A casino themed party is a great way to have fun with casino games but keep it all within friends. The stakes can be as high or low as you want them to be. A casino theme party is especially great for fundraisers. Raise money for a good cause and host a party people will be talking about for long after. But you don’t need a reason to host a casino party – it will make for a great night anyway, even if you aren’t playing for real money. Read on for some casino theme party ideas and tips on hosting the perfect casino theme party.
After deciding on your budget for your event, the first thing you should do is organize a venue. Do this as far in advance as possible, in order to get the best venue as well as a possible discount for early booking. Decide on the number of people you would like to invite first, so you know how big the venue should be.
A good casino theme party needs professional looking equipment. Decide on which games you are going to offer first – perhaps some well known ones as well as some interesting ones that are easy to learn. Stick to simple games – not all your guests will be seasoned gamblers. Perhaps put up some charts to help guests understand the rules, particularly if playing card games like Blackjack or Poker. You may want to rent gaming tables so that the space looks like a real casino – but a regular table with a tarpaulin on it printed with a gaming table image can do just as well. However, unless you know someone who can deal and will do this for free, it’s a good idea to hire a professional dealer. They will be better at it and you will be free for hosting.
When deciding on decorations, think of the feel you want your ‘casino’ to have – Las Vegas, 007, Macau or even a live online casino – it’s entirely up to you. Your casino party ideas will be different depending on what style you want to emulate. But either way, if you aren’t hiring real tables, you need to make them look professional with a printed tarpaulin or some green felt. Hire or make signs saying things like “place your bets” and “get lucky”. Unless you want a really seedy feeling, you don’t want your casino party to feel like a basement poker room.
Other casino theme party ideas for decorations include a mini red carpet at the entrance, fake money bunting, decorating your doors as playing cards or Incorporate some neon flashing lights for a Vegas touch. Keep it classy or go all out – but make it a well thought out decision.
Hiring a bar tender (or just getting that friend of yours who used to bartend to do it for you as a favour) will really make your casino theme party stand out. Especially if you want that James Bond feel, martinis are a must. Otherwise, beer and punch both work well, and always have plenty of water on hand. If you want to really go all out, serve casino themed cocktails, such as a “high roller” (whipped vodka and cranberry juice). In terms of food, keep it simple with finger food, classy canapes or a Vegas style buffet. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative – some great casino party ideas for food include red, white and black foods such as black olive, tomato and white cheese tarts, or strawberries dipped in white and dark chocolate. You could also make dice jello shots (simply make red jello shots and decorate with white frosting dots).
Know What’s Legal
If you are going to be playing for real money, particularly if your casino party is a fundraising event, you will need to obtain a permit from your local government – commercial casino events without a permit are illegal! However, if you are simply playing for fun with no money involved, you don’t need to worry.
More Casino Party Ideas
We would like to leave you on a high note with a couple of extra casino theme party ideas. Once you have decided on the feeling of your ‘casino’, decide on a dress code for your guests. Prepare a really good playlist that goes with your theme. When it comes to equipment, don’t forget chips, and perhaps some fake money if you’re playing for fun. Lastly, make sure you have brushed up on casino skills yourself – you need to be the knowledgeable one there. Now go out and get planning!