of this 'welcome' sign from the Wedding Style Guide. Sometimes everyone gets a bit too caught up in the cheap store, Australian-flag clad paraphernalia and forget how simple it is to make your own decorations, like this mason jar lamp from From The Love Of. Such a beautiful way to light up your BBQ area when the sun goes down. And that table setting from Lookiloos is just gorgeous-just remove the American flag or maybe add more points to the stars!
Or why not a green and gold party? It's still typically Australian and it can definitely be glitzed up and not too crickety, if you know what I mean. A beautifully glitzy table setting from Master Piece Weddings goes perfectly with these swizzle sticks from The Fair Exchange and these straws found on Etsy.
You can still eat healthy on Australia Day (though I'd try to eat a couple of snags, just so you aren't ridiculed!). Blueberries and strawberries are just a match made in heaven as seen in this Blueberry Strawberry Jicama Salsa from Two Peas And Their Pod. Or you can indulge in chocolate coated strawberries or these fruit kebabs from Diethood. There really is nothing like fruit on Australia Day.
Try a watermelon salad like this one from Whit and Whistle or if you really want, why not make a whole Aussie flag from berries? That star needs 7 points though!
And really, what is Australia Day without pav? (Kiwis- we'll get into a discussion of where pavlova is really from at a later date, okay?) This pav from Sweet Designs is just screaming Australia.
Aside from the BBQ, there is nothing as Aussie as meat pies and damper. These pies from the Hairy Dieters are low in calories compared to traditional pies. Try this damper for a twist on the traditional bread. Or try my Aussie Barbecue Salad to get your fill of veges in.
And for something sweet I just can't get over this Milo cheesecake from Raspberri Cupcakes. I don't know how she did it. It's just gorgeous and I am a huge fan of Milo. For an easier route try some Australia Day cupcakes or these healthy Anzac biscuits from Brenda Janscheck.
And to sip on apart from the usual beer (not me, just most Aussies!) why not make ready made cocktails in pitchers like Tammy Mitchell? Or these red, white and blue kid-friendly drinks. For something equally delicious and chilled try Krysta's Watermelon Lime Frosty. It's absolutely delicious and so refreshing on a hot day like the one's Melbourne has been experiencing lately! I've been writing in a room cooled to 32 degrees CELSIUS (it's 43 outside!) As a matter of fact I might go get a cool drink now!