Second Annual Low Country Boil

May 21, 2013


A year ago we decided to live up the summer and invite all of our friends to a big backyard party. The mosquitoes thought that meant them too, so this year we held the event in May in hopes of a picture-perfect day. While we did not get the weather we had hoped for (Mother Nature is sticking to her guns with this Worst Spring Ever business), we had an awesome turnout out friends and plenty of shrimp, kielbasa, corn and potatoes (and beer!) to go around.


This event was sponsored by Great Harvest Bread Co.! Har har.


It was nice to have the tent because it kept everything safe from the swirling misty rain.


We prepped all afternoon. Note my new heritage collection ball jars!


They are more blue than teal compared to the antique version pictured here, but I still love them.


Snack mixes from NatureBox!


Fruit salad


We had three kinds of beer – a Monk’s Bread Multigrain Belgian, a Multigrain IPA and a Jalapeno IPA, which I think stole the show. Matt hit it out of the park with that one! It has all the flavor of jalapeno without toooo much spice. We also had a keg of sparkling water.


Our friends brought so many delicious dishes – this is a snapshot of just the ones there before we dove in, but many more yummy things arrived.


Soon enough it was time to dump out the low country boil –


Always a fun sight to see. Dig in!!! {And here’s a recipe for it}



We had lots of babies in attendance this year : )

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And Mazen had a blast playing with Karen and Tracy!


This is the dessert table also before the gaps were filled in completely. So many amazing things to taste!


We had over 50 people in attendance – can’t wait to do it again next year!

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 21, 2013 at 8:20 am

What a fun, colorful event! I love your invite, too. Your backyard is perfect for parties!


2 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! May 21, 2013 at 8:20 am

MMMMMM! Everything looks so good! Especially the boil itself! I’ve still yet to make one but I love all the ingredients that go into it…it’s just a matter of me buying them all at once and boiling them up! Need to do this this summer for sure! :)


3 Lynn @ the actor's diet May 21, 2013 at 8:28 am

I still wanna do one of these one day! They look like so much fun.


4 Mara May 21, 2013 at 8:42 am

Great party! I would love for you to do a post about prepping, planning, organizing for entertaining. How do you setup tables with food, drinks, plates, utensils, etc? How do you choose your guest list? Where is the invite from? Any tips you can share about entertaining would be fun to know.


5 KathEats May 21, 2013 at 9:08 am

That would make a fun post. Except every party is different! The invite is Paperless Post, which I LOVE for party planning!


6 Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings May 21, 2013 at 8:52 am

This looks like so much fun! I want to do a backyard party this summer asap!


7 Jeri May 21, 2013 at 8:56 am

We did one last yeah for the GT vs VT game as a way to welcome
Georgia to VT. OMG!!!! That was my first one and it was delicious! Havent done one since. I need to. Maybe an end of summer party. After I find those ball mason jars ????


8 jillian May 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

you always inspire me to entertain more! I have a great backyard, i need to get my act together!!! It looks like a fantastic party.


9 Carly @ Snack Therapy May 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

So fun! That invite has to be the cutest thing ever. I don’t even like seafood (and I live in California) and I want to have a low country boil. Something’s not right with this picture ; ).


10 kristen @ verbs and vignettes May 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

I love it!! looks like you had a blast even with the less-than-perfect weather. :) the invitations are awesome. I emailed great invitations to a party last year from red stamp, but it didn’t handle rsvps.

I wonder how I could do a vegetarian boil. haha.


11 Beth @ Mangoes and Miles May 21, 2013 at 9:46 am


I agree, it has been a pretty terrible spring. And even so, my allergies are worse than ever. Mother Nature, what gives? It sounds like y’all had a blast though!


12 Sami May 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

The get-together looks like great fun. You are a wonderful host….and the cute graphics on the invite had me thinking you were serving crawfish. As a Louisiana gal, I was all excited but reading on I see it was shrimp…still delicious…but shrimp definitely don’t have pinchers! lol


13 Lindsay May 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

As always, your photos are truly beautiful. Looks like a fun {and delicious} time! Seafood is one of my favorites to cook during the Summer.


14 Liz @ I Heart Vegetables May 21, 2013 at 10:27 am

Oh my gosh that looks like SO much fun!!!


15 Kieran May 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

Kath, what a fabulous party!! We call it Frogmore Stew. I live here in the Lowcountry–Charleston, SC! We always get our shrimp fresh off the dock. The combination of flavors is always scrumptious! Where do you get your shrimp?


16 KathEats May 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

We got them from a local seafood shop – they were USA low country wild caught : ) Would love to get them right off the docks!


17 Kieran May 23, 2013 at 6:09 am

That’s so nice of you to support the USA shrimping industry! I know our local shrimping families appreciate it. :>)


18 Alex May 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

Jalapeno IPA??? Sounds awesome! Can Matt share the recipe??


19 Matt May 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I brewed an IPA and fully fermented it, crash cooled, and racked to a keg. I actually made a 5gal keg of regular IPA and 2.5gal of Jalapeno in a small keg. I cut one jalapeno in quarters length-wise and put in a hop sack, tied secure with dental floss (everything sanitized well) and then dunked in the 2.5gal keg. I figured it would take 3-5 days, but decided to taste it at 24 hours and it was perfect. Lots of pepper flavor and a nice lingering spice in the aftertaste. I removed the jalapeno sack at 24 hours. Then, I dry-hopped in the keg for 7 days before the party.

If you’re going to do this, just remember that jalapenos can vary wildly with spiciness so you need to taste frequently.


20 alex May 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

I will pass this on to my husband, thanks!


21 Lea May 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

Maybe an odd question… but how do you drain off the water before you pour the food out on the table?


22 KathEats May 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Great question!! That’s the beauty of using Matt’s beer keg kettle – it drains off from the bottom with a hose so we don’t have to tip boiling water over


23 Dani June 6, 2013 at 12:06 am

Where did he find this kettle?? My hubby brews and we are searching high and low for one. Stainless?


24 Ashli @ But What About Protein May 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

Your garden is gorgeous! And I love the blue mason jars – I just bought a couple myself. I’m using them as vases – they look so pretty!


25 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane May 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm

It looks like you still managed to be outside which is nice! Misty May is still probably better than late summer in VA!


26 Mel May 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

That is such a cool invitation!


27 Lisa May 21, 2013 at 12:53 pm

What a fun party! I would love to try to make the ‘boil’…not sure I have a large enough container but I’ll do my best!


28 [email protected] May 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

So fun just dumping it out on the table for everyone to dig in! That bundt cake would definitely be my go to on the dessert table!


29 Tracy May 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

What a fun party! I’d love to do this for our family reunion this summer!


30 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Sounds like fun! And with a TON of delicious things to eat too!


31 cathy May 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm

What a good idea! Now I’m rethinking the usual 4th of July BBQ menu. :)


32 Jenn May 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Love the jars! When will you do a skincare post?


33 KathEats May 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I have a beauty line review coming up and a make-up one in the works – probalby a few more weeks


34 Karen May 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

Hey Kath – On a similar note, remember that comprehensive sunscreen primer you did last year in anticipation of the arrival of your lil’ guy? I recall you made a few modifications to those recommendations based on reader input, and likely have made some since then. I’d really enjoy an updated version of that primer as I (and likely others) are on the hunt for the safest, most natural and least irritating products out there. It would be great if you alleviate the some of pain of the yearly vetting process. I remember you found quite a few bargains too – all the better for slathering it on like there’s no tomorrow! :)


35 Lea May 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Oh, and totally unrelated, but a while back you posted about a dinner event where they served “milk and sugar pie”, and you linked to a site that had a recipe. I tried it out (maybe I searched for a similar recipe–that website’s recipe was incomplete but it’s not hard to figure out) and got rave reviews. It’s like a sweet quiche! Have you tried making it?


36 KathEats May 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I haven’t tried making it, but it tasted amazing!


37 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I am SO sad to have had to miss this because I was at BLEND–not that I didn’t have so much fun there :)–but I did get to try a jalapeno beer in Utah, so it’s…almost the same thing?


38 Samantha @ Sweetly Striving May 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Everything looks so yummy!


39 Cait @ Dare to Move. May 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I have only been to a low country boil once, but I absolutely loved it! Always offers a little something for everyone. I’m glad that y’all had a fun time despite the drizzle!


40 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Mmm….low country boil just screams summer. Looks like a fab party!


41 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Oh I LOVE this! Low Country Boils are a favorite here! Our family loves them! The left overs make amazing the most amazing chowder.


42 Double Dippers May 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Love the idea of making the Low Country Boil an annual event with friends! We do a boil last summer at our lake home and it’s always was much fun! You’ve inspired us to turn it into an annual event!


43 Double Dippers May 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Love the idea of making the Low Country Boil an annual event with friends! We did a boil last summer at our lake home and it was so much fun! You’ve inspired us to turn it into an annual event!


44 Emily @ The Sunny Studio May 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I love the rustic nature of this party, especially with the boil simply poured out on a table cloth! And what yummy sides and desserts that everyone brought. A lovely summer shindig :)


45 Katherine May 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm
46 Lee May 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm

This looks like so much fun. My husband and I are building a new deck (well, when I say we, I really mean him!) and really want to do one of these when it’s done.


47 Michele May 22, 2013 at 12:54 am

Another fabulous party idea! Thank you for sharing all the great photos.


48 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance May 22, 2013 at 2:14 am

My cousins are from South Carolina and do a boil twice a year. Such a great way to get everyone together with a casual feel.


49 Lisa @bitesforbabies May 22, 2013 at 8:23 am

I’m dying to go down south and try one of these “boils!” I see them on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives all the time, lol!!


50 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

It looks like a lovely and successful party! I love those mason jars! I’ve always wanted to get into the whole mason jar thing now that they have colors, it’s even more of an incentive for me to get some :)


51 Alyssa @ Road to RD May 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

What a great looking party! Delicious food too!


52 joelle @on a pink typewriter May 22, 2013 at 11:22 am

How fun! I like the colored Ball jars you used.


53 Andy May 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

This looks like such a satisfying event. 50 people is a huge turnout! I love all of the baby pictures. I have a four month old boy and can’t wait to show him off at all of the summer festivities. The food looks amazing too! I was practically drooling while reading your blog post. Keep up the good work.


54 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body May 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Jalapeno IPA?! Add a little tomato juice and you would have the yummiest red draw ever! This is an original drink from Wichita Falls TX (my home town) you should give it a shot. You’ll love it :)


55 Mandie Marie @ The Fruitful Turtle May 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I love those Ball jars! Thanks for posting where to buy them :) The party looks like it was so much fun!


56 J @ Chocolate Covered Chickpeas May 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Everything looks delicious! I’ve never had a low country boil before, but now it’s on my bucket list!


57 Neil Butterfield May 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

What a great idea! I am sure that everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly.


58 Amanda - Small Home Big Start May 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

New blue mason jars! Thanks for putting them side-by-side with the vintage one. I spotted them online a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t sure about the colour.


59 Kim May 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm

This past Thanksgiving my whole family gathered at the beach and had a non-traditional dinner: low-country boil. The next morning, my sister-in-law diced/sliced/peeled the leftover potatoes, corn, sausage and shrimp and pan sauteed them in a little butter. As many LC boils as we have had, I had never had it or thought about it as breakfast. But it was SO GOOD and another great way to use up the leftovers!


60 Kate July 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

Great pics and am really curious about what the vessels are that you’re cooking in? They are cool looking and would love to buy a couple-thanks!


61 KathEats July 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm

They are Matt’s big brew kettles – old kegs


62 Erin August 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm

What a fun party! I am hosting a low country boil couples shower for 50 people. I would love to know how much food/spices went into the boil!!! I already have the same mason jars and tablecloths!! Great minds think alike! Thanks so much for any help!


63 KathEats August 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I’m pretty sure we did: 7 pounds Kielbasa and 12 pounds of shrimp for a guest list of 60ish. We had a good amount of leftovers, so it seemed to be plenty. I think we did half an ear of corn per person and one small or half a large potato per person. We just dumped in lots of lemons and old bay until it seemed flavorful!


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