Planning the Perfect Father's Day Get Together

Planning the Perfect Father's Day Get Together

Planning the Perfect Father's Day Get Together

It seems like you just finished planning your Mother’s Day celebrations and Father’s Day is already here! Luckily, it finally feels like summer and that means it’s the season of outdoor parties. Backyard parties are ideal for many homeowners, often allowing more space and room for games, not to mention the ease of cleaning up. So let’s get started on planning dad the perfect get together with family and friends this weekend, no matter how big or small the event.

Décor Suggestions

Although a Father’s Day celebration typically requires little in the decorating aspect, you do want to make sure your backyard and patio, are presentable. Mow your lawn, call the landscapers, do whatever it takes, but remember that time is of the essence here!

Once the yard and patio are clean, take a moment to think how you will host the guests. Where will they sit? Where will they eat? If you find yourself searching the shed for a rust free table or chairs that match, look no further! Ski Barn has the perfect selection of patio furniture suited for any occasion. Whether you are looking for a sturdy, durable dining set or the perfect place for guests to lounge, we have you covered. Not only will your new outdoor décor impress your guests, but it will last you for many parties to come!

If you plan on continuing the party after the sun goes down, consider one of our stylish firepits for guests to gather around and share some of their favorite Father’s Day memories.

Gift Ideas

Dad is going to want something he can use, and not the classic tie that may sit in his closet for years without use. It can be hard to decide on gift ideas for dad, but if he enjoy the outdoors and a good BBQ, then we have the perfect idea for you. A brand new Weber Grill is not only something dad can use over and over again, but he can even use it on Father’s Day! Ski Barn has grills, both small and large, suited for different lifestyles and budgets.

Maybe dad isn’t into grilling or recently purchased a new grill. In that case, we highly recommend a hammock, perfect for lounging around after work on summer days or for taking naps in the shade. If you don’t have enough large trees in your yard or other objects to hang the hammock in between, Ski Barn also carries stands sturdy enough to support the hammock in any area you choose.

Another great gift idea that dad will enjoy is a weekend getaway with the family. The kids can help choose where they’d love to go with dad and surprise him with an itinerary at the Father’s Day get together. It may be a fishing trip, where you spend the night camping or in a cabin by a lake. Or maybe a trip to New York City, where you can explore Central Park and enjoy a perfect summer day. Wherever you choose, dad is sure to be surprised and appreciate the weekend away with his family! You may even inspire some of your guests for their future gift ideas.

Food Ideas

Of course there are the classic hamburgers and hotdogs, which is great to incorporate, but try branching out this year and try a few new recipes. A simple appetizer (that also incorporates that new Weber Grill!) would be to create kabobs that suite everyone’s taste, which is easy with their mix and match ability. Aside from grilled chicken and steak, try grilling zucchini or peppers with lemon. You can also add pineapple or try wrapping any of the ingredients in bacon. What is dad’s favorite?

Another easy idea food suggestion is loaded grilled potato skins. Fill them with bacon, cheese, tomatoes, corn, sour cream and more! You can even make it customizable by grilling the potato skins and leaving them out on a table with different ingredients for guests to create their own. This makes eating a unique experience, especially for the kids.


Have you ever considered the fun that would come from a dunk tank? If you can manage to get your hands on one last minute, guests will love the idea of dunking their family and friends- as long as dad goes first! If you do consider renting one, make sure you tell your guests to bring their bathing suits and a towel.

An activity enjoyed by both kids and adults, is a giant backyard Jenga set. You can supply hours of entertainment with one of these, especially by writing action items on each block (i.e. “Spin around five times”).

A perfect ending to any party is cozying up by the fire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. So, not only will that firepit you purchased make the perfect centerpiece to any backyard patio, but the perfect dessert station with room for many guests to huddle around. You may just find yourself out by the firepit every night this summer!

So now that you have the aesthetics of the party covered, get to work on that invite list! Who to invite may depend on dad. Does he enjoy large parties, including extended family, friends and neighbors? Or maybe he just wants a quiet afternoon with his close family and a few good friends? Whatever you decide, you are sure to have a truly memorable day celebrating dad and hanging with loved ones!

Ready to make your patio the hangout spot for the neighborhood? Ski Barn, New Jersey’s best kept secret for all of your outdoor patio needs, has four fully-stocked showrooms located in Paramus, Wayne, Lawrenceville, and Shrewsbury. We deliver to the Jersey Shore and offer free, at-home consultations. Our talented team will expertly guide your purchases to ensure you receive the backyard of your dreams.

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