A Low-Key Father's Day Picnic in the Garden + Homemade Card Activity

As the weather heats up ahead of Father's Day, we're heading outside as a family to celebrate the papa in our life. And we're not venturing far either (you know, new baby and all). Here's the case for keeping things low-key - but still gorgeous - this Father’s Day with a family picnic in your garden.

Willow Swim Fathers Day Picnic in garden Dad and three kids

Now that spring has arrived, we have the perfect reason to have one of the first celebrations of the season outside. 

If you're worried about social distancing (or are busy like me with he arrival of baby number three), the humble picnic is a great option to celebrate Father's Day. There are a few reasons for this but mainly, you don't have to venture far, it's the ideal environment for kids to run around and enjoy themselves and it's nice to focus on the simple pleasures in life right now.

Willow Swim Fathers Day picnic in garden food spread cheese biscuits strawberries

Plus, with the state of the world at the moment, we're so happy to keep it low-key this Sunday. But that doesn't mean you can't still make an occasion of it. That's right. Roll out your most fancy picnic rug (or oversized blanket), get out the posh cheese knives and style a cheese board with all of your favourite yummy treats.

Willow Swim Fathers Day picnic celebration idea with cheese and biscuits

To help you get organised for the day, for the ultimate picnic spread here are a few must-haves you need to include.

The Shopping List:

  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Fruit
  • Olives
  • Fresh sourdough stick
  • Roma tomatoes, basil, mini mozzarella balls and toothpicks (to make tomato basil and mozzarella sticks)

For more great recipe ideas for creating a papa-worthy picnic spread, read our Australia Day article which has lots of yummy things in it: 5 Picnic Perfect Australia Day Recipes

Homemade Father's Day Card Activity Set

For a fun activity to do with the kids ahead of Father's Day, print out these and make the papas in your life a homemade card.

Step 1: This is the main card. If you want, print this out and glue it to folded cardboard. Next, pop some glue along the dotted red lines.

Father's Day card activity

Step 2: Cut out each of the pockets below and pop them on the card. Set aside to dry. Once the pockets are glue on, you can decorate the card and personalise and message.

Father's Day card activity pockets

Step 3: Now you can cut out the tools and pop them in the pockets of the card once it has dried.

Father's Day card activity tools

Happy Father's Day to all of the special men out there in our little ones' lives. Here's just one more snap of my husband, Michael, and the newest addition to our family, our little James. Mick, you are the most beautiful papa to our three babies. Thank you! We all love you very much. xoxo

Willow Swim Fathers Day picnic dad with baby James