The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and there's nothing better than spending time outdoors with family and friends!
One of our favorite summertime activities here at East Coast Clambakes is *drum roll* hosting clambake parties! Our name says it all; we are the experts in this one!
And if you're thinking about hosting your own clambake event, we've put together a handy checklist to help you.
Whether you're hosting a small gathering or a large party, these tips will make sure your event is one to remember!
Location, Location, Location!
One of the most important aspects of throwing a great clambake party is picking the perfect location!
We all know that clambakes are best enjoyed outdoors, so pick a spot with a good view of the water (if you're near a beach or lake).
You also want to make sure you have a spot that's big enough to accommodate all your guests and has easy access to water for cooking. If you're lucky enough to live near the beach, that's the perfect spot for a clambake!
Don't have a beach nearby? No problem! Any large backyard will do just fine!
Or even if it's just a simple indoor gathering with friends or family, it is sure to bring everyone together with its laid-back and relaxing vibes guaranteed to be enjoyed by all!
Make A Guest List
Once you've settled on a location, it's time to start making your guest list.
Why? Well, this will help you determine how much food you'll need to prepare.
When it comes to a clambake event, bigger is always better! Invite your friends and family for an unforgettable and more enjoyable party with each additional guest. Make sure this event goes down in history as the biggest and best clambake of all time!
Also, don't forget to send out invitations early! The earlier you can send out invitations, the better!
This will give your guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if needed to be.
And for a truly unique experience, why not express your invitations in the form of seashells or sand dollars? This is sure to leave an impression on all of your guests!
Create A Festive Atmosphere
It's a fact that clambakes are the perfect way to celebrate with family and friends!
And to turn up the fun, set up some games or have music playing in the background. This will not only create a more relaxed atmosphere for your guests while they wait for dinner, but it'll make sure everyone has an even better time afterward!
Also, you can enhance your event space with eye-catching nautical decorations like life preservers, lanterns, and seashells! Or a picnic area filled with cozy beach chairs and soft blankets for your guests to lounge in!
And to capture all the fun memories, why not add a photo booth equipped with props that are inspired by the sea? It'll be an unforgettable day!
Have Backup Plans For Bad Weather
If you're throwing your clambake party outdoors, always have backup plans for bad weather—just in case!
Of course, no one wants their party ruined by rain or thunderstorms! But unfortunately, rain is always a possibility during the summer months!
So, make sure to have some backup plans in place, such as a few tents on hand in, and make sure there's plenty of indoor space available in case you need to move the party inside.
Clambakes take quite a bit of planning and preparation—so don't leave everything until the last minute!
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to shop for groceries, set up your cooking area, and get everything ready before your guests arrive. The last thing you want is to be running around like a chicken with its head cut off when people start showing up at your door.
You also want to ensure you have all the necessary supplies, such as seafood, seasonings, firewood, and plates and utensils. Additionally, you'll need to make arrangements for cooking and serving the food.
Pro tip? Let our professional team here at East Coast Clambakes take care of the catering!
From food and refreshments to tables—we've got it covered! You don't have to worry about a thing. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy!
The most important tip of all is to relax and have fun!
Enjoy yourself and create lasting memories with your friends and family!
This is supposed to be a fun event for you and your guests, so don't stress yourself out too much trying to make everything perfect. Things will inevitably go wrong, but as long as you're having fun, none of that will matter in the end.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Wrapping It Up
When you're in the mood for a fun social gathering or simply fancy feasting on lots of seafood, the clambake is always a good idea! No matter the occasion, it is sure to please everyone!
Just remember to choose the right location, plan ahead with East Coast Clambakes, and most importantly—have fun!
Keep these clambake party ideas and tips in mind next time you throw one so that you can sit back and relax, knowing that everything will go off without a hitch and your event will be one that everyone will remember for years to come!
So, what are you waiting for? Start making plans for your next clambake party today!
Contact us here at East Coast Clambakes, and let's begin planning a memorable clambake event that will be remembered fondly forever!