Our relationship with our father is a unique and special bond that deserves to be acknowledged and appreciated. Remind your dad how much you love and care for him by taking Father’s Day to the next level this year instead of throwing the same old pizza parties or handing him a gift card. This time, give him a day he’ll never forget. Here are some great ways to spend the day this year.
There’s nothing better than enjoying the outdoors under the warm sunshine, so arrange a relaxing backyard picnic to spend with your dad on his special day. Grab a basket and pack his favorite snacks, a large blanket, and maybe some of the family’s old board games to play while you lounge in the summer sun, like Apples to Apples, Chess, Trivial Pursuit, or Jenga.
If your old man isn’t a fan of standing still for too long, think of some fun activities to do while you spend time together like tag, hide-n-seek, or Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Maybe your family is more into sitting back and enjoying the welcoming weather. If so, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying each other’s company over a homemade meal and lively conversation.
Fire up the Olympic flame and think outside the box with lawn games that will give your dad a thrilling experience to remember for years. Bring on his competitive spirit by organizing an afternoon event with cornhole, horseshoes, croquet, and other lawn games. Call up your father’s friends over to heighten the fun and increase the stakes for these competitive activities. At the end of the evening, tally up the scores and name a winner.
To make the evening even more special, let your dad choose what the winner’s prize will be or have him think of something funny that the loser has to do.
Throw a Pool Party
Father’s Day lands very close to the first day of summer, so it’s the perfect excuse to hit the water for a legendary pool party! You can even throw in a fun theme like a luau complete with tiki torches, Hawaiian shirts, and flower crowns.
Send out invitations to your dad’s buddies and include his favorite dishes and a creative signature drink for the menu. You’ll want to include some seating for those who prefer to stay dry as they lounge by the pool, but be sure to cover the furniture with chair covers to protect them from potential splashes.
Play Classics to Groove On
Whether your dad loves classic rock, disco jams, or 90s hip-hop, nothing is more nostalgic than grooving to the classics with your old buddies. Transport your dad to the good ol’ days by organizing a decade-themed party with a playlist of his favorite anthems. Bring him back to his youth for one night only. Pass the mic, crank up the old-school tunes and watch him and his college crew as they bring the house down.
Sear the Steaks & Hamburgers
The best way to your dad’s heart is through his belly, and nothing makes his heart skip a beat like the word “barbeque.” This year crank up those flames and heat up the grill for a Father’s Day cookout!.
Throw on the thickest cuts of steak and the juiciest wagyu burgers to make his mouth water in anticipation. Whether he’s the one doing the flipping or just sitting back and enjoying his evening glass of ice-cold beer or a smooth aged whiskey, a barbeque for his special day is the best way to let him relax and have fun with the family.
Gardening is the Way
Sometimes all your dad wants is to spend time with you, and what better way to do that than with something he loves. If your dad has a green thumb, you may not be surprised to find yourself bonding over tomato plants and fresh herbs. Join him in his spree to resurrect the vegetable patch in the backyard.
Since herbs are simpler to grow and versatile in the kitchen, begin tinkering with those and leave the complicated stuff to your old man. Slowly and gradually, he can show you how to handle tougher produce like zucchinis, leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, mint, rosemary, or radishes. He’ll have a ton of fun passing on his knowledge so you can continue his legacy.
Plan an Excursion
Whether it is going to the beach or your dad’s favorite national park, a road trip is an exciting way to spend quality time with family for your father’s special day. Clean out the car, gas up the tank, fill up its tires and get your family on board. Turn on a greatest hits playlist and take the scenic route to enjoy the vast outdoors. You can hit up your local hiking trails or head to a campsite.
For the ultimate experience, set up a tent and light a bonfire. Make the evening even more sentimental by recalling some of your fondest memories with your dad or granddad and having them reminisce on their younger years as you roast marshmallows together.
Outdoor Movie Marathon
Big screen! Green outdoors! Power-packed action! Give your dad the ultimate cinematic experience in the comfort of your cozy backyard. Track down all of his favorite movies and surprise him with a marathon. Arrange for a big screen, projector, and booming speakers. Before you turn out the lights and settle into cozy chairs, don’t forget to pop some popcorn for the best movie experience.
For comfortable seating, make sure you cover the furniture with the cushiest and most comfortable sectional covers, outdoor cushions and pillow covers.
Spa Day to Unwind
Your dad deserves some pampering, too! From arranging a pedicure to a back massage or hydrating face mask, there are numerous ways you can help your dad unwind. Plan out the best spa day for him. Turn your home into a relaxing retreat by lighting candles and playing soothing music. As he enjoys a rejuvenating soak in the jacuzzi, pop a bottle of wine and share some anecdotes.