Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17! Spoil the dads in your life — and let them know how much they’re loved — with an afternoon of backyard games and yummy grub!
1. Set the scene for outdoor fun!
Beer bottle vases! For a sweet and simple centerpiece, arrange a few daisies or wildflowers in empty bottles of Dad’s favorite beer or soda. Extra style points if you use a four-pack of Dad’s Old-Fashioned Root Beer, which has “Dad” emblazoned on its label!
Foil letter balloons! Available for as little as 99 cents at party stores, metallic letter balloons make a bold statement! Use them to spell out Dad’s name or a fun word like “Superdad!”
Shirt-and-tie gift bags! These dapper gift bags double as décor — and turn a simple bag of popcorn into a super-fun treat! To make, cut a tie shape out of printed paper and glue to the front of a brown paper shopping bag. Cut Kraft paper into 1 1/2-inch by 7-inch strips to make a collar.
2. Serve his favorite grub!
Serve whatever Dad loves best, whether it’s brats and burgers on the grill, fix-it-yourself sub sandwiches, or a pizza party! Make his favorite brownies, pie, or cake for dessert — and don’t forget to have his brand of beer or soda on ice!
Sweet! For a heartfelt treat, enlist the kids to help you make message cookies! Simply spread royal icing on plain cookies and let dry overnight, then embellish with edible markers.
3. Try the latest games!
Start the fun with a classic game like horseshoes or cornhole, then surprise Dad with one of these trendy new games you can test out as a family!
Get silly with Flickin’ Chicken! Just try keeping a straight face when you try to land your wriggly, bouncy rubber chicken on the target disc in this silly spin on Frisbee Golf. Expert chicken flickers say it’s all in the wrist! ($16.99, Amazon).
Enjoy bowling-style fun with Molkky! One of the most popular outdoor games in Europe, the Finnish game Molkky is starting to catch on here at home! In it, players use a throwing dowel to knock down numbered pins. The first player to score exactly 50 points wins. ($38.99, Amazon)
Get your heart racing with Slammo! In this fast-paced game, teams of two have three shots to return or spike a ball in a circular net. It’s all the thrills and fun of volleyball — without setting up a net! ($34.99, Amazon)
Play into the evening with light-up games! Thanks to LED lights, all sorts of beloved games are now available in glow-in-the-dark versions! Try LED Lawn Darts, Glowing Badminton or Light-up Cornhole—or treat Dad to a football, soccer ball, or set of golf balls that glow in the dark!
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.
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