Tablescapes, Laborless Day, Watemelon & Flip Flops

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing lazy weekend~We are having a Laborless Labor Day on the coast, and even though we have been dining at home all weekend, it has been no work at all~

fish and flipflops

HHjr and I do most of the cooking around here, and we planned the Labor Day menu early in the week, so I could do as much shopping as possible before hand.  Sometimes we do elaborate things, but this weekend was all about simple and easy, good ole USA favorites..

Like New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

flip flop napkin rings

You might notice that there isn’t any flatware on this table


or fancy glassware…it will be canned drinks today

summer table

Flip flops keep the pink napkins from flopping around in the breeze

laborless table

Watermelon is obviously on the menu!

easy summer table

There are a lot of  extra napkins

watermelon and flip flops 1

piled high in the chair

summer table

You have to keep things secured so they don’t blow about!

watermelon table

The upcoming summer meal can all be eaten with fingers~

easy summer table

Finger licking BBQ Shrimp, it will be messy but worth it!

watermelons and flipflops

Buttery garlic french bread for dipping in the shrimp sauce


and watermelon of course,

CC & watermelon

which CC thought looked very tempting indeed!

new orleans bbq shrimp

The rest of the group was pretty excited about the BBQ shrimp.  I’m still not quite sure why it is called BBQ shrimp, because it’s basically shrimp roasted in a spicy butter sauce, but around here it’s called BBQ shrimp or New Orleans BBQ Shrimp.  In New Orleans this is often the way shrimp is prepared and served.


You make a sauce with butter, lemon, and spices.  Chef Prudhomme is a famous New Orleans chef that really helped make modern cajun cuisine popular.  We use his seasoning on lots of things~


Put the unpeeled shrimp into a shallow baking dish with the lemon wedges and pour sauce over all

bbq shrimp prep

Bake for 25-30 minutes

bbq shrimp

and serve with some crusty, garlic french bread for dipping in all the yummy juices


Now you know why there isn’t any flatware, but LOTS of napkins on the table!  The hardest part of this recipe is waiting until time to eat!


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern


  • 2 pounds fresh jumbo shrimp,* heads off and unpeeled
  • 2 sticks real unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Blackened seasoning [we like Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened Steak Magic]
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 T garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 375
  • juice 1 lemon and slice the other 2 into thin wedges
  • Wash shrimp and drain well.
  • Melt butter in a sauce pan.
  • Add the juice of 1 lemon, black pepper, blackened seasoning, Worcestershire, and garlic powder.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes to blend flavors.
  • Place shrimp into a 9 x 13 casserole dish and pour sauce over all.
  • Top shrimp with lemon slices and push to submerge in sauce.
  • Bake at 375 for 25 to 30 minutes or until shrimp are pink.


Adjust cooking time if using smaller shrimp
Keyword baked shrimp, BBQ shrimp, cajun shrimp, New Orleans shrimp, shrimp

more easy “Laborless” WEEKEND MENU recipes:

5 Minute Mystery Dip
Corn & Bacon Guacamole Dip

Chicken Enchiladas 

BLT Silders

Island Time Chicken Wings

Salsa Bread

Now it’s time to start thinking Fall, football and pumpkins!


I will be partying over at:

Coastal Charm

The Gunny Sack

Love Bakes Good Cakes

Savvy Southern Style

The Style Sisters

No Minimalist Here

Cuisine Kathleen

Posed Perfection

Easy Life

Between Naps on the Porch

Rattlebridge Farm

33 Responses to “Tablescapes, Laborless Day, Watemelon & Flip Flops”
  1. Vicki says:

    Great pictures today especially CC and Mom! So cute!! Happy Labor Day!

  2. Maureen says:

    Fabulous as always. Wish we were there this weekend. I recognize the seashell napkin ring piled in the pink chair (I think I gave you that on a wine bottle once). FYI, please delete and ADD Thanks. Happy day to you and yours.

    • You have a sharp eye Miss M, I love that seashell napkin ring and use it all the time in all kinds of fun places and always think of you 🙂
      Crazy coastal weather, raining while the sun was shining kind of weekend!

  3. hollybertone says:

    Hi Jenna – So I see the picture on the link party, say, “oooohhhh” and then hover and then say, “of course it’s Jenna’s!” LOL. I am obsessed… obsessed I tell you with pink and green. I think it’s from coming of age in the ’80’s. I’m actually contemplating painting my laundry room pink and green. But for now… I can covet and enjoy your fabulous tablescape. Hugs, Holly @ coconutheadsurvivalguide

  4. love love love bbq shrimp.. I know, right, from where does that name come??? I was able to find some BBQ seasoning while in Louisiana.. now I think I need to make some. If I had a view like that, I’d never come inside. Gorgeous table. Love the idea of the flip flops!~! xo marlis

    • Mary says:

      I love BBQ Shrimp Jenna, my husband not so much so I have to wait and have it when my sister comes to visit.The best part is dunking the bread in all that flavorful buttery goodness! Love the flipflop napkin holders and your fun watermelon table! CC is adorable 🙂

  5. Ann k says:

    It was a watermelon weekend for both of us! But I think I would have rather been on the water by the palm trees like you!! What a perfect setting for an end of the summer celebration.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Watermelon table is great! What end of summer fun!

  7. a quiet life says:

    this is all so cute, i don’t know how you can keep posting so much, i am overwhelmed at your proficiency! you live such a busy life and record it all so wonderfully, i feel like a slug when i see all you share!

  8. Sarah says:

    Cute table and such a clever idea to use the flip-flops as napkin rings. Thanks for the recipe. This sounds easy and delicious. Love shrimp, but have never had this recipe.

  9. Christine says:

    The shrimp looks delicious. What a beautiful view! I love your very summery tablescape, cute flip flops and watermelons…Christine

  10. Kitty says:

    Jenna, thank you for your kind comments and prayers. Bless you for that and the encouragement.
    Pink and green have always been a favorite of mine and you did such a great job with it and all your fun accessories. Wish I was there at your setting to enjoy some of that scrumptious shrimp and French bread… mmm good!

  11. Susan says:

    What a fun and pretty table! Love all the watermelon accents. Thanks for the shrimp recipe. Since I have moved to the Texas Gulf Coast I am always looking for ways to serve shrimp!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  12. lulu says:

    Hmmmm, looks like your place is one where I would’ve liked to be on Labor Day. You have combined a number of wonderful accessories to make this a really fun, happy table.

  13. dawnjunkin says:

    The flip flops for napkins rings – that is awesome! So clever. The whole table is great. Adorable little gal, too! -Dawn @ We Call It

  14. I just love your tablescape, watermelon, well actually everything! I also thought the flip flops as napkin holders was darling. Thanks for sharing on the BBQ Block Party

  15. Maria says:

    Love it all – The casualness of everything, the delicious food, the colors on your table, and, of course, watermelon – one of the true joys of summer! Enjoy!

  16. Jennie says:

    You’ve set a cute table but the BBQ shrimp wins the prize. It looks yummy and easy!

  17. Marigene says:

    What a fun table! Using flip flops for napkin rings is such a cool idea…there isn’t a creative bone in my body, obviously. The shrimp looks delish.
    Have a great week, Jenna…

  18. Maria says:

    Jenna – Thank you for stopping by my blog! You asked me about the wheelbarrow salt cellar. I bought it at Pottery Barn two or three years ago. I bought 4 of them at the time. I wish I had bought a few more!

  19. ms lemon tart says:

    The table setting is great, but the baby stole the show. Darling.

  20. Diane says:

    I do love this table, but I think my favorite things about this post is the title! Such a cute “laborless” idea! Your table setting is adorable and the food looks scumptious! The watermelon bowls and fish placemats are too, too cute!

  21. Bev says:

    This table is wonderful…love every element, especially those watermelon bowls. The shrimp looks great!

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