From Beers to Backyard Game Night, Make Dad Smile This Father’s Day

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger Father’s Day at Home

Father’s Day may look a little different this year. While you may not be able to shop for the perfect gift or take Dad to see his favorite team play, with a little innovation, you can still make him feel special. Mark your calendars, Father’s Day is June 21 this year. Here’s eight out-of-the-box ways to celebrate the world’s greatest dads.


1 | Play Bartender Father’s Day at Home

Give Dad something to sip on this Father’s Day with an at-home delivery of ice-cold crowlers from Newport Beach’s only craft brewery, Helmsman Ale House. This independently owned and operated craft beer microbrewery has a 15-barrel exhibition brewhouse and a full service, family-friendly restaurant that serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. If you feel comfortable enough, take Dad to their flagship location and enjoy a round on their heated patio.

If your dad resides on the boujee side, put your bartending skills to the test with this classic old fashioned recipe from Glenfiddich.

What You’ll Need:

 – 1 teaspoon simple syrup
 – A dash of Angostura Bitters
 – 2 oz bourbon whiskey or Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

How to Make it:

 – Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass over ice and stir well
 – Strain over large cube of ice into an old fashioned glass
 – Zest the oils of two large pieces of orange peel into glass
 – Add 1 peel to glass as a garnish


2 | Backyard Game Night Father’s Day at Home

Most dads have a competitive streak—though they may not always show it. And since professional sports have come to a screeching halt over the past few months, there is no better time than now for a little backyard competition! Gather your family and set up a tournament of lawn games like cornhole, Spikeball or Giant Jenga. If you’re feelin’ extra crafty, check out these DIY cornhole instructions for how to build your own boards—talk about the perfect Father’s Day gift!


3 | Give a Thoughtful Card Father’s Day at Home

Nothing says “You’re the best” like a thoughtfully signed card. Hi Sweetheart Gift Boutique in La Jolla and Where’s the Party? in Costa Mesa have an assortment of nifty stationary items that are sure to make pops smile. Pick out your favorite design online and have it shipped directly to you or opt for curbside pickup. 


4 | Fire up the Grill

Ranch 45 in Solana Beach has an on-site butcher shop with a wide selection of high-quality meats, perfect for any at-home Father’s Day dinner. Ranch 45 exclusively sells Brandt Beef products—a family-owned farm that maintains a “farm-to-fork” philosophy. So whether you choose to barbeque a ribeye or hot dogs, you’ll know your selection was raised humanely and naturally without hormones and antibiotics.

Not a grill master? Mozambique in Laguna Beach and Five Crowns in Corona del Mar offer prepared steaks and seafood to-go. Just call in or place your order online and voilà—a delicious dinner for Dad to enjoy.


5 | Hit the Green

Due to COVID-19, the courses have been closed, which probably means Dad’s golf game needs some work. Plan a trip to Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa in Carlsbad or SilverRock Resort in La Quinta for a day on the green. A little tee time is sure to make Dad a happy camper. Beer and cigars not included. 

6 | Make a Coupon Book

With most shops still closed, it’s time to get crafty. Show Dad some love by making him a booklet full of redeemable coupons.

What You’ll Need:


Coupon Ideas to Get You Started:

-Breakfast in Bed
-Chore of Your Choice
-One Free Car Wash
-Movie Night of Your Choosing


7 | Plan an Outdoor Movie Night

Grab a blanket and make the evening memorable with a movie under the stars. Best Buy and Amazon have an assortment of outdoor projectors and screens that are perfect for backyard viewing. Want to level up your cinema night? Add a popcorn bar to the mix with candy treats, marshmallows and other fun mix-ins!


8 | Dine Al Fresco Father’s Day at Home

If you haven’t heard the exciting news, restaurants in Southern California are reopening for dine-in service with health and safety precautions in place. Celebrate by taking Dad out for a drink and a yummy dinner on his favorite restaurant’s outdoor patio. Need some ideas? Park 101, Zinc Cafe, Las Casuelas, Skyloft and Descanso are all great options in SoCal for al fresco dining.

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