Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Father's Day: It's all about the little things

This Sunday marks the one day of the year we dedicate to saying “thank you” to the most important men in our lives; our father’s. We’re thinking of doing things a little different this year too; with breakfast in bed (pancakes made by Milly) and long afternoon walks top of the list. After all, it’s the little things that count so here are some of our ideas to make Father’s Day all the more memorable.

Clean the car

Get out the bucket and soap, take to the sunshine and give Pa’s pride and joy a good old scrub. Just wait ‘till you see his huge smile reflecting in the squeaky clean finish!

Entertain a sports fan

Whether he’s a footie follower or loves lawn bowls, pick up some tickets or take to the outdoors for a game or two.

An afternoon stroll (plus refreshment!)

Amble up Primrose Hill to take in one of London’s prettiest views (this is what we'll be doing, picnic in arm) or if you’re keen to set out on longer toddle, try Time Out’s recommended walk from Parliament Hill to Primrose Hill that takes in plenty of refreshment stops too. Perhaps drop into the Bull and Last on Highgate Road for a quick drink or one of their legendary Ferrero Rocher ice creams to start your journey. Once on the other side of the heath, a quick stop off at The Hill to wet the whistle before ending your journey at The Queens.

Breakfast in bed

Get the kids involved and whip up Dad’s favourite fry-up then serve it in bed complete with a family-signed card, freshly-brewed tea and chocolates. And what breakfast in bed would be complete with out pancakes - whether smothered in bacon and maple syrup or sprinkled with sugar and lemon.

Here's a quick recipe for you:

4 oz Plain Flour

a pinch of salt

2 Large Eggs

9 fl oz milk

2 tablespoons melted butter (and a little extra for cooking them)

Sift flour and salt in a large mixing bowl, make a well in the centre and break the eggs into it. Start whisking the eggs into the flour, then gradually add the milk until it's well combined. When you're ready to cook the pancakes add the melted butter and stir in. Melt a small amount of butter in a frying pan over a medium heat then add enough batter cover the bottom of the pan (about 2 tablespoons) when all the bubbles on the surface have popped it's ready to flip. About a minute later it will be ready. Repeat until mixture is all used up.

Movie night

Pop-up some popcorn, download (or rent!) a few of Pa’s favourite flicks and take to the couch for some quality time together.

And of course what father's day would be complete without a gift. Here are a few ideas for you...

Kathleen Hill's Vintage Decanters are the perfect gift for a whisky lover. £82

Keep your father's papers organised with one of Rory Dobner's Precious Paperweights. £52

A great decoration for your father's wall with a limited edition print by Rory Dobner, £80

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