Outdoor entertaining is one of the great joys of summer. After months of anticipation, we can get together with friends and family in a relaxed environment, taking advantage of the longer days and warm evenings. As a refreshing alternative to burgers or steaks, a cold seafood spread is quick and easy. 

Check your local seafood shop—many of them will steam the lobster for you. Pick it up early in the day and chill it thoroughly. 

Frozen, already cooked crab legs and shrimp are readily available at your grocer or supermarket, and if you’ve got a bit of time to plan ahead, they’re quick to prepare at home. Simply steam and chill.

Shuck the oysters at the last minute to preserve that delectable liquor. Yum.

Cut a few lemon wedges, grate some fresh horseradish and whip up a simple mignonette (finely chopped shallots and white or red wine vinegar).

Easy peasy.

Throw in some breadsticks and a couple of sides like Corn Salad and Apple Slaw and you’re good to go.

Fuss-free entertaining at its best.

Don’t you love summer?