With Miami’s year-round warm weather, there’s always a festival or celebration somewhere in the city. Weekends and holidays are made for parties in Miami. And who doesn’t love a party? But instead of a beach party or house party, why not throw a Miami yacht party? Nothing compares to sharing a celebration with your friends and family like a private party aboard a Miami yacht rental. A boat party is a great way to spend time with friends [and family] while enjoying South Florida’s waterways and coastline. A Miami yacht charter can be intimate or large and lively, typically lasting four or five hours on the water. Designed for luxury entertaining, Charter One Yachts offers everything you need to create a unique and unforgettable party – be it a dinner cruise, brunch, birthday party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, anniversary, holiday party, corporate get-together or a special occasion, like a graduation, wedding, bridal/baby shower or the Super Bowl. With the flexibility of a number of docking locations in the tri-county area, hosting a Miami yacht charter is like having your own private vessel – you’re the captain and you decide the menu, entertainment and decor. Charter One’s event planning staff will work with you to plan your ultimate party on a Miami yacht rental. The possibilities are endless. Here are 10 tips for throwing a Miami yacht party of your own. Tip #1: Figure out how many guests you plan on inviting. Mix as many people as you can from family, friends and work associates. The number of people you invite will help you in choosing the right Miami yacht rental. Charter One Yachts’ The Floridian Princess and The Summer Wind cruise the Intracoastal Waterway and Biscayne Bay. The Floridian Princess allows for up to 350 guests. The ship offers multiple levels for guests to party and mingle. The Summer Wind, formerly owned by the Bacardi family for private retreats, is perfect for small- to medium-sized parties, as she accommodates up to 65 guests. Also, by knowing how many guests you are having you can work with the charter company’s team to figure out space configuration. Tip #2: Know your budget. Throwing a Miami yacht party offers endless possibilities in food, drink and entertainment. But with that comes cost. Charter One offers various packages and amenities that fit every budget. Tip #3: Come up with a theme. Private Miami yacht rental companies like Charter One Yachts can create amazing themed parties aboard their fleet. Need some ideas? Las Vegas casino night, murder mystery, masquerade ball, Mardi Gras and magic shows are just some of the more popular ideas. For a bridal shower, consider a chabby chic theme complete with a dessert and champagne bar. Amenities and décor ideas onboard are endless. Tip #4: Send out invites and allow plenty of time for people to RSVP. Remember, the invite sets the tone of the party. If you are hosting a birthday bash and are having a casino night theme, go for a casino-themed invitation. Hosting a Mardi Gras party? Get the Fat Tuesday Mardis Gras celebration started with fun party invites embellished with party beads, streamers and confetti. Tip #5: The music [and dancing] matters. From DJ’s to jazz bands to karaoke to your own Caribbean-style Junkanoo, it all depends on you. Charter One’s event planners will work with you so you can entertain in style. Tip #6: The food matters, too. Hosting a Miami yacht charter allows you to have your own personal chef who will work with you in creating the perfect party menu aboard a Miami Yacht, be it a sit down brunch, dinner or buffet – or all of it! Anything you want can be served – seafood, sushi boats, platters, sweet tables and so much more. Talk with the chef about setting up food and dessert stations. The only holding you back is your imagine. Tip #7: Lots of drinks, lots of ice and lots of garnishes are key for any party. On a Miami yacht rental you have many options when it comes to liquor, including a premium bar, beer/wine open bar, premium brunch bar and after dinner cordial service. In addition you can also choose a soda/juice bar and coffee/espresso stations. Event planner Elizabeth Allen offers this tip: “If you can’t afford a full bar, have red and white wines and a novelty cocktail.” Tip #8: Plan your bar stations: Katie Brown of The Style Network suggests setting up three self-serve bars: a wine bar, a vodka bar and a Cosmopolitan bar, for example. Alexandra and Eliot Angle, event designers and the authors of Cocktail Parties with a Twist told O Magazine they like to “gussy up a novelty cocktail bar by setting a little table with a pitcher of, say, Green Tea Collins mix, vintage glasses, garnishes and instructions on how to put the thing together properly.” Tip #9: Parting Gift Bags. Thank your guests for coming by sending them off with a special gift bag. Carry the theme of your party into your gift bag or personalize with a special Thank You. Tip #10: Have fun! Hosting a party onboard a Miami yacht charter allows you to relax, mix and mingle with your guests while the party staff and crew take care of everything. And just think, there’s no clean-up!