The annual rite of dads everywhere—Father's Day—is celebrated this year on June 17th. Tickets to the ball game, ice cold beers, dinner on the BBQ—all tried and true ways to make sure Dad enjoys his day. But why not make this year special and make Dad a party he won't forget and will be tweeting and Facebooking about for months afterwards? What theme could possibly unite dads across all boundaries, transcending cultures and generations, to fulfill the dreams of dads everywhere? Clearly there is only one answer: You need to make Dad the Godfather-themed Father's Day party he never knew he always wanted.
Antipasti - Before the Meal: Michael Smith's Italian Sodas
For starters, there is some basic setup you're going to want to get out of the way. Be sure to send out some Mob-themed invites by email even if you just plan on making this an intimate affair for the family. There are plenty of free invitation sites available online.
Make sure Dad knows to wear his best Sunday suit to dinner. If you want to add some small additions, a red carnation for his suit pocket, a white scarf, and a fedora will all complement his suit (and the theme) really nicely. Ask guests to dress in any '40s-inspired outfits they wish. Try and get a red and white checkered table cloth, some candles, Italian soda, and red wine to help set the mood. Popular Italian wines include Chianti, Merlot, and Borolo.
Primi – Appetizer: "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes"
One of the most famous lines from the Godfather trilogy refers to Luca Brasi, one of Don Corleone's henchmen who met an early demise (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink). For a fun and playful appetizer serve potato pillows—found in most grocery store freezers—with smoked salmon roses and a drizzle of your favourite mustard.
Secondi – Main Course: Sicilian Pasta with Tiny Meatballs
Choose Dad's favorite Italian Main dish or make it a family-style tableful of food—spaghetti and meatballs, baked pastas, eggplant Parmesan, pizza with fresh basil and mozzarella—the options are endless.
Contori – Vegetable: Grilled Garlicy Artichokes
Consider serving grilled vegetables along with your main dishes. So many great vegetables are in season around Father’s Day. Asparagus and artichokes are both great choices for the grill. Simply toss with a light drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and grill over low to medium heat until done.
Dessert - "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
Another classic quote from the Godfather quite fittingly closes out Dad’s dinner. Serve a round of grappa (an Italian grape based brandy) and bring out a tray of cannoli with a handgun on the platter. Lean in to dad and say—"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
Lastly, at some point during dinner someone should sneak upstairs and leave Dad a present under his covers. A stuffed animal horse is the perfect way to finish off this Godfather-inspired shindig and remind Dad this was the best Father’s Day party he has ever been thrown!