Father’s Day Brunch Ideas

fathers day brunch ideas

Dads LOVE food, especially breakfasts… so for our last Father’s Day related post we’re talking Sunday Brunch!

First up, some ideas for the food…


These are a great idea for a full extended-family Father’s Day brunch because they are much less labour intensive than traditional bacon and eggs for feeding a crowd. There are lots of recipes on the web for these, including this on one of our favourite blogs: Annie’s Eats

image from thenoshery.com


Any breakfast/brunch dish involving steak is definitely going to be popular with the boys! The delicious image below is from The Pioneer Woman; for a more Australasian take on the recipe you could try a Steak Sandwich with Caramalised Onions.

Father's Day Brunch Ideas - Steak Caprese Sandwich


Little cheese and bacon quiches are great for kids to make for their Dad on Father’s Day morning (real men will eat anything their kids make for them!). There is a nice and easy recipe on the kidspot website and they can put their own little spin on it by adding mushrooms, tomatoes etc.

Father's Day brunch - mini quiches

image from thewhitelibrary.com

And doesn’t that bacon look great on a skewer – especially for a buffet-type brunch.


What celebration brunch is complete without a little taste of French Toast? These toast bites look scrummy and will add that great little touch of sweetness to your meal.

fathers day brunch - french toast bites

Click through the image to the recipe from multiplydelicious.com…


An oldy-but-a-goody, pancakes are a brunch staple, and this simple buttermilk pancake recipe from Allyson Gofton is tasty and light. Traditionally served with bacon on the side + maple syrup, or lemon juice + sugar, or apricot jam + whipped cream or…

Fathers Day Brucnch ideas - pancakes

Then, some drinks…

Along with fresh fruit juice and coffee, you could jazz up the occasion with a breakfast cocktail…


fathers day brunch ideas - bloody mary

Bloody Mary’s are popular brunch cocktails in the US, but even if this doesn’t seem like your kind of thing it is worth checking out this blog post on the drink if only for the absolutely beautiful photography.

For a less alcoholic and all-round healthy alternative…


Not all things that are good for you taste bad! This blender full of goodness and vitamins and spinach is wonderful – fresh and fruity and sweet from a dash of honey. You can’t taste the spinach particularly, but it adds a nice fullness and creaminess to the smoothie. Our favourite recipe for a spinach smoothie is Annie’s Eats Green Monster Smoothie.

So, once you’ve got your food or drinks sorted, all you need to do is set the table with a touch of spring, add the folded newspaper or crossword, and spoil your dad, husband, partner with a fabulous Father’s Day brunch.

fathers day brunch table setting idea

And because it’s his special day… you could even let him off the dishes 🙂


Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Over the last couple of weeks we have been posting a series of Father’s Day Gift Guides, based on gifts we currently have available for sale at The Paper Package. But today, we thought we’d focus on some fantastic homemade Father’s Day gift ideas that you could make yourself at home to celebrate on Sunday 4 September.

1. Father’s Day Cupcakes

You cant go wrong with home baking for any dad, and cupcakes are so easy to make. My favourite recipe is from Nigella Lawson – very easy – and then some buttercream icing on top (piped on using a glad plastic bag with the corner snipped off).

Then all you need to do is decorate them a bit in a Father’s Day style:

  • Easy – Father’s Day Party Printables

Print out some of these fun printable labels and cupcake toppers, stick them on a toothpick and you’re done!

Party printables, cupcake toppers, banners, cards, invitation & more via blog.catchmyparty.com

  • Tricky  

These could be fun to try and make for a fishing-mad father…

Father's Day Fishing Cupcakes from Nothing But Country via tidymom.net

  • Fiendishly Hard

Warning – we are heading into Heston Blumenthal territory here…

Fast food fun from bakerella.com

Yes, these are actually cupcakes and biscuits (the french fries!). If you click through the image there is a full tutorial on how to make these, plus printable downloads for the french fry bag and snack holder. Incredible. If you actually have a go at trying to make these please send us a photo – we would love to see how they turned out 🙂

2. D.A.D. Photographs

We’ve found a few examples of these on the web – and it seems such a simple, but really cool idea that Dads will love.

Click through for tutorial from Twinkle Toes - the blog

You can find wooden letters in NZ from craft stores, Spotlight etc. I’ve also found a link online to Mums Know Best (we have no affiliation with any of these stores so can’t vouch for the product/service sorry).

If you don’t have the time to get the wooden letters for props here are a couple of other creative ideas for Father’s Day photos:

3. Dad’s Rule Print

Don’t you just love Dadisms!! They are so much fun because they immediately transport you back in time to when you were about 8 years old again!

This fantastic free printable was designed by Amy Proffitt (aproffittablelife.blogspot.com) and can be downloaded in various colour combinations. Makes a great print to frame, or to give as a Father’s Day card maybe… (and the hidden message is fun too)

4. A couple of great homemade gift ideas from Martha Stewart

Retro Father’s Day labels

Use these labels to make your own snack range, designed just for his tastes!

Or maybe you could try this yummy sounding Caramel, Bourbon and Vanilla sauce

The presentation of this is gorgeous – I don’t know where you would get the little spoons though, maybe from the Sallies or other second-hand shops?

5. DIY Superhero Gift Box

This idea is a bit more complicated but it could be really fun (and what dad wouldn’t love to think of himself as a superhero to his kids!)

Superhero Gift Box from alphamom.com

Click through the image for printable labels and full instructions (which can probably be simplified if you didn’t feel up to the whole shebang!)

6. Father’s Day Ticket Book

This is a lovely design for a Father’s Day coupon book… (note: needs login to download)

7. Father’s Day Card

And this is a cute design for a Father’s Day card that kids could print out and fold…

Father's Day greeting card from anythingbutperfect.com

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2011 – Part Four

Fathers Day gift guide

Our final post in The Paper Package’s Father’s Day Gift Guide is focused on gift ideas for professional dads (and we’re including in this category metro men, intellectuals, gadget geeks, creatives and more – all those dads out there with plenty of intelligence and style 🙂 )

Our first pick for these dads is…

1. Classic Black Moleskine Journal

RRP $43.00 including delivery

Moleskine Black Large Ruled Notebook

Moleskine produces the premier range of personal stationery and notebooks in the world today –
highly sought after for their quality, user-friendliness and design integrity. This popular large, ruled journal is the ultimate accessory to a professional’s life – the perfect place to record business notes, travel plans, financial goals, creative ideas and more.

Moleskine Notebooks

500 Moleskine Miles by The Hike Guy

If you’re not sure what dad would like for a gift this year then this is a great choice. He’s bound to be impressed by the quality construction, and it’s hard to explain without using one, but they really are fantastic to write in. And as you can see from “The Hike Guy” notebooks above, once you’ve started using Moleskine notebooks it’s hard to stop!

Note: this isn’t just an idea for urban intellectuals either – these notebooks are ideal for using as fishing, hunting and hiking journals, ship’s log books and more…

2. Leather Card Case by O’Check Design Graphics

RRP $42.00 including delivery

Fathers Day Gift Guide - Leather Card Case

How to make a collection of business cards or credit cards feel like they have some soul? Keep them in this lovely thick, soft, brown leather card case! Made with love and care by O’Check Design Graphics, Korea – this case makes a lovely gift for Dad.

Comes presented in a nice dark grey recycled cardboard gift box – which we then also wrap in brown paper & string with gift tag attached.

3. Sugar and Spice Gift Box

RRP $44.00 including delivery

Fathers Day Gift Guide - Sugar and Spice Gift Box

A traditional type gift box of shaving soap, shaving/skin oil and chocolates which is totally elevated by the DELICIOUS smell of the soap and oil. Bay-tree spice smells awesome and any man in your life is sure to love it!

The Sugar and Spice Gift Box includes:

  • Scully’s Bay Tree Spice Soap bar; made in NZ
  • Scully’s Shaving Skincare Oil; made in NZ
  • 1 dozen handmade foiled chocolate hearts; made in NZ
  • Black gift box (148 x 105 x 50 mm) & vintage gift wrappings
  • Handmade gift tag by HappyHound, North Carolina
  • FREE automatic upgrade to courier delivery included

4. Classic Pen Set

RRP $56.00 including delivery

Fathers Day Gifts - Classic Pen Set

Some people think pens are a really boring thing to give for a gift, but really, what rubbish!! Isn’t everybody totally sick of ballpoint pens that run out after you’ve written half a line? Pens just aren’t what they used to be, and that’s why giving Dad this stylish plus super-high quality German manufactured pen is such a great idea. He will love it!

Fathers Day gift guide - lamy logo

Made of gorgeous brushed steel, this Lamy pen could last a lifetime, and comes complete with the giant Lamy M16 refill with enough ink for 8000 metres of writing.

This stylish little gift box also includes some old-fashioned mints and silver foiled handmade chocolates. Cool.

5. I.T. Dad

RRP $90.00

fathers day gift guide - I.T. dad

This is the ideal gift for all those gadget/computer-loving dads out there… a touch of analog!

Perfect foils to their digitally-driven lives, this fantastic original gift set features an ingenious memo mousepad and internet journal from New York stationery company Galison, along with a Lamy Logo brushed steel pen and cute notepod notepad (formally made in Australia – but closed down by apple cos they don’t like anyone copying their stuff apparently even though it’d made of paper!)

This handy, practical collection of quality stationery products makes an original and memorable gift for Father’s Day.

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2011 – Part Three

Fathers Day Gifts - Gourmet Dad

Continuing our Gift Guide for Father’s Day, today we’re focused on gifts for those dads who enjoy their food and a little tipple:

1. Wine Lovers Gift Box

RRP $49.00 including delivery.

Fathers Day Gifts - Wine Lovers Gift BoxIf you dad is a bit of a wine enthusiast, then this could make a great gift for him this Father’s Day. Features some delicious treats along with a fun set of Table Topic conversation starters (“Wine” edition). A sociable, fun  gift for any wine buff**


  • Molly Woppy Biscotti to enjoy with wine or coffee
  • Delicious Cheddar Cheese Sticks to go with that pre-dinner glass
  • Handmade Chocolates, Chocolate Cigar & Almond Slabs
  • “Table Topics To Go” – Wine themed conversation starter game

More details here.

** Dad (or you) will have to BYO the wine!!

2. Masterchef

RRP $72.00

Fathers Day Gift Guide - Gifts for gourmet dads

We have recently done a review on the Moleskine Recipe Journal, and we think it makes a great gift for any dad who enjoys cooking. From the Italian company Moleskine, this recipe journal is part of their “Passions” range – quality products that are designed to complement, record and help organise people’s passions in life.

Along with the recipe journal this gift package adds a few sweet treats for dad (chocolate brownie and old-fashioned sweets) and is presented in our signature vintage-style wrap.

You might also like to consider the Moleskine Recipe Journal separately.

3. The Connoisseur

RRP $76.00

Fathers Day Gifts - Wine Journal

Similar to the Masterchef Gift Box, the Connoisseur is ideal for a wine-loving dad and features another Moleskine “Passions” journal. We have not yet reviewed this journal but it is popular with customers in other countries, and makes an original and stylish gift for Father’s Day, especially when teamed with some delicious snacks for dad to enjoy with his next glass.

Please see the website product page for more details of this gift and the journal itself (including a link to a quick video which shows in more detail how these journals may be used).

And our final pick for food and wine loving dads would be the Sweet and Savoury Gift Box.

4. Sweet & Savoury Gift Box

RRP $48.00

A popular gift for all sorts of occasions, this gift box features a delicious assortment of sweet & savoury treats including:

  • Herb & Spice Mill Colombian Coffee Blend (40g)
  • Black Pepper & Cheddar Shortbread Bites (50g)
  • 3 x Peanut Slabs
  • 2 x Molly Woppy Cheese Sticks (30g)
  • Honey Roasted Peanuts (100g)
  • Choc Chunk & Mixed Nut Biscotti (2pk)
  • 6 x Handmade Foiled Chocolates
  • Black Gloss Gift Box & Handmade, Original Gift Tag
  • Vintage-Style Gift Wrapping AND an automatic upgrade to NZ-wide courier delivery


So, that’s it for today and those gourmet dads. Tomorrow we will finish up our Father’s Day Gift Guide with a look at suitable gifts for I.T./Professional Dads (and then you’ll have no excuse for not being sorted with a gift for September 4 :))

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2011 – Part Two

Continuing our guide to choosing a gift this Father’s Day… today’s post will feature gifts for those GOLF-LOVING dads.

Fathers Day Gifts - Golf Gifts for dad

Apparently golf is the number 1 sport for men in New Zealand – so there must be quite a lot of dads out there that play and/or love golf.  So, to help you find something to suit these dads on Father’s Day we’ve come up with the following golf-themed gifts:

1. Ciak Leather Golf Journal

RRP $38.00

Ciak Golf Notebook

A reasonably priced, original gift for Fathers Day, this lovely little handmade Italian golf notebook is ideal for the keen golf dad.

It has room in it to record all the important information about different games – and is a fantastic way for golf enthusiasts to keep a record of their golfing progress and (hopefully) improvement.

This stylish journal comes wrapped in our signature vintage-style, with complimentary gift tag and FREE upgrade to courier delivery NZ-wide.

2.  Golf Lovers Gift Box

RRP $42.90

Fathers Day Gifts - Golf Lovers Gift Box

A great gift box of treats, again ideal for the serious golf-lover, featuring the Table Topics game – golf edition.

This handy set of golf-related conversation starters is great for all that time when he’s not out on the fairway! Encourage your dad to take his set of Table Topics to the clubhouse, and hopefully he’ll get enough golf talk there that he won’t need to bend anyone’s ear at home!

Table Topics Golf Edition

Along with the Table Topics game, this Golf Lovers Gift Box also features:

  • old-fashioned malt + butter sweets
  • chocolate cigar + almond gold slabs
  • assorted mackintosh’s toffees
  • vintage gift wrapping + tag
  • FREE upgrade to courier delivery NZ-wide

And finally…

3. Golfing Gift Pack

RRP $58.00

Fathers Day Gifts - Golfing Gift Pack

The ideal gift package for golf enthusiasts! This gift package features both the leather golf notebook and the Table Topics game:

  • Ciak Golf Notebook (8x13cm). Made in Italy.
  • Table Topics – “Golf” edition.
  • Kapiti Candies old-fashioned sweets (150g)
  • Handmade gift tag, made by Happy Hound, USA
  • Vintage-style gift wrapping
  • FREE upgrade to courier delivery NZ-wide

For just $58.00 including delivery this is another reasonably priced, stylish and original gift for Father’s Day.

So… that’s it for specialty golf gifts – come back again tomorrow and we’ll show you some great gift ideas for Gourmet dads!

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2011 – Part One

Father’s Day this year is scheduled for Sunday 4 September, and to help you pick the best gift from The Paper Package (ie. one that’s good for your dad and your budget!) we’ve compiled the following handy guide in four sections:

Fathers Day Gift Guide 2011

1. Traditional Fathers Day Gift Boxes

2. Gifts for Golf-Loving Dads

3. Gifts for Gourmet Dads

4. Gifts for I.T. / Professional Dads

So, first up today we’ll be looking at our picks for TRADITIONAL FATHER’S DAY GIFT BOXES

These classic gift boxes are the perfect thing to let dad know how much he’s appreciated and are crammed full with “sweet treats” or  “gourmet snack” type goodies which most dads are very happy to get. Probably the main consideration for your choice here is price:

Under $40.00

Father’s Day Sweet Box

Fathers Day Gift - Sweet Box

This is likely to be our most popular seller for Father’s Day (the equivalent size gift box was our best-selling Mother’s Day gift earlier in the year).

These gift boxes are quite small at approximately 15 x 10 x 5 cm, but they are crammed full with goodies and make the perfect little package for posting or presenting in person.

The accompanying handmade gift tag reads “Hats off to you Dad!”


  • fresh maple & walnut fudge
  • triple choc cookies
  • handmade chocolate cigar
  • more chocolates!
  • wrapped in a fun, vintage-style (brown paper & string)
  • price includes courier delivery

Under $50.00

Fathers Day Gift - Sweet & Savoury Gift BoxSweet and Savoury Gift Box

If you want to spend a little more money this stylish black gift box is sure to go down well. Full of tasty treats for a great morning tea on Father’s Day!


  • Colombian plunger coffee blend
  • Biscotti
  • Cheddar cheese sticks & savoury shortbread bites
  • Honey roasted peanuts
  • Assorted chocolate treats & more…

Presented in a gift box tied with twine and a handmade, vintage-style gift tag – which is then also wrapped vintage-style in brown paper & string.

This gift box is good value for $48.00 including NZ-wide courier delivery.

Under $70.00

Fathers Day Gifts - A Cookie Care PackageA Cookie Care Package

One of our most popular care packages – this gift box is so bursting with assorted cookies and biscuits that it will put a smile on dads face!


  • cookies of all descriptions!!
  • lots of cookies!!
  • a yummy, spicy gingerbread man!!
  • more cookies!!
  • and an “Eat Me” handmade gift tag

The price of this care package is $65.00 which covers free parcel post delivery in NZ. For courier delivery you will need to add another $6.50.

Under $90.00

Fathers Day Gift - Vintage Father's Day Gift BoxVintage Father’s Day Gift Box

This is our premium Father’s Day gift box for 2011.

The classic chocolate coloured gift box features a super-generous selection of treats, old-fashioned favourites and great personal care products.

We absolutely LOVE the selection of products in this package, including the delicious combination of fresh honey-toasted marshmallow with Belgian drinking chocolate. Yum!

The price for this great gift box is $89.90 which also includes the gift wrapping (and gift tag) and NZ courier delivery.

So, those are some of the traditional gift box-y type things we have available – but wait… there’s more! Tomorrow & over the next couple of days we’ll show you some of the different gifts we have categorised by hobbies/interests your dad might enjoy, such as… golf, food & wine, business, I.T.

So, no need to worry about what to send for Father’s Day – we’ve got you covered 🙂

Photo Friday – Befores and Afters

Don’t you just love before and after transformations? There’s something really magical about seeing things change. Becoming different but kind-of the same (and usually better than before).

I think it’s part of the appeal of reality TV shows like “The Block” (Prime 7.30pm weeknights). Apart from all the drama going on with the contestants, the fun part is seeing the transformation from wreck…  to room…


before and after transformations


But away from reality-TV-land, real people are doing the same kind of thing…


before and after photos

and AFTER:

And it’s not just whole rooms… it furniture too!


before and after photos


From broken and blah:


before and after photos

To stylish and stunning:


before and after photos

And how about these for some great before and after ideas… from an unloved, unfashionable pieces of furniture to wonderful new toys…


before and after photos


before and after photos


before and after photos

Of course people transform too:


before and after photos

and places:


before and after photos

Shanghai 1990 and 2010

And pie ingredients change into pies:



before and after photos

But sometimes things were better before:

Like before you lost somebody you loved…

Like the painting before the posing…


And sometimes before and after is just scary!!!

Images 3-10, 11-13, 15-16 via Pinterest (click through “after” pictures for links to original authors)

Images 1&2 from channelnine.ninemsn.com.au

Image 13 from Dear Photograph (click through for link)