Casual, fun and summertime-festive is the theme of this video's beach theme party, inspired by one of Harbour Island's best restaurants, the Sip Sip. Their menu ranges from fine cuisine to local Bahamian fare, which is easy to make and perfect for a Sunday brunch or as part of a sampling of beach party foods for an outdoor get-together.
The Sip Sip gets its name from local slang for "gossip". True to its name, the restaurant boasts a casual ambience that translates to relaxed dining by the beach with loved ones. The restaurant's lime green cottage is the island's most popular spot and is well known for its celebrity clientele. Forget more formal tableware like tablecloths and runners, and create this laid-back ambience at your beach theme party on outdoor-friendly tables with woven grass placemats and unbreakable melamine dishes and glasses.
Julia Ryan, owner of Sip Sip, shared her recipes with Pottery Barn so you can prepare beach party foods that are just like those on the island: easy, low-pressure and ocean fresh. Watch the cooks prepare a zesty, fish broth brightened with lime juice, diced onion, celery and potato. Locally grown Goat Pepper is used to add fiery flavor and color to the broth. Fresh grouper fillet is poached gently and quickly in this savory mixture. A bowl of buttery grits and a slice of cornbread-like Johnny cake accompany the dish.
These beach party foods are simple to make at home and will lend island flavor to your beach theme party. Use seaglass dinnerware and accessories with aquatic appeal. Their shades of blue and white bring a wave of Bahamian color and beauty to your dining table.