Ring in the New Year on Your Boat

New York Skyline. Image Credit: NewYearsCruise.com

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!

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