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Life's a beach so let's have a clambake!

Get the gang together for a clambake at your summer beach house--no actual beach required!


A simple stovetop clambake is the centerpiece of this casual seafood feast. 

Clam Bake: Enjoy a hearty clambake without having to dig a sandpit. (Notes: This recipe can easily be divided between two large pots if you don't have one that's large enough.)

Lobster Rolls: Wow your friends with this decadent Atlantic coast treat. (Note: To serve as appetizers, simply slice into smaller pieces or use small dinner rolls.)

Blackberry and Blueberry Pie: Summer's best berries are baked into a pie.

Cape Cod: Relax on the shore with an East Coast classic.

Party Ideas & Tips

With a few key moves you can transform even the most landlocked living space into a seaside retreat.

  • Decorate with sun-bleached greens, blues, and lots of white; and break out all the souvenir shells, starfish, driftwood, and coral you’ve been hoarding. Scour an import store for inexpensive beach-themed tableware and accessories, and drape fisherman's netting (unused, of course) around a white tablecloth for your buffet. For extra style points, set out pots of tall, luxuriant grasses to wave in the breeze.
  • Ask your guests to wear casual sundresses, straw hats, blue shirts, khaki shorts…you know the look. (Luckily for your friends the lobster on the menu doesn't require cracking so they won’t suffer the humiliation of wearing little bibs.) A clambake does require two-fisted eating, so be sure to have a big table and plenty of seating.
  • If your outdoor space is especially sundrenched, consider renting a large portable garden canopy, preferably one draped with white mesh, and set up wicker furniture or deck chairs in the shade. When night falls, make a little magic with strands of twinkly white lights or paper lanterns, and set out candles in hurricane lamps. And if you have the space, drinks around a fire pit would be perfectly beachy.

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