The Father's Day barbeque is a classic celebration of all things dad. With some planning, your barbeque can be the best ever – something Dad will never forget. Make your Father's Day bash incredible with these great tips:
1) Make a guest list:
Is it a family-only bash, or is the whole neighborhood invited? Even if it's just a casual event, make sure the guests hear from you at least two weeks prior. Understand that people may wish to celebrate with their own family, so anticipate a few 'declines' on your event list.
2) Ask Dad what he wants:
Let the kids research easy recipes and ask Dad what his favorite foods are. Check out our Dads & Grads recipes, like this Red Slaw recipe. If having extended family over, try a potluck-style barbeque and ask friends and family to bring their favorite side dish.
3) It's Dad's day:
Dad may usually be “designated grill master,” but unless he insists, give him a break and let him enjoy the day. Let Dad do what he wants most whether it be grilling, enjoying time with the kids, or eating to his heart’s content.
4) Simple is best:
Let kids make homemade place cards, table mats, and decorations. Remember, this day is all about Dad, so letting the kids do the decorations is a simple and easy way to show that they care.
5) Use outdoor music:
Dad likes rock-n-roll? Set up a playlist just for Dad, or just select a couple of his “most played” songs. Use outdoor speakers, or play from Dad's favorite radio station. Clear out an area for kids, family, and friends to let loose and dance.
6) Disposable plates and napkins:
Spend as much time with Dad as possible by cutting down the cleanup time. Disposable plates, finger foods, and lots of napkins make eating fun and casual.. Try our delicious Roasted Red Pepper Dip or Green Onion Dip with all of your finger foods, too!
7) Humor is the perfect gift:
Typical gifts for Dad include a tie, a “World's Greatest Dad” mug, or a money clip. Change things up and really make your gifts personal – humor is the best example. Remember an inside joke the two of you shared? Incorporate this into your gift or add it to a nice card. Let kids make funny cards for Dad and have Dad read all of them out loud to the rest of the party. Laughter abound!
8) Honor the other dads at the party:
Having a block party for Father's Day? Make sure all Dads are included! Let each family enjoy its own Father's Day kids-and-dads time, when kids can give their Dads gifts without feeling any comparative influences. If hosting the party, make sure all Dads are honored, perhaps with small favors for each Dad.
9) Add spice to your barbeque:
Have guests bring their favorite barbeque sauces and let Dad be the judge! Or, have kids mix their own spice blends and test them on the grill. Try different sauces on your barbeque, like our Prickly Pear Grilling Sauce, especially suitable for making burgers, like in this recipe.
10) Check the weather:
Most importantly (but also often overlooked) check the weather. You don't want to be suddenly surprised by a thunderstorm in the middle of the festivities! If the weather predicts rain, perhaps it would be helpful to have a tent setup or umbrellas handy. Be ready to run indoors if a rainstorm hits – set up a table for guests to move their plates and dishes.
And last of all, but most important, enjoy your day!