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We all have a father or father figure to celebrate in our life. For me, there’s my dad who taught me how to make jams, my husband who loves playing soccer or Frisbee with my girls, my brother who’s the funniest dad of three kids I’ve ever seen, my friend Olivier who taught his daughter how to build a radio from scratch, my friend Martin who loves to roughhouse with my girls and will teach them to climb Yosemite big walls one day, my other brother who’s not a dad but loves showing his antique clocks to my girls, and a lot of great dads who are not just fun to be around but inspirational. The problem is, how do you say “you’re a great dad” without 1) sounding cliche or cheesy and without 2) giving an impression that well, somebody’s already said that before? Aha, touche.
Recently I took part in an event on Moments and Milestones organized by Hallmark and they had mommy bloggers sit around tables and create texts with writing prompts. I was surprised at how easily ideas came to mind when you thought of a person based on various contexts. Sharing what I learned at that event, here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing and make your Father’s Day card a memorable one.
Personal notes are great and there’s no better way to talk to a person than to describe how they were when you met or how you’ve known them through your relationship. I did this exercise with my husband (as a dad) in mind and tried to be as specific as possible. This is what my note card read:
I knew you when
That was a fun exercise that brought back fond memories and as you can see, focused on positive thoughts. Now you can do similar exercises with
You can also use visuals to stimulate your creativity.
Do you know the weekly caption game in The New Yorker? It’s just a black and white comic that readers get to suggest captions for. It’s often captions that don’t take the image literally that are the best and the funniest. In fact, captioning a photo with offbeat humor is a great way to infuse fun in a Father’s Day celebration. As the Hallmark creatives remarked, “dads can take a joke and good-natured teasing.” Find out if it’s true!
During our event, we got together in groups, got a random photograph and each jotted down captions on note cards. Our photo was a young boy dressed as a cowboy and looking boldly at the photographer. One of the funniest captions was “There’s a reason I never asked you to take me shopping” but the winning caption was more sentimental. Wish I could remember what it was but I can’t. Some of the great tips the Hallmark team shared were:
Need more inspiration?
Based on the words of each of the bloggers in attendance, Hallmark produced this San Francisco Moments and Milestones Video with words on the dads in our lives.
Hallmark also offers other fun ideas to celebrate dads and granddads and I know that I’m going to use a few – not just I received a bag of Hallmark gifts at the event. I think it’s cool to record voices and freeze then in time:
I hope these help. For me, they certainly did.