ruise ships are well-known for their sumptuous buffets. Serve a buffet to your guests to keep with the cruise ship theme. (This will allow you to make any fare you choose!)

Check out some tips and recipes for making buffets here.

While cruising on the ocean, why not try a menu filled with seafood?
Click on the menu items below to find recipes.
Angel hair pasta with shrimp and basil
Shrimp cocktail
Crab cakes
Seafood stir fry
Flounder with crabmeat stuffing
Find a number of seafood recipes here

  • Serve Goldfish crackers
  • Submarine sandwiches
  • Swedish fish
  • Dole Pineapple Fish (they are pre-cut in the can)
  • Fish fruit snacks
  • Cookies made with a fish-shaped cookie cutter to accentuate your nautical experience
  • Starfish Rice Krispy Treats

A few other ideas to add a little nautical flare to your food:

• Use the place cards (provided with the mystery) and name your food to fit the theme.
- Captain's Shrimp Cocktail, Seafood Salad, Shipwreck Scallops, Cruising Capers, etc.

• Don’t forget to have your menu out (designed menu included with mystery).

• Many cruise ships have ice sculptures to decorate their buffets, so you can add these for a touch of authenticity.

• Make blue jello with gummy fish floating in it.

• Serve tropical drinks like pina coladas and daiquiris that tend to be associated with cruises, vacations and tropical destinations.

• Serve punch out of a large punch bowl and add a floating toy cruise ship or sailboat on top.

• If you are daring enough – serve the elaborate fishbowl punch!

  • Arrange the food along a table and ring a bell when it’s time to eat, inviting everyone to dine at the Captain’s table.
    - Use the table signs (provided with mystery) to denote where the crew and guests should sit.

  • Enter your food into the menu (included with mystery) and have it out for the guests to see.

  • Label your food with nautical terms (Captain's capers, Seafaring Shrimp, etc.) and set out by your dishes. (Designed food tents included with the mystery).
  • Use a red/navy/white color scheme and set your table using those colors. It can be as easy as using colored table cloths, napkins and plasticware to pull it all together!

  • For a formal feel, consider using crisp white linens and blue skirts, crystal glasses, white plates and silver chargers.

  • For a more casual feel, drape tables with fish netting fish hooks and anchors (which can easily be made of heavy duty aluminum foil twisted and formed into shapes) and seashells.

  • A long row of light brown sugar along the center of the table makes great 'sand' onto which you can arrange your table decorations and/or scatter sand toys, sea shells, etc. to create your own table decorations!

  • Tie lengths of white rope or cord (not too thin) around the napkins (contrasting color is best...sea blue...perfect.)

  • Wrap napkins with twine or white cord and lifesavers.

  • For centerpieces, place ice buckets with champagne or wine and silver balloons coming off. Then, use shimmery cellophane to fill the bucket. You can use the champagne bottles to drink OR for prizes at the end.

  • Lounge Music. Since the Captain’s Cocktail Reception will be a formal event, you can order a nice cd of lounge music here.

  • Waves Lapping and other Seaside Sound Effects. You may want to have the sound of waves lapping playing when your guests walk to the entrance (up your gangway), if any part of your party is outside, or just in general. You can also look for sound effects with a ship horn blowing, seagulls, etc. You can find free sound effects here to download.

  • Make a mix of music about sailing, cruising and the open water. Here are some ideas for songs for your mix.
    Love Boat Theme
    Come on Down to My Boat – Every Mother’s Son
    Rock the Boat- Hues Corporation
    Boat Drinks – Jimmy Buffet
    Sea Cruise- Frankie Ford
    Where The Boat Leaves From – Zac Brown Band
    Sailing Away- Styx
    Lovely Cruise - Jimmy Buffet
    Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)- Enya
    Sloop John B - Beach Boys, Kingston Trio
    Sailing - Rod Stewart
    Sailing – Christopher Cross
    Shipbuilding – Elvis Costello
    Sail On – Crawler
    Sail Away – Randy Newman
    Ship To Shore – Chris DeBurgh
    Sail Away – The Temptations
    My Ship – Tavares
     Son of a Sailor – Jimmy Buffet
    Sail on Sailor – Beach Boys
    I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home - Grand Funk
    Rhythm Of My Heart - Rod Stewart ("Where the ocean meets the sky, I'll be sailing")
    Ship of Fools - Erasure
    Ships - Barry Manilow
    Sailing On The Seven Seas - O.M.D.
    Big Ship - Freddie McGregor
    26 Miles (Santa Catalina)  - The Four Preps

  • To find free music, see your local library.


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