Monday, June 6, 2011

Father's Day {Inspirations}

I count my girls & myself lucky that we have such an awesome man in our lives. My husband is the kind of dad who is always ready to play...even if it means getting his hair "did" by his daughters, playing princesses or anything else the girls come up with. He's an enthusiastic sport not matter what.

He can always be counted on to prepare their meals, do their hair, and even take care of the laundry now and then (and did I mention he always cleans our bathroom...a job I detest?). He's never the guy who "babysits" his kids...he is truly a hands-on parent. In other words, he really is a "Super Dad" (and husband)!

Father's Day is only a few weeks away, so I thought I 'd share some of the great ideas I've been seeing out there. Our family likes to keep things simple when it comes to gift giving. Gifts from the heart are always our gifts of choice. While I'm sure he wouldn't balk if we were able to get him something "electronic-y" like a cool new phone or a state-of-the-art stereo system, our simple gifts from love always put a smile on his face and in his heart.

Luckily the blogosphere is full of so many great & inexpensive ideas to make Dad feel special. Many gifts that the children can help out with which always makes the day even more fun. Here are some of my favorites. Oh and if my wonderful husband happens to be reading this should probably stop right here so as not to spoil the surprise :)

I love love this cute "All About My Dad" idea from Yesterday on Tuesday. How fun to capture the adorable things your kids say and then frame them with a photo. I can't wait to hear how mine answer these questions and I see it becoming a tradition that we can do every year! You can find the free printable here. And I love how adorable it looks in the frame with the bunting too.

Nothing but country has a number of cute ideas for homemade gifts for dad.

How sweet is this?

or this one?

You can find the free printables and instructions for these ideas and more on their Father's Day Ideas page.

I love this cute shirt & tie cupcake toppers from Haniela's Food & Photography.  You can find the t-shirt cupcake topper tutorial here

This next idea is not specifically for Father's Day, but it's one I am using for that purpose. It's a really cool cake idea from Sweetapolita. I have a complete cake crush on her and pretty much love everything she comes up with. If I lived in Canada, I would totally find a way to be her best friend so I could taste test all her cake creations for her :) But I digress...

It's a cake covered in white fondant and then drawn on with edible markers! My oldest daughter is counting down the days when she gets to draw on a cake for daddy. I think this is such a fun idea for the kids and I can't wait to make this cool cake. You can read her post all about The Rainbow Doodle Birthday Cake. And be sure to check out her other gorgeous creations!

If you are not up for making a cake or are pressed for time, there are so many cute & free printables available to dress up a store bought cake or cupcakes. Check out these fun ideas & click on the blog name to download the printable...

From Oopsey Daisy

From Catch My Party...

Another from Catch My Party...

Shindig Parties TO GO is offering this free printable collection. How cute & fun is this?


Of course if the man in your life is of the Super Man variety, than this collection from Living Locurto would be perfect!

Of course a framed print of Daddy's favorite kids would be a great gift as well. Here's a couple creative ideas.

Featured on Paperie Boutique...

And I love this from A Few of My Favorite Things... They also have a few more cute photo/art work ideas so be sure to check them out!

I hope you find some inspiration in some of these great ideas. And I hope all the awesome Dads out there feel the love from the people whose lives wouldn't be the same without them!

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