Celebrating a Special 21st Birthday with a Crab and Shrimp Boil

Welcome to the 818th Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so much for all the encouraging and supportive comments that you left on yesterday’s post. I am so looking forward to taking you along on this new adventure!

A few weeks back I heard from Sheri who said, “Our granddaughter had her 21st birthday yesterday, and we celebrated Sunday with a Crab and Shrimp Boil…her choice. We always let the birthday person choose what they want for their special meal.”

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“It was fairly casual dinnerware-our tin plates were on a cute crab tablecloth. I used a plastic tablecloth underneath to keep anything from getting to the tabletop. (Crab, Crawfish, Lobster tablecloths are available here: Crab/Lobster Tablecloths.) My new chargers are rattan and I found them at Dollar General for only $3 each! Score! We also had 2 Paper towel holders that Mike (Sheri’s talented hubby) made me as backup for the messy fingers.” (Rattan chargers in sets of 6, 10 and 18 are available here: Rattan Chargers.)


“I had these tin pails from a garage sale find and dressed them with crab ribbon from Hobby Lobby. I put the crab napkins (also from Hobby Lobby) and the crackers, picks, seafood forks, and corn holders inside. Then they were used for empty shells.” (Tin pails are available here: Tin Pails. Crab napkins are available here: Crab Napkins and here: Seafood Cloth Napkins.)


Sheri said, “My decor came from Dollar Tree: place mats of blue starfish and red crabs. The butter warmers were from a kitchen store in Branson, MO, which has since closed. I only had 4 but just I found 4 more that matched at Amazon. (Butter warmers are available here: Butter Warmers.)”


“The crackle jar came from a garage sale and I filled the bottom with salt to look like sand, then placed a blue crab from Cracker Barrel, a starfish from Dollar Tree and a small card with a seascape. Then I tied white rope around the neck and made a handle with it. There were more blue crabs and blue seahorses from Cracker Barrel scattered about the table.”


“The menu was crab legs, shrimp, corn on the cob, new potatoes and a salad bar with garlic cheesy bread which I put in red, hot dog baskets. The red gingham liners were from Dollar tree.” (Hot dog baskets are available here: Red Baskets. Red gingham basket liners are available here: Red & White Gingham Basket Liners.)


Love how Sheri served lemons and cocktail sauce for this seafood boil! Sheri said, “The shell dish was found at a garage sale and I filled it with bowls of lemon wedges and cocktail sauce.”


Sheri said, “Dessert was my granddaughter’s favorite angel food cake with marshmallow cooked frosting and chocolate sheet cake, and orange crush cupcakes. There was plenty for everyone to take doggy bags home!”


What a fantastic way to celebrate turning 21! Thanks so much to Sheri for sharing this wonderful birthday celebration! I know her granddaughter will never forget this special birthday dinner!


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  1. Teresa M says

    Fantastic tablescape. I’ve attended several crawfish boils since moving to Texas. That is definitely the upscale menu and version of a delicious feast. The tin plates, festive tablecloth and fun cracker barrel decor make me want to have one now.

  2. A great use of imagination in this tablescape! I bet it was a successful celebration!

  3. Franceil Parde says

    YUMMERS TO Sheri & HBD!!! franki

  4. Sheri, it looks like you thought of everything and used them in creative ways. Like how you used the pails to hold items for each guest, and then reused them to hold tails. Happy 21st Birthday to Sheri’s granddaughter!

  5. Oh my gosh! Such a fun tablescape. Love the table decorations.

  6. What a fun dinner and birthday celebration! Sheri (and Mike!) are so creative, and like you said, I’m sure it was a time to rememeber for their sweet granddaughter! Thanks to both of you for sharing – I got some great ideas. And thanks as always for hosting the party – I love Thursdays!

  7. Thank you Susan for sharing our family celebration today! So much fun!!

  8. Jennifer R says

    I don’t even like seafood, but this table has me wanting to host a seafood boil!

  9. Wow. I have never hosted or even attended a seafood boil. I would love to know more about that. I’ll have to look it up on yt.

    Sheri, you found such cute things for your table. I particularly like those little blue crabs that are visible in the second picture. At first I thought they might be salt and pepper shakers. They are so cute. And those teeny little silver trays that you used for salt and toothpicks are hilarious. Such a cute touch. It all looks great. It’s obvious you took care to think of everything. Thanks for sharing this festive table. And congrats to your granddaughter for officially becoming an adult. I know she loved her party.

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