Host an Outdoor Seafood Party

Warm days and lazy weekends call for hosting outdoor parties!  Today’s post gives an outline and menu for an outdoor seafood party….complete with dessert!  Drawing inspiration from a 1956 New England Cookbook (see source at end of post) this party will sure to be a hit whether you live on the east coast or the midwest!

Lets start with the menu – all recipes/ideas follow menu outline:

Seafood bake or Boil

Parker House Rolls         Mustard Pickles

Marble Cake

Watermelon Refresher

Interested in creating a real New England Clambake?  Read the excerpt below for tips and tricks ( and a little 1950’s view of history):

For a simpler take on this classic dish, I love Farmhouse Rules Nancy Fuller’s Summer Shrimp Boil.  Includes both your main dish and sides!

Farmhouse Rules Summer Shrimp Boil 


Parker House Rolls

Mustard Pickles

Marble Cake

Watermelon Refresher – From Better Homes and Garden

Prep time: 5 minutes. In a blender, combine 6 cups peeled seedless watermelon (about 4½ lb, or 1 small melon), 1/2 cup lime juice, ¼ cup mint leaves, and 1 Tbsp sugar; puree until mixture is smooth and only flecks of mint remain. Add 1 cup white rum, stir to combine, and cover and refrigerate until cold. Serve with ice. (The watermelon mixture — before you add the rum — can be made up to 6 hours ahead. Refrigerate until serving.) Makes 6 cocktails.

Now that we have the menu, lets looks at some decorating ideas to help set the mood!  

Images from Better Homes and Garden.

Whether its a celebration for two or twenty-two, this party would the be highlight of anyone’s summer!  
Happy Planning!



The New England Cookbook, 1956, Book Production Industries, Inc.

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