Beach Picnic Party Ideas: Must-try Potluck Recipes!

Beach picnic potluck party ideas

Shrimp, crab, lobsters, oysters! Yes, these are what are store in the 7 fabulously flavorful seafood and salad recipes we suggest for a potluck picnic on the beach. And when you think potluck, you’ve got to consider dishes that are easy to transport and serve. So we have tips for that, too. Go ahead, survey the scrumptious selection below and make your choices!

Delish Potluck Recipe Ideas for a Beach Picnic

From sandwiches, rolls, and sliders, to salad, kebabs, and a rice casserole—we’ve got your picnic menu covered! Just click on each link for the recipe.

Beach Picnic Potluck Party! Yummy Recipes for What to Bring!

1 – Shrimp Rolls with Herb Brown Butter Mayonnaise
The brown butter mayo is the magic component in this recipe from Love and Olive Oil—tangy, buttery, and speckled with fresh chives, parsley, and dill.

2 – Easy Classic Lobster Rolls
A homemade version from The Suburban Soapbox of this classic New England treat—lightly dressed in lemon mayo and melted butter, served on a toasted roll and sprinkled with chives

3 – Sweet Potato Salad – Paleo and Gluten Free
Such a refreshing, healthy, and flavorful side dish from Almost Supermom, made with sweet potatoes (in place of regular potatoes) and plain Greek yoghurt.

4 – Crab Cake Sliders with Spicy Mayo
Your fave crab cakes are transformed into sliders by The Comfort of Cooking, with a spicy/citrusy sauce of mayo, lemon juice, and a little Sriracha.

5 – Oysters with Mignonette Sauce
Fresh oysters on the half-shell are sure to impress! Especially when served with this special sauce from Tide and Thyme, made with champagne or white wine vinegar, shallots, and fresh thyme.

6 – Quick Shrimp and Chorizo Paella
Contribute a filling picnic dish with this hearty Spanish-inspired casserole from My Recipes. Tender shrimp and tasty chorizo atop paprika-tinted rice!

7 – Bacon Pineapple Chicken Kebabs
Okay, no seafood here. But guests will love these juicy chunks of char-grilled pineapple and chicken, with smoky bacon strips grilled to perfection—thanks to Delicious Meets Healthy.

Beach Potluck Appetizers You Can Buy at the Grocery

If you are pressed for time and energy, consider these readily available items at your local grocery:

  • Vegetables with dip platters
  • Chips and salsa
  • Mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, and tater tots
  • Meat and cheese tray
  • Popcorn shrimp
  • Bags of potato chips in different flavors

Beach Potluck Desserts to Bring

For something sweet, think low-sugar options with fruits-based desserts. We suggest the following:

  • Fresh fruit salad with watermelon, cantaloupe, and grapes
  • Strawberries, cream, and shortbread cookies
  • Lemon cream parfait
  • Apple slices with dipping sauces like chocolate, peanut butter, and whipped cream

Serve your desserts buffet style with disposable bowls, plates, or cups. Offer ice cream cones, which make great containers for small fruits that are edible at the same time. Kids love them!

Tips for a Hassle-free Beach Picnic Party

  1. Dishes that allow for hand-held servings are great—sandwiches, sliders, rolls, filled buns, wraps, foods on skewers or toothpicks. Less stuff to wash afterwards!
  2. Prepare single-serve portions ahead of time. Think individual wraps, side dishes in mini bowls or ramekins, fruit or veggies in take-out boxes, and the like.
  3. Be sure to bring lots of ice in coolers for dishes and drinks that are best served chilled.
  4. Use non-breakable, lightweight serving ware—aluminum baking trays, plastic bowls or platters, food-safe waxed cardboard boxes.
  5. Bring along disposable plates, glasses, cutlery and lots of paper napkins/kitchen towels. And dispose of them in your own garbage bags.

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