Who doesn’t like a good party? Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or simply want a good, old-fashioned weekend party, your pontoon boat is the place to be. Pontoon parties are just fun—packed with plenty of seating, but always roomy for family and friends alike.
So, what’s the occasion? Is it a post-feast Thanksgiving excursion? Or, maybe it’s a lighthearted Christmas night scenery trip. No matter the occasion, a pontoon get-together isn’t complete without these awesome ideas:
Take on a Tiki Theme
Perfect for birthday bashes, seasonal get-togethers and reunions, a tiki-themed pontoon party is sure to be memorable. Deck out your deck with pirate decorations, or host a Hawaiian shipwreck look with plenty of floral designs, tiki heads, small umbrellas and cornhole boards. If you really want to have fun, install a small boat slide to make your tiki experience complete with a “walk the plank” scenario.
Host a Movie Night
Who says movies need to be indoors? Why not cruise to some flicks? Even a laptop is enough, but you can hardwire a hardcore film feature with a small projector, an outdoor screen and some speakers. Just make sure you’ve packed plenty of popcorn—because your pontoon’s patrons won’t want the night to end!
Freestyle with Fireworks
Even if it isn’t the 4th of July, you can still marvel at the sight of spontaneous fireworks. Once the sun goes down, celebrate your birthday crewmember with small, safe fireworks. If you’re kicking off the New Year, sparklers might be more up your alley. Just make sure you fire off all flammables over the water.
Bring Out the Food
No party is complete without delectable dishes. Ask your passengers to bring their favorite snacks, or bring your own tasty treats aboard. Corn on the cob, hot dogs, potato salad and salsa chicken are all great choices—and each can be stored in a cooler for quick accessibility. You can find some great boat-friendly recipes at Pontoonopedia.
Remember to Be Safe
Your pontoon party is bound to be fun—but don’t forget proper boating procedures. If you’re packing dinner, make sure your dishes are non-breakable and recyclable. While you’re at it, remind your passengers of the pontoon boat’s boarding rules before you take off from the dock.
As with any excursion, it’s important to pack the necessary safety gear. From life jackets to LED lighting after dark, make sure all bases are covered. You’ll be casting off in no-time! Enjoy the party.