How To Host A Perfect Seafood Boil

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Photo: Constance Higley
This will become your go-to summer party!

Think you can't pull off a backyard seafood boil? Think again! With warmer temps just around the corner, we are making the case for why a seafood boil should be your summer go-to party. They are big fun, low stress, and with a little extra prep work on the front end, your party will go off without a hitch! What could be better than cooking outside, drinking great wine, and eating seafood right off the grill. Start saving those newspapers now, because we've got a party to throw! Are you ready for your 5 step prep? Let's get started!

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Step One: Party Prep

If you've ever been to a seafood boil, you know that paper napkins or plastic bibs just won't cut it. Make a quick run to IKEA and grab a few bundles of dishtowels to serve instead. Your guests will thank you & they are just a few bucks per bundle and totally worth the trip. Gather up the spices, trash bins, newspaper stack (to line the table, of course), and clear a prep spot in the backyard that is separate from your entertaining space. All the fun will take place on the big table, but it's nice to have a little side table for extra bibs, spices, crackers, etc.

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Step Two: Prep The Food

This is the fun part! Get your water up to a rolling boil and get ready for something delicious. For the most amazing seafood boil recipe hop on over here to see our friend Brendan's insanely delicious concoction. Easy to make & even better to eat, I promise this is one to print out and tape to the fridge.

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Step Three: Prep The Tables

Line the tables with newspaper sheets (I like to do three or four layers because things can get a little messy), bring out big bowls for shells & cobs, and don't forget the straws! Your guests' hands will get messy when they are eating your delicious food, so get some tall glasses for water & give everyone a straw for easy sipping. Or, just save the water for the fishes & sip on some perfectly paired Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay. Just saying, I have yet to meet a better pairing then seafood & crisp white wine. Encourage your guests to discard their shells into the big bowls down the center of the table. This is dual purpose – more room for eating & clean-up duty just became a lot easier! Melt some butter in smaller bowls & pepper those throughout the table, along with some extra spices, and hot sauce for dipping.

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Step Four: Serve It Up!

One of the best parts of a seafood boil is getting to eat with your hands, so embrace the mess! Make sure every spot at the table has a bib (and make sure to get a few extra for the drop-by guest or extra clean-up) & put the crackers and tools within reach. Serve your boil right on top of the newspaper & dig in! I like to leave a little dish of toothpicks out on the table to help pick up those bits of potato or sausage that are too hot to handle. Keep it casual & fun! Don't have matching bowls for the shells or small containers for butter – who cares?! The best part of these parties is being outside with your best friends, drinking wine, & hanging out.

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Step Five: Clean It Up

It's all basically done for you, so don't worry about it! Sit back, relax, drink an extra glass of wine, stuff yourself with delicious seafood, and have the best afternoon you could have hoped for. Have we convinced you to make seafood boils your summer go-to party? We sure hope so!

Original post on LaurenKelp.com