Tips for Hosting a Father’s Day Crab Boil with a Nautical Vibe

A Father's Crab Boil Party Guide From Tablescapes to Decorations to Gifts.

Up next is Father’s Day! With summer in full swing by then, how great would it be to honor Dad with an outdoor Crab Boil Party. Give the occasion a fun nautical twist that lets you play up seafood and beach elements in the table settings, the food and drinks station, and even fun Father’s Day gifts for Dad! We’ve gathered 5 delightful crab boil party examples to get you hooked. Then, we did some advance shopping for basic “crabby” and nautical party supplies, decorations and gift ideas for you to use!

Father’s Day Crab Cookout Table Setting and Food Station Ideas

Take your cue from these examples and use a bold palette of nautical red, white and blue to set the festive tone for Dad’s crab or seafood boil party. Then play around with patterns like stripes, checks, anchors and ship’s wheels and, of course, red crabs!

Crab Cookout Table Setting and Food Station Ideas

1 – Nautical Meets Mediterranean
No need for a centerpiece with this platter piled high with crabs, corn on the cob and veggies! Note, too, how nautical stripes, anchors and mini metal buckets are combined with Mediterranean style glazed plates. Nice!  Source: Be My Guest with Denise

2 – Boathouse Cookout
This Father’s Day cookout uses a clever “boat house” theme for its food station. Love the oar sign, anchor and rope accents, fishnet overlay, the banner of paper pennants, and the cheery vase of sunflowers!  Source: Just a Little Sparkle

3 – Nautical CrawDad Cookout
This “CrawDad Cookout” picnic table brings in a busy assortment of elements all tied together by the nautical palette. We spy lantern centerpieces, kraft pinwheels, blue monogrammed napkins, metal buckets holding crab mallets and bibs, bright red colanders, and beer bottles in customized koozies. Source: Just a Little Sparkle

4 – Fun Nautical and Beach Vibe
Here, the traditional navy blue of a nautical palette is replaced with perky aqua. A more playful pairing with the red checkered party ware, the centerpiece lanterns, and the mason jar party glasses. Accents like starfish, driftwood, seashells and glass buoys add just the right nautical/beach vibe.  Source: Party ‘Til Dawn Events

5 – Country Meets Nautical Style
This inviting country-style tablescape uses the same palette, but in red and white checks along with blue paisley. Charming touches are the crab bowls holding lemon slices, a bowl of farm fresh vegetables on sheets of newspaper, and a basket of beer, chips and sauces. Source: Opulent Cottage

Our Picks for Your Nautical Crab Boil Party for Dad

Now it’s your turn! From invitations to decorations to seafood cookout essentials, we’ve got the basics covered for you. Plus, we picked a couple of crab-themed Daddy gifts!

Our Picks for Your Nautical Crab Boil Party for Dad

*Affiliate links (below):

1 – Blue Crab M8 Plate Cling – via Create Ur Plate
2 – Zatarain’s Dry Shrimp and Crab Boil (3 oz. box) – Ships from and sold by JLR Enterprise, via Amazon
3 – Red Crab on Nautical Stripes Can Cooler – via Zazzle
4 – Jolene Utensil Caddy – via Pier1
5 – Crab Boil Navy/Coral Striped Custom Invitation – via Zazzle
6 – Nautical Theme Father’s Day Photo Mug – via Zazzle
7 – Wooden Nautical Welcome Sign with Anchor – Ships from and sold by Homesweeter on Amazon.
8 – Watercolor Crab Art Sandwich Baseball Cap – via Amazon
9 – Crab Print Disposable Paper Table Cover – From N. F. String & Son, Inc., via Amazon
10 – Cuisinox Seafood Cracker – Ships from and sold by, via Amazon
11 – Amscan Anchor’s Aweigh Nautical Party Melamine Handle Tray – Ships from and sold by Birthdays Extreme, via Amazon

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  1. Photos 2 & 3 are actually my photos from our Crab Boil. Please correct links to both Just a little Sparkle.

    • No problem, Alyssa! It’s been corrected. We strive to make the correct attribution whenever possible!

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