What to do for Dad’s Big Day

It is interesting how being a father has changed over the years. There was a time, about two generations ago, when fathers kept their heads down, worked hard and pretty much left anything associated with the family to their wives. Dads kept their feelings to themselves and saw their kids on the weekends. All that changed in the 70’s and 80’s.

Now, a good dad is involved with everything associated with his family. He knows how important it is and how much FUN it is to be a part of the lives of his children and wife. This contemporary dad is still human, but the young fathers we see walking around today are much more attuned to the shared responsibility of child rearing and as a result a holiday such as Father’s Day has much more meaning than it did in the old days.

In honor of Dad’s big day coming up Sunday, June 16th, Gordo’s Cheese Dip has pulled out some stops and put together some ways that you can treat your pop to a great time. All it takes is a little imagination and a ton of Gordo’s.

Color Him Father

The most important thing to remember about Father’s Day is to remember the holiday itself.  If you forget, dad will just pretend he didn’t really care anyway, when, in fact, he does.

Don’t forget the guy who probably put together your first bicycle (using instructions written in Japanese and a pair of pliers) at midnight on Christmas Eve. Or, maybe he’s the guy who helped you catch a frog, train your dog or split a log. He’s your dad and he won’t be around forever. Don’t forget to call or see him Sunday.

As with Mother’s Day, the most important concept for a successful Dad’s Day is that he doesn’t do anything that even remotely resembles work on his special day. Unlike Moms, who feel like they need to do everything, Dads don’t usually have a problem with doing absolutely nothing. If you suggest that he go lie down in the hammock…he’s there. You ask him if he’d like to watch the baseball game with his feet propped up…no problem. “You need another cold one Dad?” “Don’t mind if I do son.” This part of the day should be easy.

Rule #1

Dad gets to eat and drink anything he wants on Father’s Day. It could be grilling outside, Mexican food, crab-crawfish-shrimp boil, down-home country cooking or any other food that he loves, so long as it’s tasty and he doesn’t have to man the grill. Of course, every Father’s Day celebration goes better with Gordo’s Cheese Dip and here are some quick, easy and delicious ideas to enhance your party for the old man.

Rule #2

After he’s had sufficient rest and relaxation, Dad or Granddad might dig some musical entertainment that is produced especially for him.  A mix tape of “Dad Music” can be created for his special day. These songs can serve as the background music for the day’s festivities.

While there are lots of songs about Dad here are the Dad’s Down ‘n Dirty Thirty! We’ve added a few links to YouTube videos of some of these songs. Enjoy.

Daddy Sang Bass – Johnny Cash

My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton

Color Him Father – Winstons

Papa Was A Rolling Stone – Temptations

Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown

Daddy – Beyonce

Come to Poppa – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson

Daddy’s Little Girl – Mills Brothers

Oh My Papa – Eddie Fisher

That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine – Gene Autry

Father & Son – Cat Stevens

My Heart Belongs To Daddy – Mary Martin

Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross

Daddy’s Home – Shep & The Limelights

Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line – Waylon Jennings

Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna

I’m a Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas – Louis Armstrong

Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow – Rivingtons

Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast – Wayne Newton

Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) – Merle Haggard

To Daddy – Emmylou Harris

Daddy Daddy – Ruth Brown

Father of Mine – Everclear

Father’s Eyes – Amy Grant

Father and Daughter – Paul Simon

Oh Daddy – Fleetwood Mac

My Father’s House – Bruce Springsteen

Son of Your Father – Elton John

Like Father Like Son – Lenny Kravitz

Rule #3

Dear old dad gets cool gifts. Aside from a tie (nobody but lawyers and morticians wear ties anymore), almost anything will be well-received by pop.

What would your dad like? The answer to this is found in what he does in his spare time. What are his hobbies? Does his fish, hunt, run, bike, read, play tennis, golf? Something to make this recreation time more fun would be a great Father’s Day gift. Does he love tools? There’s a good reason all of the DIY stores run commercials promoting power tools during the week before Father’s Day. A dad can never have too many tools.

If you want some additional ideas for Father’s Day, check out the “Dad’s Day” board on the Gordo’s Pinterest page. It’s right here.

Hopefully, this will give you some ideas for Father’s Day. If you are lucky enough to still have your dad or granddad around, consider yourself one lucky person.  If you’ve lost your dad, this is a good day to remember all of the fun things he did with you when he was still around.

If you happen to be a dad, you’re golden. Get up late. Read the paper. Laugh at that single guy out there mowing his lawn! Watch a game or two. And wait for your kids and/or grandkids to shower you with love, affection and if you’re lucky some Gordo’s Cheese Dip and a cold one. To every dad…Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Gordo’s!


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