Are you looking to throw an awesome boat party for you and your friends?
While boat parties can be tons of fun, they can also be a bit difficult to plan. It's not like you can just hop in your car and run to the store if you forget something. Once the boat takes off, you pretty much just have to hope for the best.
So, how do you make sure your boat party goes off without a hitch?
Check out this guide to learn the top tips for planning the perfect boat party.
1. Set a Budget
First things first, you'll want to set a budget for your boat party. A budget will help you determine how many people you can invite, what type of boat you can rent, and what type of boating package you can choose.
In other words, setting a budget is very important, so make sure you have one before you start any planning.
If you're partying on the boat with a group of others, you may want to consider splitting the cost amongst everyone. This may make it possible to upgrade the type of boat you get for your party.
When setting a budget, you want to think about more than just the hourly rental of the boat. You'll also want to factor in entertainment, catering, and transportation to and from the boat.
2. Create a Guest List
Before you send out a massive text about your boat party, it's very important that you create a guest list.
A guest list will determine the size and type of boat that you can rent. And, boats are very strict about capacity numbers, so don't think you can squeeze in an extra person last minute by asking nicely.
Therefore, you should create your guest list beforehand and stick to that number. Otherwise, be prepared to upgrade to a larger boat size.
3. Book in Advance
If you plan to rent a boat from a popular location, such as the Sydney Harbour, you'll want to book your party as far in advance as possible.
If you already have a preferred date in your mind (such as your birthday) booking up to a year in advance isn't unheard of, especially if the date falls around a popular holiday or on a weekend.
4. Food and Drinks
Obviously, food and drink is a major component of throwing a successful boat party.
When it comes to food and drink, the biggest thing to decide is whether you want catered refreshments or whether you want to bring your own.
There are pros and cons to each of these. Hiring catering is obviously more expensive. However, it takes the workload off of you and will allow you to better enjoy your night. Also, catered food will generally be of higher quality than anything you would make yourself.
However, when you bring your own food, you have more control over how much money you spend and what is served. To simplify things, you can even have everyone bring their own dish.
In general, if you're throwing a casual boat party with a small group of friends, bringing your own food is the way to go. However, if the party is bigger and more formal, you may want to consider hiring caterers.
Caterers can also be a huge help when it comes to mixing and serving cocktails.
If you choose to bring your own food and drinks, don't forget to pack plenty of water, especially if you plan to party. And, try to pack foods and drinks that can easily be served to large groups. Wine, beer, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips and cut fruit and cheese cubes are all good ideas.
5. Create a Killer Playlist
Music can make or break a boat party, so make sure you spend some time curating a killer playlist.
When creating a playlist, it's best to stick to the theme of the boat party. For example, if you're throwing an 80s bash, then you should create a playlist with all 80s music. Or, if your boat party is a more relaxed business event, you can put together a playlist of classical music.
If the boat doesn't have speakers and you're in charge of bringing your own, make sure you bring ones that are waterproof.
6. Designate a Captain
If you rent a boat that you're in charge of driving, then you undoubtedly need a designated captain who will stay sober the entire time to drive the boat.
However, even if you're not in charge of driving the boat yourselves, having a designated captain is still a good idea.
This person will be in charge of looking out for other passengers and their belongings and making sure everyone gets on and off the boat safely.
7. Don't Come Empty-Handed
In addition to bringing food and drinks and a speaker for music, there are some things you should bring that will help take your boat party to the next level. These include:
There's bound to be at least one person in your group who is susceptible to seasickness.
Candied ginger is not only great for preventing motion sickness, but it also makes a delightful cocktail garnish.
Spending a lot of time in the sun means you should pack sunscreen, sun hats, and long sleeves so you don't have to worry about sunburn.
If you're in charge of bringing your own cocktails, then you'll definitely want to invest in some shatterproof glasses.
Not only do these help thwart accidents, but they also make for easy cleanup.
For extra fun, we suggest bringing floaties, water guns, and any games you'd like to play while on the boat.
Also, if you want the fun to continue while on land, we suggest booking somewhere around Sydney Harbour to head afterwards. Or, at the very least, make everyone aware of the post-boat party plans.
Are You Ready for an Awesome Boat Party?
By following the tips above, you'll be well on your way to throwing an awesome boat party.
If you're planning on throwing a boat party in the Sydney Harbour, be sure to check out our awesome selection of boats today.