After all the work going into breakfasts-in-bed, hand-made cards and macaroni necklaces for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day can seem a bit of an afterthought. But Dads deserve celebration, too! So for all the papas out there helping with homework, throwing the ball around, whipping up dinner and clapping louder than anyone at the fête de l’école, here are some ideas from INSPIRELLE readers on how to make the day special.
Gift a Gadget
My Dad always has his head in the clouds. He’s constantly looking for his keys or his phone – it’s one those little faults that make us laugh, but it can also be very annoying. That’s why we decided to give him the Voilà! tracker this year. This little revolutionary object, created by three French brothers and designed by Philippe Starck, is a Bluetooth captor that attaches to your key ring, phone or any object that tends to go missing. To localize the object, just press a button on the app and Voilà! starts ringing. The tracker is waterproof and comes in four different colors: yellow, purple, orange and pink. The idea is original and fun but also saves our family hours of searching for Dad’s keys under every cushion.
– Paloma Zocchetti, 20 years old
Take a BBQ break
For a peaceful Father’s day break away from the hustle and bustle of the city, we’re bringing our papa to A la Folie Paris. This relaxing open-air restaurant in La Villette serves a huge family-style barbecue, plus fresh sandwiches and salads. They also offer the use of pétanque balls for free so the whole family can play together. We’ll spend the day outdoors in the shade of the trees or tan on the deckchairs, then take a leisurely stroll along the Bassin de la Villette before sharing dessert on the grass. Some Sundays, the restaurant features music with a DJ to add to the festive atmosphere. It’s a great way for all of us to recharge our batteries as a family.
– Clara Bauer-Babef, 20 years old
A typical Father’s Day in our house begins with my dad’s ideal breakfast (French toast or pancakes, freshly squeezed OJ, and some crispy bacon). He doesn’t sleep in very often, so brunch quickly becomes a race against time. Weekends are usually tennis days for him. Normally, we’d protest and make him feel guilty for leaving us, but on Father’s Day we all hit the courts together – nothing makes my father happier than seeing us serve and volley as a family (the city of Paris WEBSITE is a good resource for finding courts around the city). At a certain point during the day, a large bouquet of flowers is dropped off at the door. It’s myth that men don’t like flowers. My father loves the colors, the smells, the flowers themselves. He basks in their beauty and enjoys every minute of this day.
– Tessa Powell, 20 years old
An evening at the Opéra
My father loves music, so a CD or, better still, a vinyl record, usually makes him happy. But this year we wanted to do something a little extra so we got him tickets to the opera. The Paris Opéra even offers two special packages just for Father’s Day, which include tickets to either an opera (Verdi’s Rigolleto, based on a Victor Hugo play) or a dance performance (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Drumming Live, with music by minimalist composer Steve Reich, one of my dad’s favorites.) Included in the gift set are coupons for 2 glasses of champagne, two macarons from the Maison Pradier, and two tickets to tour the beautiful Palais Garnier theater. You can reserve directly on the WEBSITE and print the tickets and coupons at home.
– Julia Brahy, 16 years old