Menu Ideas for Dad's Birthday Dinner

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Your dad does so much for you, so you certainly want to let him know how much he means to you on his birthday. One way to do that is create a birthday dinner he's sure to enjoy. Think about dad's favorites and then put together a menu that includes some or all of them. Add a nice tablecloth and some decorative plates and cups and your birthday celebration is sure to be a hit.

Meat and Potatoes

For your meat and potato lover, prepare a dinner that's similar to one he may get in his favorite steakhouse. Begin with a tossed salad topped with his favorite salad dressing. For the main course, purchase beautiful steaks from the butcher and grill them to his liking. As side dishes, serve mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. Serve with wine or beer, depending on what your dad likes best.


For your pasta lover, prepare a homemade lasagna filled with his favorites. If he enjoys meat, add sausage and ground meat to your filling. If he's more of a vegetable lover, add broccoli, carrots, spinach and onions for a vegetable lasagna. Top with plenty of cheese so the result is a hot and bubbly dish. Purchase a fresh crusty bread from the bakery and pop it under the broiler after slathering it with butter and garlic salt so you can serve garlic bread with the lasagna.


For your fish lover, or just a dad who is health conscious, try mixing together two tablespoons of butter, two tablespoons of mustard and one tablespoon of honey and brushing the mixture on top of salmon. For extra crunch and sweetness, mix 1/4 cup of bread crumbs and 1/4 cup of pecans, sprinkle on top and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until the salmon becomes flaky. Serve with steamed vegetables and baked sweet potatoes.


For the finale to your birthday dinner, end with a favorite dessert. A birthday cake is the traditional way to add a sweet touch to a birthday meal. If you enjoy baking (and maybe even if you don't), make the cake yourself; you can find easy recipes on the Internet and even use a mix if you wish. As an alternative, you can always order a cake from a bakery or ice cream shop. Be sure to pick up some candles and perhaps use one to commemorate each decade.