It’s no secret that I shop at Walmart for… well, everything.
Seriously, is there anything you can’t find at Walmart? From beauty products to bananas, toys to t-shirts, pet food to paint, and more… chances are, if you need it, you’ll find it at Walmart. Often, at an unbeatable price. Ka-chow!
And so in anticipation of my first annual Canada Day BBQ (read: an excuse to show off our brand new patio), I booted it to Walmart this morning to grab a few essentials for our little party. Would you believe I was in and out in under 30 minutes? It’s true! I’m not normally one to shop-and-scoot, but since everything was so easy to find, my mission was accomplished in under a half hour. Want to see what I grabbed? Of course you do!
Upon entering the store, I decided that every outdoor party needs water guns, so I let Reid choose his favourite from a massive display of outdoor toys. He originally selected one that was *slightly* on the expensive side, but that’s when a great selection comes in handy, as I was able to steer him in the direction of more affordable toys. (I mean, $29.44 for a super soaker is a tad excessive. Thankfully, there were tons in the $10-15 price range.)
Next, we booted it to the center aisle, where I just knew I’d find a special section devoted to Canada Day goodies. Predicable? Sure. Appreciated? You bet. It’s great to know exactly where Walmart stashes their special occasion merchandise; it makes navigating the store so much easier.
Within moments I filled my cart with affordable, Canada-themed goodies, including drinking cups with lids, paper plates and even beach towels.
I was just about to leave when I noticed these shot glasses adorned with the Maple Leaf. My husband has a long-standing tradition of collecting a shot glass from every city/country he visits. (I’m actually in the dog house right now for not returning with a Cincinnati shot glass last week.) I realized with a laugh that we don’t actually own any Canadian-themed shot glasses! So I grabbed one for his collection, and four to distribute shots of Crown Royal to our adult guests – hey, we are celebrating Canada, and what’s more Canadian than whisky?
On my way to the bakery, I passed a promo stand advertising Kraft Barbecue sauce, on Rollback for just $1.00. Since I was fairly certain that at least something on the grill would be slapped with sauce, I decided this was a great time to try something new. I grabbed the Chicken & Rib Sauce, and made a mental note to remind the husband to grill up some drumsticks.
Made it to the bakery, and found exactly what I was looking for: Maple Leaf sugar cookies. They may not look like much, but trust me, these cookies are seriously yummy and kids love them! I decided that they’d look fabulous on a large platter surrounded by strawberries and a cream cheese dip (to continue the red/white theme).
Of course, thinking of cookies made me realize that I needed to grab some Monsters University cookies for the boys. Have you seen them? Exclusive to Walmart, they’re square-shaped chocolate chip cookies with Monsters University characters stamped on top. And, they’re only $1.48 to boot. They even come with stickers! #Roar! #Winning
One shelf down, my eyes were drawn to these Limited Edition Ritz Crackers – covered in fudge. OMG. While these were not strictly on the Canada Day BBQ shopping list, I just had to have them. I suppose *I could* serve them, but we both know I won’t.
And now, may I present the highlight of my shopping spree – on the way to the checkout, I spotted this groovy Hamilton Beach Ice Shaver for just $29.00. Now THAT’S one way to become the talk of the town – make your own snow cones! I love the fabulous apple green colour and just know it’ll be a hit with the kiddos. Score! They were parked right next to the Mr. Freeze freezies, which were listed at $6.67 but rang in at $4.00. Double score!
And that, my friends, is how I pumped up the patriotism for a Canada Day BBQ. In minutes, I found everything I needed at Walmart, my favourite place in the entire world. It’s not to late to boot it to your local store! Take your long weekend parties from so-so to spectacular with a few key pieces. Happy Canada Day all!