Company’s Comin’


Living on the midcoast of Maine means lots of company who look forward to lobster, so first evening at our house we serve a traditional steamed lobster with corn and potatoes.  No matter how many times we do this during the summer months, it’s a meal I never get tired of.

As with most of my tablescapes, this one has a simple casualness.

The green bottles appear once more, grouped around a yellow formerly olive oil vessel and this time filled with what is blooming in the yard.

These lobster plates are just the right shape and size for what is to come

and they are  set with all the accessories for eating lobster: crackers, picks, small dishes for butter and a big napkin/bib.

Finally, the meal is on the table and the only sounds are the shells being cracked and the appreciative moans accompanying each bite of lobster.

A little aside.  Did you know that in the early days lobster was used by Native Americans to fertilize crops and as bait for fishing. Later, it was “poverty food” served to children, prisoners and indentured servants.  Only after WW II when rail and air transport made it possible to get lobster to so many places did it become the delicacy that we know today.

Old boat

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12 thoughts on “Company’s Comin’

  1. I can’t wait for Friday night!

  2. I LOVE these lobster place settings! I don’t care for seafood (odd for a Florida girl!) but I am starting to regret it just because I wouldn’t be able to use these plates and they are so darn cute! Very hospitable table!

  3. Your lobster platter is wonderful…how lucky to live where lobster is so readily available. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lobster is also very, very high in salt. When my elderly Uncle Carl (with a bad ticker) had been in Bar Harbor for a few days, he had to go to the hospital for a dose of diuretics.

    “Congestive lobster failure,” the doc drily commented. “Keeps us in business.”

  5. Hi Linda! I spend a lot of time in Maine too–I went to college there and now I have 2 kids in college there! But I also love it for vacations and I’ll take lobster anytime I can get it! A bib, butter bowl and tools are all you really need to make a lobster table setting perfect for me!
    Linda

  6. What lucky guests, to have a lobster dinner to welcome them! Perfect dishes — what a find! And you’ve included everything needed to enjoy the great meal! Thank you for visiting my table this week — and commenting on my new header (the zinnias)!

  7. It was so interesting to read the history of the lobster. Looks like you have the perfect table to enjoy it.

  8. You are so blessed to have all the wonderful seafood to eat and the summer weather. It’s in the high 90’s everyday in my neck of the woods.

    Cute plates! I am so hungry and would love to be eating with you.

    Enjoyed the history you shared. Thanks.

  9. Love your simple, colorful table! That lobster looks amazing! Thank you for sharing the history of lobster (from fertilizer to fine dining!). Fascinating!

  10. Sounds wonderful! I love Maine, and I hear you about the pace! After the summer, it gets very peaceful here, love it that way!

  11. Don’t I wish it were still considered poverty food. First of all the dishes were magnificent. That red lobster just popped off the plate, but then the real red lobster appears with delicious looking corn and I wished I was there. I love, love, love lobster, crab, shrimp, you name it. It was always considered a special treat in our home growing up and we even have had it grilled down at Lake Powell. Nummy post!

  12. You did a very good job of putting everything together. I really like your dishes. Have a great weekend! Mary

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