There are some meals that define summer, like barbeques and clam bakes. For me, nothing screams summer dinner party more than a whole bunch of fresh seafood paired with ice cold drinks. A few weeks ago I partnered with my friends at Drizly and Stella Artois to host the perfect summer dinner party, a Seafood Soirée. Lobsters and beer and ciders? Yes please!
Stella Artois’ signature lager is the perfect companion with a seafood dinner- it’s light and refreshing and not overly filling, leaving lots of room for all the food you’ll be eating. If you or your dinner party guests are more of a cider drinker than a beer drinker (like me), Stella’s got you covered there with Stella Artois Cidre. Their hard cider is super yummy with just the right amount of fruity sweetness and crisp finish. It’s a great thirst quencher for a warm summer day. I loved the way the sweet apple taste paired with what MJD likes to call sweet meat- aka lobster.
A Seafood Soirée with Stella Artois is the ultimate ending to a sunny beach day with family and friends. While the menu is impressive, it doesn’t have to be difficult to host this dinner party. I’d so much rather spend time at the beach than in the kitchen, even though I love to cook, so I enlisted the help of our seaside fish market to cook the lobsters for me. Most places that sell lobsters will do this for you and it’s such a good thing to take advantage of to make things a bit easier on the hostess. Drizly also is a huge helper when it comes to this- just order your Stella Artois lager and Stella Artois Cidre and for delivery (free delivery on both items this month 😉 )and you can save yourself another trip to the store!
For the soirée, we started with appetizers of shrimp cocktail and oysters with a post- beach beer and cider. The main course included some of my favorite summer foods: lobster, steamed littlenecks, corn, a simple salad and watermelon. Of course, we can’t forget dessert and I served my Skillet Blueberry Crisp made with local New Jersey blueberries to finish off the meal.
You know I love me a good tablescape- no dinner party is complete with out a few fun additions to the table. I again tried to stick to a core color theme- blue and white- and added in some seaside accents, like fish platters, to complete the look. My favorite things about the Seafoode Soirée tablescape were the napkins and the flowers. I used Shreve, Crump and Low’s signature gurgling cod pitcher to display the quintessential summer arrangement of hydrangeas and sunflowers. This was my first time using the gurgling cod pitcher as a vase and I have a feeling I’ll be doing it a ton more :). The napkins I found on major sale at Target as part of their Marimekko collection. Tied up with a piece of rope, the pop of color and fun patterns added that little something extra the table needed. I also love that the Stella Artois and Stella Artois Cidre bottles are pretty on their own adding to the fun and relaxed table.
Happy Party Planning!
FYI- This post was sponsored by Drizly and Stella Artois. All images and opinions are my own.