Beach Bonfire

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With temperatures spiking we couldn’t resist the invitation for an impromptu beach bonfire with Creative Council veteran, Sam Hutchinson of the blog Could I Have That?. On the menu? Lobster ceviche. Think it’s too fancy schmancy to take to the beach? Think again. Take a peek below.

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Beach bonfires are just about the most romantic way you could spend a warm summer night. There’s something incredibly peaceful about the sound of the waves crashing and the heat from a blazing fire, it’s nearly impossible not to spend hours eating s’mores or double dog daring someone to skinny dip. On a recent toasty night I gathered some friends and my fiancé (who I actually met at a beach bonfire!) for a seaside dinner. I brought lobster ceviche in weck jars (get the recipe here), fixings for shrimp/halibut tacos and s’more essentials. Below are some tips on planning the perfect summer bonfire on the beach but the secret to a carefree and delicious night? Keep it simple. sam_bonfire_2

{ Always check the tides before heading to the beach, a high tide could put an end to the evening. }

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{ Always pack layers because it will cool off. J.Crew top, Paige Denim shorts, UGG Australia toteand shoes, Celine sunglassesJennifer Fisher cuffs. }

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{ Keep the menu simple and prepare what you can ahead of time. I made lobster ceviche the night before and it was perfect for this shindig, everyone loved their individual servings in a mini jar. }

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{ Bring the boys to build the fire. }

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{ Shoes kicked off. His and hers on a striped blanket. }

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{ To cook the shrimp and halibut we made skewers and wrapped each one in tin foil. Then rested them up against the fire just enough so that they’d cook. }

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{ Doing the same thing with the tortillas but warming them just near the fire pit. }

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{ All the fixings for our tacos we prepared on a large bread board—very handy to keep sand out of everything. Tip: tacos are great for bonfires since they don’t require utensils. }

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{ Get creative! We used a surfboard as our seafood taco buffet. }

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{ Secret s’more ingredient: Using Le Petit Ecolier cookies instead of fumbling around with graham crackers and chocolate. }

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{ Don’t forget to look for the green flash when the sun goes down! }

images by arna bee