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With fresh seafood available year round off of the South Carolina coast, it's no wonder that everything from crab to shrimp to fried flounder shows up at engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions.
If you can't get enough seafood, this time of year is particularly fantastic. As soon as the weather cools down, people across the Lowcountry and Midlands begin to plan their oyster roasts, and they don't stop until March or April. So, great news for anyone who still needs to throw a party for your favorite newly engaged couple--here's an incredible mood board that will have you sending out invites in no time.
Create a casual cool party for your next wedding-related get-together with this sophisticated yet relaxed approach to an oyster roast. We've included a suggested color scheme, decorations, and dress options! (And don't forget to pin it for later.)
Are you ready to start planning your party? We are, too! We've made it easy for you to order everything you need with the following list.
MUST HAVE ITEMS FOR YOUR SPRING OYSTER ROAST:
(1) Burlap. Lots and lots of burlap. We're kind of in love with burlap since it has a rustic quality that just can't be imitated, it's inexpensive, and you can add touches of it all over a party without overwhelming your guests with it. Throw on a few burlap table runners over a solid red or dark grey tablecloth, or tie some burlap ribbon on jars or buckets for easy accents.
(2) String lights. Create an atmosphere where your guests will be mixing and mingling in no time with strands of string lighting. Naked bulbs are classic and provide a soft light, but you can also find fun, modern versions including these sea glass lights, lotus flowers, and stars.
(3) An incredibly cute red gingham dress. Not only will you coordinate perfectly with the theming without seeming too matchy-matchy, your gingham dress balances fashion trends with comfort without feeling too Little House on the Prairie. Here's the off-the-shoulder dress shown above, as well as a fit-and-flare Kate Spade version and this shirt dress that would be perfect with boots.
(4) Mason jars. (Bonus points if they're multi-colored!) Group them on tables for decorations, pile them with ice and sweet tea, or serve your own custom mixed drinks in them.
(5) A relaxed barn venue. It's the South, so you probably know someone with a barn or covered pavilion that could serve as a great backdrop to your fête, but if you're out of ideas (or your aunt and uncle still haven't gotten around to cleaning out that barn like they said they would), we've got 28 fantastic suggestions here.
(6) Galvanized buckets. Much like burlap, galvanized buckets go with everything and quickly pull together an event space. Buy these by the dozens: fill them with ice and cold drinks, casually arrange some wildflowers in them for table centerpieces, or use them as cute holders for favors or utensils.
(7) Local beer. South Carolina has had a craft beer explosion over the last few years, so you can find creative, locally made brews in every corner of the state. If you're in Charleston, offer your guests something from Holy City Brewing or Westbrook Brewing Company. Try a seasonal offering from one of Columbia's brewers, including Swamp Cabbage Brewery, River Rat Brewery, and Conquest Brewing Company. There's Southern Hops Brewing Company in Florence, New South Brewing in Myrtle Beach, Quest Brewing Company in Greenville, and RJ Rockers Brewing Company in Spartanburg.
(8) Simple votives. These inexpensive candle holders can be found everywhere from thrift stores to the Dollar Tree, so you can stock up on them and not break your budget.
(9) Wood accents. From hand-painted welcome signs to beautifully rustic tables, there are plenty of ways to include wood in your decor.
(10) Bushels of fresh, local oysters. In season, you can buy them off of the boat in McClellanville, or you can grab them from stores like Boone Hall Farms, Mount Pleasant Seafood on Shem Creek, Bert's Market on Folly Beach, or Huff's Seafood on James Island.
(11) Oyster knives. Many of your guest will likely bring their own, but it's nice to scatter a few around for those who don't have one or forget theirs at home.
What's your must-have item for an oyster roast? Share in the comments!