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Great Ways to Celebrate Dear Old Dad on Father’s Day

Recipes, gifts, cards and more ideas to show Pop some love

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Published on: May 27, 2021

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When it comes to celebrating Dad, it’s best to keep it simple: a great dinner, a cold beer and a few heartfelt gifts from the kids. Still, simple doesn’t mean the day can’t be special. We’ve rounded up our favorite ways to spoil Dad, from super recipes to unique yard games to DIY gifts. Keep reading for the best ways to thank Dad for being the greatest guy around. 

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Credit: The Pioneer Woman

Treat Dad to a gourmet burger …

Whiskey barbecue sliders from The Pioneer Woman blog are a mouthwatering dinner recipe that’s sticky, spicy, sweet and perfect for summer. If red meat isn’t his thing, we have a whole list of burger recipes to suit any dad, from portobello and black bean to salmon burgers. Yum!

… and a cold beer

Treat Dad to a top-rated local beer at one of the many family-friendly breweries in Greater Seattle. From Fremont Brewing Co. to Lumber House Brewery in South King County, we’ve got brewpub suggestions for dads in all corners of the Puget Sound region.

Cool off with a sweet treat

S’mores + frozen pops = the best Father’s Day treat ever! The blog 52 Kitchen Adventures shares a clever hot-weather dessert recipe that’s sure to go great with burgers and beer. Cool off with our collection of more summer treat recipes here.

Indulge Dad’s competitive streak

A good ol’ lawn game is sure to make Dad laugh all day long. You’re probably familiar with cornhole and bocce, but have you heard of Spikeball or Viking bowling? We have a whole host of fun and unique Father’s Day games in this roundup here.

Brew a mug full of appreciation …

Engage the kiddos in a fun DIY activity, such as a cute mug-decorating craft that doubles as a sweet keepsake that Dad will use all the time. The blog Crafts by Amanda has all the instructions. Looking for more ideas? We’ve rounded up some great Father’s Day DIY projects for kids here

… or just lend a hand

For the little kiddos, this sweet “handmade” card is a perfect project to show Dad just how much they care. A Day in My Life blog has all the handy instructions! 

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Photo credit: Bakerella

Tell Pop he’s super (get it?)

How do you tell Dad he’s a superhero? A batch of Superman cake pops, courtesy of Bakerella, is a good place to start. Red velvet cake meets melted candy decorations in this heroic recipe he’s sure to love. 

Make Dad’s first Father’s Day extra special

If he’s a new dad who wears his heart on his sleeve, get him “Letters to My Baby,” a book of writing prompts. This sweet booklet guides Dad in composing letters to his baby, to be read by the child when they’re older. It’s a nostalgic, heartfelt gift that’ll make Dad smile for years to come. 

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