Show Dad How Much He’s Appreciated

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Father’s Day has passed us by, yet dads continue to work as hard as always.  But Father’s Day isn’t the only time we can show him how much he is appreciated! If you are looking for fun way to celebrate dad and everything he does, you may not need to look further than your own backyard. Why not plan a backyard barbecue and spend the day at home with good food, drinks and dad, of course! Here are some easy tips to get your backyard ready.

 

The Lawn

Dads are often the one stuck with lawn care. Have your oldest mow the grass so it’s freshly cut and ready for yard games and bare feet. As a family, ask your kids to help you pull any new or pesky weeds. Grab a couple of large pots for the deck or to go near the table and plant small shrubs or flowers. Set up a couple lawn games like cornhole or ladder golf, depending on the size of your yard.

 

Nosh and Drinks

Make the barbecue easy on yourself by prepping ahead and buying sides from your local deli. Marinate chicken legs and thighs in a smoky barbecue sauce and grill off on high until the chicken is cooked through. Buy fresh side salads that remind you of summer–potato salad, macaroni salad and coleslaw. Pick up chips and a variety of dips for the guests. Consider a crudité tray as well with hummus for something a little lighter. Make a drink station in your kitchen sink by filling up one side (or the whole sink) with ice. Pack beers, juice bottles, water and soda cans in the ice. Make dessert easy by baking off a box of brownies or slice and bake cookies.

 

Decorations

Set an easy, welcoming table. Depending on the ages of your kids, ask them to decorate placemats or to help with the table centerpiece. Set out paper plates, napkins and plastic cutlery. Make sure Dad’s favorite outdoor seat is ready and in a great shady spot.  A hammock hung in the backyard is also a great way to give him a relaxing afternoon. 

 

Make sure to let your father know how Father’s Day isn’t the only day you notice how hard he works!   

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