DIY Eastern Shore Style Weddings

Weddings are not just an evening anymore, they are evolving into weekend-long events. Make part of your wedding weekend a shrimp boil
We are so fortunate to live on the Eastern Shore where there is an abundance and variety of seafood and fresh produce available. So why not be a bit more creative and use our plentiful resources for your welcome party, rehearsal dinner or wedding shower?
And, at the same time, you’ll be supporting our local businesses. 
Here’s an idea you just might like to try… A Shrimp Boil. Add to it a unique dress code, special décor and setup, and local brews, and you’ll provide your guests with a party to remember. The following recipe makes about 8 servings, so you’ll want to be sure to make enough for all your guests.  
Shrimp Boil Recipe1 12-oz. bottle of beer3 bay leaves2 onions, quartered2 garlic bulbs, halved1 lb. small red potatoes4 ears fresh corn, husked and halved or quartered1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch diagonal slices2 lbs. large shrimpSalt, Cayenne, Old Bay Seasoning to tasteFrench baguette, lemon wedges, melted butter
INSTRUCTIONS: Make sure to add the ingredients in the order and stages listed. Bring the first 4 ingredients and the seasonings to a
boil in a large pot. Add potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes. Add
the corn and sausage and simmer for another 8 minutes. Finally,
add the shrimp, cover the pot, and turn off heat. Let the shrimp combination sit for 10-15 minutes to absorb all the flavors. Drain the liquid and spread the Shrimp Boil on several large dishes or
newspaper-covered table. Serve with the sliced bread, lemon
wedges and melted butter. Don’t forget to have plenty of Old Bay Seasoning on hand in case someone desires extra flavoring.And now for decorating tips for your special event. Use a red and white theme for the boil. Checkered tablecloths add fun and color to the party. You also can use the red and white theme in other more subtle ways such as decorate with white flowers and use red dishes or plastic ware. Ask your guests to come party-ready and dress in red or white. Or, if you prefer, use your wedding theme colors. Make it a festive and fun event with lots of good food and drink and create memories for everyone about your special day.

 Speaking of drink, following are local breweries you will want to visit for your party brew needs:Bull & Goat Brewery, 204 Banjo Lane, Suite E, Centrevillewww.bullandgoatbrewery.comNestled in downtown Centreville, we invite you to stop by our taproom and experience delicious beer recipes crafted and perfected for your taste buds.  We have table games, shuffleboard and host monthly and community events featuring local artists and musicians. 
Cult Classic Brewing, 1169 Shopping Center Road, Stevensvillewww.cultclassicbrewing.comLocated on Kent Island, our dog and family-friendly taproom features one of the longest bars in Maryland, offers a live music room that can be rented for private events and has food trucks on site almost every day.  We currently feature fifteen taps with everything from
German-style lagers to IPAs, stouts, and porters. Stop by and see what’s brewing!
Ten’Eyck Brewing Company, near intersection of Routes 40 & 213, Queenstown Eyck Brewing Company is locally owned by women veterans and first responders. We’ve served around the globe and now we want to serve our Eastern Shore community. We are building from the ground up and hope to be open by the end of 2019.