Father’s Day Celebration Ideas – Celebrations at Home

Looking for Father’s Day celebration ideas at home? I’ve got you covered with ideas for food, drinks, gifts, and fun. Invite friends and family for a party to honor dad, husband, grandad or other father figures.

When is Father’s Day?

In the US we celebrate the holiday on the third Sunday of June. Therefore the actual date changes from year to year.

What’s the Best Thing to do for Fathers Day?

The goal is to make dad feel special. If you’re planning a last-minute gathering, here are some ideas to help you celebrate Father’s Day in your own backyard.

dad standing at outdoor buffet with hot dog in hand.
slider burgers on buns with lettuce and cheese, for outdoor cookout.

Cook burgers on the grill but make it extra fun by making several different recipes and serving small sliders. Variety is the spice of life after all!

Add grilled corn while you’re at it and flavor it with Parmesan compound butter. And sweet & spicy baked beans are always a crowd pleaser!

If you’d rather do the work ahead instead of manning the grill, make slow cooker bbq beef sandwiches. Serve them with a make-ahead salad like this cold Asian noodle salad.


Make dad feel special by serving his favorite meal with a dessert treat afterward. Here are some tried and true recipes for you.

The best homemade fudge brownies will make the whole family ecstatic! Make them ahead and store in the refrigerator. Trust me!

We absolutely love this easy blackberry custard pie. It’s seasonal and perfect for a Father’s day menu.

If you like ice cream pie then you MUST make this cookie butter ice cream pie made with Biscoff spread. It’s a little slice of heaven.

Another seasonal dessert that everyone will love is this strawberry shortcake dessert. Another easy make-ahead recipe.

pitcher of beer margaritas with filled glasses surrounding it.
blue plate stacked on white plate with dad name tag around blue napkin.

Father’s Day Table Setting

Create a table for day using his favorite color. Blue is a popular choice so why not pair it with white or tan.

Splashes of copper and gold add sparkle, while layered place settings allow you to play with pattern. The look is modern and masculine.

  • Covering the table in blue fabric and layer white dishes with blue and white patterned salad or dessert plates.
  • Moscow mule copper cups definitely add a masculine edge to the table. Fill them with a Kentucky Mule iced tea cocktails for the adults, and regular iced tea for the children.
  • Copper name tags are actually plant markers. They coordinate with the cups and add a bit of “jewelry” to each place setting.
  • Add a special photo detail for each place setting with diy photo place cards. Follow the instructions using your own printed photos of the family.


Think outside the traditional floral arrangement when it comes to setting a father’s day centerpiece. Use potted plants instead, for a rustic masculine feel.

Use a collection of wooden boxes to create a multi-level no-frills centerpiece. Flowering plants add a bit of color but the green foliage is the real standout here. It’s a great way to decorate for fathers day.

For an outdoor table simply place a potted fern into a wooden planter box.

Check out my best tips for creating flower arrangement on a budget.

all about day printable card for fathers day.

What to do for free?

Create special memories while watching your budget. Here are some ideas for you.

Use this free download to print out cards that are all about dad! Our kids loved filling them out each year, and it’s fun to save them and see how the answers change over the years.

Go on a hike with the family. Check out a new neighborhood, a nearby park, or take a drive to a scenic location.

Bring out the kid in everyone and go for a bike ride around the neighborhood.

picnic outside with blanket and food in bowls.

Take a family picnic. You have to eat after all, so why not make a picnic lunch and set up in a park or in your own back yard.

You can also have a cookout at home so you’re not paying for any extra activities.

One of my husband’s favorite things is movie night (or afternoon) so he’s thrilled to have an at-home movie day. You can make it extra special by setting up a popcorn bar.

Here are some more free printables for Father’s Day so you’re not caught empty handed in case you lost track of time.

backyard picnic with family playing in background.

Backyard Activities

If you’ve decided to host the party outside, why not enjoy a little friendly competition with backyard games. These are some of our favorites.

  • Corn Hole
  • Ladder Ball
  • Boce Ball
  • Croquet
  • Horse Shoes
  • Giant Jenga
  • Frisbee
  • Water Gun fights
  • Water Balloon Toss
blue table setting with gifts on the table.

Father’s Day Gifts

You know your father best so try to pick a gift that is perfectly suited to him. However, here are some great ideas to get you started.

  • Massage gift certificate
  • Tech toys like Fitbit, Apple Watch, or gaming system
  • Specialty boxes such as food, cocktail mixers, grilling sauces, wine, etc.
  • Purchase a round of golf for him to play
  • Beautiful Decanter set
  • A bottle of his favorite Scotch, Bourbon, or Tequila
  • Personalized luggage
  • Anything that makes his life easier

More Ideas to Celebrate Fathers Day

Now that you have father’s day celebration ideas, you can keep it simple and pamper dad with a day of relaxation and his favorite meal. Or you can go all out and splurge on gifts and a fancy dinner. It’s really all about family time and making memories.

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