Summer may be almost over, but I just had to share one of my favorite summer party ideas that I recently hosted and shared on the Oriental Trading blog. Here in the south our summer isn’t complete until we’ve hosted or attended a Summer Seafood Boil. This is one of my all-time favorite ways to entertain because it is simple and fun.
If you aren’t familiar with a southern seafood boil let me give you a quick run down. It involves eating pounds and pounds of crawfish, shrimp, sausage and vegetables on newspaper instead of plates. You end up eating elbow-to-elbow with friends and family. It’s the ultimate outdoor bash and y’all are going to want to head over to the Oriental Trading Blog to see all of the lip smakin’ and crawfish crackin’ details from this southern summer party.
One of the things I love most about hosting a seafood boil is the simplicity of putting it together. You really don’t need much as far as decorations, table settings or food preparation go, but it’s always fun to add a few details to make it extraordinary! I customized burlap banners, utensil holders and mason jars to create a few fun and simple decorations for our party. You can find all of the tutorials for these fun projects over on the Oriental Trading blog.
I made a few new recipes this year for our party and you are definitely going to want to check out my Iced Tea Punch, it’s perfect for a hot summer afternoon get-together with friends. But, my favorite new recipe I created for this party was my spicy cajun crackers with crawfish dip. I do have to warn you though, this recipe is addicting and you may find yourself making it over and over and over again!
I hosted this party for our Supper Club group and it was so much fun. Typically each month we take turns with a group of friends hosting dinner. Each month the host chooses a theme and plans the main meal, everyone else brings a side dish or appetizer that will go with the dinner theme. This is a kid-free dinner that gives all of us a chance to sit and enjoy adult conversation, great food and lots of laughs. We look forward to this all month long! Because this party was hosted at the beginning of the summer we made it a family friendly affair and let the kids come to Supper Club. They were all so excited to finally be included at supper club and it was even more fun to watch them try new things like crawfish. We made lots of memories with some of our favorite people at our lip smakin’ summer seafood boil.
I’ve been attending or hosting seafood boils for years and every time I am reminded why they are so much fun and this year was no exception. Make sure you head over to the Oriental Trading blog to check out all of the party details and see how you can host your own extraordinary summer party!
Have you been to a seafood or crawfish boil? If so, we would love to hear how you make it extraordinary!