Summer is right around the corner and that means spending as much time outside as you can. If you’re lucky enough to live near a body of water, you probably go swimming or boating during the summer months. Not only is water the best way to cool off on a hot day, but it provides an endless source of entertainment, too.
If you’ll be hosting a boat party this summer, you need to come ready. You can’t throw a party like this on a whim. Keep reading to find our favorite foods you should serve to keep your guests happy.
Wraps and Rollups
Is there anything as simple and delicious as a wrap? These highly versatile snacks are perfect for picnics and, you guessed it, boat parties. They’re great picks for grazing and less messy than other finger foods.
When it comes to flavor options, the more you have, the better. Your guests may want to try one of every kind.
Start with 10 or 12-inch flour tortillas. From there, your mix-ins will vary from wrap to wrap. Add the following foods to your shopping list and get creative with how you pair the ingredients:
- different varieties of lettuce
- deli meat
- different varieties of cheese
- mayonnaise (flavored types like garlic or chipotle mayo will take your wrap up a notch)
- salad dressing
Don’t forget to make a veggie-only option for the vegans or vegetarians in the crowd.
Chips and Dip
Chips are one of those quintessential party foods. They come in many different flavor and style options, so get a little of everything. Pick up some Ruffles, Miss Vicky’s, Cheetos, and tortilla chips to satisfy a wide variety of taste buds.
You should also consider serving dips, especially if you’re bringing tortilla chips.
Salsa is a delicious option that doesn’t need to be refrigerated beforehand. Choose a mild or medium variety in case you have people who can’t handle heat on your guest list.
Guacamole is another crowd-pleaser. It will need to be kept in the fridge or cooler until it’s time to serve, but it’s worth the extra hassle. Make your own with avocados, onions, garlic, tomatoes, lime, and salt and pepper.
You can’t very well take a party pontoon boat out for a spin and not supply any beverages. Before deciding upon which drinks to serve, ask yourself who your guests are.
Is this a family-friendly boat cruise? Are you taking a party boat fishing? Will it be strictly for adults?
If kids will be sailing with you, be sure to bring plenty of juice and soda.
If you’re catering to an adult crowd, feel free to get creative. Wine, spirits, and easy-to-make cocktails are all great options for a summer boat bash. Read this to find more ideas for an adult-oriented booze cruise.
Of course, stock up on lots of water regardless of who’s on the water with you. A day in the sun without water can get dangerous fast. Dehydration can occur fast during the hot months of the year and cause a lot of icky side effects. Be mindful of alcohol beverage consumption, as alcohol is a leading cause of fatal boating accidents according to The Janda Law Firm.
Enjoy Your Boat Party
Your boat party is sure to be a hit with the above food and beverages on the menu. Be sure to stock up on sunscreen to keep yourself and your guests safe, too!
Check out our Lifestyle Section for more party planning tips.
*Photos by Maksim Goncharenok