Mother’s Day is so much easier to plan than Father’s Day. I’m not just saying that because I'm a Mom and I think it’s incredibly easy to figure out what I like.
After all, what woman doesn’t appreciate a pretty bouquet of flowers, an assortment of gourmet chocolate, a spa appointment or breakfast in bed? But when it comes to the men in our lives, it can be a lot trickier to plan that perfect day. There is no tradition around Father's Day like Mother's Day Brunch, which makes it easy to plan. Every Dad has different interests. I remember as a kid, whenever I would ask my Dad what he wanted for Father's Day his answer was always "Peace and Quiet." Well, you can't just pick that up at the store, so we had to be more creative.
So, how to plan the perfect Father’s Day? Dad deserves a day that’s all about him. That means no obligations, no stress, and a whole lot of fun! While some Dads may want to spend the day away from their families to relax, we say, "No Way!" Let’s have fun together. (You can certainly give Dad a day out golfing, fishing, etc. as a gift, but if the kids want to lavish Dad with love on his special Day, definitely do things as a family.)
If you’re scratching your head planning Father's Day activities, ask yourself what does Dad like to do? Cook, golf, play sports, watch sports, watch movies, or go on adventures? Once you narrow down his interests, think about a way the whole family can do it together. If he likes to golf, take the family to the driving range to hit some balls. If he likes to cook, plan a meal that takes all day to cook like ribs, paella, or homemade pasta. Everyone can help. If he likes adventures, take the family to see that cool new Museum exhibit or go on a long bike ride in a different part of town. If he has been dying to try that restaurant featured in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, go out to eat.
Here are some ideas to help you plan the perfect Father's Day.
- For creative ideas on how to have fun with Dad, check out 6 Last Minute Father's Day Ideas.
- For cute gift ideas that the kids can make, see my All About Dads Board on Pinterest.
- For some fun Father's Day inspired treats, see the Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons blog.
- Finally, for a great round-up of unique Father's Day traditions, check out TheMotherHuddle.com. I love the Father vs. Kids competition idea.
Most importantly, I'd love to hear from you. Dads, what do you want most for Father's Day? Moms, what do you have planned for Dad's special day?
Sue Kirchner is a family fun coach, kids party planner, and weekly contributor to Patch.com. Sue and her family fun ideas have been featured on TV, newspapers, magazines, blogs, as well as her own family fun site ChocolateCakeMoments.com.