Father's Day Party Ideas
What are your fathers favorite colors? Hobbies? Use these to inform your décor. 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.
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.
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, Fathers Day is a very nostalgic time, so indulge by sharing photo albums and funny stories.
Father's Day occurs just before summer 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.
Pimm's Cup (serves 1)
- 1 part Pimm's No. 1
- 2 parts lemonade
- 1 slice cucumber, lemon, orange, strawberry, apple and/or mint
- 1 twist lemon peel
Pour Pimm's into a highball glass. Fill with lemonade. Add garnishes and top with lemon peel.