Watching my husband wrestle and giggle with my two precious boys just makes my heart smile. I couldn’t be more grateful for how he loves our little ones and spends time with them, and even lets J tag along during his work day (since he works for himself) for lots of special daddy-son moments (and a break for mommy, which is always a beautiful thing).
In an effort to show him how special I think he is, I decided to give my husband the gift of some of his favorite treats. I also wanted to make the whole thing fun for the family. The idea popped into my head (yep, pun intended) when I saw on Pinterest a link (thank you, Rockabye Butterfly!) to an idea about young children giving balloons to their father: Pop would pop the balloons to reveal the little messages inside. So I thought a whole theme based on the word Pop would be fun (really, just saying the word pop is fun, so you can’t go wrong).
J helped me think of little messages to write for his dad (such as, “We love our Daddy!” and “Thank you for playing with us.”). I rolled them up, stuffed them into balloons, and inflated the balloons (watching this process is awesome entertainment if you’re 4). Then it was easy to thread simple but surprisingly strong sewing thread through each one (another great idea found all over Pinterest) and hang them up with a sign, “Pop the balloons.” They had fun popping them together throughout the day (and there are even a few left for tomorrow—it never hurts to spread out the fun).
I also made a simple banner (printed it using my computer onto kraft cardstock and glued it to red cardstock), and bought some breakfast treats my husband enjoys that aligned with the theme. We had Poptarts and Kellogg’s Corn Pops (actually, I guessed that he liked them, and fortunately he did—really extra fortunately since I had a tiny panic moment when I discovered I somehow accidentally purchased two boxes). We also had doughnut holes (which became doughnut “pops,” a fun idea from the Purple Pug). And because I felt obligated to have some sort of healthy item at breakfast and not give our children a total sugar high, I hard boiled eggs and served them on sticks and dubbed them egg pops (and, for the record, they also ate fruit). Good to know: Anything on a stick becomes a pop (and automatically becomes fun). I could have gone crazy with this one .
I also put out some soda pop, dessert and candy that we could enjoy the rest of the day. We had lollipops, Oreo cookie pops, Tootsie Pop Drops, Mini Blow Pops, white chocolate popcorn and Pop Rocks (a particularly exciting item for my 4-year-old). And there were Pop-Its for extra fun.
I put up some photos around the house of him and our boys, too. I originally intended to make them fancier with frames, but I guess I have to save something for next year.
The whole thing was super budget-friendly. I used several things I had on hand. I recently threw a birthday party for J and S (post to come soon!), and I was able to use several of the leftover and reusable items since I had also used blue and red at the boys’ bash (get more ideas for saving on party planning by using the same colors over and over again).
We also gave him a basket full of treats called a relaxation kit. In it we stuck some of his favorite candy and snacks, a golf practice net, a coupon for a magazine subscription, a note that he should take a day to golf, a new golf shirt, and a sweet card from J describing some of the things he loves about his daddy.
Happy Father’s Day to a truly a #1 pop!