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Congratulations to this month’s winner, Jenna, who says her favorite summer tradition is traveling to her hometown to celebrate 4th of July with her friends and family. Check back on September 6 for another great giveaway!

One of summer’s sweetest rites of passage is the family beach trip. My family was lucky enough to travel to the North Carolina coast almost every summer when I was growing up, and I loved the traditions we established there. We spent our days catching waves, flying kites and searching for the perfect shark’s tooth; the nights were all about listening to the waves and enjoying the freshest local seafood.

Even if your summer is shaping up to be a land-locked one, you can still create a by-the-shore experience at home. The clambake is a beach-side favorite for its sheer simplicity: Just steam just-caught seafood alongside corn on the cob and baby potatoes. (Get our recipe here.)

Of course, you’ll need to set the table for your clambake, so we’ve teamed up with our friends at personalized gift shop Pretty Smitten and online lifestyle shop Waiting On Martha to give one lucky Design Happens reader this set of coordinated table decor perfect for an end-of-summer soiree.

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Read on to see the whole prize list and enter for a chance to win the entire set.

The lucky winner will receive:

Ready for your own clambake? To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This month’s question: What’s your favorite summertime tradition?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 9:00 a.m. ET on August 2, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on August 5, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $372.50. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.



57 Responses

  1. kathy harmon says:

    BBQ's and florida beach vacation

  2. Rebecca Corona says:

    Our favorite summer tradition is lazy Saturday afternoons playing in the sprinklers and enjoying family time.

  3. Michelle B says:

    Having BBQ and going to different kid friendly events.

  4. rusthawk says:

    Fourth of July get togethers with friends and family.

  5. G. Salce says:

    We have been lucky the last 15+ year's to enjoy a week every July @ Carlsbad,Calif. Beach. My kids have great childhood memories. If they are unable to join us. I get to embrace the child in me. #swim #jumpwaves #barefoot #sand

  6. Joan says:

    My favorite tradition is to celebrate the longest day of the year, June 21, with a barbeque/family reunion.

  7. Mary Strassell says:

    Our favorite summer ritual is to go to a very small village here in Arizona. Over Labor Day weekend, there is a quilt show, tractor show, old car show and civil war memorabilia display complete with men in authentic military garb.
    There are oftentimes, artists either carving a sculpture or creating a painting. There are also local artisans displaying their wares. In addition there is a local band playing music in the background. Like an old time festival, everyone sits together and just enjoys the comraderie.

    There is a special pie festival that begins at 1:00 allowing the women of the community to bake and cool their pies. Then at one everyone gathers and for $5.00, you get the piece of homemade pie of your choice, alamode, and a glass of lemonade. The funds go to maintain the small train depot and museum on the grounds.

Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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