Some dads are party animals, while others prefer a quieter time spent with family. It can be tricky to find the right balance when planning a big Father’s Day party, but here are some tips and ideas to help you (pleasantly) surprise dads of all types…
A BBQ is nearly always a winner
Father’s Day is always in June, which means that there is a good chance that the weather will be good enough to fire up the barbecue. With very few exceptions, pretty much all dads love a BBQ. You and the rest of the family can handle the cooking while Dad enjoys a cool beer and tells you everything you’re doing wrong, unless you think he’d enjoy picking up the BBQ tongs himself of course.
Make him his favourite food
It’s Dad’s special day, so why not cook his favourite meal? Served up with the tipple of his choosing, this is the perfect way to show him how much he’s appreciated. Your dad may need to eat more greens or watch his cholesterol, but Father’s Day is very much not the time. Just for one day, let him have a real treat and the diet can start tomorrow.
Keep it relaxed
Not all dads enjoy a big fuss and the chaos of a massive party, so you might want to consider taking a more relaxed approach to Father’s Day party planning. Keep invites to a few close friends and family, the plans simple and don’t make dad have to wear a suit or his uncomfortable formal shoes. Aim for a low-key ‘we just threw this together’ vibe.
Skip the fancy decorations
Most dads simply won’t notice your intricate table settings or hand-sewn bunting, so you could perhaps skip these in your preparations. Remember, you’re not planning a fancy wedding or a baby shower. It’s best to focus your attention on things that he will notice, like balloons and balloon banners, and practical things like colourful table covers.
Plan dad-friendly entertainment
Not all Father’s Day party plans revolve around food, so it’s time to think about entertainment. This one should be quite easy if you consider your dad’s interests and hobbies – hopefully he has at least one! Popular options include:
- Arranging the party around a sporting fixture, such as a World Cup match, and displaying it on a big screen TV with plenty of beer and snacks
- Investing in a great sound system to blast out Dad’s favourite bands and songs, no matter how cheesy they are!
- Planning some family-friendly party games (perhaps letting Dad win at least once).
Spend some quality time together
Ultimately, this is what every dad wants on Father’s Day. By all means plan an amazing party to celebrate the occasion, but don’t forget to actually hang out with your dad on the day!
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