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Simple Father's Day Ideas

You don't need an extragavant gift or celebration to show your father how much you love him. Sometimes, the most thoughtful gifts and celebrations are simple and truly come from the heart. Here, we hve a list of great, low-key, Father's Day ideas you can use to celebrate your dad or you can simply add these to an already awesome party!


Breakfast in Bed

Serve Dad breakfast in bed. Usually Mom gets this royal treatment, but turn the tables and make him all his favorite breakfast foods. Don't forget the Sunday paper and comics-the kids can read these with him.

Make a Banner

Have the kids make a fun banner that says, "You're the best dad!" and hang it outside his bedroom. To make the banner, cut out different shapes from heavy card stock, and write a letter on each one. Hole punch each letter and string yarn through them. Hang the banner from a doorframe for a special greeting.

Make Cards

Instead of purchasing cards, have your kids make their own using construction paper and craft items, like sequins, glitter glue, and yarn.

A Jar Full of Love

During the week prior to Father's Day, have the kids decorate a special jar or box and write down things they love about Dad. Put these in the jar or box. On Father's Day, present him with the special holder, and have him read all the things the kids love about him.

Plan a Family Outing

OK, so what is Dad's favorite fun thing to do? Does he love playing Frisbee golf? How about riding bikes or going to the ballgame? Think about what he loves best, and plan a family outing in honor of him.

Create a Coupon Book

Are there any chores Dad continually asks the kids to do? Create a coupon book that divvies up the chores, and have the kids promise to do the chores willingly when they are presented with a coupon. Make the coupons good for a whole year!

Family Photos

Create a special photo album of special moments from the past year with Dad. This can either be a digital photo album that you post online or a physical album that you present to him on Father's Day. Make sure to add captions to each picture for added fun.

Barbecue Bonanza

If the weather is good, have a BBQ, but let Dad rest in his hammock with the cool drink while the family does the cooking his favorite way-unless he insists on taking over!

King for a Day

Although it's not Mardi Gras, make a crown for Dad using craft items. Crown him king for the day and bake a King's Cake too. Hopefully, Dad will find the special good luck charm in the cake.

Unschedule Your Dad for the Day

Give Dad time on his own to do as he pleases. Schedule out two or three hours of the day and let him be! Unscheduled, nothing-to-do time is a precious gift!

Happy Father's Day!

Lisa Kothari is the founder and president of Peppers and Pollywogs, a kids' party planning company that provides parents with ideas, entertainers, and interesting web-based tools (customized rhymes and cards for your invitations!) to make kids' party planning easy.

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