Summer is just flying by, and before it’s gone, be sure to take advantage of one of the best things about summer: a boat ride and a day at the lake! Whether you decide to throw a bash for your entire office, or your simply hosting a casual get together with some close friends, a lake party boat ride can be the perfect way to really end the summer on a high note.
Need some help getting started? We’ve got you covered with the essentials to throwing an unforgettable lake party.
Decide on the Location
The DFW metroplex offers a lot of choices when it comes to the perfect lake for your boat ride party. Two of the largest, and most convenient to Dallas, are Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lewisville. Both lakes offer a beautiful and relaxing setting for tons of lake fun, and you can’t go wrong no matter which lake you choose.
Even if you don’t choose one of these great lakes, having the location finalized will help immensely as you move on with the rest of the planning for your lake party.
Create Your Guest List
Before you get too deep into your party boat ride planning, you will want to create a guest list. Are you inviting just a handful of your really good friends? Or are you hosting your entire office or social group? Or maybe you want to have a family reunion. Whatever the case may be, having a head count and an idea of who will be attending, and their age range, can help you plan where you meet and what you do at your lake party.
Decide on Activities
Once you know who you’re inviting, you can better plan your activities. Obviously, if you are inviting a lot of people with kids, finding family friendly activities to entertain them will be a priority. Whereas if you have an adults only party, you will want to focus on finding activities for adults to participate in.
Need some ideas? In the heat of summer, you can’t go wrong with swimming. And if you really want to have the lake experience, you should consider boating or fishing.
A party is not a party without plenty of food and drinks! Depending on the nature of the party, you might ask guests to bring a dish to share potluck style, or you could have the entire meal catered to avoid the tricky task of planning food. Another option is to plan your party for mid-afternoon and keep the refreshments simple with a few snacks that will boost your guest’s energy in the heat of the summer.
Of course, someone is going to forget sunscreen or beach towels. The best way to handle this is to intentionally bring a few extra essentials for everyone to enjoy. This includes:
- Sunscreen of various SPFs
- Bottled water
- Beach toys
- Disposable cups, plasticware, and plates
- Lawn chairs
- Picnic blankets
Remember if you have young kids to pack plenty of toys, swim diapers, and other essentials for the younger crowd.
With this quick and simple guide, your lake party is sure to be a success. Throw an unforgettable summer bash, and your guests will be talking about it well into the cool months of fall and winter to come!
Ready to plan an unforgettable lake party boat ride aboard one of our relaxing boats? Choose from 3 boats on 2 lakes and give us a call to learn more! We provide the ice, cups, water and other non-alcoholic beverages, beach toys, and even have some spare sunscreen for those that forget it!