In the spring of 2014 my family and I went on a fantastic vacation to Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. It was my first visit to the Southeast and I fell in love. The Midwest will always be my favorite, but southern food and hospitality were too wonderful to leave behind. Last year at the end of summer I hosted a Low Country Boil. It was so much delicious fun that I decided to make it an annual event. This year was the 2nd Annual Late Summer Social/Low Country Boil. Today I will be sharing some pictures from the get together.
This is such a great event to host because the food cooks up fast meaning I didn’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen away from my guests. It is casual and lends itself to being social without being stuffy.
The menu was simple with a shrimp boil as the main course, a cold rice salad, fresh fruit, homemade pimento cheese, and crusty bread on the side. I made peach & mint infused water in addition to a selection of canned craft beers, limonata, and sparkling waters to drink. I had a handful of vegetarian guests so I made a small boil of just corn & potatoes and still used the boil seasoning to add to their flavor.
I ordered the koozies from a seller on etsy. This was the best option I found when looking to order a smaller quantity. I put the same quotation from the invitation on the koozie. In lieu of traditional food labels I wrote directly on my newspaper covered tables to let guests know what was what everything was. It was a last minute decision, but it helped me organize my table and kept me from explaining what was in each item.
I am lucky enough to have generous friends; many of them volunteered to bring something. One friend brought an additional appetizer and two brought extra desserts. I made a three layer coconut cake totally from scratch, which tasted better than it looked and my friend brought a chocolate pie with a graham cracker crust and a peach pie. Both fit perfectly with the southern theme. It was a fantastic afternoon and I am already thinking ahead to next year.
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