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A finished party space with hanging lights, pot plants, and a dining setting loaded with food
Every day is a reason to celebrate our dads - and especially so on Father’s Day. Find out how to set the scene to make this year’s celebration extra special for the whole family.

1. Choose the right table

Picking the right table for the occasion is very important, according to Bunnings magazine Style Editor Tilly Roberts. It should be “big enough to seat your family and guests comfortably, but not so large that you can’t fit it into your space,” she says. You need to leave about a metre of space from the table’s edge so guests can easily move in and out.

Festive outdoor dining table setting

2. Get the seating right

A bench seat can fit more people if space is tight, although chairs can be comfier for lingering over a long lunch. “Add seat pads and cushions to really raise the comfort level,” adds Tilly. And remember not to place seating too close to the edge of the deck.

Woman adjusts a timber outdoor dining chair

3. Place the BBQ in the right spot

Nothing says ‘Father’s Day’ quite like a BBQ lunch or dinner - just make sure the BBQ itself is in the right position; too far away and the chef will miss out on all the action, too close and your guests might be overwhelmed by smoke. “A great tip for cooking meat is to use a smart thermometer,” says Tilly. “That way it’ll give you an alert and you won’t have to be constantly checking on it.”

Jumbuck stainless steel barbecue in a backyard

4. Create mood lighting

If your lunch is set to linger into the early evening, then be ready with some mood lighting. Festoon lights or fairy lights strung up above the table or along a side wall bring an instant sense of occasion to make Dad feel extra special. Battery-operated lights or flameless candles are also a sweet addition to the evening table and can transform a space in an instant. Make sure any lighting used is suitable for outdoor use.

A woman hanging festoon party lights in an outdoor alfresco area

5. Set the table

A beautifully arranged grazing platter can create the perfect centrepiece to your table and is a simple way to start the festivities. “It’s easy to make your own antipasto-style platter using timber with a food-safe finish and a couple of handles,” says Tilly. Share plates encourage conversation and are a lovely way for guests to contribute to the day. A touch of greenery brings freshness to every space, but needn’t be a complex or expensive table arrangement. “You could fill a selection of jam jars with flowers or sprigs of greenery from the garden,” says Tilly.

Barbecued chicken and prawns, salads and an antipasto platter on an outdoor dining table

6. Plan a chill-out zone

Set up a drinks table and a lounge area away from the main table so guests can help themselves and relax as soon as they arrive. That way everyone will be able to toast the guest of honour - Dad! - with ease and you can finish off any last-minute prep at the table or BBQ.

A white market umbrella covers two cushioned outdoor armchairs

Looking for the perfect Father's Day gift?

Take a look at our Father's Day gift guide. We've got plenty of great gift ideas to suit every Dad and every budget.


Photo credit: Grant Smith


We hope everyone can be together this Father’s Day but it’s important to stay safe and follow state government guidelines for social gatherings.


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