My husband is a big fan of shrimp and I wanted to prepare shrimp in a more fun way. Rather than resorting to the usual entertaining themes I've done, I looked to the South for some inspiration. That's when I learned all about Low Country Boils. Low Country Boils are a very casual dining event where a large pot of seasoned water cooks an entire meal of potatoes, corn on the cob, sausage and of course, lots of shrimp. Little did I realize how much fun and how easy it was to throw a Low Country Boil!
To make our event even more special, FoodBuzz is featuring our C'mon Y'all... It's a Low Country Boil! Party for their August 24x24 Food Event. The FoodBuzz's 24x24 Food Event showcases food blog posts from 24 Foodbuzz Featured Publisher bloggers of 24 unique meals occurring around the globe during a 24-hour period. I was thrilled to be featured this month!
We originally wanted to host our Low Country Boil outdoors, but due to the unpredictable weather here in Chicago, we decided it would be best to have the party indoors with air conditioning. I would love to do this again outdoors next time!
For our table setting, I wanted it to be casual yet elegant. Traditional low country boils are served directly on newspaper or in large platters, often on festive red and white checkered tablecloths. Well, I combined the two ideas by lining the end of our dining table with newspapers and the center of our dining table with a neutral tablecloth. I used red plate chargers for each place setting, which gave a pop of color. There wasn't a need for any centerpieces, since the food was the main attraction on the table.
Full Disclosure: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a stipend from FoodBuzz for hosting this event.