How to Prepare for Your Perfect Boat Party | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

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A party-planning guide to smooth sailing into the perfect seafairing affair.


As the temperature rises during these summer months, the allure of escaping to the waterside becomes increasingly irresistible. While gravitating toward the sea is a no-brainer on hot days, celebrating on a boat, whether it be a yacht or sailboat, is a unique experience that is bound to be unforgettable.

The water, open air, and picturesque views pitch together a relaxed social environment where guests can mingle with ease. Yet as you party plan with a sense of adventure, it’s still essential to line up practical preparation. From curating a guest list to picking out your charcuterie, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for the seafaring revelry.

Choose your vessel

If you don’t have your own boat to your name, there is no shortage of rentals to pick from. From classic motorboats to superyachts and luxurious catamarans, there is an array of vessels that could be yours for a sunset ride.

While many travel hours to go island hopping, Manila Bay is perhaps one of the more convenient spots for the sailors at heart. The SMDC Sands Residences is set to stand right off Roxas Boulevard, overlooking sunsets over the bay. While located in a hub of the city, the proximity to the bay also makes it a perfect residence if you’re likely to set sail regularly.

The SMDC Sands Residences overlooks the daily sunset on Manila Bay. The new residences are just a stone’s throw away from the many boats to choose from for your floating fête.


Draft your invitations

Crafting a guest list for a boat party involves considering practical matters like the boat’s capacity, the occasion, and your personal preferences. 

Start by knowing the maximum number of guests that the boat can comfortably accommodate. Remember to consider factors like seating, safety regulations, and available space for activities. 

Next, define the occasion: Is it a casual gathering or a celebration? Maybe think of a theme and the atmosphere you want to create. This will help you narrow down the mix of guests you want to invite. List the people closest to you first, such as close friends, family members, and significant others — typically the folks you want to share special moments with. Then extend invitations to broader circles that you think would enjoy the fun. Consider inviting a diverse group of people who will get along well and contribute positively to the overall vibe.

Once you have finalized your guest list, send out invitations with all the necessary details such as the date, time, location, and any special instructions. Don’t forget to request RSVPs!


Set up the snacks for Happy Hour

There are few things as enjoyable as a flute of bubbly and some finger food under the sun and by the sea. 

As you prepare your charcuterie plate, be sure to serve smoked meats like Spanish salchichón or chorizo favorites. Cheese is a must as well: You can mix up some fluffy mozzarella with tomatoes, basil, and balsamic glaze to complement the fresh air. Or go with a creamy Brie and Camembert to pair with fruits, nuts, and crackers in an easy spread. Some good old manchego is a great crowd-pleaser. Another filling, yet healthy popular snack is Hummus, which is easily makeable with a can of chickpeas in your kitchen beforehand. 

Every boat party must have booze. Gear yourself up to buy a few bottles. To match the seaside vibe, go for the tropical, citrusy flavors of Chilean wines. You can also opt for a lighter white or red Italian wine. For those seeking something a bit heavier, get your mixologist hat on and mix up a few tequila-based spritzers or a Mexican Mule. 

fruits grapes bread and cheese boat party

Curate the perfect summer playlist

Music sets the mood, which is something to consider when putting together you’re playlist. Do you envision a laid-back beach party with chill tunes or an upbeat rager? Consider the preferences of your guests as well, and maybe even work together on a collaborative playlist.

As the celebrations commence, you can go mellow and start with songs that have summery themes. Think Jack Johnson or The Beach Boys, even. When the sun begins to set, put the Bossa Nova on the deck. By nightfall, some smooth hip-hop tracks may pick up the party, or you can take it a notch higher with record-topping hits. After the party winds down and the boat moves back into the harbor, Lana Del Ray’s album “Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd.?” is likely to transform the mood of your boat party into something akin to a cinematic masterpiece. 

If time does not allow, try hiring a good DJ who can take charge of the perfect set and bring his own gear, too.

dj in a boat by the sea boat party

Dress to impress on deck

As the host, it’s important to look your best. Boat parties often involve activities like walking, dancing, and a little bit of climbing up and down the bow, so opt for comfortable and relaxed clothing that allows you to move freely. The latest collections of Lacoste have been churning out quite a few summer-inspired outfits. For eye-catching yet laid-back accessories, Loewe has got you covered with Paula’s Ibiza Collection which celebrates an island spirit. The weather can change throughout the day so it’s a good idea to bring a light sweater to layer, especially if the seawater splashes onto the deck. 

Don’t forget to protect yourself from the sun. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or cap, sunglasses, and apply sunscreen to exposed skin. The Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen is one effective choice that helps shield you from harmful UV rays while keeping you comfortable.

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Photo courtesy of LOEWE by Gray Sorrenti.


End your party with a bang

To make your boat party even more memorable, consider scheduling it during the Mall of Asia fireworks displays, which can be gazed upon during your boat party by the bay or from the SMDC Sands Residences. 

Watching a dazzling display of lights and colors in the night sky will culminate in a truly spectacular finale for your guests, locking in an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. So, set sail, enjoy the festivities, and make lasting memories on the water.

To know more about SMDC’s Sands Residences, visit

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fireworks by the water
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