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:
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.
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.
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.
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 basketball, bocce ball, croquet, flag football, badminton, volleyball, cornhole, 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.
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 blanket, picnic basket, a nice bottle of wine, and a portable cheeseboard.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 Monopoly, Chess, Scrabble, Guess Who?, Battleship, Uno, and Catan. Serve some finger foods in these trays.
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.
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.
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.
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.