How to Throw the Ultimate Father's Day Party

Don't forget the tequila

Shot of a father and son enjoying a day outdoors (iStock/ pixdeluxe)

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Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer, but Father’s Day is a nice weather milestone as well. Show Dad how much you appreciate him by packing up the boats, coolers, and grilling supplies and heading to the nearest body of water to relax and soak up some sun. Here’s the gear you need to do it properly.

Father's Day Gear

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Suerte Reposado Tequila ($36)

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Although this company is headquartered in Boulder, all of Suerte’s tequila is produced in the hills outside Jalisco, Mexico, making it one of only eight tequila brands in the United States with an exclusive agave source. Its Reposado is aged for seven months in white oak barrels and has notes of plum and butterscotch. Check out a few of Suerte’s favorite cocktail recipes here.

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Yeti Rambler Lowball Tumbler ($20)

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Weighing in at eight ounces, the Lowball has solid heft, as well as a wide base that keeps the tumbler upright when you set it down at the campsite and a wide opening that makes it perfect for cocktails. Yeti’s legendary double vacuum insulation means you’ll need only a few ice cubes to keep your drink cold all night long.

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Klean Kanteen Reusable Straws ($10)

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The Lowball doesn’t need a straw, but if you want to class up your drink, use one of these reusable straws made from brushed stainless steel and a food-safe silicone tip. If you want a bigger glass, pair it with a Klean Kanteen Steel Pint.

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Chaco Ecotread Flip-Flops ($65)

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We love the traditional Chaco style, but for ease of slipping on and off, nothing beats the classic flip-flop. Chaco gives it a unique spin with its signature broad straps, shaped footbed, and sticky rubber soles, which make the Ecotread snug enough to stay on your feet whether you’re scrambling aboard a SUP or tossing a Frisbee on shore.

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Grundens Fish Head Boardshorts ($60)

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Perfect for warm-weather activities, these boardshorts are tailored so they won’t get in the way if Dad is feeling sendy. They’re also made from stain-resistant, quick-drying four-way-stretch fabric that offers UPF 50 sun protection.

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Eddie Bauer Baja Shirt ($50)

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Made from comfy preshrunk cotton and available in nine different prints—from canoes to fish to chambray, so you can match Dad’s style—the Baja is casual enough to sport on the water but can be dressed up for dinner, too. 

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Hobie Venture SUP ($1,199)

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Hobie’s Venture SUP does a little of everything: tour flatwater, surf mellow rollers, even ferry gear on a camping trip. At 24 pounds, it’s fairly lightweight compared to competitors, and the ten-foot board we tested glided great while we paddled on a particularly windy day. It’s also a barge: At 30 inches wide and five inches thick, the Venture didn’t flinch when whitecaps began to form.

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Helinox Beach Chair ($165)

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Once Dad sits in this chair, he’s unlikely to get up for the rest of the day. Yeah, it’s that comfortable. The reclined design with the tall back mimics a La-Z-Boy, and the full mesh seats let the breeze keep you cool.

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Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen ($15)

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Slathering on sunscreen on a hot summer day is a must. Beyond Coastal Active is some of the best we’ve tested. It’s waterproof but not greasy and blocks both UVA and UVB rays without toxic chemicals.

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