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Grab Your Mallets and Get Ready for the First Annual Garden Party and Croquet Classic at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, August 1, 2014 – Summer is here and the time is ripe for cocktails, champagne, tea and croquet. On Saturday, August 23, Cocktails & Canapes and Max Cunningham will be producing the first annual Garden Party and Croquet Classic at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in support of the Backpack Buddies.

Designed for some frivolous fun and frolic, interested groups of four are invited to sign up for the highlight of the event - The Garden Party’s Croquet Classic. One of the finest of outdoor summer sports, requiring delicacy and skill, the Croquet Classic will come hand in hand with lively competition, high flying prizes, and the added bonuses of fresh air and great company.

The Garden Party will kick off with a twist on the traditional High Tea at Noon. Featuring the culinary talents of Chef Brett Turner, owner and Executive Chef of Cocktails & Canapes, party guests will be welcomed with all the traditional tea time favourites served alongside specially prepared hors d’oeuvres and champagne.

Absolut vodka craft cocktails via brand-ambassador Jacob Sweetapple, cheers with beers by Stella Artois and Perrier Jouet Champagne will play host throughout the afternoon ensuring no one is thirsty in between interactive, live performance art installations.

Vancouver’s much-loved Backpack Buddies run by the Community First Foundation will be the charitable recipient for The Garden Party. Backpack Buddies delivers backpacks of food to the most vulnerable children in city’s inner city schools. Backpack Buddies focuses on kids helping kids, engaging youth in community and creating an avenue for children of all backgrounds to come together.

The event takes place at VanDusen Botanical Gardens from noon through 7:00 pm. Early bird tickets are available for $55.00 (without High Tea), $75.00 (with High Tea) or $1850 for tables of 8. To register for tickets or for more information, visit www.thegardenpartyvan.ca.

About Cocktails & Canapes:

Cocktails & Canapes specializes in conceptualizing and producing large-scale cocktail soirees where guests can mingle and socialize throughout a custom-designed room while indulging on a perfectly executed, customized menu. From unique interpretations of classic dishes and skillfully prepared craft & classic cocktails, to memorable venues and ambiance, Cocktails & Canapés creates distinctive social experiences that leave guests buzzing. For more information, call (604) 728-5937 or visit www.cocktailsandcanapes.ca.

About Max Cunningham:

Born and bred in Vancouver, Max Cunningham is a leader in event creation and promotion. In 2010, Max founded Formula Events, a successful event production and promotions company before opening Joe's Apartment Bar in 2011.

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