Cleveland caterers often say that clambakes are one of the most entertaining ways to host an outdoor summer or fall party. With plenty of food and a casual atmosphere, your guests will feel right at home. How can you have a creative clambake? Here are just a few ideas:
No fuss table settings. Caterers recommend setting up tables with disposable red check plastic tablecloths that are covered in newspaper. In fact, many restaurants put food right on the table, eliminating the need for plates. This is traditional for New England style clambakes and can be lots of fun for guests.
Offer a wide variety. Instead of just offering the normal clams, chicken and corn clambake, explore other options. Having lobster, crab legs or shrimp are other lovely options for a clambake. Adding a few side dishes, such as corn on the cob, coleslaw, pasta salad and potato salad can round out the meal. If these sound more complex to cook, most caterers will be happy to assist.
Make clean up easy. Since there are shells and corn husks to deal with, use a colorful metal or plastic bucket as the centerpiece for trash. It will go with the rustic theme and can be useful as well.
Have the right tools. Make sure to have lobster crackers, small forks and hammers available so your guests can get the smallest pieces of seafood out of the shells. If you are using a catering service, ask them to bring plenty of these handy tools.
Quench thirsts with custom drinks. While it is nice to offer a variety of soda, adding in homemade lemonade and a selection of artisanal beers gives people a way to quench their thirst that is just as special as the meal.
Clambakes can be a fun tradition that you can host every summer. If you are looking for a great clambake menu, contact Special Moments Catering today. We’ll be happy to work with you to create a memorable event your friends and family will never stop talking about.