Wednesday, July 23, 2014

new england clam bake

If you know me at all, you know I love to entertain. It doesn't take more than a soft breeze to get me in gear. So when my daughters' school auction needed some dinner themed donations, I jumped at the chance to host a New England Clam Bake (keeping in theme with the auction). Joining me as host are my co-chairs, Shannon and Laura.

It's been fun scouting local venues for hosting this type of a dinner. Wanting to be on, or near the beach, we looked at some charming VRBO properties and historic sites offered through Seattle Parks and Recreation.
charming waterfront VRBO property

The beach house at Golden Gardens can be rented for events
But in the end we found a charming house boat on Lake Union. With stunning views of the Seattle skyline as a back drop (and 80 weather), this will surely be the perfect spot for our guests to sit back and enjoy a lovely evening.

If you're looking for a fun idea for a casual party, I encourage you to host a New England Clam Bake. It's pretty easy to pull together and creates a festive event perfect for connecting. Here's our menu:

lobster mac 'n cheese
jumbo shrimp in cocktail sauce
Chesapeake Bay crab cakes
first course
chilled melon with mint soup
traditional boil with
clams, mussels, crawfish, chorizo, potatoes, corn cobs
berry crisp with vanilla ice cream
specialty drink (lemonade, Malibu rum, coconut liquor, prosecco)
lemonade, dry white wine, beer

If you feel compelled to find your own beachfront home to host a New England Clam Bake, this beautiful 3.77 acre property on 400' of waterfront on pristine Case Inlet is on the market. 
until next time.
la chasse au bonheur


  1. Sounds fabulous. You have always been the Queen of entertaining. I need to scout up some old pix from a Fourth of July fete you hosted many many moons ago. One of the pix in particular is quite entertaining. I believe that was the year we had canoe races.

  2. Wow, wow, wow Darcy.... What an absolutely lovely treat for the fortunate auction bidders! Our mouths watered reading the menu, and the setting you selected appears idyllic. The evening must have been great fun, while capturing New England charm!