How to Host the Best EOFY Harbour Party

July already brings with it enough reason to celebrate – tax return season is the most delightful season of all, am I right? But this year, we’ve been gifted something extra special. After several hard months of sacrifice, we’re finally seeing an easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The light at the end of the tunnel can only mean one thing: end of financial year parties are back on the agenda, with more reason than ever to come together. 

Winter Wonderland

Sydney is known for being a summer paradise, but boy do we shine bright in winter, too. Between Vivid Sydney, pop-up ice skating rinks, and festivals galore, there’s no shying away from cold weather – and that means taking advantage of our gorgeous waterfront. Hosting your EOFY party on board a harbour cruise offers the chance to get out, breathe in that crisp winter air, and keep cosy with gorgeous views. So how do you host a kickass boat party when the mercury drops? Grab your scarf, it’s time to get planning.  

Keeping Your Cool

Cosy is having a moment right now. The Scandi concept of hygge (meaning cosy, comfortable contentment) is trending across the world in a big way, and with millions of Instagram posts dedicated to the aesthetic. Keeping this theme front and center of your event will make it one to remember. Think string lights, throws, and heat lamps, all enjoyed from inside the comfort of your favourite oversized cable knit jumper. How do you top all that off? With the magical shimmer of city lights, obviously.

But of course, cosiness doesn’t stop at décor. A great winter party needs comfort food and drinks. When we picture winter comfort foods, the mind goes to stews and soups, but there are plenty of party-friendly finger food options too. Think arancini and mozzarella sticks, pastries, cocktail meatballs, or even a fondue. And forget the ice cold beer – tis the season for mulled wine and boozy hot chocolate. Mmm. 

Get Festive

Christmas in July parties are a classic for a reason, and a super fun way to celebrate your end of financial year. They provide all the fun of Christmas with none of the stress, and it’s an opportunity to get those traditional, northern hemisphere festive vibes. This is also the perfect time to challenge your team to a daggy Christmas sweater competition, with an award for the worst dressed, of course. 

White Parties: Not Just for Summer

No snow? No worries. If you want your celebration to be less daggy and more bougie, another theme idea is to keep things ice cool by hosting an all white party, winter wonderland style. White parties are the embodiment of elegance and class. What better way to see out the 2020 financial year? Don’t forget the snowflake decorations.

Whichever style you go for, there’s nothing better than getting snug with a steaming hot mug of mulled wine among a backdrop of glittering city lights. It’s an ideal way to recognize your team at the end of the financial year, or just to celebrate the fact that we’re finally allowed to party again. 

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