8 Creative Tips On How To Plan A Boat Party

Sailing on a private yacht is one of the best ways to experience Sydney Harbour and you can take that to the next level by hosting a boat party. However, planning one can be a tricky task. 

Before you go looking for a private party boat for hire in Sydney, start planning the event first and consider following the following tips to make it an event to remember!

1. Choose a Boat with Sufficient Accommodation

It’s great to have all of your guests partying together, but you’ll quickly notice that people get impatient when they can’t find a seat or enough standing room, especially if the boat is moving! So keep in mind that, while a bigger luxury boat might be more expensive, it will be more likely that your guests will stay happy if the vessel has enough room for everyone.

  • Party tip: Offering drinks on arrival is a great way to keep people happy while they wait for the boat to leave.

2. Choose an Interesting Route

Shutterbugs will thank you for inviting them to your party if the ship’s route offers several unique photo opportunities. Be sure to choose an interesting route with sights and sounds that’ll keep your guests entertained while the boat sails to its destination. 

You can work with the ship rental company and ask for their advice regarding the best and most scenic route the ship can take.

  • Party tip: You could have people pose for photos as you go past any landmarks or interesting sites. This will make great memories and encourage your guests to keep partying.

3. Make it Unique with a Theme

Having a theme helps ensure that everyone feels like they’re at the same event, even if they don’t know each other. Think about what makes your event special and go from there! It can be as simple as having a dress code or creating a certain atmosphere with music. The possibilities are endless.

  • Party tip: You could have the best-dressed partygoers win giveaways such as drink vouchers.

4. Consider Guests’ Dietary Requirements

If your guests have dietary requirements it’s a good idea to have a food and drinks menu with them in mind. If you’re hosting the boat party yourself then you could spend an afternoon baking some snacks that everyone can enjoy. Some other ideas might be to offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options or include some healthier drinks.

  • Party tip: You could win some of your guests’ hearts by offering a vegan-friendly food and drinks menu. Consider asking your guests for their meal preferences ahead of time to ensure your menu will cater to everybody. 

5. Make Sure There’s Enough to Do to Keep Guests Entertained

A boat party is a great way for people to socialise, so be sure that there are enough activities for your guests to enjoy. For example, why not have the DJs bring some games that are in line with your party’s theme? 

You could have an inflatable football or have people try to hit targets with water balloons. Consider having something that will help them get to know each other better.

  • Party tip: If you’re having a buffet then it might be worth setting aside a time for people to come back and eat, so they don’t miss out on any of the entertainment.

6. Consider the Weather

You’ll want to party on the boat regardless of the weather, but it’s still worth bearing in mind. If people are likely to get too hot, they might not be in the mood for drinking and partying.

So if it’s a particularly warm day then you could have some fans on hand to keep your guests cool or hold the party at night when it will be slightly cooler. 

It might also be worth considering what clothes your guests will want to wear for the event – after all, you don’t want anyone to show up in their shorts and t-shirts if there’s a chance of rain.

  • Party tip: Arrange some indoor activities that people can enjoy in the event of bad weather. You could take advantage of an indoor area, such as a pub or bar, and move your boat party there.

7. Make Sure Your Music is Good

The music you choose to play at your boat party can make or break the atmosphere. After all, you’ll want people to enjoy themselves and dance. Bear in mind that not everyone might like the same type of music, so it’s worth having something for everyone to enjoy. 

Having a mixture of genres will help ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy, so if you’re not sure what type of music to play, why not ask your guests?

  • Party tip: You could have a voting system where people place an object in one of several jars based on the songs they want to hear next. This will make it easy for you to see whether or not there’s a clear winner.

8. Get Creative with Decorations and Entertainers

While you might not want to go overboard with your decorations, it can be nice to add some personal touches here and there. For example, you could purchase some tableware based on your party’s theme or hire an entertainer, such as a magician, who will keep guests entertained throughout the event. 

It might also be a good idea to have some balloons on hand so you can send some up as they pop. This is a great way of getting people out of their seats and onto the dance floor.

  • Party tip: You could put any specialty balloons or decorations you have left to good use by giving them away as souvenirs from the party.

It’s All About Proper Planning

If you’re looking for a boat party that will be remembered, then it’s important to put in the time and effort when planning. These tips should help you plan an event that is sure to go down as being one of the best.

Charter Boat Sydney is a premiere party boat rental company in Sydney. If you are looking for a boat to host your party, contact us today. Our team would be happy to work with you in finding the right ship for your event.


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