11 Easy Ideas for an Old-Fashioned Clambake
Make the most of summer with a classic clambake. Just follow these simple steps to throw the best one yet.
Host a clambake to celebrate summer
Summer is the time for seafood! Turn your get together around a bounty from the ocean into a memorable event with these easy tips. Don’t miss the ultimate guide to hosting your own clambake this summer.
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Send a real, paper invitation
Mail from friends is so rare! Get your guests excited by sending a nautical-themed invitation. They’re easy to find on Etsy, like this one here, or Amazon. With invites so cute, you’ll be pinned to your guests’ refrigerators all summer!
Sweeten up the tea
Try clams, crab and crawfish
If you live on the East Coast, you’ll definitely want clams at your clambake (obviously!), but you can add other seafood, too! Those in the South might want to add crawfish. Just check out this simple low country boil recipe. Otherwise, try a nice crab boil!
Have less mess with lobster rolls
For a party with cleaner hands and less mess try a lobster roll bar. Start with our favorite basic recipe and give your guests toppings and sauces to customize their roll.
A little kitsch goes a long way
Who can dig into any kind of butter-slathered seafood without thinking of the classic plastic bibs handed out old-school steak and lobster joints? Luckily you don’t need to be a restaurant owner to snag this fun party accessory. Order some here and your guests will be giggling with delight as they tie one on for the meal.
Add pops of citrus
Any seafood soirée needs plenty of citrus both for adding brightness to a seafood bounty and for hands that smell lemon fresh.
No sticky fingers
Sticky fingers are not pleasant! Don’t leave guests to wipe their hands on the tablecloth or worse, their pants! Make sure to have lots of napkins and wet wipes available. To make clean up a little more fun, you can order custom pictures or words on the wipe envelope by planning a few weeks ahead.
Round out the feast
Seafood is the star of this show but don’t forget to make it a meal by adding sides. It’s best to have items that guests can eat with their hands or while standing. Try hush puppies, corn on the cob, or one of these make-ahead finger foods.
Create a custom cocktail
Surprise guests with a signature big-batch cocktail instead of the tired ice chest full of beer! This batch-made party drink saves you from having to play bartender all day while giving your guests something unique! Be sure to include a tasty mocktail for younger guests and designated drivers. Adding lemon or mint will make an excellent drink to pair with sweet, rich seafood.
Keep dessert light and fresh
After an afternoon of filling up on salty seafood, a heavy dessert is not always the most appetizing proposition. Prepare something refreshing and unbaked for your group to end the day on a lighter note. We have more than 25 suggestions of no-bake dessert that will make enough to feed a crowd!
Plan your party favors
Give to-go boxes a memorable twist with personalized stickers or tags to match your nautical theme. Attach them to paper bags, to-go containers and more. You can find customizable options on Etsy (like this one) or on sites like Amazon or Zazzle.