Backyard fish fry party ideas with Chinet® Cut Crystal® plus a giveaway

As the weather (finally) turns warm in our neck of the woods, I’ve got two things on my mind: backyard parties and outdoor DIY projects. Today I want to share with you some cute décor and food ideas we put together for a backyard fish fry.

To begin creating a themed tablescape for our backyard party, I dressed the table with a painter’s dropcloth. I use painter’s dropcloths for so many craft and DIY projects. For the table runner, I used a roll of burlap I picked up at Walmart. I chose coordinating pieces of fish-themed scrapbook paper as placemats. 

I set the table with Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware. They have a perfectly coordinated line that includes matching disposable plates, cups and cutlery. That means I can have a stylish table setting, yet still avoid doing the dishes. 😉 


The truth is, I don’t invite folks over as often as I should. This year, I want to make a conscious effort to make get-togethers a priority. Disposable tableware makes serving and clean-up a little easier, so I can spend more time with guests while they’re here.

Check out what I used the Chinet® Cut Crystal® stemless wine glasses for:  worms in dirt dessert cups. The kids absolutely loved this idea. For the recipe, click here.

To continue with my bait theme (anyone else using minnows on their fishing lines?), I added Swedish fish to the cups and punch bowl. 

In the new Chinet® Classic White® Chip & Dip Party Tray, I chose a smoked salmon dip, served with crackers, pretzels and veggies.

What do you think of these personalized wooden tags I made as placecards? They are super easy to DIY.

I started with a piece of scrap wood I had left over from my DIY magnetic knife block project.

I cut out six, three-inch pieces on my miter saw. Then I clamped the pieces together and drilled a hole through all of them at once using a quarter-inch drill bit.

I gave them a quick sanding and a coat of wood stain.

Once they dried, I used a white chalkboard marker to add names and tied them to disposable napkins using twine. Done!

Finally, it’s time to add the catch of the day to those plates. 

Here’s a great beer-battered fish recipe that’s sure to please your backyard guests (adapted from


2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
8 fillets of your catch of the day
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 can or bottle of beer (12 fluid oz.)


Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F. Rinse fish, pat dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Combine flour, garlic powder, paprika, 2 teaspoons salt and 2 teaspoons pepper. Stir egg into dry ingredients. Gradually mix in beer until a thin batter is formed.

Dip fish fillets into batter, then drop one at a time into hot oil. Fry fish, turning once, until both sides are golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve warm. Enjoy!

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