How to throw the perfect BBQ for dad this Father’s Day

Father's Day BBQ with Delysia Chocolatier

Not sure what to get dad this Father’s Day?

About half of dads out there say the best gift is time spent with family.

Give your dad what he wants this year with a fun family BBQ! Whether you throw it in your own backyard or reserve space at your neighborhood park, here are eight tips to make your Father’s Day BBQ the best one yet.

1. Make dad the guest of honor.

Rule number one for Father’s Day? Your dad should enjoy it. That means you, mom, and your siblings should handle everything so all he has to do is show up.

Better yet, give dad an easy out when he needs a break. String up a hammock or just let dad know to give you a head nod before heading inside for a nap and you’ll cover him!

2. Leave the grilling to the grill-master.

Make sure the grill is cleaned and the charcoal is ready. Get dad his tools for the grill (paper towels, spatula, and tongs). Bonus points if one of you acts as the sous chef and has everything prepared so dad can just grill, sizzle, and season to his heart’s content.

Let dad cook do the meat. The rest of you can bring a side dish. Delysia Chocolatier can provide the dessert.

Browse our chocolate truffle collections and our special Father’s Day BBQ recipe.

3. Laugh at all his dad jokes.

This one is easy. Dad doesn’t have to know if you’re laughing with him or at him.

4. Play his favorite music.

Make a playlist of his favorite songs and don’t tease dad about his penchant for 80s hair metal. Okay, maybe you can tease him a little.

When in doubt, some songs from his high school and college days should do the trick.

5. Set the mood.

Blow up a few balloons in his favorite colors, or decorate the serving tables with framed pictures of you together. Set up some patio furniture and picnic blankets for people to chill and chat. When the sun goes down, turn on the twinkle lights and light a few citronella candles.

6. Have some good ol’ family fun.

Play some games that will remind him of when you were young, whether that’s a classic board game, checkers, or chess. If you have a pool, bust out a game of Marco Polo. Throw a ball around. Set up some party favorites like corn hole, bocce ball, or badminton.

7. Make it a day to remember.

Walk around with an iPhone or a video camera and record people’s Father’s Day wishes for your dad. Or go old-school with a Polaroid camera. Have a Sharpie on hand so people can leave a message for dad.

8. Don’t forget a gift.

People may be more likely to buy gifts for Mother’s Day than Father’s Day, but that doesn’t mean dads are okay with that. Personalize a heartfelt greeting card and get your dad a gift. Classic options like a new gadget, a gift card to his favorite store, or one of Delysia’s chocolates for men should fit the bill.

Happy Father’s Day, everyone!

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.