How to Throw the Best Father’s Day Barbecue Ever

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Father’s Day is fast approaching and your dad might be the type to enjoy a nice barbecue. But organising your outdoor space to be worthy of a Father’s Day Barbecue can be hard if you don’t know where to start.

Featured image from Ella Claire.

The food

Plastic snack sticks

Snack Sticks

First thing’s first, you’ll need to do a bit of prep to get the food ready. The amount of work you put into this will vary from dad to dad.

Some dads may prefer to prep the meat themselves, using their own marinades and salts. Others might have no idea that there were multiple types of salt!

If your dad is the former, then just make sure you’ve got all his ingredients ready for him on the big day by planning your big shopping trip well in advance.  Of course, it’s always nice to offer to help out with the cooking too, to give Dad a day off if he desires.

If your dad leans towards the other end of the spectrum, you may have more to do at this point. Don’t overexert yourself, but putting in the effort to attempt a fancy meat and marinade is sure to make Dad smile when it’s lunchtime. Even if it doesn’t turn out perfectly he’ll definitely appreciate the effort.

The drinks

Beverage dispenser with infuser, available from

Refresh Beverage Dispenser with infuser.

While doing all the food prep, it can be easy to forget that Dad might want to have a drink too. Make sure the fridge is fully stocked with his favourite beverages. This could mean his favourite beer or wine or even a home-made smoothie if he’s the healthy type.

Of course, if you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the food—not to mention organising the little ones running about—then  there’s nothing wrong with simply grabbing his favourite soda and leaving it in the fridge.

But if your dad’s got a taste for something a little sweeter, and if you have the time, making him a fancy mocktail or cocktail will really go above and beyond to show Dad that he’s appreciated. Things like a home-made lemonade or iced tea are something Dad and all the guests can enjoy.

Make some room

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Paradise Outdoor Sofa.

Sometimes the great outdoors doesn’t feel so great if there’s a lot of heavy furniture all clumped together. It’s important to make sure there’s room to move about.

A simple and easy arrangement to keep everyone happy is a horseshoe shape, with the barbecue at the end of one of the corners. This will help to make moving about all day easier, as well as giving the cook plenty of room. If you have an outdoor seating and table arrangement, keeping at least one and a half meters between the table and the barbecue will give the chef enough room to cook in comfort.

Give everyone somewhere to sit

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Several pillows and artwork from Urban Road.

If you’re hosting a large even it can be hard to make sure there’s room for everyone. You don’t want to clutter the main area with too many chairs, but you can’t expect people to sit on the bare grass, either.

A convenient compromise to this is to grab some outdoor and weather-proof cushions. Place these around the backyard and encourage your younger guests to use them as seating. A large blanket will do the trick to as it will encourage a picnic-like environment to keep your guests comfortable and happy

These cushions and blankets will also make a great spot for anyone looking to relax a bit after eating too much (you know someone is going to do that) or for any furry friends attending the barbecue.

Keep the tunes coming

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Vulcan Fire Pit.

This might be a hard one, but it is Father’s Day, which means Dad’s music all day. Get ready for plenty of The Who, The Police, Queen, and of course, the classic Hotel California.

There is a way to keep everyone happy though. Before the day starts, create a playlist full of Dad’s favourite bands, but hand-pick your favourite songs from these artists. This means even if you’re not listening to your own music, you’re listening to music you all enjoy.

Added bonus: tell Dad you did this. He’ll be stoked to learn that you have a favourite Jimmy Barnes song.

Don’t get sunburnt

St Lucia 7-piece Outdoor Dining Set, available from at

St Lucia 7-piece Outdoor Dining Set.

This is always important when hosting an outdoor event.  A large sun umbrella is a good shady option if you have space for one.

If this isn’t possible in your outdoor arrangement, then make sure to always remember sunscreen. Even consider eating indoors after cooking is done to prevent sun damage. Nothing ruins a great Father’s Day like sore red skin.

Bring on the games

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Garden Rounders Set.

There’s more to a Father’s Day barbecue than just the food. If you have a large garden, bring out the lawn games for some fun. Things like bocce balls, lawn bowling, giant scrabble (if your dad is a wordsmith), and of course backyard cricket will make for a great afternoon in the waning sun.

Let him relax

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Wooden Arc Hammock.

After all that, your dad might need to sit down and digest all that food for a while. Let him watch the football or sit outside in the shade for a little Dad-time. If you have a hammock, this is a great opportunity to use it.

A full belly, a light breeze, and some shade will always make Dad happy.

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking cakes, playing video games, or binging whatever's new on Netflix.