Birthday Lobster

“Entertaining is not about perfection; it is about connection.”

Lucky for my friend whose birthday is January 4, we are returning from our Maine winter holiday about that time bringing her favorite crustacean, lobster, for a birthday dinner.  Of course, that’s not hard duty since we like it, too.

Steamed lobster is good but messy,

so the best table covering:  newspaper with paper towels as fancy napkins.

All our big lobster dishes are in Maine, so improvising would have to work this night.

Glass fish plates are for the lobbie,

and handmade salad plates, each one different, from Ravello, Italy, work for the accompanying roasted potatoes and baked tomato.  Ordinarily we would have corn on the cob, but this time of year it’s just not the same as summer corn.

The bowls are for a taste of oyster stew.

A casual table at best but perfect for the occasion.

Oh, I have to tell you about this wonderful platter.  It was given to me for Christmas by a wonderful friend who, when she saw it, thought lobster.  Only after the fact did she realize the images were crabs, not lobster. Does it matter?  I love the platter, it’s just the right size for piling on lobsters and, best of all, it will remind me of her every time I use it.

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22 thoughts on “Birthday Lobster

  1. I love the platter too. When I’m in Florida I always try to make it to the crab house, it’ such a treat to have a lobster evening. Yours look very inviting! 🙂

    1. In a couple of weeks when I return to Maine, there’ll be many lobster nights.

      1. Luck you. Enjoy! 🙂

  2. I love all your ceramic ware!

  3. The platter is marvelous…a happy accident! Thank you for sharing your lobster feast. It looks like so much fun. Cherry Kay

  4. Love your platter — lobsters, crabs, shrimp….all friends in my book …..and all wonderful dinner (um…”guests”)!

  5. Hi Linda!

    WOW! That lobster looks DELICIOUS!

    I LOVE those gorgeous dishes on the table as well very NICE!!

    Merry New Year!


    PS. Are you missing the cold and snow yet? lol

  6. Delicious looking lobsters…but give me the oyster stew!
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year, Linda.

  7. What have I done to myself!
    Fasting time and here it’s yum yum time!

  8. OH WOW – How I would love that as my birthday dinner!!!!!

    Thanks for your lovely comment about my amaretto apple streusel muffins. You probably know this, but I thought I’d mention it just in case – don’t glaze the muffins before freezing – it’ll turn to goo.

    Take care!


  9. That plate of lobsters looks so delicious Linda. You lucky thing!! Platter is gorgeous and table is perfect…love the newspaper. Such a smart woman 🙂

    Jeanne xx

    1. Yum,yum to the lobster!! Looks like Maine was very productive!

  10. OOh i have those fish plates too.. mmm. Thanks for the reminder.. Love that platter a whole lot. And the lobsters looked amazing. Great table.. the newspapers are such a great idea. I love seeing your tables…

  11. You know the ice skates are fake, right? Ceramic.
    My friend thought they were real.
    Ina made Lobster Pot Pies today on her show. I think I prefer mine with just some lemon and butter though!

    1. No matter, the ice skates are great. I have several pairs in the Maine closet and just may have to duplicate that idea when we are there next year during the holidays.
      Lobster pot pie is pretty darned good….you can squeeze a little lemon on it and top it with butter….voila!

  12. Dixie, I remember that song! Linda, I just love your salad plates and that wonderful platter. They are all so unique. I have to tell you, I was pretty excited about the homemade turkey soup that I am fixing today. It just doesn’t sound very good any more now that I have seen your lobsters! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  13. Hey there, and Happy New Year!!! I am totally diggin’ those fish plates! Perfect!!!

  14. What a fun birthday gift fresh from Maine for your friend! We always cover our table with newspaper when we have a pile of crab from my BIL’s crab trap 🙂

  15. Dons lucky I’m a cheap date cause lobster is not my favorite. I’ve done shrimp boils for get together’s though.

  16. Pass the tail, the only part I eat.
    How lucky your friend is, perfect timing!
    I saw a guy clamming today in the Bay. Brrrr!

  17. Don’t you remember that old Smother’s Brothers song? Lobsters walk front ways, and crabs walk sideways, and no, you can’t take her for your bride????

    I do love oyster stew. Yummm.

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