How To Plan a Relaxing Day with Dad

How are you spending Father’s Day this year? With so much running around lately, we are envisioning a simple day spent outside (hopefully it will be sunny on a weekend, for once) with all of Dad’s favorite things. Here are our tips for a relaxing Father’s Day cookout designed for some good old-fashioned quality time.


The Food

Whether it’s chicken, steak, hamburgers, or hot dogs, no backyard barbecue is complete without something grilled. Create your own marinade with this formula, combining some kind of oil so the meat doesn’t dry out, some kind of acid (i.e., lemon juice) to tenderize, and some herbs and spices for flavor. Why not try something sweet, like orange juice or brown sugar, for a twist? Throw some veggies on the grill, too, while you’re at it.


The Drinks

The usual: beer, wine, bourbon…whatever Dad likes. If anyone in your party is sensitive to gluten but loves a good beer on a hot day, we suggest New Belgium’s Glutiny Pale Ale. And, of course, no summer day spent outdoors if complete without rosé. We  just tried a fantastic one at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation’s Wine on the Water event this past weekend — Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rosé 2017 — and couldn’t wait to share it with y’all. Spiked seltzers, like Truly or White Claw, are refreshing, low-sugar options, too.


The Décor

Keep it simple with fresh flowers from your garden. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; beautiful hydrangeas cut and placed in an interesting vase will look sophisticated and bright.


The Fun

Break out the lawn games! Cornhole, bocce, croquet, KanJam, badminton…whatever has been in your closet just waiting for the sun to come out on the afternoons that are so rarely yours to enjoy. If it’s warm enough, a sprinkler will keep the little ones entertained while the competition heats up by the cornhole boards.


The Ambiance

Set up your outdoor speakers and listen to all of Dad’s favorite songs. If you don’t have good outdoor speakers, the JBL Flip 4 is a safe bet that is small but mighty, portable, and waterproof — perfect for the beach trips you have scheduled later in the summer.


The Location

Your own backyard! No Ubers necessary. Here is some inspiration from our current listings to set the scene. Click any image to see the home that goes with the great yard.

  • 800 Hermitage Court
  • 1115 Custis Street
  • 2805 Russell Road
  • 8420 Crowley Place
  • 9427 Ferry Landing Court


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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.

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