If you have a difficult time choosing the right gift for Father’s Day, you’re not alone. It seems like Dad has more tools, grilling utensils, and neckties than he could ever use. What can you give to the father who seems to already have everything? The answer is simple: a Father’s Day party. What dad really wants is time with his family. Whether his kids are adults with children of their own, or busy teenagers who pass like ships in the night, dad might now always say it, but he misses his kids! Keep reading for Father’s day party ideas.
Have a BBQ Party
When thinking about Father’s Day party themes, consider the things that dad likes best. If you’re lucky enough to have a swimming pool and good weather, a pool party will definitely draw a crowd. If not, the family will still come running for a good BBQ party. Give dad a break on his special day and delegate grill duty to other family members. Easy side dishes like potato salad and coleslaw can be made (or purchased) in advance so that the family can focus on the guest of honor.
Come Up With a Competition
Now that you have the menu figured out, you’ll need to begin thinking about how you’re going to keep everyone entertained at the party. If your dad is like most, he’ll enjoy some family-friendly competition. Consider the ages of your party guests when choosing games. Some suggestions for outdoor Father’s Day party games include:
- Ladder toss
For younger guests, you can’t go wrong with buckets of inexpensive sidewalk chalk. Encourage them to write dad (or grandpa) messages or draw pictures of the special guy. Little ones can also add to the ambiance with bubble wands.
Choosing decorating themes for a Father’s Day party may seem daunting, but the truth is that dad probably won’t be too picky. He’ll just be happy to spend quality time with his family! Start by choosing a party tent that will fit your guest count as well as your budget. That way, the party can go on no matter what happens with the weather. Keep decorations simple, and consider themes that align with dad’s hobbies and interests, such as:
- Sports team or alma mater
- Favorite movie or movie character
A Party Just for The Guys
For some dads, especially dads with young children, the perfect Father’s Day party may be a party just for the guys. Give dad a break and plan a relaxing day where he can catch up with old friends and swap parenting advice. Set up tables for card games and bring out a TV or two set to dad’s favorite channel - whether it’s golf, hunting or fishing. Or, create a playlist of dad’s favorite tunes. Stock coolers with dad’s favorite beverages and set out his favorite snacks so that he can feel like he’s at his favorite tavern without leaving the backyard tent!
If you have one or more little girls who are crazy about daddy, a father-daughter Father’s Day party could be a fun choice for both dad and daddy’s little girl(s). Little girls will have a wonderful time planning a father-daughter tea party, complete with elegant snacks. Daddy will love getting a manicure and pedicure from his special girl(s).
Father and Son Day
Party planning isn’t just for the girls, boys can definitely get involved in planning a special day for dad. In fact, sons crave dad’s time and attention just as much (if not more) than daughters. Let the boys in dad’s life choose snacks and games for the party. Even if it’s just tossing the football or playing checkers, fathers and sons need bonding time and Father’s Day is the perfect time to set aside quality time that is just for them. Fathers and sons can wind down at the end of the party with a bowl of popcorn and a favorite movie.