Whether it’s celebrating dad on Father’s Day or honoring your high school graduate once school’s out for summer—things are getting festive around here. And even if you’re at home with family, there are plenty of ways to make your next celebration one to remember.
One thing that never fails at making a guest of honor feel special is decorations. Letter balloons are always a win, and they make for Instagrammable moments—whether it spells out DAD, GRAD or CONGRATS. Decking out your dining room table with your grad’s alma mater’s colors or a golf theme for dad is a great way to make your at-home celebration feel anything but ordinary.
To personalize your decorations, take the time to put together a photo wreath or board with story-sparking memories. Maybe it’s snapshots from prom or the senior night soccer game for your grad or pictures from family camping trips for dad. If you want to let more people in on the fun, have extended family and close friends send their favorite pictures and create a slideshow to watch.
What’s your guest of honor’s favorite meal? Or dessert? There’s nothing that will make them feel more loved and celebrated on their special day than a homemade dish with their favorite flavors in play. And if they love to cook or bake, spending some time in the kitchen or at the grill with them could be all they need to create a cherished memory.
And every celebration needs some fun activities to keep the smiles going. To get everyone up and moving, host a lawn game tournament with cornhole, ladder ball, ring toss and whatever your other favorites may be. You can even add a themed game to tie into your occasion—like pin the tie on dad or pin the tassel on the graduation cap.
Even if you’re celebrating your big moments at home, there are still so many ways you can make your special day one for the books. As long as your guest of honor is at heart—whatever you plan is bound to be the perfect occasion. Happy Father’s Day to our dads. And congratulations to our grads!