My family celebrated Father’s Day a week early this year. Everyone was available which isn’t always the case for holidays so we decided to go for it.

Erik and I had all my siblings, their spouses, kids and my parents over for appetizers and dessert. I wanted to do a “dads’ favorite things” theme so we had each family bring an appetizer that represents a dad’s favorite food.

Let’s cut to the chase, the food! Oh wow the food was awesome at our gathering. My family and I are huge fans of appetizers so we went heavy on the apps and also had dessert. No main course needed.

On the menu:

Mini BLTs (represents Erik, dad to Juliet and Rosie)

Mini egg rolls and pot stickers (represents my dad)

Mango and black bean salsa with tortilla chips (represents my brother Ron, dad to Chloe)

Chicken wings (represents my brother Joel, soon-to-be dad in about 3 weeks!)

Cold Stone Creamery’s Tall, Dark and Delicious round ice cream cake (represents Erik)


Erik loves ice cream cake. His favorite dessert is a toss up between cheese cake and ice cream cake. And this cake from Cold Stone is as delicious as it looks.

This was a large round cake and it is called the Tall, Dark & Delicious cake. It had layers of devil’s food cake, sweet cream ice cream with brownies and chocolate ice cream with Oreo cookies with white frosting and fudge ganache.

Seriously so good.


I found this Dad art project idea on Pinterest and Juliet loved it. We taped the word Dad on a big white piece of paper and let Juliet go to town with paints. Once it dried we tore the tape off. Easy peasy. I printed a bunch of my recent favorite Instagram photos of the girls and Erik and hung them up with clothes pins.


Not all the food fit on my foyer table, but here is a glimpse of our delicious spread. The centerpiece was definitely the cake.


I’ve made these mini BLTs so many times. They are easy and always a favorite. Erik could eat, like, 20 of them.


Take breakfast biscuits and bake for 10 minutes, add a slide of roma tomato, lettuce, one piece of bacon and a tiny bit of mayo.



I love that this cake is part cake and part ice cream. It’s the best of both worlds. Oh and the chocolate ganache on top was amazing. I called and ordered the cake over the phone a couple days in advance, you can also order online at They typically also have cakes in the freezer that you an pick-up same day, too.


Erik and his Rosie.


Let’s just say it’s not easy getting a decent photo of both girls.


Let’s cut this cake! I’m so glad we have leftovers.


My lil’ bro is about to become a dad so we give him some practice with Rosie.

I love entertaining and celebrating holidays with my family and adding personal touches to make them extra special. The dads in my life definitely deserve a little something to show how I appreciate them.

Erik is a truly awesome daddy to our girls. And he’s a good husband. Have I ever mentioned that he cleans our house? As in, he cleans and I don’t. I hate cleaning. I stink at it. He likes it and is good at it. And it’s just one of those things he does and never complains. He also makes breakfast for us every Saturday and Sunday morning. And reads Juliet’s books every night. As much as we can be, we are pretty balanced and 50/50 when it comes to our kiddos and our home.

And I can’t say enough good things about my dad. He’s always been a supportive dad. He always made me and my siblings feel like we could do anything we put our minds to. And he’s an awesome grandpa. Juliet calls him Baba Wally and she loves him dearly.

What are you doing this weekend for the dads in your life?

For more ice cream goodness be sure to check out Cold Stone’s Instagram.

Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Cold Stone Creamery. As always, all opinions are my own (but since this post is in part about ice cream it also includes the opinion of my 3 year old and husband!).