Whew! It’s been a real whirlwind over the last week or so! Between work, renovating our mudroom, putting together the Husband’s birthday and Father’s Day party and hosting my brother-in-law and his wife; I’ve been a busy bee! At least I’m able to share with you some pretty pictures from the crab feast this weekend!
Father’s Day is special at our house. It always falls within a few days of the Husband’s birthday…and his brother’s birthday. You see, they are exactly three years apart in age. Without any scheduling at all, my MIL was somehow able to have her sons born on the same date. So my Father-in-law always says that his Father’s Day is actually on their birthday. When I asked the Husband what he wanted to celebrate this special day, he said he wanted to crack crabs. While that is definitely a fun and delicious activity, it’s also super messy. It was quite a challenge to figure out how to make such a messy activity look pretty.
Crab Feast Menu:
- Crudites with Hummus & Old Bay
- Crab Chips
- Steamed Crabs (of course!)
- Steamed Shrimp
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Summer Slaw
- Cake: Death by Chocolate
Crab Feast Decor:
As far as decor goes, I wanted to give a nod to the nautical aspects of crabbing, without going overboard. The Husband’s design style is ultra-modern/contemporary so I knew that using a lot of vintage nautical touches would not represent him well. To do this I bought two different sizes of rope and twine from the hardware store. I made three different garlands with the twine by braiding and making nautical knots.
The next challenge I had to figure out was with the plates. Cracking crabs requires lots of pounding with a mallet. It’s not something you want to do on porcelain or ceramic. I ended up finding some fun green and white melamine plates at Target, and they were perfect; even if they were a little noisy.
To make the party feel even more special, I combined battery operated lanterns with the rope and twine to make a chandelier. The different sizes and colors were a lot of fun, and since they were battery operated I didn’t have to worry about a fire hazard when we turned them on.
A simple low-lying centerpiece of succulents in black containers finished off the look without being too fussy or feminine.
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