Of course you will want to play some appropriate cruisin’ kind of music – the kind that hopefully will inspire some dancin’ on the upper deck! We suggest playing Caribbean type music, or maybe a little Jimmy Buffet for starters! Don’t forget about the theme song to the infamous Love Boat for a cute and unusual twist!
Here are a couple of games that work great with this theme and help your guests mingle together throughout the entire evening!
Get a list of the different nautical symbols. Spell words with the symbols, and have people figure out what the words are. Give out prizes to the person who gets the most right.
You could also play “To Speak, or Not to Speak.” Give each player a bag or goodie box with 10 small treasures in it (candy, chocolates, little favors). Have bags labeled with players’ names, so they don’t get mixed up. Let players know at the start of the game exactly when the game will be ending–this game can be played throughout an entire party if you so choose. The object of the game is to catch fellow players saying one of the forbidden words or phrases. For example:
NAUTICAL, BOAT, OCEAN, WAVES, BEACH, YACHT
To help players, post the words prominently on a board where they can be seen often. If someone is caught saying one of the words on the list, that person has to give up a treasure from their stash and give it to the person they said the word to. The player with the biggest haul of goodies at the end of the game is the winner. Lots of fun!
This idea is great for the little mates you may have on board, but is appropriate for any age:
1 C. play sand
½ C. cornstarch
¾ C. hot water
Nautical theme molds or cookie cutters
Mix ingredients in a pan and let cook while stirring until very thick. Cool the mixture. Form the object using molds or cookie cutters. Let them dry in the sun for approximately 12 hours. These can be painted when dried if desired.