Ideas for Throwing a Father’s Day Party

Fathers are worth celebrating for, so on their special day, you want to make sure you prepared something to make them feel loved and appreciated. Get ahead of the game by exploring fun ideas for a Father’s day party that your dad will surely enjoy. Planning ahead is always a great idea.

When throwing your old man a party, you don’t have to go big on decorations. Frilly décor, banners, and special tablecloths won’t light up their happy place. Instead, focus on the activities and foods to make sure your dad feels special.

Here are some ideas for throwing a Father’s Day party:

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Where to Buy
Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner
Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Home-Complete HC-1000 BBQ Accessories – 16PC Grill Set with Spatula, Tongs, Skewers, Case – Barbecue Tools
Alpha Grillers Heavy Duty BBQ Grilling Tools Set. Extra Thick Stainless Steel Spatula, Fork, Basting Brush & Tongs
Cuisinart CGS-7014, Bamboo Tool Set, 13-Piece
Franklin Sports Hockey Goal, Ball, and Stick Set - NHL, 46"
Dimple Stein Beer Mug - 20 OZ (4 Pack)
DOFURNILIM Industrial Bar Carts/Serving Carts/Kitchen Carts/Wine Rack Carts on Wheels with Storage - Industrial Rolling Carts
GlassTop Handcrafted Cigar Humidor (25-50 Cigars) - Cigar Gifts for Men, Fathers Day - Cigar Accessories - Cherry Wood Humidor Cigar Box
Lifetime 1269 Pro Court Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard Red/White
GoSports Backyard Bocce Sets with 8 Balls, Pallino, Case and Measuring Rope - Choose Between Classic Resin, Soft and Light Up LED Sets
GoSports Six Player Croquet Set for Adults & Kids - Modern Wood Design with Deluxe (35") and Standard (28") Options
SKLZ Flag Football 10-Player Deluxe Set with Flags, Belts, and Cones
Franklin Sports Badminton - Starter, Family, & Professional Sets
Runleaps Volleyball, Waterproof Indoor Outdoor Volleyball for Beach Game Gym Training (Official Size 5)
GoSports Classic Cornhole Set – Includes 8 Bean Bags, Travel Case and Game Rules (Choice of style)
Backyard Lawn Bowling Game – Indoor and Outdoor Family Fun for Kids and Adults – 10 Wooden Pins, 2 Balls, and Mesh Carrying Bag by Hey! Play! (8-Inch)
Football Themed 9" Disposable Round Paper Plates - Party Supplies Ideal for Tailgate Parties,Family Dinner and Sports Event (50 Pack)
Disposable Paper Food Tray for Carnivals, Fairs, Festivals, and Picnics. Holds Nachos, Fries, Hot Corn Dogs, and More! - 2.5-Pound, 50-Pack
Football Themed Disposable Paper Cups – 9 oz Disposable Cups Ideal for Tailgate Parties, Family Dinner and Sports Event (50 Pack)

 

Barbeque party

There’s no greater way to a dad’s heart than barbeque. Host an outdoor barbeque party and surround your dad with the people he loves, and he will certainly treasure that day. If you have a pool, that’s great – make it a BBQ and pool party. But if not, you don’t need one. If your dad likes to grill burgers and brisket occasionally, make it extra special this time by grabbing extravagant meats like wagyu beef burgers or a rack of ribs and let dad go to town.

You may want to surprise your dad with a new barbeque grill. Go for a gas grill with a side burner like Char-Broil Classic 360 or go for an upgrade with the Char-Broil 4-Burner Grill  

If your dad has a perfectly functioning grill, gift him new barbeque tools like this 16-piece Home-Complete HC-1000 BBQ Accessories or this Alpha Grillers Heavy Duty BBQ Grilling Tools Set. A Cuisinart Bamboo Tool Set comes with a beautiful bamboo storage case, making it another great gift of choice.

Block party

Does your dad know the neighbors? Are there other dads on your street? Why not get them together and throw the dads on your block a party just for the guys. Bring out the grills, the street hockey and some local brews! Provide beer mugs for dads to chug! Set up a rolling cart bar and maybe even a few cigars. They will have a great time grilling, sipping on beers, and hanging out with the family. Each one will enjoy spending time together, and you will get to form stronger bonds with people from your neighborhood.

Sports tournament

You probably know that just about every man loves competition. They just love being challenged. If your dad is always bragging about what a legendary hooper or the best quarterback he was back in his heyday, why not challenge that athleticism? Go to the park or plan something in your backyard and host a day of fun sporting activities with the whole family. Think basketballbocce ballcroquetflag footballbadmintonvolleyballcornhole, or even bowling. Raise the stakes by allocating cash prizes, and the loser has to mow the lawn for the month or take out the trash for the week.

For the food-eating part of the day, serve sports-themed foods like cookies in the shape of different sports balls, burgers or pasta (or any filling food) in football-designed paper plates, finger foods (fries, nachos, chips, cookies, popcorn, etc.) on carnival-style paper food trays, and drinks in football-themed disposable cups.  

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Where to Buy
Picnic Blanket Extra Large Waterproof, 80''x80''Checkered Picnic Blankets Beach, Outdoor, Camping on Grass (Red and White)
Wicker Picnic Basket for 4 | Picnic Hamper 4 Person with Waterproof Picnic Blanket | Picnic Baskets
MIABEAU Portable Wine Picnic Table - Premium Natural Bamboo Folding Charcuterie Meat and Cheese Tray with Bottle and Four Glass Holder
Gone Fishing Father's Day Card, Dad Loves to Fish Card, To A Reel Great Dad, Happy Father's Day
Freshmage Bento Snack Food Containers, Set of 3 Reusable 4 Compartments Leakproof Food Meal Prep Containers for School and Work
Hallmark Star Wars Father's Day Card (Truly Legendary Dad)
Three Donkeys Machine Washable Extra Large Picnic & Beach Blanket Handy Mat Plus Thick Dual Layers Sandproof Waterproof Padding Portable
Celestron - 70mm Travel Scope - Portable Refractor Telescope - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Ideal Telescope
CraveBox Care Package (45 Count) Snacks Food Cookies Granola Bar Chips Candy Ultimate Variety Gift Box Pack
Whiskey Glass Set of 2, veecom 10 oz Crystal Whiskey Glasses Thick Bottom Bourbon Glasses Old Fashioned Rocks Glass Tumbler
My Favorite Child Gave Me This Funny Wine Glass - Best Mom & Dad Gifts - Gag Father's Day Present Idea from Daughter, Son, Kids - Fun Novelty Birthday Gift
KTT Large Tent 8~10 Person,Family Cabin Tents,2 Rooms,Straight Wall,3 Doors and 3 Windows with Mesh,Waterproof,Double Layer,Big Tent
RYONGII Sleeping Bags 32? for Adults Teens - 4 Seasons Portable CompressionLightweight Waterproof Youth
[Novelty Place] Plastic Red & White Striped Classic Popcorn Containers for Movie Night - 4" Square x 8" Deep (4 Pack)
1-Piece, Twin XL Size Flat Bed Sheet 66 x104 in, White, 200 Thread Count Poly-Cotton Blend, Luxurious Hotel Quality
Michael Josh Large Outdoor Picnic Blanket, Waterproof Portable Picnic Mat, Soft Fleece Material Camping Tote Mat
MONOPOLY Classic Game
Chess Armory 15" Wooden Chess Set with Felted Game Board Interior for Storage
Scrabble Deluxe Edition with Rotating Wooden Game Board
Hasbro Gaming Guess Who? Board Game with People and Pets, The Original Guessing Game
Battleship Classic Board Game Strategy Game Ages 7 and Up For 2 Players
UNO Family Card Game, with 112 Cards in a Sturdy Storage Tin, Travel-Friendly, Makes a Great Gift
Catan Board Game (Base Game) | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family
Avant 15" x 10" Plastic Serving Tray | Set of 3 White

 

Picnic

Treat your dad to a simple picnic with his favorite foods and enjoy it outside in your local park. You may want to stay closer to home and eat al fresco in your deck, garden, or front yard. Don’t forget the gingham blanketpicnic basket, a nice bottle of wine, and a portable cheeseboard.  

Fishing

Let him know that he’s a reel great dad and take him fishing! If your dad loves to spend his weekends out on the lake, turn it into a family affair that he will enjoy. Prep your dad’s favorite outdoor snacks on a bento box to bring to the lake, and don’t forget to pack the cooler with his favorite beer. Dad will love to teach the kids how to fish.

Stargazing

Is your dad into astronomy? Start Father’s Day early this year, and by early, it means 12:00 am. Give him a Star Wars card to set the mood for the activity you planned for him. Head to a low-light polluted area, grab picnic blankets and a telescope and look at the stars. Don’t forget to bring some snacks for your midnight picnic! This idea works well if you live near low-light pollution areas. Enjoy the evening telling each other funny stories with your dad – he is sure to feel like a star for the night!

Beer tasting

If dad’s taste for beer is evolving, and if he loves trying out new brews, why not plan a beer tasting party for him? The entire family will have fun giving local brews a taste, get a little boozy, sharpen up judging skills, and learn a thing or two about beers. Prepare a selection of beers and beer tasting flights and have fun! This idea is obviously great only for families with adult children – you don’t want to exclude other family members on a day like this.  

Wine or whiskey tasting

Does dad prefer wine or whiskey rather than beer? Purchase bottles of wine or whiskey and make sure you have enough wine or whiskey glasses at home. Like in a beer tasting, set up samples – you’re not trying to make your dad drunk! Have each one come up with descriptions of how the liquor feels and tastes into everyone’s mouths. At the end of the day, give your dad a couple of elegant whiskey glasses for his scotch. Or, claim to be his favorite child with this quirky wine glass.  

Camping trip

Hit the outdoors for Father’s day and make it a great bonding opportunity. Let dad teach kids some fun skills and for the family to bond in a way that you can’t do at home. Pitch a tent, get sleeping bags, pack some popcorn, and make s’mores. It’s a fun thing to do with kids, as their sense of wonder outdoors will amuse you.

Movie night

Make a night of it with your dad’s favorite movie or something that dad wants to watch. Let him choose the snacks, too. But don’t forget to serve some popcorn in concession-style popcorn boxes. Then, instead of playing it in your living room, hang a white bed sheet on your backyard and project a movie onto the screen using a projector. Lay down outdoor blankets and prop some big pillows and enjoy your night!

Board games

If dad loves a good game, plan to play some games that he will love. It’s a simple and easy way to spend Father’s day dad’s way. If he’s a bit younger, he probably plays video games, so why not make it special by trying out board games? You can play the classic games of MonopolyChessScrabbleGuess Who?BattleshipUno, and Catan. Serve some finger foods in these trays.  

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Where to Buy
Nature's Garden Healthy Trail Mix Snack Pack - 28.8 oz
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera - Ice White
5 in 1 Foot Spa/Bath Massager with Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak with Epsom Salt - with Heat, Bubbles and Vibration, Digital Temperature Control
Amope Pedi Perfect Spa Experience Pampering Pack containing an electronic foot file, 2 pairs of macadamia oil foot masks and 2 refills
2 in 1 Car Steering Wheel Tray / Back Seat Headrest Tray for Eating Food Drink and Writing Laptop Work
Antimo Caputo Chefs Flour 2.2 LB (Pack of 2) - Italian Double Zero 00 - Soft Wheat for Pizza Dough, Bread, & Pasta
Maredash Mini Bowls 4 Inch Glass Bowls for Kitchen Prep, Dessert, Dips, and Candy Dishes ,4oz Stackable Dishware safe
Pizza Party Round Paper Dinner Plates and Lunch Napkins (Serves 16)
Rossie Home Media Bed Tray with Phone Holder - Fits Up To 17.3 Inch Laptops and Most Tablets - Espresso Bamboo
Hallmark Funny Father's Day Card (Bacon of Dads)
WACOOL 6 Piece Silicone Cooking Kitchen Utensil Set Tools with Wood Handles Turner Tongs Spatula Spoon BPA Free Non Toxic
Wanbasion 6 Pieces Matte Black Titanium Plated Knife Set Stainless Steel Forged Kitchen Knife Set Sharp Professional Knife Set with Sheath
Bamboo Cutting Board Set with Juice Groove (3 Pieces) - Wood Cutting Boards for Kitchen, Wood Cutting Board Set, Kitchen Chopping Board
17-Inch Three-Layer Plastic Storage Box/Tool Box/Sewing Box Organizer, Multipurpose Organizer and Portable Handled Storage Case
Party Hive 24pc Tools Cupcake Toppers for Kids Birthday Party Event Decor
Father's Day Balloons Decorations Kit Includes HAPPY FATHER'S DAY Foil Balloons Star Foil Balloons Beer Cup and Beer Bottle Foil Balloons Latex Balloons Perfect

 

Hiking

If you have access to hiking trails and your dad loves the great outdoors, this can be a great option for spending Father’s day this year! Find a trailhead and parking ahead of time, prepare hiking snacks, and take lots of pictures. Use an Instax Mini camera so you can make scrapbook-worthy photos instantly!

In-house foot spa

A spa treatment is not just for mother’s day – dads also deserve the relaxing benefits of a spa. Buy him a foot bath. Set it up with the tea tree oil bath salts, and let him relax. Your dad would love to use it every time he wants to pamper his tired feet from working all day.

If you can, make it a full-on pedicure foot spa and be his pedicurist (it’s advisable only if you have done it yourself – you don’t want to experiment on your dad on this special day!) for the day. Use an electronic foot file and pamper his feet with a moisturizing foot mask.

Dad playlist and a road trip

Sometimes, a fun road trip is enough to keep your dad recharged. If you’re old enough to drive (and have a license), take your dad out and cruise on the road. Curate a playlist full of his favorite hits from back in the day to remind him of the good old days. This is a great bonding tool for you and your siblings to know the type of music he was into while growing up. Treat him to a takeout at his favorite fast food or coffee shop and eat in the car. Use a car tray for setting up fries or nachos for sharing.

Pizza party

Everyone loves pizza. Make or buy a pizza dough and put different toppings in glass bowls. Have dad and the kids decorate their own pizza and use pizza plates for fun!

Breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed isn’t just for Mother’s Day – dads can surely appreciate it too! Whip up some of his favorite brunch treats and start the day right. Some brunch menu ideas include a waffle breakfast sandwich with chorizo, pancakes and bacon, pizza-dough cinnamon rolls, brunch bagels, and more. Provide a great breakfast in bed tray for the whole family to use in the future. Include a funny “bacon of dads” father’s day card and let everyone sign it.

Cooking class

Your dad may make the best burgers or sloppy joes, but that doesn’t mean he can’t pick up a few new tricks. Why not treat him to a cooking class? Take notice of his curiosity – does he have a hankering for Thai food, or maybe he has a long-held obsession with Italian cuisine. This is a great opportunity to surprise your dad and show him that you’re paying attention. Enroll him in some online classes featuring some of the world’s greatest chefs. Simply prepare the ingredients and cooking utensils ahead of time.

Serve anything you are making to the whole family and make a party out of it. Give him a new cooking utensil set, a new knife set, or a new cutting board set, depending on his needs.

DIY a task together

We turn to dad when there’s a leaky faucet, a broken doorknob. If he’s crafty as he is handy, your shelves in the room are probably made by dad. If he likes tackling a DIY project himself, ask him to do a project together with you, like a treehouse or a birdhouse, right at your home and spend the day building together. Make it a father-son or a father-daughter bonding that you two will both share. Give him a new toolbox if he is worn out. Make a party out of it by ordering pizza from your dad’s favorite place, serving cupcakes with tool-themed toppers and lots of drinks because you sure will be thirsty all day!

Rent a dream car

This could be a fun, simple, yet special way to spend Father’s Day. Has your dad ever dreamt of driving a luxurious sports car that he can’t afford? Make his dream a reality for one day by renting it for him and going for a long drive. Do some research in advance to find the special car and make reservations in advance. Make some suggestions as to where to drive, and find a scenic route somewhere nearby. Then, have someone at home decorate the house with Father’s Day balloons to surprise him when he gets home, and serve your dad’s favorite foods.