BREAK OUT THE GINGHAM AND PUT ON A BIG POT. THE SHRIMP WILL BE HOT AND THE BEER COLD WHEN YOU SERVE A MASS OF FRIENDS A RELAXED LOW-COUNTRY BOIL.
1 DEEP- DISH PLATES
Sturdy pie tins lined with food-safe newsprint waxed paper (Fox Run 13200 Newsprint French Fry Wax Paper Liners, $ 5 for 24; amazon.com) make portable dining a snap.
2 MENU BOARD
Give a framed wood board a quick coat of chalkboard paint. Use it to post the menu or welcome guests.
3 BUFFET SETUP
Set the food on one table and the plates, silverware, and glasses on another. To make vases: Hot- glue 1- inch-thick rope around a cylinder vase.