Celebrate his special day with a classic Father’s Day picnic in the park, at the beach, in the mountains … or even in your own backyard brought to you by Evite and Poppy & Blush in partnership with Aladdin. We put together this retro theme with old-school touches that will remind Dad of his own childhood. Even better, it’s surprisingly easy to put together.
Set the stage for a classic family celebration, courtesy of a vintage-look radio, a Mason jar-style drink dispenser, glass-bottled sodas, and old-fashioned board games. Add a pile of pillows to create a comfy seat for the guest of honor.
Plan a spread that would have looked as picture-perfect in the 1950s as it does today with old-school details, including wooden crates and a throwback radio. A retro drink dispenser (ours is from Aladdin’s new Mason collection) and chips in individual striped bags make ordinary snacks and beverages seem special.
The combination of classic red-and-white-checkered linensand cool shades of blue evoke a cool retro vibe. Ice cold lemonade is a definite picnic must-have.
Elevate sub-shop sandwiches by wrapping them with pieces of butcher paper (parchment or wax paper would also work) and tying with baker’s twine. Accompany a selection of subs with fruit salad, chips, and store-bought sweets for a simple yet appealing lunch.
Offer classic childhood treats for a dessert that will delight dads and kids alike. Bakery cupcakes designed to look like throwback treats look even better displayed on a cake plate.
Add a kitschy touch with a mix of cutlery with red- and blue-patterned handles that extends both the color scheme and the retro theme. Embellish cream-filled snack cakes from a box with berries for added brightness.
Take Dad back by playing a few favorite board games he loved in his youth.
Put a six-pack of sodas on ice in a retro-style cooler for drinks that double as a decor element.
Assemble a colorful fruit salad that coordinates perfectly with sandwiches. Set them out on a tray lined with red-and-white paper that picks up the pattern from the picnic blanket underneath.
Amy Suter, Katie Paine, Jamie McLaughlin, and Gabby Bray are the girls of Poppy & Blush, an event and wedding design company based in the Los Angeles area. Poppy & Blush is passionate about creative design, vintage finds, handmade details and throwing memorable parties. Its style is soft and feminine, with a touch of the whimsical and unexpected. The Poppy & Blush girls are all skilled artisans, each with their own unique talents, brought together to make one cohesive team.
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