Father’s Day the Creative Way

by Nanette on June 13, 2011

in Girl Talk, Lifestyle, Real Life

Father’s Day is around the corner, but it’s not too late to put together a memorable gift. Whether you’re celebrating your own dad, your father-in-law or dad on behalf of your kiddos, here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing without breaking the bank.

Start an annual tradition. Have the kids fill out this survey or one of your own creation, and read it over breakfast. Per the linked survey, I asked my 2-year-old what her daddy is really good at, and she replied, “Bacon!” Fun for all ages, folks. We’ll see how her answers vary next year.

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We began our Father’s Day tradition last year with these D-A-D photos. All you need is a “D” and an “A,” which you can find at nearly any craft store or cut out of cardboard yourself. Snap a few pics of the kids holding the letters, or the letters strategically placed near the distracted kids, as the case may be. I put our pics in a large 3-slotted frame, displayed proudly in his office, but this year I may combine them to create a card instead.


Is Dad a technophile?A big Apple fan? Rarely without his iPhone or iPad? Take a little inspiration from his obsession and make him an iDad card, complete with messages under the app icons.


They say a way to a man’s heart is through the stomach. He’ll love you forever when you present him with these treats. Those hot dogs are Hot Tamale candies!


While the BBQ cliches are perfectly fine for the right dad, the possibilities are endless when you consider his other interests. My husband’s mind would explode if I was able to pull these off, inspired by his all-time favorite movie. I may even take the lazy baker route and spend my creative energy on the fondant toppings, which I’ll place on cupcakes from our favorite local bakery.


If you really want to go all out for Dad, this adorable set of printables has absolutely everything you need for a party in his honor — invites, flags, tented cards, labels, napkin rings, favor tags, banner, and more.


Are you getting creative this Father’s Day? Share your ideas below!

Daisy June 13, 2011 at 9:32 am

So cute! I need to get that iPhone card for my dad.

tena June 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

Those are really cute ideas! I am guilty of not doing a whole lot for my dad or my husband on Father’s Day.

One of my favorite things in the WORLD are those fill in the blanks the kids do in preschool (like your first suggestion.) I love that you found one of those online- I might do those- we always look back at the old ones and CRACK UP.

Jessica V. June 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

I am so doing the survey! Can’t WAIT to hear what the boys have to say about their daddy. So cute!

MJ ~ iNeed a Playdate June 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

I love these ideas! Especially the photos with the letters! Very cute :)

Cindy June 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I did the survey with my girls last night – a 7 year old and twin 3 year olds. Their answers slayed me. It was very difficult keeping a straight face while listening to their responses. This was a FABULOUS idea and my husband is going to LOVE it! Thanks for the template!!!!!

Erin R June 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

I did the photo gift to spell out DAD – and my husband LOVED it!!! Thank you so much for the idea – I am going to keep the letters and do it every year (or at least try to remember to do it every year!) – thanks for the new tradition.

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