As the weather heats up (at least let’s hope the mercury continues to move in the right direction) it’s time to take entertaining outside. We were lucky enough to do a huge backyard reno last year (pool, deck, hot tub) and I intend to take advantage of it. I plan on stocking up on books, magazines and sunscreen for starters, and whatever else I need to host family and friends outdoors.

Target is ready to supply everything Canadians need for their summer entertaining, and they’re offering these tips to help you get started:


Canadians love to entertain outdoors and take advantage of beautiful summer-like weather. Target has everything from Bublé to bistro sets to make entertaining a breeze this season:

  • Plastic makes perfect – with kids running around in bare feet, plastic dishes and stemware make entertaining outside stress free. Target’s Threshold collection carries colourful dishes and serving trays to create a beautiful outdoor tabletop.

(Note from This Mom: After a wide search for dinnerware to go with the red colour scheme on my deck, I picked up a very stylish looking – if I do say so myself – set of outdoor dishes from Target. Photo below.)

  • Accessorize – gardens and greenery provide a beautiful backdrop for any occasion. Add to the outdoors with seasonal accessories including bright patio rugs, umbrellas and pillows.

  • Ambiance – set the mood with outdoor lanterns and low background music (but remember, sound travels!)

  • Food – check the grocery aisle for quick and easy appetizers to pop in the oven as guests arrive. Archer Farms’ Spanakopita and Lobster and Cheese bites are crowd pleasers – just make sure you have enough on hand for seconds!

(Loyal readers will be amused, but hardly surprised, to learn that when Target generously offered to send me some ingredients to whip up their favourite recipes, I politely declined. I believe that my guests would prefer that I not cook for them.)

So, have you made your list? Hey, wouldn’t it be nice if you had a gift card from Target to get you started? Do you see where I’m going with this?   Yes. Target is providing one lucky This Mom Loves winner with a $50 gift card to get stocked up for summer. All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You can just leave your name to enter, but there are lots of options for bonus entries, too.

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Good luck, and happy entertaining!

16 comments on “Summer Entertaining From Target Canada – $50 Gift Card Giveaway!”

  1. I know I have commented on other articles, but I don't know which ones, but I just love your blog!

    Target being in Canada makes me so happy! I love just going and wandering and looking, it's so clean and bright, and the aisles and are nice and wide!

  2. LOL Kate – "I believe that my guests would prefer that I not cook for them" – so me! I somehow got mixed up with a bunch of foodies from the MNR for my book club and each month a different lady hosts, preparing dinner for the whole gang; I've been sweating my turn for months!

    Have a fantastic long weekend!

  3. I love target and I love free! I hope I win!!! Whats better then a starbucks coffee and shopping.

  4. I have made some comments elsewhere, but would like to comment on this one. I've waited for a long time for Target to come to Canada! I really like their housewares section and seasonal items.
    Thanks for the chance to win this GC.

    Rafflecopter name: Dreena

  5. Haven't been to Target yet, they are just opening in the last week or so in Calgary, but hoping to get there soon to see what its all about. thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  6. I just checked out the Target that opened right near my house! (YAY!) last week. Oh my gosh – there are so many things that I need for outside. I finished planting my garden and putting out some of the decorations and things we had from last year, but seriously, no patio furniture, no pretty picnic dinnerware, no BBQ accessories, what the heck eh? Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.!

  7. I think you have posted some very good tips for entertaining and maintaining your new pool/deck/ Congrats and hope you and your family have a wonderful summer in the sun.

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