By Kellee Khalil for Lover.ly

Here's a budget-friendly reception idea: a backyard clambake! Not just for New England natives, this crowd favorite is perfect for a laid back, yet upscale picnic. Get creative with your decor while still keeping with a palette that's classically coastal: stripes, blue and white. Go as fancy as you'd like with lobster and large white tents, or stick to a casual setting with picnic tables and rustic fare. We've got some great ideas in the slideshow to inspire your own outdoor affair.

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  • Fancy Food, Casual Setting

    Of course, at any kind of coastal, New England "bake," you simply must include lobster. Photo by: <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/oCVY90rslT._aHR0cDovL3d3dy5tb3NzYW5kaXNhYWMuY29tLw==" target="_blank">Moss and Issac</a> on <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/w2lmvi.tqFY_aHR0cDovL3d3dy5zbmlwcGV0YW5kaW5rLmNvbS9uZXctZW5nbGFuZC1yZWhlYXJzYWwtZGlubm5lci8/dXRtX3NvdXJjZT1yc3MmdXRtX21lZGl1bT1yc3MmdXRtX2NhbXBhaWduPW5ldy1lbmdsYW5kLXJlaGVhcnNhbC1kaW5ubmVy" target="_blank">Snippet and Ink</a> via <a href="http://lover.ly/image/220746" target="_blank">Lover.ly</a>

  • Casual and Comfortable

    A must-have at the tables: ice buckets for shells! And we adore the checkered tablecloth! Photo by: <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/UpN7rSGhqg._aHR0cDovL3d3dy5yb2Jpbm5hdGhhbi5jb20=" target="_blank">Robin Nathan Photography</a> on <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/UpN7rSGhqg._aHR0cDovL3d3dy5yb2Jpbm5hdGhhbi5jb20=" target="_blank">Robin Nathan Photography</a> via <a href="http://lover.ly/image/349688" target="_blank">Lover.ly</a>

  • Dig In!

    Keep it casual and traditional by dumping the entire pot onto a large table--newspaper lined, of course! Photo by: <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/40V1O9CW0aU_aHR0cDovL2xvdmVuYW5jeW5laWwuY29tL2hvbWUuaHRtbA==" target="_blank">Nancy Neil</a> on <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/zT1XAKyTjpk_aHR0cDovL3NiY2hpYy5jb20vMjAxMi8wNS8yMS9yZWFsLXBhcnR5LWNvbG9yZnVsLWNhc3VhbC1jcmFiLWJvaWwvP3V0bV9zb3VyY2U9ZmVlZGJ1cm5lciZ1dG1fbWVkaXVtPWZlZWQmdXRtX2NhbXBhaWduPUZlZWQlM0ErU2FudGFCYXJiYXJhQ2hpYyslMjhTYW50YStCYXJiYXJhK0NoaWMlMjk=" target="_blank">Kelly Oshiro</a> via <a href="http://lover.ly/image/134496" target="_blank">Lover.ly</a>

  • Cheers!

    Locally brewed personalized hops adds a bit of fun to your festivities. Photo by: <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/dWDtIn20LwI_aHR0cDovL3d3dy5zaGVlbmFjcGhvdG8uY29t" target="_blank">S.C. Photography</a> on <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/WA7RuSbPV.Y_aHR0cDovL3d3dy5TaGVlbmFDUGhvdG8uY29t" target="_blank">S.C. Photography</a> via <a href="http://lover.ly/image/388731" target="_blank">Lover.ly</a>

  • Kick Off Your Heels

    Your guests will thank you for these comfortable slippers! Photo by: <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/Gxi/oAV2Kuo_aHR0cDovL3BhdWxtb3JzZS5jb20v" target="_blank">Paul Morse</a> on <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/bKAtWex5NhA_aHR0cDovL3d3dy5lYXN0b25ldmVudHMuY29t" target="_blank">Easton Events</a> via <a href="http://lover.ly/image/218432" target="_blank">Lover.ly</a>

  • Under the Big Top

    Casual, yet sophisticated seating pairs perfectly with this upscale picnic Photo by: <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/oCVY90rslT._aHR0cDovL3d3dy5tb3NzYW5kaXNhYWMuY29tLw==" target="_blank">Moss and Issac</a> on <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/w2lmvi.tqFY_aHR0cDovL3d3dy5zbmlwcGV0YW5kaW5rLmNvbS9uZXctZW5nbGFuZC1yZWhlYXJzYWwtZGlubm5lci8/dXRtX3NvdXJjZT1yc3MmdXRtX21lZGl1bT1yc3MmdXRtX2NhbXBhaWduPW5ldy1lbmdsYW5kLXJlaGVhcnNhbC1kaW5ubmVy" target="_blank">Snippet and Ink</a> via <a href="http://lover.ly/image/220751" target="_blank">Lover.ly</a>

  • Coastal Stripes

    Blue and white stripes are classically "nautical." Photo by: <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/6Q5/9k1.szU_aHR0cDovL3d3dy5qZW5odWFuZy5jb20=" target="_blank">Jen Huang</a> on <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/N.3zq8mTQm6_aHR0cDovL3d3dy5ncmV5bGlrZXN3ZWRkaW5ncy5jb20vMy1yZXNvdXJjZXMvc2hvd2Vycy1ldmVudHMvYnJpZGVzbWFpZHMtY3VzdG9tLXBlcmZ1bWUtYmFycy8=" target="_blank">Grey Likes Weddings</a> via <a href="http://lover.ly/image/134052" target="_blank">Lover.ly</a>

  • Lawn Games

    A great activity for your fancy picnic: lawn games! Photo by <a href="http://www.mossandisaac.com/ " target="_hplink">Moss and Issac</a>.

  • Anchors Away

    Speaking of classic striped attire, we love them best in seersucker...and we adore the anchors on this little guy's tie. Photo by: on <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/xalLm730..k_aHR0cDovL3d3dy5zbmlwcGV0YW5kaW5rLmNvbS9vbGVtYS1pbm4td2VkZGluZy5odG1sLw==" target="_blank">Snippet and Ink</a> via <a href="http://lover.ly/image/12602" target="_blank">Lover.ly</a>

  • Fluffy and Clean

    Hydrangeas have long been a bridal favorite, and are perfect on their own. No need for fillers! Photo by: <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/RY9zepMqhdE_aHR0cDovL3d3dy5rcmlzdGVubG9rZW53ZWRkaW5ncy5jb20=" target="_blank">Kristen Loken</a> on <a href="http://r.lover.ly/redir.php/NR69SJhgn42_aHR0cDovL3d3dy5zbmlwcGV0YW5kaW5rLmNvbS9zaW1wbGUtdmluZXlhcmQtd2VkZGluZy5odG1sLw==" target="_blank">Snippet and Ink</a> via <a href="http://lover.ly/image/45088" target="_blank">Lover.ly</a>

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