Father’s Day: BBQ Menu/Decorations

With Father’s Day fast approaching, we’re all scrambling for ideas about how to honor that important man in our lives. Luckily for us, there are plenty of great ways to celebrate Dad that are both heartfelt and cost-effective. Frankie recommends having a family barbecue – because what better way to show your love for someone than with a mouth-watering meal? Here are some tips for throwing a great Father’s Day barbecue that will leave Dad feeling full, happy, and appreciated.

Father's Day Celebration Ideas
"Summer BBQ" by Alan Bloom is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Make some delicious dishes that the whole family will love. Some yummy, easy recipes include:

Caprese salad: This healthy, refreshing salad is both simple and tasty. Grab some sliced buffalo mozzarella, sliced Roma tomatoes, and leaves of basil. Stack each ingredient in that order, and drizzle some olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top. To make it a little more filling, put each stack on top of a slice of baguette!

Bacon-wrapped shrimp: This tasty appetizer is as straightforward as it sounds. Lightly brush some butter (and any spices you’d like to add, such as pepper, cumin, cayenne, or onion powder) onto shrimp and let the shrimp marinate in the fridge for 10-20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook some bacon, making sure it stays soft and bendable. Then wrap the bacon around the shrimp, skewer them together, grill it for a few minutes until done, and you have a great hors d’oeuvre for the family!

Father's Day Celebration Ideas
"minced shrimp wrapped in bacon and fried" by rick is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Barbecue chicken: This classic BBQ favorite will leave everyone satisfied. Heat up some store-bought or homemade BBQ sauce on the stove. Then, take some room-temperature chicken breasts or thighs, season them with some salt and pepper, and grill them on low to medium heat for about half an hour. Brush sauce onto the chicken, and grill for 15-20 more minutes (or until done) while turning the chicken to make sure it’s cooked evenly, and continuing to baste the chicken in sauce. Serve with a side of grilled corn on the cob or some flaky biscuits.

No-bake fudge: Because what would a Father’s Day BBQ be without a scrumptious chocolate dessert? Mix 3 cups of semisweet chocolate, a 14 oz can of condensed milk, and 4 tablespoons of softened butter. Add in peanut butter chips, walnuts, or pecans if desired. Stir ingredients on the stove-top in a saucepan until the chips have melted. Pour into a greased pan, refrigerate until cooled and hardened, and serve.

To liven up the table and engage the kids with some cool crafts, try making these DIY Father’s Day decorations:

Decorated Mugs: Grab some white ceramic mugs and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Give the kids some permanent sharpie markers and have them decorate the mugs! Then bake the mugs for 30 minutes. When the mugs have cooled, fill with Dad’s favorite candy or a candle for a charming decoration and gift!

Necktie Decoration: Trace 10-15 neckties onto some colored construction paper and cut them out! Let the kids embellish them with polka dots, pinstripes, glitter glue, etc. They can even write personal messages. Alternatively, write “H” on one necktie, “A” on one, etc. until you’ve spelt “Happy Father’s Day!” Next, hole-punch the tops of the neckties and weave some ribbon through them so they’re each hanging side-by-side. Hang them up for a themed wall decoration.

What other ways to celebrate Father’s Day can you think of? Share them with us here on the blog!

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