Treat Dad to the at Home Cinema Experience this Father's Day


When I wrote this blog a year a ago it never crossed my mind for a second that we could possibly be celebrating another Fathers Day in lockdown, yet here we are...

Although we will not be celebrating the special men in our lives in the ways we may have originally planned, with extended family gathering for long lunches or brunch at Dad's favourite cafe, we can still make Dad's day special.

In this blog I will share with you my tips for creating a memorable Father's Day at home cinema experience in your very own home.

Here's what I will sharing with you:

  • Homemade pizza dough recipe
  • Homemade choc top ice cream recipe
  • Trail mix recipe
  • FREE trail mix printable template
  • FREE printable Fathers day gift cards
  • Family friendly movie suggestions

If you are lucky enough to have young children living at home like me (or if you just love a good movie night) you might find some joy in creating this at home cinema experience for the special man in your life. Our little family enjoys this tradition weekly minus the choc tops and trail mix (they are reserved for special occasions, or for Mummy to enjoy when the kids go to bed ;)) and it has become a beautiful tradition that we all look forward to at the end of a long week (and we all need something to look forward to at the moment). I hope this brings some joy to you to!

 Homemade pizza dough recipe

This recipe will make enough dough for two large pizzas.
4 cups plain flour (I like to sift the flour first)
2 teaspoons dried yeast
1 teaspoon salt
375ml warm water
olive oil
1 x Mix master with a dough hook
small jug
large bowl
Cling wrap and a tea towel
  1. Place the yeast and water in a small jug and mix together.
  2. Leave the yeast mixture for a few minutes until it forms some bubbles.
  3. Place the flour and salt in the bowl of your mix master and make a well in the centre (hole) then add the yeast mixture.
  4. Turn your mix master on to a medium speed and mix for 4 minutes or until a smooth ball forms. If you do not have a mix master you can knead the dough by hand - I have never done this as I am spoilt with a magical machine that does the hard work for me but I would say this might take approximately 6-8 minutes.
  5. Remove the dough from the mix master and place in a lightly oiled bowl covered with cling wrap followed by a tea towel (we like to joke that we are putting the dough to bed).
  6. Find a nice warm place in your home to rest your dough and leave for a minimum of 2 hours to prove (double in size)
  7. When your dough is ready portion out into the amount of pizzas you would like and roll into balls (this makes it easier to roll out). This recipe will make enough dough for two large pizzas or one large pizza with three small mini sizes pizzas for the kids (this is especially great for fussy eaters who are not happy to simply pick off what they don't like).
  8. Preheat your oven to very hot (approx 220 degrees celsius).
  9. Roll your pizza dough out onto your pizza trays (I have been known to use the back of a cookie tray in the past so it's not a big deal if you don't have pizza trays) and add your pizza sauce, passata or tomato paste first followed by your favourite pizza toppings. (My fave toppings include olives, artichokes and bocconcini)
  10. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until the base is cooked through.
  11. Serve and enjoy while watching your fave family movie.

Choc Top Ice Cream Cones

I'm not sure who enjoys these more, the kids or myself! Give yourself plenty of time to make these ahead of time to allow the ice cream to set.
Vanilla ice cream (or any flavour of ice cream really)
Your fave style of ice cream cones (waffle cones are a fave)
Dark or milk chocolate cooking buds
Coconut oil
Your fave lollies of sprinkles to decorate the top
  1. Scoop the ice cream into each ice cream cone then leave to freeze for a minimum of 6 hours.
  2. Once the ice creams feel solid and frozen hard you are ready to make your chocolate topping. N.B if your ice creams are not frozen solid your chocolate topping will not stick to the ice cream.
  3. In a saucepan melt your chocolate and coconut oil together. The ratio I use is 1 cup of chocolate to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil but you might like to adjust this to your taste.
  4. Leave the chocolate mixture to cool slightly then gently place your ice cream cones upside down into the chocolate mixture making sure to cover the top and and a couple of millimetres of the top of the ice cream cones to seal the ice cream in.
  5. Working quickly before the topping hardens, place a single lolly on top for decoration then place in the freezer until ready to be eaten.

Trail Mix

You can't have a movie night without snacks right?! Before getting started on making your trail mix make sure to download our free trail mix packaging template by clicking the link below or by heading to the freebie section of our website.
Here's the really exciting thing about making your own trail mix for Dad this Father's Day... There are no rules! you can pick all of Dad's faves, all of your faves or just whatever you have on hand around the house.
To get you started here are a few ideas:
  • Pretzels
  • Cereal such a Nutri-grain, fruit loops, puffed wheat
  • Assorted nuts and seeds
  • Chocolate chips or smarties
  • Assorted dried fruit
  • Popcorn
Take all of your ingredients, place them in a bowl and mix gently until they are combined, alternatively place the ingredients in a bag, tie it up and get the kids to shake it up. Once combined, portion your trail mix into the printable packaging you downloaded and assembled from our website earlier or place in a large bowl and share family style.
If you're like me you might leave gift cards to the last minute to purchase or worse, forget about them all together (I'm so guilty of this!). Don't worry, I have you covered with our four FREE printable Fathers Day gift cards that have been designed to keep the kids busy while you enjoy a little quiet time with your feet up and the beverage of choice.
Your download will include one zip file containing four designs in both A5 and A6 sizes ready to print.
Designs include:
  • Dad joke inspired card
  • My favourite things about Dad interview card
  • Word search card
  • Draw a portrait of Dad card

You can download your FREE cards here:


Family friendly movies

Now it's time to sit back, relax and enjoy your pizza, trail mix and choc top ice creams cuddled up together while watching your favourite movie.
Here's a few of my favourite family friendly movie suggestions just in case you are stuck for ideas:
* The Little Giants                    * The Mighty Ducks                       * Home Alone 
* Matilda                                  *  Moana                                        * Frozen
* The Parent Trap                     * Free Willy                                    * Dr Dolittle
* Look Who's Talking               * Despicable Me                            * Ice Age
* Cheaper by the Dozen          * Toy Story                                     * Matilda
I hope this blog has provided you with lots of inspiration to create your own at home cinema experience with your family this Father's Day (or any day really!). If you do have some fun and create a little movie magic in your home please make sure to tag me in your photos as it would really make my day to see you enjoying my FREE printables and recipes. I'm on instagram as @pip.pip.hurrah and facebook @piphurrah