Dad’s the Word: An Unforgettable Father’s Day

by | Jun 5, 2024

Father’s Day – a day dedicated to celebrating the fantastic dads, stepdads, and father figures in our lives. But with the daily juggle of work, nursery school runs, and the never-ending game of “where are my keys?”, planning a memorable Father’s Day can feel like another item on the ever-growing to-do list. Fear not, moms! Let’s ditch the store-bought tie this year and create a Father’s Day experience that’ll make Dad feel loved, appreciated, and maybe even pampered.

Know Thy Partner:

The first step to a fantastic Father’s Day is understanding what makes your partner tick. Is he the outdoorsy type who craves adventure? Is he the “ultimate braai master” who loves nothing more than whipping up a feast for the family? Is he the Dad who loves a quiet moment to read? Or is he the tech-savvy Dad who’d rather unwind with a good video game? Understanding his interests and preferences will help you tailor the day to his unique personality.

A Breakfast Fit for the King of Play:

Skip the burnt toast and soggy cereal (your kids can help, but we’d much rather Dad enjoy his food). Start Father’s Day with a breakfast fueling his adventures (or his nap – no judgment). Think fluffy pancakes with his favourite toppings like chocolate chips, berries, or whipped cream. Or, in true SA style, a delicious full English breakfast with bacon, eggs, sausages, baked beans, and toast. Add a handwritten card or a funny Father’s Day meme personalised with a picture of the family – a simple gesture that goes a long way. Oh, and moms, this doesn’t have to be made at home. No one judges and expects you to be Nanny McPhee or Mary Poppins. Make that reservation, and you will enjoy the morning, too).

Adventure Awaits!

Does your partner have a case of wanderlust? Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to explore! Plan a day trip to a nearby botanical garden or hiking trail. Make a reservation at the bike park, which the kids will love, or pack a picnic basket and head to the beach or the bush for a day of sunshine (it may be Winter in SA, but our days are still beautiful and warm). If your partner is sporty, consider tickets to a local sporting event or a round of golf with his buddies. The key is to get him outside and do something he enjoys.

DIY Delights:

If Dad appreciates the personal touch, unleash your inner crafter! Get the kids involved in creating a homemade Father’s Day card decorated with handprints, drawings, and heartfelt messages. Think outside the box with a coupon book filled with “dad-approved” activities like movie nights, back rubs, or car washes. For the tech-savvy Dad, create a personalised playlist featuring songs that remind you of him or your family adventures. The joy of creating these personalised activities will surely make you and the kids excited and motivated.

Dinnertime Delights:

Whether whipping up a gourmet meal or firing up the braai, create a dinner atmosphere that celebrates Dad. Let the kids help set the table (with minimal supervision!) and light some candles for a touch of ambience. Encourage everyone to share their favourite memories of Dad throughout the evening. Bonus points for creating a “Dad Joke Wall” where everyone can write down their best (or worst!) Dad joke for a night filled with laughter. You can also prepare a special menu with his favourite dishes or a themed dinner based on his hobbies or interests.

The Gift of Relaxation:

Dads deserve a break too! After a day of fun activities, treat him to a relaxing evening. Offer your partner a massage (a DIY version with the kids can be adorable!) or draw him a warm bath with his favourite essential oils. Let him kick back and enjoy his favourite movie or television show without any interruptions. You can also arrange for a professional massage or spa session or prepare a cosy corner for him to read or listen to music.

Memories in the Making:

Father’s Day isn’t just about the big gestures. Sometimes, the most meaningful moments are the simplest ones. Plan a family movie night, dig out old photo albums and reminisce about cherished memories, or play a board game night filled with laughter and friendly competition. These small moments create lasting memories that Dad will treasure long after the day is over. You can also organise a family photo shoot, create a time capsule with items that represent your family, or write a family story together. You can have a family jam session or a karaoke night if he’s into music. You can have a painting or drawing session together if he’s into art.

Remember, the best Father’s Day gifts don’t always come with a price tag. The most important thing is to show Dad how much you appreciate and love him. A heartfelt card, a framed family photo, or simply spending quality time together can be the most meaningful gifts of all.

So, moms, ditch the stress and embrace the fun! With a little creativity and these handy tips, you can create a Father’s Day 2024 that’s as special as your super-dad himself. Here’s to celebrating the amazing fathers in our lives!