Out of This World Seafood Boil Party Ideas

Family style seafood boil party ideas | Memory in the Making | King crab, lobster, shrimp, Kielbasa sausage, corn, potatoes, Old Bay seasoning
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Warning: Once you follow these seafood boil party ideas…

…this will not be the last time you host one!

This could be the easiest, casual party to throw for the biggest WOW factor! Follow these simple steps and your friends or family will be raving about this party for a long time to come!

The first time we tried a seafood boil was on a quick, summer weekend family vacation at our lake house in Wisconsin. It was such a huge hit, my mother-in-law requested it again for her next birthday party!  She was even lobbying for us to change our customary Christmas Eve dinner menu to this too. Ha! The prep and the clean-up is such a breeze! So I happily added it to our calendar for her next birthday party.

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Seafood Boil Party Ideas to Buy

Keep in mind that once you get these seafood boil party supplies the first time, it will take you even less effort for the next party! Since I am confident you are going to get suckered into hosting this kind of party many times, I recommend you invest in an outdoor boiler.

We had initially got the idea from my sister who was bragging on her mother-in-law for having hosted a seafood boil party. My initial assumption was that it would be a challenging recipe, so I asked her for tips. She has a Bayou Classic 44-Quarter Stainless Steel Outdoor Cooker/Boiler Kit and we’ve been lucky enough to borrow it from her a few times!

Shout out to Gramma Shelly!

Before you go any further, do yourself a favor and save this Pin to your Pinterest party board or send yourself a link now, so you can refer back to this when you’re ready to host.

These are my no-fuss, recommendations to click, click add to your Amazon cart and move on with your busy day:

Outdoor Seafood Boiler | Seafood Boil Party Ideas
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Bayou Classic 44-Quarter Stainless Steel Outdoor Cooker/Boiler Kit

Tools and butter warmers are helpful and add to the fun experience. These were the ones I ordered, and they have worked great!

Butcher paper will serve as your functional table décor. You can choose between the pink or the brown color. I opted for this pink one because it seemed thicker and I liked the way it popped with the food on the table setting. Made for a super easy clean-up!

If the dining table you’re serving on is nice wood and you are worried, you can cover with a plastic tablecloth. The first party I was extra precautious. The second time, I wasn’t worried anymore so I skipped it. Entirely up to you.

  • Premium Disposable Rectangular Plastic Tablecloth (54 in. x 108 in.) – 3 pack
  • Propane tank
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Grocery Shopping List

  • 3 tbsp of Old Bay seasoning
  • Small potatoes, like Little Potato Company (~5 to 10 mini potatoes per person)
  • 3 lbs. of cooked Kielbasa sausage (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • Full head of garlic cloves, whole and peeled
  • FRESH ears of corn, halved (~1 half per person)
  • King crab legs (~1 leg for every 1 to 2 people)
  • Lobster tails  (~1 tail per person)
  • 4 lbs. of uncooked and deveined shrimp
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • Serve melted, salted butter for dipping (optional)
  • Box of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix*
    • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Fresh bread from bakery section (like Sourdough or Italian)*
  • Spaghetti*

Grocery Hacks:

  • Any potatoes will work fine, but we chose the mini potatoes to skip chopping.
  • Our grocery store sells pre-peeled garlic cloves in a sealed bag, refrigerated section.
  • Frozen corn ends up really soggy. Opt for the fresh ears, instead.


If you have children at the party, you may want to make buttered noodles. My daughters were so happy!

We served both the biscuits and the bread. You could certainly choose one over the other. Our group loved the nostalgia of Red Lobster biscuits and I preferred the fresh bread because it created a nice break from the salty food.

If you choose to make the Red Lobster biscuits, I recommend you make them before your guests arrive to make the party even more stress-free. However, they are so simple so it will not be hard to bake them while entertaining. Then, re-warmed before just serving in the microwave. Cover with a damp paper towel at 60% heat for about 30 seconds or until they reach your desired temperature. You will be melting the dipping butter at that time anyway. Just separate a small amount of it, mix with their seasoning packet and brush on the warmed biscuits. This will only a minute.

Tablescape Ideas

Now that you’ve purchased your seafood accessories and butcher paper, your tablescape is well on it’s way to having that WOW factor! Gather a few items that you already have around the house.

Remember the seafood is the star of the table!

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Here are a few additional options:

  • You will want to place a few empty bowls, buckets or cast-iron pans on the table for your party guests to dispose of their empty shells.
  • Something about the casual style of seafood boil just calls for a roll of paper towels on the table. Functional and fits the aesthetic.
  • Add a few brightly colored, fresh flowers to a mason jar or vase.
  • Add a few candles to the table.
For presentation purposes:

First, gather everything in advance and lay it out on the table so you know where everything will go. Just before dumping the seafood, you’ll need to move things like the butter warmers and bowls out of the way.

Next, I use tongs to quickly take a few of the pieces out and evenly distribute the different types of food across the table. I recommend having someone strong to hold the pot and finish dumping the rest on the table.

Then, once your food is spread out, quickly pop the dishes and accessories back into place.

Lastly, instruct your party guests to refill their drinks (and yours!) and gather near to be ready to dig in, immediately following! Eat while it’s warm.

Seafood Boil Party Recipe
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Out of This World Seafood Boil Party Recipe

Print Recipe
The easiest, casual party to throw for the biggest WOW factor!
King crab, lobster, shrimp, Kielbasa sausage, corn, potatoes, Old Bay seasoning
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crab legs, lobster tails, old bay, seafood boil, shrimp
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 6 Adults
Cost $$$$$


  • 1 Outdoor Boiler i.e. Bayou Classic 44-Quarter Stainless Steel Outdoor Cooker/Boiler Kit


  • 3 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1.5 lb Small Potatoes Gold or mixed bag (i.e. Little Potato Company)
  • 3 lbs Cooked Kielbasa sausage Cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 head Full head of garlic cloves, whole and peeled
  • 3 ears Fresh ears of corn on the cobb Cut in half
  • 6 legs King crab legs
  • 6 tails Lobster tails
  • 4 lbs Uncooked and deveined shrimp i.e. 26/30 count size
  • 2 Lemons Cut in half
  • 3/4 lb. Salted butter For serving melted


  • Add proper amount of water to the pot.
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the Old Bay seasoning to the water.
    3 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • Drop in the potatoes, sausage and garlic; cook for 10 minutes
    1.5 lb Small Potatoes, 3 lbs Cooked Kielbasa sausage, 1 head Full head of garlic cloves, whole and peeled
  • Melt the dipping butter on the stove or in the microwave.
    3/4 lb. Salted butter
  • Drop in the corn, crab and lobster; cook for another 5 minutes.
    3 ears Fresh ears of corn on the cobb, 6 legs King crab legs, 6 tails Lobster tails
  • Drop in the shrimp and lemons; cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
    4 lbs Uncooked and deveined shrimp, 2 Lemons
  • Have potholders handy to remove the Outdoor Boiler's basket from the water and drain the water.
  • Dump across the table and serve immediately!


This recipe will serve approximately 6 adults. To determine quantity of ingredients suited for your party size and budget, and for best results, fully read all instructions in this post.
Once the water is boiling in your Outdoor Boiler, this only takes 18 minutes to cook. Before you begin, have all ingredients prepped, set nearby and ready to add to the boiling water at the correct time.
You will need to ensure you have the proper amount of water for your seafood Boiler. Place the sizeable, prepared ingredients into separate bags. Place the bagged ingredients into the basket within the Boiler pot. Fill the water to the fill line. Remove the basket, remove your ingredients, and keep easily accessible.
If the crab, lobster and/or shrimp are frozen, follow the quick thaw instructional video below. Ensure the shellfish is safely cooked to the minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees. Follow time recommendations as closely as possible to avoid overcooking the seafood.
See other instructions in this post for recommendations of what to serve with, such as Red Lobster biscuits, bread or buttered pasta for children.

Licking Your Chops Over These Seafood Boil Party Ideas?

You should be! You are in for a treat!

Before you go, I have a few extra tips to have handy, and make your party go as smoothly as possible. Watch these two videos on how to thaw your shellfish and/or how to cut open a boiled lobster, below to learn before you start the party.

Lastly, you’ll be purchasing butcher paper for your seafood boil tablescape, so I wanted to make sure you saw my other post, Butcher Paper Party Hacks and More! You’ll see why I’m obsessed, and you will be too! The rolls are huge and will leave you with a lot of extra, so put it to good use!

Without a doubt, save this Out of This World Seafood Boil Party Ideas Pin on your board!

…Or text a link to your partner in crime!

How to Quick Thaw Shellfish

How to Cut Open a Boiled Lobster

Watch this super quick technique from eHow Food @cookingguide on YouTube on how to get the lobster out of the tail.

Celebrating a Special Occasion?

Send out an invitation to your guests to announce the occasion!

Here’s a super cute, DIY customizable invitation you can instantly download to print or send the image via text message courtesy of @mheavendesigns on Etsy.

Here's a super cute, DIY customizable invitation you can instantly download to print or send the image via text message available on Etsy.
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How’d Your Party Go?!

I’d LOVE to hear your feedback on the party and if your guests have already asked you to host this seafood boil party again!

Please add to the comments below or tag me on a picture of your beautiful tablescape on Facebook @meminthemaking or Instagram @meminthemaking!

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