So you decided to keep it classy for your casino night with a poker party. It will likely be a more intimate affair with friends who can play poker or want to learn, and you don’t have to prepare as many different kinds of tables. But you still want your poker night to be one that’s remembered, so here are a few poker party ideas to make your poker party the talk of the town.
What To Do First
In order to have a good poker party, there are a few things you need to take care of first. Settle on a budget and stick to it. Decide on your guest list before you start planning food and materials, as these will depend on how many guests you have. Consider whether you would like to hire a professional dealer, or do it yourselves. Then get on to the fun poker party ideas!
Materials And Decoration
When it comes to decorations, you can go as big or as small as you like. Having a proper poker table would be great, but you can just decorate a regular table with green felt. You also need to make sure you have enough decks of cards and chips for all the players – at least 35 chips per player. Even if you are playing for real money, poker chips just make it more fun. If you want to go all out, a few poker night party ideas for decorations include a fake money bunting, containers made out of cards (in fact you can stick cards on almost anything), decorating your doors like cards (with paper cutouts) and poker chip coasters.
Different people will have different ideas for the perfect drink for poker night, so you should have a few options. Classic cocktails like the martini is a must, as well as beer and perhaps some spirits for those who want to emulate an underground mafia poker evening. If you want great poker party ideas for drinks, look up casino themed cocktails.
When it comes to food, decide on what style you want your poker night to be – you might want to go for classy canapes, chips ‘n dips, or go all out with red, white and black themed snacks. It’s a good idea to stick to finger food so guests can snack while they play. Also avoid greasy or messy food that will mess up your cards. Stagger the food, perhaps bringing out a new dish or dishes every hour or so so your guests stay satisfied and to keep the excitement going.
You could keep it simple with a traditional poker night, or you could have a few other options for your guests, such as Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, 7 Card Studd or Razz. There are actually many different kinds of poker games to choose from, or offer as a choice for your guests. If you decide to stick with Texas Hold ‘Em, you could do really fun things with decorations and food with a cowboy theme. Some great Texas Hold ‘Em poker night party ideas are hosting it as a barbecue, decorating your venue like a saloon, Western bandannas as napkins and a yellow rose of Texas silk flower for the ladies’ place settings.
Keep It Fun
We hope that we have given you enough poker night party ideas to get the creative juices flowing in your head. Remember to lay down some ground rules before your guests start playing, to avoid petty fights. Also prepare an activity, such as a table where losers can play together, to keep guests occupied even when they are out of the game. Keep buy-ins low if you are losing money. This is a night to have fun and you don’t want to start any feuds, and some of your guests will not have fun if the stakes are too high. Now go out there and plan the best poker party ever!