Lobster Party – Straight from Maine!

Julie Lemense, author of Once Upon a Wager, invited my family to attend her annual Lobster Party this year and we had a fabulous time.  I couldn’t help but remember my summers with my father up in Maine, sailing by day and eating lobster by night.  I was loving that my kids were enjoying this new experience and can only hope that they will look back on these summer days as fondly as I look back on mine.

Cooked Maine Lobsters!

Cooked Maine Lobster Pile



The live, fresh lobsters were flown in from Maine the day before and were placed in the refrigerator in order to keep them alive.

Lobster in Shipping Box

Our Host and Hostess, Darren Crispen and Julie Lemense Crispen.

Julie Crispen Lobster Party

Darren Crispen showing the guests how to properly cook a lobster.  He makes it look so easy.  Julie added lemons, chives, parsley, cilantro, thyme, and salt to the boiling water which gave the lobsters such great flavor.  Lobsters were served with clarified butter and for the more adventuresome, red chili and garlic butter was served.

Darren shows my oldest, Nicholas, how to cook his first live lobster.

These two sides were perfect along side our lobster dinner.  I had two servings of this delicious corn and feta salad.  Julie first created it when she was on a trip to Maine last summer.  It was the end of summer and the threat of Fall was in the air so Julie pulled together all her favorite flavors of summer and put them in this yummy salad.Feta and Corn Salad


This watermelon salad was inspired by Ina Garten’s salad. Green and Red Salad

My Lobster before digging in.

Female Lobster

I guess I had a pregnant one.

Female Lobster

Crazy amount of yummy desserts to celebrate our great country with family and friends.


  1. Such great pictures. Let’s do it all over again next July 4th!

  2. Suzanne says:

    What a fun experience! Looks like you had a great time on the 4th!

  3. Gina Curran says:

    A perfect day with old and new friends. As always, Julie and Darren put together a fete to remember. Lobsters were amazing! A very Happy Fourth of July!

  4. Richard Duff says:

    Fantastic time with great friends on a beautiful day! And did I mention the delectable, flown in live Maine Lobster…..Thanks Julie and Darren for an incredible party!

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