There are few things so meaningful and impactful for the development of a young woman as daddy-daughter time. And even as we grow into our full selves, it can prove incredibly rewarding to continually renew and reaffirm your relationship with a wonderful father in your life. So whether you’re the father of a young daughter coming into her own, or the daughter of a father, or father-figure, who you want to celebrate and pay gratitude to, we’ve got you covered.
We while we at Venus ET Fleur® are first and foremost flower experts, priding ourselves on our peerless Eternity® Rose arrangements, we also take great pleasure in sharing our expertise on all matters lifestyle. We are not the first to examine the psychological importance of father-daughter relationships, so we thought it would be fun and fitting to explore some of our favorite daddy-daughter destinations and activities for deepening your relationship while having plenty of fun!
So without further ado, here are our top x father-daughter adventure suggestions.
1. A Day at the Beach
It’s hard not to have a good time when you’re surrounded by the natural beauty and relaxing atmosphere of the beach. Everything from the salt breeze to the calming hum of the surf seems naturally designed to set us at perfect ease.
Plan a beach day for the two of you, starting by packing a simple and healthy picnic lunch. If your daughter is still a tyke—or if you’re bringing your children along—they will find no end of joy running along the beach and splashing in the water.
We also highly recommend you bring along a beach bag filled with fun activities, such as a frisbee, beach ball, or even a volleyball setup if the two of you are particularly athletic! Whatever you bring, the beach is sure to be a font of joy for the two of you to find shared pleasure in, which brings us to our next idea.
2 Plan a Sports Day
Sometimes, simple activities that get the blood pumping can make for the most profound memories. Indeed, research shows that experiences, rather than material things, form the basis for our most treasured recollections.
Along these lines, you can plan a family sports day where one of you can teach the other a new sport or even create an impromptu team or league to play out a game in. Have fun playing into familiar roles or reversing them completely by switching between who acts as a coach and who the player.
You can make this athletic day even more enjoyable by ordering custom team jerseys or baseball hats and buying a few small trophies to serve as prizes for the winning team. Not only do children and adults alike rejoice in the simple act of play, but this can also help form a healthy relationship to competition and teamwork that builds lifelong skills as well as happy memories.
3. Go Out Dancing
We find that there is tremendous enjoyment to be had in the act of taking your daughter (or your father) to a father-daughter dance. Get good and gussied up, take plenty of pictures, then hit the function as a dynamic duo.
Once you’re there, as awkward as it can be to break the ice, make an effort to hit the dance floor a couple of times. There are a vast number of videos online that can introduce you to some simple steps for those among you who consider yourselves rhythmically challenged.
The best part of this “adventure” is that if there aren’t any dance events easily accessible to you, then you can simply turn on some music in your living room. Either way, it’s likely to be a memory that each of you treasures for a long time to come.
4. A Building or Craft Project
Sure to appeal to the dads in the audience, this adventure can provide practical utility as well as pure delight. Dads will love teaching their daughters how to finish a simple but decently challenging building project. This can be something as simple as a birdhouse for the backyard, a house for a young daughter’s dolls, or even something more challenging and functional like an end table or other piece of useful furniture.
Children will be amazed by the tools, the process, and the simple wonder of watching isolated components turn into something real. Dads may find themselves surprised by how quickly their children pick up on things and adapt to challenges. Once your building project is complete, let your daughter take the reins on painting or otherwise decorating your creation for added joy. Not only is this activity likely to result in lasting joy, but it can also create a treasured physical reminder of your relationship for years and perhaps decades to come.
5. Gone Fishing
While fishing trips are traditionally associated with male bonding, we find such narrow gender prescriptions unfairly limiting and often inaccurate. A simple, slow-paced activity like fishing is ideal for a father-daughter day.
Plan a short fishing trip where one of you can show the other their favorite fishing tips, tricks, and tackle accessories. If neither one of you isn’t so knowledgeable about fishing, all the better! You will learn and laugh together. Whether the day results in a tremendous catch or simply involves sitting in a boat together, talking and bonding, this relaxing, low-stakes day on the water is sure to be pleasurable and memorable for both of you.
6. Take Her (or Him!) Shopping
There’s nothing wrong with spoiling your daughter once and a while. And for those “success daughters” out there in the audience, we doubly emphasize that there’s nothing wrong with spoiling your father, especially if he spent your childhood working hard to provide for your future—provided you remember to also get something nice for yourself.
Make a day of it! Set your budget before you go, of course. Perhaps you even want to set a goal of finding one thing for each of you—you can even make a game of it. The important thing is that each of you enjoys the journey as much, or even more than, the items you’re buying. What communicates love is not the upper limit of your credit card, but your willingness to be present in each other’s company.
7. Plan a Fun Surprise Party
Plenty of research indicates that humans need surprises to break up the monotony of life and to keep our brains vital and interesting. And plenty of people will tell you that their surprise party was the most memorable birthday of their lives.
Plan this for their birthday, retirement, or as a marker for any special event in their lives. Invite all their friends, while taking great pains to make sure they haven’t the faintest idea whatsoever of what’s coming. Should your plan come to fruition, you just might create a memory that will last a lifetime.
8. Their Favorite Activity
Sometimes the most thoughtful thing you can do for someone is to share in their favorite activity, whatever that may be. This can be executed through observation or simply by asking your father or daughter what they’d like to do best—sometimes their answer will surprise you!
Then, simply take the time and energy to do that thing, and for that brief hour or couple of hours that you’re together, try and make it your favorite thing, too. This could be going to see their favorite band or musician, going out to the theatre or opera for a night of culture, or any other thing under the sun—so long as you’re sure it’s their very favorite. While this might seem like a no-brainer, sometimes the simplest ideas are the most profound and meaningful.
It’s our hope that this article has given you a few fun ideas on how to deepen your relationship with your father or your daughter, as well as how to have some fun along the way. Feel free to keep it simple—the most important thing is time spent in the emotional present together. Everything else is expendable.
We urge you to keep coming back to our blog for more adventures and lifestyle advice. And don’t forget that, at Venus ET Fleur, we offer fabulous custom arrangements with a dazzling variety of options for you to choose from. A handsome bouquet of flowers is an asset to just about any of the adventures named above, so do yourself a favor and take a look at our splendid catalog today!
What a Daughter Needs from Her Father | Psychology Today
Buy Experiences, Not Things | The Atlantic
Why Humans Need Surprise | Greater Good Magazine