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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Seafood Boil Party | My Favorite (and the easiest) Summer Party

Can it be possible that Memorial Day Weekend is next weekend?  Hosting a Seafood Boil is one of my favorite ways to entertain.   It is easy (so easy!), not really that expensive, and it makes a fun and festive night.

For me, a seafood boil is the essence of casual (but special) summer entertaining.  As you know, I love really casual entertaining, so a seafood boil is the perfect marriage of luxury (I mean, we are talking lobster here...) and a roll-up-your-sleeves and dig-in sort of party.  

Almost every summer we host some sort of Seafood Boil for our friends.  This year, we threw one for my Mom's surprise birthday party.  If you've never hosted one before - let me tell you, it is the easiest party you will ever throw.  The fresh seafood is such a fun summer treat for everyone, that there is very little to do besides set a pretty table.

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Seafood Boil
serves 6

1 lemon, cut in wedges
1 tablespoon of old bay seasoning
1 tablespoon of whole peppercorns
2 pounds of small potatoes
6 ears of corn
6 small lobster tails (optional)
2 pounds of shrimp
french bread
melted butter

In a large pot of boiling water, add lemon, old bay, peppercorns and potatoes.  Boil for 8 minutes.  Add corn and lobsters and cook for 3 more minutes.  Add shrimp and cook for 2 minutes.  Drain from water and pile on platter.  Serve with crusty bread and melted butter.

When I first saw this Robin's Egg Blue Enamelware Collection, I couldn't wait to use it for our annual seafood boil.  Here, I'm using the Large Round Platter ($16) to serve the seafood.  The tall sides make it very easy to pile everything in.

In the summer, I'm a beer girl.  I love, love, love Summer Shandy.  It is like beer and lemonade mixed together.  I put it in the Enamelware Deep Basin ($16)  (Now restocked!!) with ice and wedges of lemon.  I also offer white wine to keep everyone happy.

I made very casual candle hurricanes out of old extra large mason jars.  I filled the bottoms with large sea salt and then used my Tapers.

And of course... Lobster Sugar Cookies are such a fun parting gift... or dessert.  They are actually very easy to decorate.  If you can trace the outside and color in the lines, you're set.

These are back to the store this season - along with some other fun nautical shapes.

Gosh, these cookies make me feel like I'm sitting in Martha's Vineyard right now.

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Have I convinced you to throw a Seafood Boil yet?  You won't be sorry!

Another favorite version of this is a Shrimp Boil.  My brother-in-law hosted us at a boil a couple of years ago - old bay spiced water with sausages, onions, shrimp, corn and potatoes.  You can see that recipe, here >

What are your favorite Summer party traditions? 

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  1. I've never fixed this but love the ease and all of the ingredients. It's officially on my list of summer meals to prepare for friends. Thanks.

  2. This is very popular in the Low Country (SC - Beaufort) where I live. It is referred to as Low Country Boil. There is also a similar dish that they call Frogmore Stew which has sausage added to it. The lobster cookies are adorable!!!!

  3. Do you peel shrimp before or are they boiled shell-on? Hard to tell in the pictures! I think I have my 4th planned now, thank you!

    1. Sasa - You can do either. I think the shrimp stay more flavorful if they are cooked shell-on. It is also the tradition of a casual seafood boil - everyone is in charge of cracking their own seafood!

  4. Love this enamelware and the color is beautiful....placing my order today!! I have some enamelware from when I was first married about 15 years ago and its speckled hunter green and white....while we still use it I am not a fan of the color anymore. This will be perfect for using outside by the pool and much prettier than the plastic pieces I have been using. Thanks for always bringing such pretty products to us!!

  5. What a delectable mix! This is truly the perfect stuff to munch on a summer entertainments. Boiled seafood are impeccable complements for chilled wines, beers or any cold beverage to drink on summer party traditions. Cheers!

    Doug Saunders @ Lin's Grand Buffet

  6. Hi Susan, everything looks beautiful and delicious ! Does it truly only take 5 minutes for Lobster to cook and i usually cook my corn about 12-13 minutes ?? Have i been doing it wrong all these years ? Thanks for always setting a beautiful table, plus i now have seven of your copper cookie cutters and i love them. They are gorgeous and really will be heirlooms for my kids and grandkids.


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