13 Father's Day Entertaining Essentials
Dad is happiest when he's out back at the grill, flipping burgers and roasting corn-on-the-cob, stoking the coals for that summer fire. But Father's Day is a time for him to kick back, relax, and enjoy the feast as your guest of honor. If you're hosting the family-including Dad-this year, there will be plenty of opportunities to
cook, decorate, and craft your way to a happy memory. Start the day with one of his favorite leisurely activities-a ball game, a workshop, an antique car show-read him a card with sentimental quotes, present him a thoughtful gift, then return home for a feast lovingly prepared just for him.
Once guests sit down at the table, ensure that everyone is outfitted with everything they need: cloth napkins (in a summery shibori print), heirloom whiskey glasses (and the decanter to match), melamine plates in a terrazzo style that's fully on trend, and a chip-and-dip bowl that'll even impress the gourmand man himself. Your dad will definitely appreciate the attention to detail at every place setting, from the vintage-inspired utensils to the geometric drink stones crafted that clink-clink in the glass upon every celebratory toast. As for the menu? Offer a feast of grilled meats and vegetables (think turkey burgers and grilled corn with bacon), or hearty fare for brunch (think sardou-style eggs, bourbon-glazed smoked pork chops, and Creole coffee punch).
To shine as the host this year, shop our editors' picks for Father's Day entertaining essentials. (After all, you learned from the best.)
Is it even Father's Day without a new grill set? This four-piece portable one contains the essentials-a spatula, grill tongs, and a basting brush-in a rollaway canvas carrying kit, perfect for cooks who love bring their grill skills on the road.
Jean Dubost Oak Four-Piece BBQ Set, $110, kaufmann-mercantile.com.
This smooth ceramic tray is perfect for carrying out cocktails to the patio or serving pre-party appetizers. Woven rattan handles add an outdoorsy accent while its rich blue hue make it a timeless centerpiece.
Serena & Lily Spinnaker Tray, in Navy, $128, serenaandlily.com.
This tool may be tiny, but its heavy-duty uncorking abilities make it a perfect (and quirky) addition to any bar cart.
Kikkerland Lightwoof Fish Corkscrew, $15, kikkerland.com
Each handblown glass decanter features a walnut stand and precision-fitted stopper to preserve your spirit of choice.
Simon Pearce Ludlow Whiskey Decanter, $250, simonpearce.com.
Stainless Steel Ice Cubes
Bid farewell to diluted drinks forever with this classy set of stainless steel, food-safe ice cubes. Simply store them in the freezer, and break out when ready to pour your favorite party beverage.
Areaware Shapes Drink Rocks, $35, shopbop.com.
Dinnertime is more special when you're using a classic bistro-inspired flatware set. Made in France, the set features colored resin handles with an antique metal finish and includes your standard dinner and salad forks, dinner knife, and soup and tea spoons.
March Vintage Bistrot Buffalo Flatware Set, $90, marchsf.com.
Ideal for picnics and casual outdoor dining, this shatterproof melamine dinner plate is topped with a print meant to resemble terrazzo ceramics.
Terrain Terrazzo Melamine Dinner Plate, $22, shopterrain.com.
Moscow Mule Mugs
This handsome pair of mugs feature curved handles and smooth rims in polished stainless steel that's ideal for serving chilled beverages.
Martha Stewart Collection Moscow Mule Mugs, $42, macys.com.
Chip and Dip Bowl
This an entertaining must-have with a generously sized main bowl, great for piling high with tortillas or pita chips. Crafted of solid alloy, the dip bowl can be removed for chilling or warming. Serve all your favorite condiments, dips, or toppings in this hand-woven artisan caddy with individual baskets and ceramic inserts.
Nambé Harmony Chip & Dip, $99, nambe.com.
How else is he supposed to slice and serve his favorite goudas? These golden 7" cheese knives feature natural rattan handles for a minimal look and a comfortable grip.
CB2 Block Four-Piece Marble Bar Tool Set, $50, cb2.com.
A personalized cutting board available in walnut or maple wood can make preparing those steaks an even more special experience. The flag-shaped board also doubles as a great display piece.
American Heirloom Monogrammed Herringbone-Pattern Cutting Board, $38, aheirloom.com.