Dads don’t tend to expect that much on Father’s Day (at least ours don’t), but we still need a way to show them we care. Yes, we lavish them with gifts (when we can actually figure out what they want), but sometimes a family get-together is the best way to show them some love. Because how often does Dad get everyone in the same room at one time?
Since a Father’s Day shindig isn’t complete without food, throw a brunch with dishes the whole family will love (pancakes included). We’ve rounded up festive Father’s Day brunch ideas complete with easy recipes that will have him—and the rest of the family—going back for second helpings. Scroll through to see exactly what you should make for Father’s Day brunch. For the record, it’s on Sunday, June 17, this year.
To Sip On: Bubbly Champagne Punch
No brunch is complete without a cocktail, and this light, fizzy champagne punch can be prepared ahead of time so there’s no last-minute fussing. If you can, let the triple sec, brandy, Chambord, and pineapple juice chill for about four hours in advance—if not, throw a few ice cubes in (we won’t tell). Make a second punch bowl’s worth for the kids, subbing in simple syrup for triple sec, orange juice for brandy, raspberry juice for Chambord, and sparkling cider for the bubbly.
To Snack On: Berry Delicious Fruit Salad
With all the carbs and cocktails, you need something sweet and healthy to munch on. That’s where this Father’s Day brunch fruit salad comes in—cut up cantaloupe, pineapple, Cara Cara oranges, raspberries, and strawberries and toss in blackberries, blueberries, and seedless grapes. Make your own fruit salad dressing from fresh orange juice, lime, and honey, and garnish with some mint leaves.
To Nosh On: Buttermilk Pancakes With Chamomile Cream
These delectable buttermilk pancakes are the main event for a reason. They’re totally fluffy because of the addition of buttermilk and Greek yogurt, and vanilla and cinnamon pack some major flavor. But it’s the homemade chamomile whipped cream and gingered strawberries that take this meal to another level. Get ready because Dad’s going to want a whole stack.
To Indulge Un: One-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake
The last Father’s Day brunch recipe you need is one for dessert. Since dads tend to love chocolate, we think a vegan chocolate layer cake with buttercream frosting will end the day on a high note. The benefits of this sweet treat are that it’s a one-bowl wonder, and its ingredients—including almond milk, applesauce, and vegan butter—make it healthier than many other desserts.
This story was originally published on June 6, 2016, and has since been updated.