Father's Day is on it's way! I know with the terrific weather we've been having lately, people are busy running around taking their kids to sporting events, going for lots of walks, taking trips to cottages or camping, and going swimming. There is just no time for party planning. I'll try and make it easier for you and share some of my unique ideas for throwing a fun and eventful Father's Day get-together.
- Father's Day is usually a family get-together so invitations are not necessary, but if you wanted to make it a little fun, buy a few inexpensive neckties and write down where the party is being held, what time, and to RSVP. Place it in an envelope and mail it off.
- Choose where you want to host your Father's Day party - indoors or outdoors. If you choose outdoors, make sure that you have a back-up plan if it rains. Outdoor barbecue parties are most desirable as you can enjoy the beautiful weather and play some fun games or sports.
- Place Adirondack/Muskoka chairs around the yard to create a relaxing atmosphere.
- Decorate your table by using a red and white checkered picnic style tablecloth. Another option is to use a black, red, or blue paisley tablecloth.
- For a centerpiece, place 3 beer mug candles, or a plant (just leaves and greens), in the middle of the table.
- Use paisley bandanas as napkins (try red if your tablecloth is black and vice versa, and yellow if your tablecloth is blue, and vice versa).
- Place napkins on top of white plates in a loose triangular, cone, or necktie/bow tie shape. You can also buy a tie for each dad and place it on top of their plates - have them put on their tie before dinner.
- If you can, try and get a hold of cutlery with wooden handles for an outdoorsy feel.
- Scatter beer bottle caps all around the table. You can even put a bunch of them in a glass bowl as a centerpiece.
- Set up a table with antique-framed photos of all the father's in your family - try and go as far back as you can (great, great, great grandfathers). Dig up old photos of you and your dad and post them on a bristol board. Write funny captions under each for a good laugh.
- Have an area where you display old Father's Day cards and old crafts your dad has kept over the years (you'll probably have to get your mom to send them to you).
- Set up a beer sampling station. Get a variety of beers from around the world and keep them in a cooler next to the station.
- Have water, soda, juices, milk, etc. in a separate cooler; have coolers and liquors in a separate cooler or table.
- Barbecued food is a favourite for this occasion. Serve burgers, hotdogs, sausages, chicken skewers, shrimp, etc.
- My personal favourite - beer can chicken! Chicken can be quite bland, but grilling the bird this way gives an abundance of flavour! The beer keeps the chicken moist, while the skin crispens. Simply, sprinkle the meat with season salt, pour out half the beer and place the can in the beer can chicken roaster. Sit the chicken on top of the roaster and grill for 45 minutes to 1 hour (or until chicken is 165°F and the skin is golden and crispy).
- Before you sit down to eat, work up an appetite by playing some fun outdoor games your dad likes. Play some baseball or football, or just toss the ball around if you don't have enough players. Same goes for basketball, play a game or just shoot some hoops. Volleyball, badminton, soccer, bocci, and horseshoes are some other fun ideas. After lunch/dinner, go for a short family stroll around the neighborhood, or visit a park if there are young kids at your party.
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