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A Colorful Summer Seafood Boil

June 9th, 2016

It’s finally starting to feel like summer in Austin, which means lots of outdoor parties with light and fresh food on the menu. I love setting big platters on the table and serving guests family-style, and nothing says “help yourself” like a backyard seafood boil. I’m a sucker for themed parties and when I couldn’t find the dishware and decor I had in mind, I decided to make my own! We partnered up with Shutterfly to create our own products using original artwork – and, you guys, it was so much fun.

Create your own dishware and decor for a colorful summer seafood boil!

I used watercolors to paint a bright red lobster motif that perfectly complemented the vivid colors of the food we dished up. Using Shutterfly to create dishware was way easier than I thought it would be! I literally just snapped a photo of my watercolor lobster and uploaded it to Shutterfly’s “upload your own design” plates.

Create your own dishware and decor for a colorful summer seafood boil!

I used a photo editing application to create mini copies of my lobster artwork for a coordinating plate design. And Shutterfly’s plates are made out of dishware-safe melamine, which was perfect for our messy outdoor seafood boil.

Create your own dishware and decor for a colorful summer seafood boil!

I wanted our table runner to resemble the traditional newspaper-covered dining tables typically associated with seafood boils, so I simply uploaded an image of newspaper to Shutterfly and they took care of the rest. It was the perfect black and white backdrop to our colorful spread.

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With the warm weather starting to creep in, the girls and I cooled down with a bottle of rosé served up in these stemless word definition wine glasses from Shutterfly. I had so much fun coming up with different words to define that complemented our summer seafood boil theme.

Create your own dishware and decor for a colorful summer seafood boil!

We can all agree that durable outdoor dining chairs can be a little stiff, so I fluffed ours up with these comfy outdoor pillows. I used watercolors to create a variety of blue stripes and uploaded my design to Shutterfly. They turned out so amazing! All the girls started encouraging me to be a textile designer…

Create your own dishware and decor for a colorful summer seafood boil!

I was really impressed by the quality of the final products: the pillows looked like something straight out of a home decor store, and the thin wine glasses gave our dinner party an elevated feel. From someone who loves a good themed party, I cannot wait to see what my next Shutterfly project will be! Fourth of July party, anyone?

Create your own dishware and decor for a colorful summer seafood boil!

*photos by Katie Jameson Photography

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5 Comments under :: A Colorful Summer Seafood Boil
  1. Susan Malatesta says:

    Food looks amazing, recipe for Seafood Boil?

  2. I love everything about this! Everything from your fabulous accessories to the vibrant food colors is perfect! It looks like the perfect summer get together!

    xx, Caitlin

  3. Adrian says:

    recipes?

  4. Maria says:

    Would love some of the recipes from this seafood boil! Beautiful!

  5. Wow, I never would have thought to use Shutterfly for personalized home goods. Thanks for the tip! Love the lobsters!

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