BOOM Goes Out: Packwood Grand

BOOM Goes Out: Packwood Grand

Twelve hundred of Calgary’s most cultured and fashion forward patrons found themselves donning wide-brimmed, St. Tropez-inspired hats, and cool, airy cravats as they walked the red carpet for the second annual Packwood Grand. A standardbred racing event produced by Tyler Rygus, Cory Edwards, and BOOM friend, Katy Bond, Packwood has been hailed as a “… celebration of old world leisure and sophistication”. Judging by the well-shod and artfully styled guests and event venue respectively, we’d have to say we’re in agreement. For a second time, Packwood has made what was old new again, and coyly charmed Calgarians into enjoying a day of forgotten pleasures and refinement.   Boquet Finale | This year’s best dressed @swervinsterzik @aniab thanks to our judges @styleista_ca @jasonkrell @alyvelji And @crossiron_mills #yyc #ADayAtTheRaces #packwoodgrand A photo posted by Packwood Grand (@packwoodgrand) on Jul 1, 2015 at 3:24pm PDT With a shot, the beautifully groomed standardbreds were off, red dust flying in the cool afternoon breeze as guests watched breathlessly, intently following their favourites around the track. Watching the track was delightful, but watching the attendees was perhaps even more so- as event producers, it was a true treat to see a crowd so completely engaged in an event experience. It’s hard to know who stole the show for the day; the horses, or the volumes of paper roses and explosions of brightly coloured feathers that bedecked the crowd at every turn. Packwood famously includes a style competition- complete with awards- and Calgarians did not disappoint. Haute Couture & High Stakes | This is what it’s all about. How great is this day, Calgary?! #yyc #ADayAtTheRaces...

5 Cool Ideas for Canada Day Hosting at Home

July 1st is a home entertaining jem!  Whether you are basking in the sun on a condo balcony or kicking it in the backyard, Canada Day, is an ideal opportunity to host family and friends.  This national holiday is big on patriotism, but should be minimal on hard labour hosting.  We have found some quick hosting ideas that will make your guests feel at home and proud to be Canadian! Our, Derek MacDonald, was on Global News Morning today to talk about these ideas and more on how to host a standout Canada Day Bash.  Be The Lazy Gourmet Here at Boom we love food and some of us even cook (ok, maybe just one of us), but cooking and hosting can sometimes cause a time management problem with you in the kitchen when you should be cracking open a micro beer on the deck.   Canada Day is the perfect occasion to be the lazy gourmet with a grab and go menu that can be picked up from a high quality purveyor like Sunterra and only requires a grill, warm up, or simply put it in your own serving dish. Red, White, and Floral Since this celebration is in your home you can go with minimal decor and florals are the perfect touch. To go with the Canada Day theme you could include national colours, native plants and textures and of course some maple leafs.  Designing on the Edge is our go-to for smartly designed themed florals. Maple Bacon Caesar Everyone has his or her own variation of the ultimate caesar but adding bacon to it is a...