summer clambake!

Happy lovely summer weekend!

One of the “summer things to do” in New England is to enjoy lobster season with a clambake/lobster bake. The menu is really basic and always fresh, which typically consists of lobsters, clams, crabs, corn on the cob, artichokes, clam chowder and any vegetable or seafood items you want to add in, such as a fresh farmer’s market salad to kick-off the meal.

Often times for a summer wedding or rehearsal dinner, couples will design their event around a nautical/clambake theme and menu for a more laid-back summer vibe and guests tend to really enjoy it.

Eating lobster can be messy, so I love the idea of covering a table with newspaper and serving your clambake family style.  To try to make a traditional clambake formal would be forcing it. I would suggest going with it and enjoying a casual, carefree summer night with the delicious & fresh ingredients that this time of year has to offer.

I am inspired by the mix of images below from tablescapes, to inspiration on how to present the food, to some fun details to help bring your summer clambake to life.

summer clambake!


Row 1 | family style clambake with newspaper “tablecloth” – recipe included via

Row 2| nautical rehearsal dinner place setting | seafood mallet
Row 3 | rope knot napkin tie & tablescape, both from a nautical rehearsal dinner hosted by a New York couple for their guests in Healdsburg, CA.  See more on this adorable event via Martha Stewart.
Row 4 | nautical tablescape
Row 4 | fabulous ice bucket | customizable invitation {available electronically and/or in print by paperless post}
Row 5 | grilled clambake recipe {love the idea of grilling everything versus a traditional boil} | every hostess/event planner should have bug screen on hand for an outdoor event.  This beautifully made organic bug screen by Farmasthetics would be my choice {without any toxic ingredients}

Wishing you a carefree summer weekend ahead!


About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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