Pontoon boats are the water’s great entertainers, offering huge scope for hosing amazing parties that will live on in the memory for years to come.

With a large and open deck space, room to mingle and talk, plus the ability to customize your boat with all the latest entertainment accessories, it’s massive waste of boat if you have never put a pontoon party on. I encourage you to start planning and get those invites out now!

If you are already thinking about entertaining, then you might be stuck for ideas on how you can plan, theme, and arrange your pontoon party.

Each year I throw about 4 to 5 parties, celebrating special occasions, or public events like the 4th of July. In this guide I am going to share with you everything that I have learned over the last few years, with my pontoon party ideas and tips.

The guide starts off with some themes that you can explore, and then moves into the practicality of hosting a pontoon boat party.

Pontoon Boat Party Ideas & Themes

1. Create a Party Theme

The best parties are ones that have a theme. It gives your guests the opportunity to get into the spirit of things, perhaps with some fancy dress, your choice of boat décor, the games that are played, or with the type of food that gets served up.

Some example themes and pontoon boat party ideas include:

  • 4th of July Celebration
  • Beach Camping Night
  • Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Graduations
  • Casino Theme
  • Fiesta Theme
  • Floating Pontoon Boat Dinner Party
  • Games Day Tournaments
  • Hawaiian & Tropical
  • Mardi Gras Theme
  • Nautical Theme
  • Pirate Theme
  • Pontoon Block Party
  • Romantic Meal for Two
  • Water Sports Competitions & Pontoon Olympics

2. Host a Movie Night

There are a number of ways in which you can make this pontoon party idea work. You can either take a laptop or tablet onto the boat with you or go the whole hog with something a little bit more professional which would be a portable movie projector.

My family and I regularly host outdoor movie nights back at home, so already have some of the equipment already.

Outdoor movie projectors have come down in price massively over the last five years, and this portable movie projector on Amazon is just the ticket for using on a boat. You can connect it up to your smartphone or any other digital media device and project against a white sheet hung from the Bimini.

Handy Hint: This is something you will need to do once night has fallen, as otherwise you might find it hard to see the movie projecting on the screen due to the sunlight.

No matter how you decide to play your movies, if you have lots of guests on board, then make sure to give them a great audio experience as the volume might be hard to hear over the water otherwise!

If you don’t have Bluetooth speaker connectivity on board to provide sound to your movie playing device, then take a look at the AOMAIS waterproof portable speaker. It’s rugged, has great sound, and will make your movie night go off with a bang.

3. Fireworks Show

This is another party idea that takes place once night has fallen. Whether it’s a 4th of July celebration, or simply an event such as a birthday or anniversary, fireworks look awesome when set off over a lake.

You can set them off from your deck, if you are comfortable doing so, but please make sure that you point them out towards the open water.


And don’t forget to hand the sparklers out!

Most people will feel a bit better setting off fireworks from land, so you could anchor down near a beach, or at the pontoon dock – and why not get other pontooners involved too? In other words, turn it into a pontoon boat block party!

The most important consideration here other than safety is to stick to the laws regarding fireworks in your state. They do differ from place to place so do your research before planning a fireworks party.

Pontoon Boat Party Tips & Advice

4. Design Your Own Themed Party Invites

Once you have settled on a theme, it’s time to send the invites out. And what better and more creative way to do so, than having your own designed invites.