Southern Lady Magazine

An Alfresco Feast for Father’s Day

Treat dearest Dad to an outdoor spread of grilled selections and hearty takes on picnic classics.

By Elizabeth Bonner

This Father’s Day, pay tribute to the man who has filled so many roles through the years—provider, protector, pal, and more. Our dads work hard for us all year long, so use this day to show them just how much we appreciate them and all they do. There’s no better way to spend this special June Sunday than with a time of feasting and fellowship reveling in the early-summer air.

Fire up the grill, and treat dad to a gussied-up backyard barbecue that takes full advantage of the season’s vibrant colors and flavors. Start with our Grilled Vegetable Crudité with Smoky Parmesan Dip, which gives the traditional veggie platter a robust spin sure to please the heartiest of appetites. Soft-boiled eggs, green beans, and fresh pesto are flavorful additions to classic potato salad, and, along with a colorful slaw, they make the perfect complement to marinated skirt steak. Keep the grill going for dessert—a delicious honey-drizzled fruit pizza puts a final sweet touch on this special day.

Set up a lively spread around the grill, capitalizing on fun summer hues in a way that captures the celebratory mood. Aqua table runners and lime-green plates start the scheme that expands with rainbow-colored napkins and mix-and-match bowls to create a kaleidoscopic tablescape. Pull out a few plush pillows, and incorporate potted pillar candles as centerpieces. These additions will ensure the merriment can continue comfortably into the evening as conversation flows freely and memories are both shared and made.

This delectable menu is sure to have the guest of honor going back for seconds, but most of all, the thoughtful fête will show dad just how much he is cherished today and every day.

Grilled Vegetable Crudité with Smoky Parmesan Dip

Pesto Potato Salad with Tomatoes and Haricots Verts

Grilled Rosemary-Garlic Skirt Steaks

Tangy Rainbow Slaw

Grilled Peach and Berry Dessert Pizza