Father’s Day is a great time to let your dad know how much you love and respect him. Think about what your dad loves and get creative!
What are your father’s favorite colors? Hobbies? Use these to inform your decor. Focus on creating an ambience that will put your dad at ease.
If he’s a casual sort of guy, don’t get too fussy. Just make sure there are comfortable places to sit, and put out nicely framed photos of happy family moments.
If your father is a bit more refined, treat him like a king by setting a crown on his head and serving his beverage in a fancy glass.
Whether you choose to go informal or deluxe, remember that Father’s Day is about honoring your pops, so don’t do anything that will make him want to ground you.
Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is a wonderful occasion to glam it up. We’re not talking sequins or anything.
Clothing and accessories for your Father’s Day getup:
— Pressed suits and ties;
— Pretty dresses and snappy heels;
— Clothes in multicolored hues and prints;
— Plaid and patterned items;
— Elaborate hats;
— Crown for your dad.
Here’s a novel idea: Ask your father what he’d like to do! If he’s had a rough week, he may just want to park himself in a comfortable chair and have people bring him gifts and beverages. Or perhaps he’d prefer to get active.
If you’ve got a yard, consider a lawn game such as croquet, petanque or bocce. The games, played in teams, can advance at a leisurely pace that will allow time for chatting, nibbling and drinking. You can also play games indoors, but you’ll probably want to schedule them after you’ve eaten. For many, Father’s Day is a very nostalgic time, so indulge by sharing photo albums and funny stories.
Food and drinks
Father’s Day occurs just before summer officially hits, when fruits and vegetables are at their prime. Head down to your local farmers market to see what’s fresh and in season. Whatever you prepare will depend not only on what’s available but also on how you plan to serve it.
If it’s a sit-down meal you’ve envisioned, design a menu that begins with a bright salad such as spring greens with roasted beets and goat cheese, and segues to something delectable like buttermilk-fried chicken or grilled halibut with pesto.
If you’ve created a more casual atmosphere, plan an overflowing buffet of savory tarts and pizzette, assorted cheeses, fruit and a variety of salads.
Drink of the day? Try a Pimm’s Cup, with or without a kick:
1 part Pimm’s No. 1
2 parts lemonade
1 slice cucumber, lemon, orange, strawberry, apple and/or mint
1 twist lemon peel
Makes one serving.
Pour Pimm’s into a highball glass. Fill with lemonade. Add garnishes and top with lemon peel.
Non-alcoholic version: Use fresh limeade with ice.
1. “To Sir with Love” — Lulu
2. “Daddy Sang Bass” — Johnny Cash
3. “Go Daddy-O” — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
4. “Dance with My Father” — Luther Vandross
5. “Family Affair” — Sly and the Family Stone
6. “Ooh Child” — The Five Stairsteps
7. “That’s Life” — Frank Sinatra
8. “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” — Eartha Kitt
9. “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” — James Brown
10. “Top 40” — Papa’s Culture