How to Throw the Ultimate Father’s Day Backyard BBQ

Why is it so hard to buy gifts for dads? Seriously, though. I had this problem with my own dad and am encountering the same challenge trying to figure out what to get for my hubby for Father’s Day. I guess it could be something as simple as not inheriting the shopping gene that many of us women have. So seize upon their stubborn “I don’t need anything for Father’s Day” retort and gift them a memory that will last a lifetime. I’ve sparked your interest now, huh? Good! Here’s how to thow the Ultimate Father’s Day Backyard BBQ.

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Set the scene for a great BBQ

What does that mean? It means that YOU mow the lawn for once (it’s great cardio, by the way) and hose off the tables and chairs so that you have a clean and cozy spot to set up your backyard BBQ. And let’s be honest…a few twinkly lights or throw pillows won’t hurt either!


Put out some entertainment

See if it possible to set up a television outside so you can catch the game while enjoying the fresh air or provide your own sports themed fun. You can never go wrong with a corn hole set or some of these other fun outdoor games. Even better? The entertainment can double as a Father’s Day gift—how easy is that?


Mix up some cocktails

There are so many fun alternatives to beer, from spiced margaritas to gin and tonics. My husband’s favorite spirit is whiskey, so I will mix up an old fashioned for him.

My tried and true old fashioned recipe that is perfect for a backyard BBQ?

  • 2 ounces Angel’s Envy bourbon whiskey
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1 sugar cane cube
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • 1 grapefruit peel
  • Everything stirred, not shaken

You can even gift the dads in your life some unique rocks glasses to show their personality or their team spirit to sip their cocktails from.


Fire up the grill

There is something special about man’s relationship with fire (I mean, my boys have been pyromaniacs since preschool). No matter who does the actual grilling, you can prep mouthwatering kabobs, flavorful salmon and veggie packets…and don’t forget the spiced up s’mores!

Make a keepsake

Now that you have thrown the ultimate Father’s Day backyard BBQ, organize all of the photos you have taken from the day and turn them into a Shutterfly photo book. It is so easy to simply upload the photos and choose a template to create a photo book filled with wonderful Father’s Day memories. And if you need help making memories, here is an easy DIY “Daddy & Me” Activity Jar.


Happy Father’s Day!


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  1. Chrissy says

    I love all these ideas! We didn’t have anything planned for father’s day but maybe I’ll try to do a little BBQ for my husband. I especially love the cornhole set idea.

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