What better way to celebrate a special occasion than by spending a day out on the water with friends with the iconic Sydney harbour bridge looming against the horizon?
Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or any other special occasion, a party on a boat is a unique and memorable way to spend the day. Nothing beats a bit of relaxation and fun while out on the water, after all!
Ready to start planning the perfect boat party Sydney? Read on for our help and guidance so you can host the best boat party yet.
Determine Your Budget
The very first you should do is to determine your budget. Knowing how much you’re willing to spend is key and there are some aspects you need to figure out which will affect costs.
For example, what type of boat are you thinking of booking? How big will it need to be? How many guests are you thinking of inviting? What are your thoughts on catering and entertainment? What about insurance?
How many guests you’ll invite for example will dictate on how big the Sydney harbour boat you’ll need to book will be. Bigger boats will evidently be more expensive, but if the guest list is small you can get away with booking a smaller and less expensive boat.
Catering options will determine your budget too, for example. Will you bring your own food? Or will you hire an onboard chef? The options are endless.
It may be that splurging on one aspect of the party means you’ll have to cut back on another. So, take the time to decide what’s most important for your party. Perhaps you’d like to dazzle your guests with the onboard dining options, or maybe you’d like to impress with a magnificent vessel.
Once you’ve decided on these factors, you can get a better idea of the budget you’ll have to play around with. Then, the fun part of planning can happen!
Create a Guest List
Once you’ve decided on how many people you’re planning to invite to your party boat cruise, it’s time to create that all-important guest list.
The size of your guest list will determine a lot of safety factors, especially if you end up hosting a big party. You’ll need to arrange insurance that will cover all your guests in case there’s a small chance of an accident out at sea.
You’ll also need to choose a vessel that will safely hold the number of people you’ll be inviting.
Remember to be mindful of how the group dynamic will work. Once all the guests are on board and you’re in the middle of the ocean, there’s no escaping from one another! So, you’ll want to make sure everyone on board gets on well.
While inviting both friends and family work for some people, for others it can be a recipe for disaster.
Book in Advance
As soon as you’ve planned your guest list, you should book your boat. The earlier you book, the more likely you can grab your preferred date and time. You may even manage to nab one of the Sydney harbour cruise deals on offer!
If you’re planning a boat party around a major holiday, such as Australia Day, this is especially relevant. After all, lots of people will have the same idea as you and boats get booked up very quickly.
Plan Your Entertainment and Food
Planning your entertainment and food is a huge deal and it can make or break the party.
If you have a theme in mind, it can be easier to plan, and it can also make the party that much more fun!
Will you have an onboard disco? Or will you focus on spending time out on the water with inflatables, for example? Don’t forget to put together a good playlist too!
When it comes to enjoying food on a boat in Sydney, the obvious go-to choice is firing up the grill and hosting a good old Australian barbecue. Choose and prep your favourite grill items ahead in time. Pre-cook them, wrap them up in aluminum foil, and then pack them into an insulated bag or cooler before boarding.
This way, you don’t have to fuss too much when it comes to eating. There are simpler options too if a barbecue seems too much hassle.
Why not prepare picky foods to eat such as pasta salads, sliced fruit, cold cuts of meat, and chips and salsa? The options of party food that don’t require much prep or cooking are endless.
Tupperware, paper plates, and zip-lock bags will be your new best friends! Just make sure you consider guests that have dietary requirements and make sure there’s something for everyone.
To make it even simpler for yourself, you can always suggest for each guest to bring their own dish of choice. This results in a big spread of food and snacks for everyone to dig into and share – you’ll have more than enough! You’ll find that most people are more than happy to provide a plate of food, especially when the rest of the party is planned for.
When hosting a party boat, you should arrange or at the very least help your guests plan for their transportation to and from the boat. There may not be enough parking near the harbour, so alternatively you could have everyone meet at a central location close by or in the city.
For those attending who aren’t from Sydney, it’s especially important to provide them with transportation details. You don’t want your guests to be worried ahead of the party, after all.
Ready to Book Your Boat Party Sydney?
Ready to book your boat party Sydney?
Remember, regardless of what you get up to on your boat party, don’t forget to stay safe while out on the water. It’s easy to become inhibited when you’re enjoying yourself with friends and are out drinking out in the sun, but be sure to stay aware of your safety and surroundings.
With a day out on the water in Sydney, you’ll collect some wonderful memories with friends. So, enjoy the stunning Australian weather, dance to those tunes, and enjoy the water and surrounding Sydney sights. Above all else – have fun!
Want to learn more about our exciting charted boat options in Sydney? Check out our useful information page to discover how we can provide you with the dream party boat experience you’ve been waiting for.