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Is any summer setting more iconic -- or any place more perfect for a seafood feast -- than the beach? Whether your party goes down on the shore or in the yard, here's all you need to make it a shell of a good time.
Worth Planning For: Homemade chile butter gives grilled lobster a lift -- as if it needed one. If you're throwing your bash on-location, tote along a portable grill or make use of those often stationed on busy beachfronts.
The Quick Hit: This all-in-one seafood boil, complete with corn and potatoes, is as easy as it gets. (P.S. You can make this one on the grill too!)
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Worth Planning Ahead: Forgo heavy, mayo-based salads for a cooling mix of shaved fennel, zucchini, and celery.
The Quick Hit: Serve store-bought ciabatta loaded with garlic, parsley, and lots of butter -- delicious for sopping or eating straight up. Garlic bread is best eaten hot, so grill this one on-site (not a problem for those playing along at home!).
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Worth Planning Ahead: The unexpected blend of cucumber and cranberry makes these Cape Codder cocktails doubly refreshing.
The Quick Hit: A big-batch summer sangria comes together in a flash, though it should chill for at least an hour to let the flavors meld.
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Worth Planning Ahead: We don't have to tell you that anything tastes better on the beach, but a whoopie pie plays nicely with a New England maritime theme. You could also try our favorite seaside-inspired cakes.
The Quick Hit: An old-fashioned beach bonfire and s’mores with the works will delight guests of all ages.
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Worth Planning For: Beach-themed picnic plates and towel favors are sure to make a splash.
The Quick Hit: A waterproof blanket ensures that your feast stays high and dry -- and isn’t that what really counts? For an even quicker option, sprawl out on a bright striped towel from Martha Stewart Collection.
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