Give me a “P”… Give me an “Eh”… Give me an “R”… “T”…”Y”…

What does that spell?  HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!

Okay, it doesn’t!  But it might as well this long weekend, because millions of Canadian’s from coast-to-coast will be waving a flag, raising a glass, and singing a birthday cheer to our great nation in honor of her big 150!  And my gawd, she is beautiful!

I’ll be hosting a little patriotic patio s’more-gasbord of a party in celebration, and I wanted to up the ante on my outdoor entertaining game, so I whipped up these easy peasy DIY puzzle piece boards to help me serve up style to my party-goers all weekend… and all summer long!

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What I love most is that they can be used individually to offer up passed hor d’oeuvres, or interconnected along the centre of your outdoor dining table to host a chic charcuterie evening al fresco.  Here’s what you’ll need to make your own set, and the super simple step-by-step…

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Materials Needed

  • Untreated hardwood board (approximate size 8” wide, 24” long, 1” thick)… I like using oak!
  • Electric jig saw
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Lint-Free Rags
  • Sanding block or electric palm sander
  • Chalk
  • Watco Food-Safe Butcher Block Oil & Finish

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How To

Step 1:  Using a piece of chalk, sketch a puzzle pattern near both ends of the plank and in the centre to create two connecting serving boards

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Step 2:  With a jig saw, cut along the chalk lines

Step 3:  Sand all wood surfaces thoroughly, round edges with palm sander, and then wipe down both boards with a damp lint free rag to remove all sanding particles

Step 4:  Wearing gloves and using a lint-free rag, apply an even coat of Watco food safe Oil & Finish to seal and protect boards

Voila!  You’re ready to get the party started!  And I’m DEFINITELY ready in my festive party attire!  Too much?

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Who’s celebrating this Canada Day long weekend?  And more importantly, who’s inviting me to their party?  I’ll bring the snacks…served on my new puzzle boards! Oh, and I may also have a dozen or so of my party guests along for the ride!  The more the merrier, right?!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Canada Day, and to my friends south of the border, happy early 4th of July!

XO

L-A

Photo Credit: @235media / Michael Carson, photographer extraordinaire!
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