The Ultimate 10 Step Checklist for an Awesome Boat Party


A party on the water is almost usually guaranteed to be a great time. Whether the party is for a birthday, anniversary or promotion, having it on a boat can make the special occasion one to remember. But if you’ve planned anything before, you would know that throwing a truly great boat party can be a lot of work.

There’s so many things to consider, from food to entertainment to photography – it can definitely get a little confusing! Luckily, we have the ultimate checklist for not just a good party, but one that your guests will never forget! So read on and make sure you’re ticking off everything on the list.

1 – Theme

Why is theme the first thing on the list? It’s because a theme can help you decide on everything else on this checklist such as food and entertainment. When it comes to theme, there are a couple to pick from, with some especially great for boat parties. These include:

  • Cuban
  • Hawaiian
  • All white
  • Pirate

These themes are perfect for a party on the water and can make a party incredibly memorable.

2 – Food

What’s a good party without good food? While a nice meal might not become the talking point of your party, bad food definitely will be! It’s up to you what style of food you want to serve.

Do you want to serve course meals? Or finger food and canapes? You’ll also need to consider whether or not you want to bring your own food or get it catered.

3 – Drinks

You already know what we truly mean when we say drinks. Booze and alcohol are staples to a great boat party. It can be as simple as beers in a bottle or you can fancy it up and serve themed cocktails.

The right kind of alcohol will get your guests buzzed, usually leading to a great, fun night. Just beware of guests who tend to have a drink too many or are lightweights – make sure they’re not overdoing it!

4 – Music

Music is a crucial part of any party, let alone a boat party. Music helps set the mood and the tone of your event, which is why it’s important to make sure your playlist is appropriate.

Wild parties call for loud, energetic music while more casual gatherings can benefit from easy-going tunes. Finding it hard to make the perfect playlist? There are plenty of curated boat playlists out there!

5 – Decor

Bring your party to life with great decoration and props. Your choice of decoration is made easier if you’ve selected a party theme. If you haven’t, don’t fret! Classic boat decorations include:

  • Fairy lights
  • Inflatable props such as palm trees
  • Balloons
  • Signage
  • Ribbons

6 – Entertainment

It may add to your budget, but great entertainment can add even more fun to a boat party. A DJ or live band are great options music-wise, while performers such as magicians and pole dancers can bring more exotic and interesting entertainment to the deck of your boat. Speak to your boat owners about how to get some party entertainment onto your boat!

7 – Photography

A good photographer can help commemorate your party and give you something you and your friends to look back and reminisce on. Of course, anyone can take photos with their phones but a professional photographer can capture every moment of your special in high-quality, edited shots – perfect for photo albums and Instagram!

8 – Motion Sickness Pills

Unfortunately, not everyone is used to life on the water – some of your guests included. It’s why it’s generally a good idea to carry some motion sickness tablets or pills on board to help those who are prone to motion or sea sickness. Consuming food with ginger in them (such as ginger lollies) can also help alleviate the nausea of seasickness.

9 – Sunscreen

If your boat party is taking place in the day, then it’s important to make sure you have sunscreen on your boat for your guests to apply. Your crew will be on the deck almost all day putting your skin at risk of sun damage. Take this a step further by recommending that guests wear sunglasses or hats while they’re on deck. Your boat party shouldn’t come at the cost of sunburns and blisters!

10 – The Right Boat

At the end of the day, the success of your boat party will hinge on the boat you choose to have it on. Every boat is different and different types of boats have distinct features. When picking a boat, the most important things are making sure it can fit all your guests! It goes without saying, but it’s also important to make sure your boat fits the budget you’ve set for your party.

Having trouble finding the right boat for your boat party?

If you’re still on the lookout for the perfect vessel for your boat party, look no further than our boat hire crew at Charter Boat Sydney! We’ll help you find the perfect, state of the art boat for your party – no matter the theme or how many people you plan to bring aboard. Contact us to get your party on to Sydney harbour today!


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