Perfect Summer Recipes To Serve On Father’s Day

​We've probably all ​heard the ​way to a man's heart is through his stomach. So what better way to celebrate Father's Day than to spoil those special men in our lives with the gift of food?

​Since Father's Day is in June, we are usually fortunate to have beautiful weather for this occasion. What does that mean for us food lovers? Summer recipes!!!

​To me, summer is the best time to host. You have the option to go outside if you want. This also means you can cook outside in the fresh air if you ​desire. I think most of us could use the extra vitamin D.

​So let's ​devise a plan and dive into some recipes to make your Father's Day celebration the best it can be!


Sometimes I struggle wondering what to make for Father's Day meal ideas. These are the perfect dinner, drink and food ideas I can make easily on Father's Day and I know they will be a hit!

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​What Meal Should I Plan On Hosting For Father's Day?

​If you are going to host a Father's Day event, you must first decide what time of day the meal will be taking place. Are you planning a breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon grill-out, dinner? 

​Of course this depends on the availability of the guest(s) of honor, and your schedule too!

Since the time dictates the food choice, and breakfast foods can be far different than afternoon grilling, it's best to nail down these plans as soon as possible.

​Once you have the time of meal figured out, the focus can shift to how many people will be attending and what types of food you want to serve. 

​What Foods Should I Make For Father's Day?

​​When choosing the foods for a Father's Day bash, remember to answer one simple question right off the bat. "What does dad like to eat?" Don't make the mistake of serving him something he doesn't really care for. Even though he would still eat it with a smile on his face since it is truly the thought that counts right?

​Here are some other ​food considerations as you plan your menu:

  • ​Best foods for the size of crowd in attendance
  • Baked dishes you can make in the oven
  • What is the main course?
  • Appetizers, Side Salads, Desserts
  • Can we grill outside?

​​What Drinks Should I Serve For Father's Day?

​​​When it comes to the Father's Day drink menu, a wide variety of beverages is probably the best idea. Not everyone drinks beer, or wants a Coke, or just feels like having a water. And you might have young kids there who want milk or juice. Juice boxes work really well for the kiddos. 

​Honestly you'll probably want to have all of those things on hand. But you can still have fun by treating dad to his favorite drink. Buy his favorite beer or make his signature cocktail. If he doesn't drink alcohol, buy his favorite soda in bottles to make it feel a little more special. 

​And of course, don't forget the ladies in attendance! A couple bottles of wine, or maybe a box depending on crowd size, would be a nice touch. 

​Father's Day Breakfast Meal Ideas 

Breakfast and brunches are my most favorite meals to eat - AND they go over really well if you are serving them for events like Father's Day! Breakfast food is very cheap and easy to make to serve to a crowd! #Father'sDayBreakfast #Father'sDayFoodIdeas

​Easy Cheesy Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast pizza in about 20 minutes? Yes please! Simple ingredients- eggs, bacon, cheese, pizza crust and a whole lot of flavor. This recipe will be a hit for the whole family. 

​Crisp Ham And Egg Cups

Crisp ham and egg cups is a simple but delicious recipe which is ideal for breakfast or brunch. These would be great for a side dish but could stand alone for the main meal also.

​Waffle Egg Sandwiches With Spicy Maple Butter

Waffles, eggs, cheese and bacon all in a sandwich. Plus a special maple butter to top it all off. Yup, dad will be spoiled with this meal! 

​Southern Fried Eggs Over Buttermilk Biscuits With Sausage Gravy

​It doesn't matter if you live down south, up north, or anywhere in between, these buttermilk biscuits will bring a smile to some faces. You'll notice how a little heat from some hot sauce really kicks up the flavor! 

​Father's Day BBQ Grill Ideas

Grilling is my absolute most favorite thing to do on a nice summer day, especially hosting! These are the best BBQ gilling meal ideas to serve on Father's Day! We use a smoker and enjoy extra time with family while the food cooks. #Father'sDayFood #Father'sDayBBQGrill

​3-2-1 Baby Back Ribs

Currently, my favorite baby back rib recipe is the 3-2-1 BBQ Baby Back Ribs recipe. This recipe is designed for a Traeger pellet smoker which is also what we have and use, but really you can use it on any smoker or regular grill.  

​It's the perfect, easy recipe that will deliver outstanding flavor ​and makes your ribs tender and succulent. 

​Sticky Oven BBQ Ribs

Sometimes, the weather just doesn't cooperate with your outdoor cooking plans. During these times, you need an oven recipe that is finger licking good. Look no further than the Sticky Oven Barbecue Ribs recipe.

Fair warning, the pictures will make your stomach growl! 

​Smoked Pork Chops

​Pork chops are pretty much the perfect thing to grill. They are so ​easy, ​flavorful, and don't take that long to cook. While they still taste great on a gas grill, this smoked pork chop recipe will bring out the best flavor of the pork. 

​Rib-eye Steak Father's Day Recipe

​Treat dad to an extra special meal this year. Rib-eye steaks are a super delicious cut of beef. Tender and juicy flavor guaranteed to make dad feel the love. This grilled rib-eye recipe is very easy and the cook time is short. Enjoy!

​Smoked Chicken Leg & Thigh Quarters

​Chicken is one of my favorite things to smoke on the grill. Plus you can buy assortment packs that contain legs, wings, and thighs to satisfy everyone's taste. Perfect for a Father's Day party! Try this smoked chicken recipe that my family personally uses regularly. 

​Cool Dessert Recipe Ideas To Make On Father's Day

I am always so focused on what to serve for a Father's Day meal, that I forget dessert! These are the best sweet treats to serve on Father's Day - the caramel chocolate trifle we call a potluck pleaser and it works great for feeding a crowd! #Father'sDayFoodIdeas

​Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches

​How can you go wrong with donuts, ice cream, and chocolate? Combine them all into a delicious sandwich and you have the perfect Father's Day treat!

​Mudslide No-Churn Ice Cream

​Have some Kahlua and Bailey's on the shelf? Time to put it to use for something other than adult beverages with this Mudslide ice cream recipe

​Caramel Chocolate Trifle Dessert

​For all the dads who love chocolate, this dessert is for them! The caramel chocolate trifle is our very favorite for our household and is a big hit at potlucks. It's so easy and fast to make too. If you've never tried it, you will thank me later!

​Golf Cake- A Black And White Layer Cake

​Creativity at its finest with the golf cake recipe. For all the dads who enjoy hitting the fairways, they will love this cake. I ​really like the green frosting that looks like grass and the addition of a golf ball on top. Just make sure to use a clean ball! 

​Best Cocktails To Make Dad Happy

These are the best cocktai drink ideas that are perfect to serve for Father's Day. A favorite in my family is the long island tea, but you can never go wrong with a Tequila Sunrise! #Father'sDayFoodIdeas #PartyDrinkIdeas

​Moscow Mule

​The Moscow Mule is a very popular drink right now and for good reason. It's also refreshing in the summer so it would really compliment your backyard cookout! ​

​Bloody Mary 

Bloody Mary's can be enjoyed any time of the day but these would especially work if you wanted to kick your breakfast/brunch up a notch! The possibilities are endless because you can add olives, celery, pickles, ​beef sticks, etc. I'm getting hungry, I mean thirsty, just thinking about it! 

​Long Island Teas

Long Island Teas are perfect for a summer get together. You can make a big batch, put it in a pitcher and enjoy. These babies pack a punch so make sure to enjoy in moderation! 

​Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Old Fashioned's have been around a long, long time. This classic whiskey cocktail requires sugar, bitters, and of course whiskey. Getting the right mix can be a little tricky but this gives you an excuse to try a few to perfect the recipe!

​Tequila Sunrise

​Simple ingredients and easy to make. Perfect for dad and guests on Father's Day. Tequila Sunrise is a picture perfect drink with a maraschino cherry on top for garnish.

​14 Perfect Father's Day Party Recipes

​The video above has 14 other great ideas and recipes for your next Father's Day party. 

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​What ​​Is Your Dad's Favorite Father's Day Foods and Drinks?

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Hi! I'm An. My husband J & I love family and friend get-togethers filled with food and fun, while saving money! We want to inspire folks to make simple lifestyle choices when it comes to holidays and events, while not missing out!


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