How to Give a Dad an Ultimate Birthday Party

by Nick Mann
Planning ahead should make a dad's birthday party run smoothly.

Planning ahead should make a dad's birthday party run smoothly.

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Most dads work hard to support their families, but sometimes they don't get the credit they deserve. Throwing an ultimate birthday party for a dad is a way to show him he's appreciated on his special day. It will give him time to relax and spend time with the people he cares about. Following five guidelines should make the birthday party a success and one he is sure to remember.

Items you will need

  • Gifts
  • Refreshments
  • Party decorations
  • Party serving goods
Step 1

Select a party theme based on his interests and what types of activities he enjoys, such as a sports party featuring memorabilia from his favorite team or a retro party featuring popular culture from when he was younger. If the dad is celebrating a new decade by turning 40, 50 or 60, you can throw a milestone-themed party with decorations displaying his new age. Some dads might even prefer a small, laid-back birthday party; just make sure he will feel comfortable and the party should be a success.

Step 2

Choose some gifts he is guaranteed to like. It's usually best to start looking for these at least two or three weeks prior to the actual party. Keep in mind his hobbies, favorite sports teams and main interests; possibilities include tools, sports gear, new clothes, gadgets and gift cards.

Step 3

Make a guest list of people to invite to his birthday party, including all friends, family members, co-workers and anyone else he wants there. Contact each person with an invitation at least a week prior to the event. Keep the number of guests in mind if you need to reserve a party space; the more guests you have, the more space you'll need.

Step 4

Gather some of his favorite foods and drinks for the occasion. A birthday cake is mandatory, but other food ideas include hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and chicken; prepare a menu at least one week ahead of time. If he has a favorite brand of beer, stock up on it.

Step 5

Decorate the party venue according to the theme you've chosen. Add the refreshments and gifts. Welcome your guests and the guest of honor, and treat him like a king on his birthday. Go the extra mile to make sure he has a good time.

About the Author

Nick Mann has been a writer since 2005, focusing on home-and-garden topics. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

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