THE ULTIMATE HEN’S PARTY EXPERIENCE

Bridesmaids, stop the searching, because we have the perfect answer for your ultimate Hen’s party experience… Imagine you and the girls hosting your get together in the very heart of Sydney Harbour, drinking, laughing and creating memories #onaboat.

Whether you are after a day or night event, you and your guests can exclusively hire a beautiful spacious catamaran to host your very own private party and let the fun begin!! Enjoy quality time with the besties and experience uninterrupted views of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours.

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Quality time with the girls on Sydney Harbour. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Where the Fun Unravels 

The vessel is a beautiful catamaran that is available for hire in Sydney Harbour. The 10.5 metre Seawind Resort 1050 is an Australian designed and built sailing catamaran. Perfect for private hen’s parties, the vessel can accommodate for up to 30 people. Make use of the large internal cabin for formalities and party games and enjoy the easy access to the front bow area that will keep your party flowing.

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The bow area aboard the vessel provides plenty of space for your party guests to mingle. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Sea Sydney Harbour’s Hen’s Party package is sure to be an experience that will create memories for a lifetime!

What’s included?

  • 3 hours exclusive vessel hire
  • An experienced skipper and deck hand/host
  • Fuel costs
  • Wharf and travel fees for one pick-up and drop-off point
  • iPod dock with internal and external speakers (choice of your own tunes)
  • Catering services
  • A bottle of champagne
  • Two large eskys with ice
  • Onboard toilet
  • Swim ladder
  • Onboard safety equipment

 

Catering

There is an array of catering options to select from when hiring the boat, or you can opt to self cater. Our ‘Waves of Platters’ menu is our recommended option for Hen’s parties and this includes cheese, antipasto, wrap and fruit platters to graze on throughout the party. All drinks remain BYO, however included in our Hen’s package is a bottle of champagne to toast the bride to be – or perhaps better utilised to reward the bridesmaids for all their hard work!?!

A selection of food from our ‘Waves of Platters’ menu. Images – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Entertainment for the Ladies

If you’re looking to add some cheeky entertainment to the celebrations, Sea Sydney Harbour can organise waiters to serve and entertain you on the day. All our waiters are friendly, dare we say sexy, come with a smile, and the bridal party won’t have to lift a finger.

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One of our cheeky waiters having a laugh with party guests. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Alternatively why not set sail to the beautiful cityscape with one of the most sought after Sydney Drag Queens hosting your party – the one and only Prada Clutch! A multi-talented singer, performer, hostess, drag queen, showgirl & all-round entertainer she will have you in stitches from the minute you board the vessel and will be sure to make your Hen’s party unforgettable!

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The fabulous Prada Clutch entertaining party guests and embracing the nautical theme. Image – Sydney Drag Queen

 

Let the Fun Begin!

Let Sea Sydney Harbour host the ultimate Hen’s party for your bestie!! We could not think of anything better than enjoying time with the girls, drinking, laughing and creating memories in the heart of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.

Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/hens-parties.html for further information or contact us directly to make an enquiry or book your private charter!

Check out Sea Sydney Harbour and find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #hens #hensparty #hensnight #bridetobe #bridesmaids #girls #girlsnightout #girlsjustwanttohavefun

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VIVID SYDNEY +5

It’s back… bigger and brighter than ever!! +5 for the 5 stars that this festival deserves – a true 5 out of 5 star rating!! And +5 for the additional 5 nights that the festival will run for in 2016!!

The longest ever Vivid Sydney Festival will shine for 23 nights, illuminating Sydney Harbour, new and much-love precincts, and hosting vibrant music performances and big ideas talks. The festival runs from Friday 27th May through to Saturday 18th June 2016.

The sails of the Sydney Opera House well-lit and claiming all the attention. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

The sails of the Sydney Opera House will continue to be a key feature of the Vivid Lights festival and will transform into an animated canvas of the oldest Australian Indigenous art. Vivid Sydney’s brilliant lights also return to Chatswood, Central Park, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Martin Place and new precinct The Galeries, which becomes the festival’s first indoor precinct. Treasured attractions, yet new additions to the festival include Taronga Zoo and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, which will light up during Vivid Sydney in celebration of the monumental anniversaries both celebrate in 2016.

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The water-theatre fountain in Darling Harbour. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Beyond Vivid Lights, Vivid Music will pulse through the city with new sounds and venues in the line up. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will unleash a series of incredible acts and storytellers, shaping the creative landscape for upcoming artists, who will headline Vivid Ideas.

 

Vivid Sydney Festival Harbour Cruises

Cruise with colour and creativity and experience the 5 star Vivid Sydney Festival from a prime location cruising Sydney Harbour. See the spectacular sights and sounds and enjoy the scenic views of Sydney’s enlightened buildings and landmarks. Aboard The Kirralee, there are indoor and outdoor areas for viewing the light displays, so skip the crowds and experience the festival on a boat with Sea Sydney Harbour.

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The stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge shining bright and bold. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Ticketed cruises run for 1.5 hours and there are various departure times on each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the festival. Cruises will also be running on the public holiday Monday 13th June.

Light refreshments and soft drink will be provided. Passengers can choose to BYO alcoholic beverages. No corkage fees apply.

Vivid Harbour Cruises are perfect to bring along the whole family and enjoy breathtaking views of Sydney and the spectacular light display!

What’s included?
• 1.5 hour charter aboard The Kirralee with an experienced skipper and deck hand/host. An intimate cruising experience with maximum passenger numbers of 30.
• Pick up and drop off at King Street Wharf
• Light refreshments and soft drink

 

Grab Your Ticket Today!

Named Australia’s best tourism event for 3 consecutive years, this festival is not to be missed!! Why not experience Vivid Sydney aboard a harbour cruise with Sea Sydney Harbour.

Cruise with colour and creativity and enjoy 5 star views of Sydney’s iconic buildings and landmarks bathed in bright lights and vibrant colours. Find Sea Sydney Harbour on Facebook, like our page and follow the ‘Vivid Sydney Festival 2016 Harbour Cruises’ event to discover the latest information and keep up to date on ticket availability. Contact us! Tickets are available now!

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Moving lights captured at the Sydney Vivid Festival. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Once aboard share your experience on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #vivid #vividsydney #vividsydneyfestival

SWEET EASTER TREATS

Special occasions are times when the saying “calories don’t count” is heard often. So why not indulge in some sweet homemade Easter treats.

Here are 2 cute but simple recipes that are guaranteed to please and impress your guests! Created as single servings these treats are perfect for parties and gatherings hosted at any venue – at home, outdoors, or even on a boat.

 

 WHITE CHOCOLATE & PASSIONFRUIT MOUSSE

Served in an Easter egg shell, these treats take less than 30 minutes to prepare and are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!

Individual Easter Egg Mousse Cups. Image http://www.taste.com.au. Photography by Louise Lister
Individual Easter Egg Mousse Cups. Image www.taste.com.au. Photography by Louise Lister.

Makes: 6         Prep: 5 mins          Cooking Time: 15 mins 

  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup passionfruit pulp
  • 150g white chocolate
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 medium Easter eggs
  1. Use an electric beater to beat 3 egg yolks and ¼ cup caster sugar until pale and creamy. Fold in ½ cup passionfruit pulp alternately with 150g white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly.
  2. Beat 300ml thickened cream until soft peaks form, and in a separate bowl beat 3 egg whites until firm peaks form. Fold into the passionfruit mixture.
  3. Break tops from 6 medium Easter eggs and sit eggs in serving glasses. Fill with mousse and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight until set.
  4. Optional: Serve with chocolate shards for dipping.

Recipe by Michelle Southan (www.taste.com.au)

 

CHOCOLATE NESTS

These fun treats are great for all ages, but will certainly capture the attention of the children at your party. Cute and picture perfect, these can be created in less than 1 hour!

Individual Easter Chocolate Nests.   Image www.taste.com.au. Photography by Chris L Jones
Individual Easter Chocolate Nests. Image www.taste.com.au. Photography by Chris L Jones. 

Makes: 12         Prep: 45 mins          

  • 200g packet milk chocolate melts
  • 100g packet Chang’s fried noodles, roughly crushed
  • ¾ cup pink fairy floss
  • 110g packet candy coated milk chocolate Easter eggs
  • 12 miniature toy chickens

Note: Fairy Floss is available from some delicatessen and also Kmart. Nests should be eaten straight away, as fairy floss will disintegrate. Miniature toy chickens are available from craft stores.

  1. Grease a 12 hole, 1½-tablespoon capacity round-based patty pan. Line the base and sides of each hole with a strip of baking paper.
  2. Place chocolate melts in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds with a metal spoon, or until melted and smooth.
  3. Add noodles to melted chocolate. Stir to combine. Working quickly, place 1 rounded tablespoon mixture in each hole. Using a spoon, mould into a nest shape. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.
  4. Remove nests from pan by sliding a butter knife under baking paper. Remove paper and arrange on a large plate. Place a little fairy floss in the base of each nest. Top each nest with 1 Easter egg and a miniature chicken. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Sarah Murphy (www.taste.com.au)

 

IT’S PARTY TIME!

To compliment these fabulous dessert treats, consider a fabulous party venue! Why not try something different this year for your Easter celebration and take your party off dry land and onto stunning Sydney Harbour!

Enjoy uninterrupted views on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours and celebrate with Sea Sydney Harbour. Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/private-charters.html for further information or contact us directly to make an enquiry or book your private charter!

Do you have a fabulous Easter treat that you would love to share? Share your Easter creations on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #easter #eastertreats #easterfun

PARTY THEME IDEAS: SIMPLE AND FUN

Hosting a celebration on a boat calls for some great party theme ideas that are easy but definitely filled with costume fun! Theme ideas can definitely lift the fun of a party, however being an outdoor venue away from home you want something that your group will get on board with, but nothing too out there that it makes your guests feel uncomfortable.

Here are some of our top picks for the boat. Be sure to adapt them to make them your own!

  1. Hello Sailor It might be said that the nautical theme when on a boat is overdone, but it certainly never gets outdated.
Nautical themed Birthday aboard The Kirralee. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

  1. When I Grow Up – Totally dependent on individual interests, this theme allows costume ideas to be as wild and creative as imaginations will run. The list of costume genres is endless, with ideas ranging from actors/actresses to politicians to sports stars, just to name a few.
  1. Summer Beach Fun – Out on the water where the potential for clothing to come off (due to swimming) is high, so why not make the appropriate attire part of your theme? A beachy theme sets the mood for a relaxed fun-filled party.
  1. Moustache Party – A small addition to your everyday outfit, this little touch of fun will be sure to add some laughs to your day.
A selection of moustache shapes to choose from for this party theme. Image – www.theologyofgames.com

 

  1. Fire & Ice – It was implemented so well on one of our favourite TV shows – Revenge. It’s a powerful theme but simple to implement. For those that are more outgoing with their costume ideas, there is nothing that says this party theme can’t be taken literally.
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Fire & Ice theme as featured on popular TV show Revenge. Image – www.pagecovers.com

 

  1. Polka Dot Cutesy – Much more subtle than most other themes, guests are encouraged to wear a polka dot garment. Makes for a cute photo opportunity! Alternatively you can opt for a different pattern or specific colour choice.

Have you been a part of a great party theme idea that you think would work well on a boat? Post your images on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #partythemes.

THE MOST POPULAR SAYING THIS CHRISTMAS – “I’M ON A BOAT”

With the Christmas season fast approaching its time to start thinking about planning your office Christmas Party. Unwrap something new and fun this year and hire a catamaran to cruise around Sydney Harbour. Here’s some top reasons why the phrase “I’m on a boat” will become the most popular saying in your office this Christmas!

Exclusive Venue – No more sharing restaurant space or a function centre with another party. This celebration is for your group only to celebrate all your hard work throughout the year and the holiday period. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! 

Amazing Atmosphere – Being in a new environment away from anywhere that has previously been associated with work meetings of functions brings about a different attitude. Make your Christmas Party an occasion to truly be enjoyed by all. Your colleagues will feel like they can let loose a little and will have waves of fun. 

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Cruise and dance along with Santa Clause this Christmas.  Image – http://salmachowdhury.com/?tag=christmas

 

Customised Experience – Whether you are keen for a day or night cruise, a party cruise or a more relaxed cruise that includes a dip in the water, the experience is up to you. Your experienced Captain can certainly make some suggestions, but you can customise your boating experience to suit your specific group.

Unique – How many people do you know who hire a catamaran exclusively for their Christmas Party? Everyone will love it and the views are breathtaking!

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The views on Sydney Harbour are breathtaking. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

BYO – No bar tabs and no specific catering services must be used! Do you need me to repeat that? No bar tabs and no specific catering services must be used! While Sea Sydney Harbour does have some catering and entertainment options that you can select from, it is purely to make your planning easier. BYO for all food and drinks is allowed!

On trend – There is nothing cooler this Summer than being on a boat and screaming “I’m on a boat” with your friends and work colleagues. Capture this on video and tag Sea Sydney Harbour in your Facebook or Instagram post – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee

I’m on a Boat! Image – http://rathausartprojects.com/blog/2009/12/04

 

Move over “Merry Christmas” because this year its “I’m on a boat”. The Summer holiday period is set to be a good one! Trust me, you don’t want to miss this!

Share your pictures capturing the fun on Sydney Harbour on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #christmas

Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/christmas-parties for further information or email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au to make your booking now!

SHARE THE LOVE BY SHARING THE FOOD: EASY FINGER FOOD FOR ON A BOAT

When it comes to entertaining on a boat you may think your food options are limited, however let me assure you that your choices are many.

Sharing your food is another way to share the love – I mean they often say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – so why not opt for platters and finger food to satisfy hunger and love in one go.

We’ve trialed some simple savoury recipes and tested them for preparation time and hunger satisfaction. Here are 2 of our favourites – easy finger food options on a boat!

 

MINI QUICHE LORRAINE

Great finger food that can be served hot or cold. Create your own flavour by mixing up the toppings you use – ideas include ham and cheese (as below), spinach and feta or sun-dried tomato and olive.

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Great finger food that can be served hot or cold. Image http://www.stuckonyou.com.au

Makes: 32         Prep: 15 mins          Cooking Time: 20 mins

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 slices ham, diced
  • 1 ½ cups cheese, grated
  • 4 sheets short crust pastry
  • 2 tsps. dried parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  2. Cut each pastry sheet into 8 rounds using a scone cutter.
  3. Lightly spray the patty tin. Place pastry in patty tin.
  4. Place cheese, chopped onion and ham in the pastry shell.
  5. Beat egg and milk. Add salt, pepper and parsley.
  6. Pour mixture over the pastry shells and topping.
  7. Sprinkle with extra cheese
  8. Place tray in oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the filling is set.

Recipe by Mum

 

CHICKEN & MINT SALAD ROLLS

The perfect summer option that is wonderfully light and refreshing to eat. Add lots of mint for a zingy taste or mix up your fillings to suit your taste buds!

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The perfect summer option that is wonderfully light and refreshing to eat. Image www.taste.com.au. Photography by Aaron McLean

Makes: 30         Prep: 30 mins          

  • 100g rice vermicelli noodles
  • 1 iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup torn mint leaves
  • 3 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and finely shredded
  • 30 small rounds rice paper
  1. Place noodles in a bowl, pour over boiling water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and cut in several places.
  2. Place lettuce and carrots in a mixing bowl with sugar and chopped herbs. Mix through noodles and chicken.
  3. Dunk sheets of rice paper into warm water to fully immerse then transfer to a bench covered with a clean, damp cloth. Wait for a minute for the paper to soften and become flexible.
  4. Place a small handful of the chicken mixture on the centre of each wrapper. Roll up tightly, tucking in the sides as you go. Cover rolls with a damp paper towel or plastic wrap and chill. Rolls will hold their shape for up to 24 hours.
  5. Serve with peanut chilli dipping sauce.

Recipe by Annabel Langbein (www.taste.com.au)