The stars-and-stripes paper fans handed out to the estimated 3,000 guests at the door may have been made in China but the chocolate cheesecake, like the new ambassador, came from Chicago. Bruce Heyman welcomed thousands of guests to his Rockcliffe residence for his first Fourth of July party after being sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Canada in March. The paper fans weren’t needed for anything but a splash of colour in the mostly white-clad crowd of diplomats, journalists, politicians, lobbyists and other insiders on the temperate Friday afternoon, but partygoers agreed the cheesecake was indispensable. Mr. Heyman and his wife, Vicki Heyman, knew it, bringing it in all the way from Eli’s Cheesecake in their native Chicago. Some were seen skipping the main course and heading straight for it. But the main course, catered by the National Arts Centre, was no slouch either, an American picnic menu of burgers, coleslaw, corn on the cob and ribs—risky fare for all the white suits and dresses, but Party Central has no barbecue sauce-related calamities to report. It was all happily washed down with American beers Samuel Adams and Yuengling. Mr. Heyman told guests about the confusion the “summer whites” dress code had caused. “Oh my gosh, how many people pulled me aside and said, ‘What is summer white?’” he said in his speech. “I think Google had a lot of hits on ‘summer white’ over the last couple of weeks and picking my own outfit was a bit challenging, but everyone here looks so sharp and I love it.” Embassy newsweekly editor Kristen Shane said the desserts were divine. “I ate some of the best chocolate cheesecake I had in my life and quite a big piece too. It was creamy and delicious. And there were all sorts of other kinds, not just chocolate,” said Ms. Shane. As well, there were full bags of M&Ms, tray upon tray of cupcakes with white frosting topped with blueberries and raspberries, as well as squares, and ice cream. The mood was good. There was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting. “Usually ambassadors leave a party shortly after the speeches, but I saw that a number of them stayed and were having good conversations, enjoying the food, etc. Also, diplomatic/political parties normally don’t have dancing, but this one did, with the ambassador and his wife starting it off and making people feel like it was okay to let loose,” said Ms. Shane. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was among the guests, as was his deputy, Steve Desroches, and Conservative MP David Sweet. On the media side were CBC Ottawa’s Kristy Kirkup, iPolitics reporter Michelle Zilio and Embassy’s Sneh Duggal. “The Fourth of July party is not like any other diplomatic reception in Ottawa,” Hill Times and Embassy publisher Anne Marie Creskey said, who’s no slouch when it comes to attending diplomatic receptions. “Not only is the guest list longer by thousands but it has more of a festival atmosphere, with a full band and the ambassador cutting loose on the dance floor.” Former MPs Claude Bachand, and Martha Hall Findlay were in attendance, as were former CBC newsman, now Temple Scott strategic adviser Don Newman and his wife Shannon Day-Newman. Others from the government relations side included Summa Strategies’ Tim Powers and Bluesky Strategy Group’s Susan Smith and Tim Barber. Former prime minister Joe Clark made it a family event with daughter Catherine Clark and wife Maureen McTeer. Former House speaker Peter Milliken also attended.