Now that Christmas is over there isn’t much left to do but relax, eat leftovers … and plan for New Year’s Eve.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to invite friends out for a spin on your boat or just to show off your new boating equipment, now is your chance. Boat parties are popular this time of year – many large companies organize on-the-water parties, and charge hundreds of dollars per ticket. Hosting a party on your own boat is a fun (and memorable) way to ring in the New Year.
Here are a few party-planning tips.
First, you’ll have to determine your guest list which will, of course, depend on the size of your boat. You will also need to plan your budget. Prepare a shopping list of all the party essentials – food, drink, snacks, and favors (noise makers and party hats are an essential component of a new year’s party)!
Next is the matter of sending out invitations. If your friends are online, we recommend using Evite. It’s a free, electronic invitation service that allows you to track your RSVPs.
If your boat is docked in an out-of-the-way part of town, you may want to consider arranging transportation for your guests. For a large party, you may want to consider renting a bus to transport guests from a pre-determined pick-up spot.
If guests will be driving directly to the dock, make sure that the parking area is well-lit and that there are no parking restrictions.
Alcohol and boating don’t tend to mix well. As a host, it is your decision whether or not guests can bring drinks aboard. Make sure your decision is clearly stated from the get-go, to avoid any misunderstandings.
If your guests will be drinking, make sure they are supervised. It is imperative that a boat’s captain remain sober at all times.
For those of you who don’t own a boat, consider renting one. From yachts to smaller-sized vessels, there’s something on the market to suit your needs.
Whatever you do to ring in 2011, we hope you’re safe, happy, and surrounded by good friends!