Sorry Dads. From here on out, every Father’s Day will be celebrated with balloons. Your “Pop” will love it. Get it? I don’t love when balloons pop but in this instance, I’m embracing it. There is no better way to jazz up a gift for Dad than with this super simple Father’s Day craft idea. The prep is easy and the kids can totally have a hand in making a super special moment for Dad.
Can you believe Father’s Day is right around the corner?! Since we’ve had children, we’ve learned that on special days, the morning is usually ours to celebrate any way we want to while later in the day we’ll celebrate with the extended family. One of our favorite family traditions is having ice cream for breakfast on the kid’s birthdays so this time we decided to do an early Father’s Day with a Cold Stone Ice Cream Cake. YOLO!
For me, any time is dessert time so this doesn’t seem out-of-place to me at all. I knew we would need a little bit more than just ice cream cake for breakfast so I decided to pair it with some fresh fruit and thick, fluffy, Belgian waffles (frozen of course, on account of because of how lazy I am). Dads don’t care about decorations so I made sure to keep things fairly masculine. And how great is that cake cutter shaped like a saw!?! Call me crazy but frozen Belgian waffles taste pretty darn close to home-made waffles and are such a time saver. They also make the perfect base for a nice big slice of ice cream cake. This ice cream cake from Cold Stone, called Tall, Dark & Delicious is the perfect cake for my family. It’s layers of Devil’s Food cake, sweet cream ice cream with brownies, and chocolate ice cream with Oreos covered in white frosting and cascading chocolate ganache. Of course this cake would be perfect for Father’s Day celebrating any time of the day. And Cold Stone makes it super easy to order one with their online ordering system at www.ColdStoneCakes.com! You can order a small or large Tall, Dark & Handsome from their “Signature Cakes” section and pick it up in the store. Most cakes are ready within 24 hours but if you need it faster you can call the store and see if they can accommodate you. Father’s Day is June 21st! Be sure to plan accordingly! You guys, when the ice cream starts to melt on your waffle and the chocolate and the strawberries start to mingle…it’s the best ever! This is a great memory for the kids and dad to share. The kids told pretty much the entire neighborhood what we had for breakfast but they always remembered to talk about how it was because of Father’s Day. Look for little ways to make things special. We reserve these types of breakfasts for extra special occasions. Just think of the ice cream as replacing whipped cream…
We used to get ice cream cakes all the time growing up. With my oldest’s sons allergies, I’ve never gotten one for my kids before. When I spoke with my Cold Stone shop about their allergy procedure I felt really good about it and was so excited to know that my oldest could eat this cake right along with us. They use special equipment and seem really knowledgable and happy to provide that extra attention. It made my mom heart happy. And who doesn’t love a little chocolate ganache along with their morning coffee?How handsome are these guys? That right there is the best dad ever with the best sons anyone can have. My husband is a super hard worker who always stops what he is doing to put the kids first. I am so grateful he is their dad and is helping me raise good little humans who will some day be rad dads too.I’m a lucky lady.
* This post was created in partnership with Cold Stone Creamery. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to buy my family ice cream cakes for breakfast. And ice cream when I went to pick up the cake. And maybe some more ice cream next week because ice cream is awesome.
Father’s Day is fast approaching! We don’t get crazy with gifts in our family for these minor holidays. It is mostly about spending time together and really making Dad feel special. But you know I love a good gift so I though I would share some Father’s Day gift ideas with you. I never venture in to the men’s sock department because, why? But I saw this set by Pair of Thieves and thought they would be the perfect gift for Dad. Matching socks? The cutest. And how many times have you heard “Go ask your mother.” Now all he has to do is point to his socks. Get these at Target!
I bought this Death & Co cocktail book for myself (to research my punch creating) but it is FANTASTIC! This is perfect for your cocktail loving guy. There are classics in here and modern takes. It’s shot really beautifully and feels masculine. You would never have to buy another cocktail book, like, ever.
Sometimes it isn’t about the gift but the thought behind it (remember when my family created a concrete vase post for me for Mother’s Day?). Why not take a liquor that your husband loves and come up with a custom cocktail recipe for him. Gather all the ingredients, give it to him with the recipe card and tell him that you made it based on his beverage preferences. If I were to make something for my husband it would definitely start with Whiskey and Pepsi…
This remote control Nerf Combat Creatures TerraDrone is a game changer. When my son’s friend brought it over for a playdate, I freaked out. It’s AWESOME! I made them give me a turn and promptly texted my husband a photo. Then he asked for a video and we so bummed he wasn’t there to try it. This is the perfect gift for the kid at heart.
Need even more ideas? See below! You know that I like to keep price points reasonable, especially for Father’s Day, but I had to include the Melin hat because it is perfect for the fashionable dad or guy who has everything. And the Alexander Wang white t-shirt is my husband’s absolute favorite so I thought I would include it for the guy who likes the finer things. And if you want to give your guy something practical, Harry’s has some great shave kits!
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Do this. For real. Make a beer float. They are kind of amazing. And this one, with banana bread beer(!) is super yummy. I was thinking these would be fantastic for Father’s Day celebrating. Or a man’s birthday. Or Saturday. And of course they aren’t just for men. We did an ice cream float bar for my son’s birthday party but could you imagine how fun it would be to adult it up and do one with all kinds of beer and liquor?! My local supermarket has been carrying craft beers for the last year or so, so I didn’t even have to go anywhere fancy to track one down. I also picked up a chocolate stout version which I used to make brownies and stout flavored whipped cream…you should definitely look for that one too. Clearly it would be a great choice for an adult float. There really isn’t a recipe for a beer float. You add as many scoops of ice cream as you see fit (I chose vanilla since it’s classic and with the taste of the beer being not as sweet it was a safe choice) then pour the beer on top of that. Drink up.It’s dessert and adult beverage all in one! I love a good multi-tasking cocktail (remember these gin floats?). I don’t see why you wouldn’t have one of these on a balmy summer night. Have you ever tried a beer float before? And I know I said a dark beer would work best but I think a lighter beer, with notes of orange, would be pretty tasty too. Just like a regular float, the beer foams up when you top it with ice cream. Plan accordingly. When I worked in a restaurant that made root beer floats, we were supposed to place a spoon in the glass and pour the soda down the back of the spoon to keep it from foaming up so much. Hot tip. I didn’t try that here but it might work!
Please drink responsibly, and by that I mean make sure the kids know this is not a root beer float. And don’t drink and drive. And don’t drunk text.
This old school skateboarding inspried Father’s Day inspiration shoot is based on my husband and his love of the sport and his penchant for saying, “Let’s do this thing” to my boys when they ask him to do something. When Amy of Amy’s Kitchen Table (recently redone as Southern Belly Kitchen) and I decided to work together on a post, me doing decor and she doing food, I was super excited. I haven’t gotten to do any fun projects with her since Easter. A year ago. I came up with the idea for the look of Father’s Day for my family and asked Katherine of The Side Stuff to help with the graphic design. I took her design and changed it up a bit to make more decor. I bet the party would have been even better if Katherine would have been able to work with me on the whole thing but she’s about to have a baby any minute and I didn’t want to bog her down. If you haven’ checked out her site, GO (My fave party is her Monster Happy Hour! for moms and kids)! The ideas and decor for this is solely based on my family. I’ve got two little boys and they love to have “boys club” with dad. So I decided that Father’s Day would consist of lots of activities and, of course, if Amy is involved, delicious food.
I didn’t intend to use neon when I first thought of the idea (it’s soooooo 5 minutes ago, said with big eye roll for dramatic effect, but not by me) but I found the Todd Oldham paper tape set at Target and knew it had to be part of this. Because I still love neon. I don’t know when I’ll be over it and that is ok. If you are over it feel free to use something less offensive. I added lightning bolts to make it a little more fun. I can’t tell you why I think lightning bolts are fun, I just do.
And then it’s time for dinner. Amy came up with a delicious menu and guess what? I got to eat this for lunch after we took pictures. Bangin! Coffee rubbed steaks with homemade steak sauce and homemade potato chips. Hop on over to her page for all of her recipes! You HAVE TO check out her blog if you haven’t already. She’s the most insane cook I know. She has that ease and common sense and creativity in the kitchen that I, and most people, lack. I love to watch her cook! And I love eating what she’s cooked even more!
My kids are obsessed with snow cones right now. So I decided for the “chillax” portion of the day we would serve snowcones that the adults and kids could both enjoy. My husband and I have been exploring whiskey sours lately so I found a recipe that was a bit fruitier than usual and used that in place of the standard snow cone syrup.
Serves AT LEAST four adult snowcones with some left over:
1 cup Orange Juice (fresh squeezed is best!)
5 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 cup whiskey (if making this kid friendly, use ginger ale. Leave out the whiskey, duh)
1 tsp agave
2 tsp maraschino cherry juice
Pour over shaved (of crushed ice)
Garnish with a cherry
What could be better than drinking a whiskey sour snow cone while playing a game of dominos? The kid friendly version of the snow cone is shown with the little green picks. The ginger ale keeps the color similar to the adult version and is sweet enough that the kids really enjoy it.
Ain’t nothing more chillaxing than a red cup filled with the leftover whiskey sour after an afternoon of activities. Your Father’s Day might look a little different than ours especially if you have little girls. But I am sure dad would be just fine with having his hair brushed for a minute. But he might draw the line at makeup.
BIG thank you to Katherine for creating the main graphic for the shoot and Amy for wanting to play with me. Seriously, go check out her site and tell me what recipe sounds delicious to you. My answer, all of them.
Happy Father’s Day!
Find the recipes here!