Tips for Onboard Entertaining

Being able to throw a successful party on a boat is no small feat. With tight quarters, fewer appliances and being away from land, hosting a gathering on a boat puts your entertaining skills to the ultimate test. Here are a few tips to help you pull off onboard entertaining.

  • Create a list. On the water, you can’t just run to the store if you forgot something. Before you set off, make sure you have everything you need. Create a detailed list of every single thing you need for your party, and double-check it.
  • Prepare for the weather. When you’re on a boat, you’re vulnerable to the elements. And your guests aren’t going to have a good time if they are sunburnt or are cold and wet. Have plenty of sunscreen onboard, and make sure your guests bring wind and rain gear in case any surprise squalls sneak up on you.
  • Simplicity is key. Onboard meals don’t need to be fancy. It can be hard to prepare big meals in a boat galley. Plus, you don’t want to spend the whole party cooking. Keep your food options simple and either prepare them ahead of time or have them be easy to assemble.
  • Have a theme. Whether you are getting together to celebrate a holiday or just looking for an excuse to party, having a theme adds an element of fun to any gathering. Have a pirate-themed party, a tropical luau, or choose your favorite decade.
  • Be safe. Nothing ruins a party like an accident, which can easily happen on an unstable, crowded boat, especially if guests have had a few drinks. Create a safe environment by making sure your boat is well-lit. Have plenty of life jackets and life preservers available. And make sure there are a few sober people (especially the captain) to keep an eye on the less-than-sober people. And don’t forget to never drink and drive.