End of Summer Crab Boil

August is here, and it’s a great time to gather family or friends to soak up those last days of summer. I love family-style meals such as a crab boil this time of year. The food is the star of the show and a vital part of the tablescape – decor optional! Additional elements included here are a large paper-sail, light blue taper candles, a few large flowers, and heavy white rope as nautical accents. You can also use other elements such as large seashells, coral or seaglass. Use whatever you have on hand that nods to the sea.


  • Paper-Sail Centerpiece (instructions found in Martha Stewart’s book “Handmade Holiday Crafts” page 248) set in a galvanized bucket filled with white sand.

  • Blue Taper Candles placed in 8oz jelly jars filled with white sand.

  • Glass Bottles labeled “Let’s Sail Away.” Inside, roll up a handwritten note, joke or riddle for guests to enjoy a chuckle or conversation starter.

  • Large Galvanized Tray overlaid with parchment paper to hold the crab boil feast.

Table Setting

  • White Pasta Bowls

  • Individual Ceramic Butter Warmers

  • Linen Napkins

  • Woven Placemats

  • Galvanized Tavern Mugs

  • Crab Napkin Rings

  • Crab Salt & Pepper

  • Crab Bottle Opener

  • Parchment Paper

Crab Boil Menu

Fill a large stock pot halfway with cold water. Season with lemon peels, bay leaves, black pepper, red pepper flakes, Old Bay Seasoning, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil and add crab legs, sausage, potatoes, and corn until cooked. Strain water and serve on a large galvanized tray, newspaper or parchment paper –  enjoy your meal with guests, family style!

Give each guest a bowl of garlic butter for dipping as well as lemons for squeezing (wrapped in cheesecloth and tied with twine to avoid seeds). 

Include special beverages and dessert such as a tiered lemon cake or frozen treat to beat the heat. 

For full instructions visit the blog at www.silvertoothhome.com/blog/crabboil. Enjoy!

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