With Father’s Day right around the corner, I can’t help but start thinking of ways to celebrate my husband since he truly is an amazing father to our two kiddos. I knew that he was going to be an awesome Dad. But, seeing him play with our son and snuggle with our daughter gets me all heart eyes as I watch their bond grow with every passing day. His actions day in and day out with our kids and myself have completely surpassed all of my expectations of just how awesome he was going to be as a Father to our children.
To celebrate this year, I saw we skip the ties, paperweights, and special pen gifts. Yes, the Father(s) in our lives usually are the hardest to shop for since it seems like they have everything they need. Why? Because if they end up needing something throughout the year, they usually go out and get it for themselves. Or so it seems.
So, how you can make this Father’s Day special for the Father(s) in your life? Let’s think outside the (gift) box (see what I did there?) and put together a Father’s Day that will be truly special to the man or men in your life that are a Father figure to you and/or your children.
10 Ways to Make Father’s Day Special
1.) Make Breakfast
My husband loves to make pancakes for our family on the weekends. If the Dad in your life is the same, why not switch it up? Have the kids help you make breakfast and set up the breakfast table. Start the day off on the right foot by filling up on a yummy breakfast that the kids helped prepare. Click here for more tips on cooking with kids.
2.) Create Handmade Cards
Instead of buying cards from the store, why not have the kids make cards? I love breaking out the card stock and finger paints and having our toddler create fun, memorable cards that mean so much to my husband. For my husband’s birthday in March, I had our toddler create a dinosaur out of his hand print. For Father’s Day, I’ll have to put some thought into how I’m going to make his cards special from our six-month-old and three-year-old. I can’t wait to get our hands messy as we create something cute that I know my husband will cherish.
3.) Relieve the Stress
Take it easy on Father’s Day. The last thing a Father wants to be on Father’s Day is stressed. So, don’t plan too much and don’t try to squeeze in tons of activities. If you stress out on making the day perfect then your stress will be felt by the whole family.
4.) Focus on Him
Instead of planning out the entire day, why not ask the father what he wants to do? Maybe he wants to just chill out and relax. Perhaps he wants to go to a baseball game. Boating, golfing, fishing, or heading to the beach might be some on his agenda. Ask him what he wants to do since it’s his special day.
5.) Spend Time Together as a Family
Make sure you spend quality time together as a family on Father’s Day. Put the electronics away, make sure all errands are done prior to this special day, and avoid doing tons of chores. Enjoy each other’s company doing what he wants to do.
6.) Show Appreciation
Sit down a few days prior to Father’s Day with your kiddos and write notes that show him how much he means to your family members. You can write about what makes him a great parent and/or partner. Your kiddos can write what they love most about him.
7.) Enjoy Food
Bring on the food! From breakfast to lunch to appetizers to dinner, what does the Dad in your life love to eat? Be sure to have plenty of his favorite foods available to enjoy throughout the day. Plan on throwing some food on the grill for dinner or make dinner reservations at your favorite restaurant. If you don’t feel like cooking or going out to eat, then make plans to pick up dinner from one of his favorite restaurants. If you have a meat-and-cheese loving dad in your life, then you’ll want to get these tips on how to build the best charcuterie tray. The Dad in your life will devour it.
8.) Start a Photo Tradition
Try reenacting a photo from the past. Or, take a photo that can be taken year after year to see how much of a difference a year makes. Taking a simple photograph will be a fun way to get the family involved and have some fun. Yes, taking photos of kids can be stressful but remember #3. Don’t stress out by trying to get the perfect photo. Sometimes the outtakes are better than the “perfect” photo. There’s nothing like the perfectly imperfect photo. Those types of photos are the best!
9.) Enjoy a Cold Beverage
Does the Dad in your life enjoy a good beer? Or, maybe he has a signature cocktail he loves to enjoy. Either or, make sure you have ingredients at the ready just in case the Dad in your life wants to enjoy beer or cocktails on his special day.
10.) Throw a Party
If you have family and friends around, why not throw a party? Get the grill going, set out backyard games, light the bonfire, get the pool ready … a backyard party is such a fun way to celebrate Father’s Day. Here are simple tips for cooking for a crowd.
How do you plan on making Father’s Day special this year?