Spring is the perfect time to host an outdoor party. Not too hot, not too cold, and if you're really lucky you get one of those perfectly sunny spring days like we did to enjoy with family and friends. A few weeks ago we threw our second annual crawfish boil for my husband's birthday. Here are some of my party-hosting tips and a few pictures from our bash!
Food - Always gotta start there! Pick a main dish for everything to center around. It's crawfish season and being that I'm from Louisiana, obviously we did crawfish. I guess you can take the girl outta Louisiana, but you cant take the Louisiana outta the girl ;) Luckily I've also converted my hubby into a crawfish eater too! Some other great main dish ideas would be steaks, kebobs, sandwiches, whatever! As hosts, we supply that, and then try to outsource a lot of the other stuff. That way, these bashes don't get too expensive or overwhelming trying to cook a million dishes. Our family likes to cook and bake so it's usually not hard to create a big spread.
Drink - We invited about 50 people, so we thought a keg would be the best way to go. Plus, it was Mark's birthday so we went with the Texas classic, Shiner Bock. But do whatever goes with your theme! Flavored lemonade and waters, sangria, or just good ol' BYOB are always good too!
Music - Definitely get your music figured out before the party starts. I like to have mine jammin while we are getting everything ready. That way you know the music works and the volume is right. For our party we kept with the theme and listened to some zydeco, country, and I threw in a little Elton John radio on Pandora; it's good stuff that everyone enjoys!
Entertainment - A crawfish boil is great because it's food + entertainment all in one-- it's really about the hangout and atmosphere! In between chowing down at the table when the batches of crawdads were ready, we had our corn hole game set up and lots of chairs out on the patio and in the lawn for people to relax and mingle. We also had NCAA games playing on the outdoor TV. A crawfish boil is really about the experience.
What to wear - Being outside and enjoying the sun and crawfish, you gotta keep it casual and comfy. You don't want to wear anything super nice that might get ruined. I picked up this tank at Target. I thought it was perfect for our Louisiana-style bash.
Laissez les bon temps roulez!