Host a Clambake
Set the Table
You don’t need to be at the beach to host a traditional, laid-back New England clambake. Just dress a picnic table with a red and white checkered tablecloth and, for an extra touch, tie white linen napkins with a starfish.
To buy: From $30, surlatable.com.
Stock the Bar
Basic plastic cups can be boring. You can keep the dishes solid if you add bright stripes to the glassware.
To buy: $7 for 12, shopsweetlulu.com.
Place a communal bowl in the center of the table so guests discard empty shells in style. This galvanized bucket is cute enough to step in as a centerpiece.
To buy: Unfortunately, this item is no longer available.
Give each guest a lobster cracker to help them dig into lobster, crab, or whatever shellfish you're serving.
To buy: $10, surlatable.com.
Make Clean-Up a Cinch
Beware: Seafood crackers and buttery dips can be messy! Put a plastic bib at each place setting to keep everyone clean and happy as…well, clams.
To buy: $2 for 4, bedbathandbeyond.com.