As soon as Arin heard that it was her daddy's birthday, she immediately started planning the party that she wanted to throw for him. It was such a sweet gesture that she wanted to make her daddy feel special. My little party planner insisted on decorations, cupcakes, party dresses for her and Ella, presents, and daddy's favorite food (steak).
We hung a Happy Birthday sign on the outside of the door, so daddy could see it when he came home from work.
(*ahem* I just noticed I missed the s on things. Ignore that!)
Both of the girls raided the pantry to find presents for their daddy. Arin picked an unopened box of PopTarts (in a flavor we had never tried) and Ella picked an unopened bag of Jolly Ranchers. (This brought back memories to me. One year on Father's Day, I didn't have anything new to give my dad, so I went around the house finding things that we already had. I remember wrapping his comb and giving it to him.) Both of the girls decorated gift bags with stickers. Inside the bags, they put the presents along with homemade cards.
1/3 c. olive oil
2 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs. worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. dijon mustard
6 minced cloves of garlic
Mix all of the ingredients together and pour over the steak. Refrigerate for several hours (we usually do about six). Remove from refrigerator and allow to come almost to room temperature before grilling.
We made red velvet cupcakes for dessert. Arin requested blue frosting, since she said that is her daddy's favorite color.