This weekend, take a few extra hours on Sunday to celebrate that special guy in your life, whether it be your uncle, grandpa, dad, or just a family friend. In reality, I think most dads are pretty simple in the sense that they appreciate great drinks and really wholesome food.
If your dad is anything like mine, he probably says, “Oh, don’t make a big deal about it, I have everything I need.” So, I always have the HARDEST time trying to figure out what to get my dad for Father’s Day, which means a small gathering will fit the bill. My dad loves it when we gather on the weekend for an easy BBQ, which is just what he will get!
How do you throw a Father’s Day BBQ party?
First, set the scene.
I love setting up a ‘themed’ tablescape for any party. Whether it be super fun and formal dinner or something laid back and easy like today’s party. Keep your color palette neutral with blues, whites, and blacks.
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I loved using these blue and white napkins for a classic BBQ feel.
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I love serving up BBQ on lightweight enamel plates. These black and white ones are great for the outdoors because if they accidentally drop they will never break on you!
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Is your dad a beer guy like mine?! If he is, reuse some old beer bottles as your flower vases for that “Father’s Day BBQ party flair”. It will instantly give your whole table a masculine touch.
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What do I serve for Father’s Day?
If you’re going the BBQ route your options are endless! Depending on your guest list (6-8 people?!)
- 2-3 side dishes: keep your dad’s favorite in mind! I love this black bean mango salad for afternoon parties!
- 2-3 meats: think BBQ chicken, grilled steak, ribs, etc.
- 1-2 drinks: I love using a large beverage dispenser for serving up a twisted vodka mango lemonade (my dad’s favorite!).
- 1-2 desserts: For BBQ parties, easy desserts like blueberry cobbler sundaes and strawberry shortcake sliders are my go-tos.
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Don’t forget a great playlist or entertainment!
My dad is a total music buff and loves rocking out to some 80’s jams. I know a solid playlist will instantly get him in a great mood on Father’s Day even if he doesn’t want the attention on him. Take a minute and remember back to the “car jams” when you were a kid. My dad’s got more than I can count!
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Music is first and foremost, but if we’ve got a sports lover on our hands, be sure to play the game on the radio or maybe bring out a projector to play ESPN during the party.
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To round out your fun Father’s Day BBQ party, include a little something corny. Have everyone write down their favorite memory (or two) of Dad and have him read all of them around the table. This is a great ice breaker and makes Dad feel a little special.