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Celebrations with your family are always unique. It’s not every day you get to enjoy the camaraderie of your loved ones so fully. But sometimes, the tried-and-true backyard barbecue or park-side picnic can feel stagnant.

If this sounds familiar, allow us to introduce you to a fresh twist on a beloved classic—the family boat party. Explore how to host one of these shindigs.


All the greatest parties have memorable themes and décor to match. So when determining how to host a family boat party, start by selecting a theme. Remember that this will be a family affair, so you’ll probably have kids and pets running around. People are likely to prefer socializing with their loved ones in a relaxed environment.

Because of that, you should pick something that sets the appropriate tone for your celebrations. That overtly sophisticated Gatsby on the water theme you’re ruminating on might be a hit with your friends. However, it likely won’t have the same impact on your siblings, cousins, and their kids. Instead, aim for something a bit more laid back, like a barbecue with wine and beer.

Plus, a simple theme means that you can do what you like with the décor. You can add some lighting and other decorations if you choose, or you can keep things simple. Either way, your theme sets the mood of your shindig, so make sure you pick something fitting for your celebrations. And don’t forget to curate an awesome playlist to match!


Once you get the theme sorted, it’s time to create an itinerary of family-friendly activities for your guests to enjoy. This part is especially fun because you get to explore different games and other ventures to do with your loved ones. Suppose your little cousins will be in attendance, and they love playing with water pistols. This would be the perfect opportunity to add a water fight and some swimming time to your list.

Perhaps you know the adults enjoy a round of washers with their beer. In that case, bring a game set for them to play with and schedule some time for that. Whatever you choose to do, ensure that you keep a planned list of activities scheduled throughout the day. Even if you veer away from it, it’ll still be nice to have a range of ideas available to sustain your party’s energy.


No party would be complete without tasty snacks and beverages to satiate your guests. You can handle all the cooking if you like. Or you can go with the ever-popular potluck-style party. This way, everyone can bring their favorite dishes and drinks. By the time everyone shows up, you’ll have a full buffet.

Of course, if it’s easier to call in for catering, you can do that as well. No matter how you dine, be sure to provide your guests with a healthy supply of food and beverages. After all, enjoying refreshments with your family is an integral part of these three tips for how to host a family boat party!

However you choose to celebrate, the most important thing is to embrace the beautiful day on the water and enjoy the company of your loved ones. And if you don’t own a water-ready vessel to facilitate your family affair, ATX Party Boats has you covered. Give us a call so we can set you up with our incredible party boat rental costs.

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