Labor Day Party Ideas: Seafood Galore!

Saying goodbye to warm weather is going to be tough, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give the summer a great big send off! Celebrate the awesome working men and women of our country this Labor Day, with seafood as the star of the show. Gather friends, and serve your glorious shellfish with tin serving buckets for that rustic, authentic feel!

We’ve got several ideas on what to serve for your Labor Day party, after the cut:

New England Clambake 

What’s a delicious seafood party without traditional New England Clambake? Bring the beach to your dinner table by layering seafood in a large pan for this homemade clambake. It takes twenty minutes to put together, so cover your table with some newspaper before pouring the contents of the pot out! We’re talking lobsters, clams, potatoes and all that fresh corn. Don’t forget about crusty bread to sop it all up. Recipe here.

Luke’s Lobster Tails 

Want to serve a gorgeous spread of seafood, but don’t have the time to put it all together? Look no further than our friends at Luke’s Lobster! If you’re not up for their incredible lobster rolls, broil or grill your Luke’s lobster tails right in the comforts of your own home or party space.

Luke’s Lobster will ship 8 raw lobster tails your way, accompanied with lobster bibs, butter for dipping and a recipe card. You’ll only need to get lemons on the way home! This is perfect for a small party. If you’re looking at a bigger crowd, get them to ship a few more kits your way.

Jonah Crab Claws 


Luke’s Lobster
isn’t just about lobster, they also have Jonah Crab Claws that they can ship to your way! What are Jonah Crab Claws? Just think of them as tasty cousins of the Stone Crabs, so expect just as much deliciousness!

Luke’s Lobster will ship 10 lbs of the crab claws that are steamed and ready to eat, with cocktail sauce and irresistible butter for dipping. They’ll even throw in an exclusive Luke’s hammer to pry them claws open! This set feed seven to ten people.

Mark Bittman’s Pasta with Clams 

Photo: Evan Sung for New York Times

Photo: Evan Sung for The New York Times

For those who’d like a bit of pasta with their seafood, go with the elegant pasta with clams. It’s simple to make, and it’s really lovely to dig into! Just remember to use less pasta than you usually do, so that the focus will be on the meaty clams. Recipe here.

Happy serving, y’all!

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