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How to Throw the Best Low Country Boil Get Together

Get tips to host an amazing low country boil get together your friends and family will love. Style a casual but beautiful tablescape.

Have you ever been to or hosted a low country boil get together?

Do you know what a low country boil is?

Well, my family calls it a shrimp boil but it’s same thing!

My brother-in-law prepares a low country boil every year when my family vacations together in the OBX.

Otherwise known as the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Which by the way, is the best place to vacation ever!

We’ve spent a week there every summer for the past 16 years.

I’ll have to write a blog post about that some day!

But let’s get back to this post!

Just wait until Saturday when we share the menu for this party!

It’s amazing!!

And if you don’t know already, you’ll learn exactly what a low country boil is.

Ok…I’ll give you a hint…shrimp, corn on the cob, sausage, potatoes!

And that’s it…I’m not telling you anything else…yet!

Do you love to entertain?

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Since you love to entertain like Anne & I, you’ll love our monthly virtual supper club posts.

Every month we get together with our friends Stacy, Rachel, Jen, and Michele and share our tablescapes and recipes on our blogs.

It’s so fun to see what everyone in our group comes up with each month.

There’s so much talent and creativity with this bunch of bloggers.

And to add even more inspiration, we now have a guest host join us each month too!

We’re thrilled to welcome Regina from Saved by Salvage this month.

She loves a good thrift find and is so talented at giving things new life.

Regina has the same hanging basket from Target as me (so I knew I liked her right then!) and you should see how she transformed it!

This month our virtual supper club is featuring low country boil tablescape ideas today and delicious recipes for things to serve at your new shrimp boil or cookout.

Get the links to our previous tablescapes for even more inspiration at the end of this post.

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But that’s enough about us…let’s talk more about this month’s theme… and my colorful low country tablescape!

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How to Style a Table for a Low Country Boil

table set with red and white check table cloth for low country boil dinner

I don’t usually decorate with a lot of color in my house.

I like neutrals…neutrals…neutrals.

Now are you singing that tik tok song? LOL

When I started researching low country boil ideas, I found so many pretty tables with lots of color.

I’ll be honest with you, when we’re at the beach and have our shrimp boil there’s no styling a beautiful tablescape.

We use disposable aluminum pans and sometimes we even throw newspaper over the table.

It’s not fancy but it tastes so good!

Especially at the beach!!

However, styling this tablescape at home gave me the opportunity to be more creative.

I had so much fun with this table!

low country boil table scape with red pail next to plate

Anne’s son just graduated from NC State.

She and his other room mates moms threw a party for the graduates.

And guess what…it was a low country boil!

Anne shared a few of the tips from their gathering and one was to use a plastic table cloth or layers to protect the table surface.

Since I was using a fun red and white checkered fabric table cloth, I decided to add a Kraft paper runner on top of table cloth to protect table.

S2M Tip: Use a plastic disposable table cloth under fabric table cover to protect table

How to Set Place Settings for a Shrimp Boil

small colander on top of blue plastic plate and galvanized charger

I found these super cute little metal colanders to serve our low country boil in.

There are a lot of juices so using a colander allows the extra juice to drain.

I set the colanders on a disposable blue plastic plate.

The higher sides of the plastic plate catches any extra liquids from the meal.

And the blue gives each place setting a pop of color.

Under the plastic plates I used my galvanized metal chargers which add more stability to the disposable plates.

S2M Tip: Use disposable plastic plates because they’re stronger than paper, catch any extra liquids, and allow for easy clean up.

red tin pail with flatware inside striped napkin

I wrapped the silverware in a striped white & blue napkin.

Then I tucked the flatware and cloth napkin in a small red tin pail.

Styling the utensils like this not only looks great…it adds more red and blue color to the table.

glass mug with handle next to bottle of sparkling water on table

Even if you’re serving beer or wine with dinner, you want to give your guest water too.

I added a bottle of sparkling water with a glass mug next to each place setting.

Then, I just popped in a colorful straw!

Where Do Guests Peel Shrimp

galvanized bucket with chalkboard label and handle

You want to provide container for shrimp parts that don’t get eaten for your guests.

I found these cute galvanized buckets for a great price and knew they’d be perfect for our low country boil table.

On the chalkboard label you could write anything you want like…welcome, enjoy, yum, trash, shrimp tails, nasty stuff. LOL!

Be creative!

How to Decorate Low Country Boil Centerpiece

wood apple basket on kraft paper runner in middle of table

I wanted to keep the middle of the table uncluttered.

A big beautiful centerpiece wouldn’t work well for this type of dinner party.

You need lots of room for food.

Because let’s face it, this party is all about the food!

A low country boil is a bit messy so having extra napkins handy is a good idea.

I used a bushel basket in the middle of the table and filled it with more blue & white striped napkins.

faux sunflowers in mason jar on wood riser next to votive candle

On either side of the bushel basket, I styled a small square wood riser with mason jars.

The larger Ball mason jar is used as a vase for some pretty flowers.

Can you believe these aren’t real?

Well, maybe you could tell since I left the paper wrapped around the stems when I put them in the jar.

Oh, and there’s no water in the vase, so…

LOL!

But still, I think they look pretty darn good!

In the little mason jar, I added a clear glass filled votive candle.

filled glass votive inside small mason jar on table

I also added a few more candles around the table.

Candles are always a great idea when styling a tablescape.

But putting the candles and flowers in mason jars it coordinates with the casual vibe of the low country boil party.

side board console table with jug filled with faux sunflowers and mirror leaning on wall

Don’t forget to add a bit of décor to any sideboards or buffet tables you have in the room where you’re entertaining.

Normally, I’d host a party like this outdoors but it was raining, so we moved everything inside.

You may have to be flexible, especially with weather, because we have no control over it.

over head view of place setting for shrimp boil

I really love how everything came together for this vibrant tablescape.

The colors are amazing for a casual get together with family or friends.

dining room table styled for low country boil party

I hope you got some great ideas to host your own low country boil get together this summer!

Be sure to check out the other bloggers below for even more inspiration.

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More Low Country Boil Tablescape Ideas from Our Friends

Next up on the tour is our friend Rachel from The Pond’s Farmhouse.

Wait until you see how she styled her outdoor table!

Be sure to click each of the blog names below the photos to get even more inspiration for your low country boil table.

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All our previous tablescape ideas just click the link for even more inspiration:

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Cindy

Monday 30th of May 2022

I have never done this before. All of you have shared great inspiration. Love your table!

AnnMarie

Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Thanks so much Cindy! It's such a fun idea. We do a shrimp boil at the beach every year with my family.

stacy

Friday 27th of May 2022

Love the strainer idea for the table settings. Super cute and I love how the whole table looks! Pinned!!!

Anne

Friday 27th of May 2022

Wasn't that so much fun? This was a great theme again this month! Can't wait to see everyone's recipes.

Regina Jenkins

Thursday 26th of May 2022

Ok those little colanders are the cutest. I need them. You have it all covered here, love the pails with the silverware too. So excited to be a part this month!

AnnMarie

Thursday 26th of May 2022

Thanks so much Regina! It was so fun having you join us this month. :)

Laurie

Thursday 26th of May 2022

Love the little white colanders. Great idea!

AnnMarie

Thursday 26th of May 2022

Thanks Laurie! Aren't they the cutest? Have you every been to a low country boil?

Jen

Thursday 26th of May 2022

Your table turned out so cute, AnnMarie! The use of the colanders is such a clever idea. And the Outerbanks sound amazing! Definitely going on my wish list for places to visit.

AnnMarie

Thursday 26th of May 2022

Thanks so much Jen! Those colanders were the perfect size for each place setting. Such a fun theme this month.