How To Throw The Best Casino-Themed Party
There’s no arguing that Las Vegas is a party town. The place was built on good times. Gambling, show girls, music, food and drinks, magic, white tigers, A, B and D-level celebrities… that’s entertainment!
Now, imagine hosting a casino party at your place inspired by the excitement of all these things. A taste of Sin City in your living room, essentially. Friends, family and neighbors having a great time enjoying a Vegas-style casino night. It would certainly be more fun than your average Saturday night of popcorn and Netflix, but you might not be sure how to get started.
At Cafe Casino, we love a good party, and we suspect that many of our players do, too. We like to think we also qualify as experts on the casino part. So, with that in mind, we’re here to help you plan your next casino-themed party! We’ll cover popular ideas for themes, food, decorations, and games, making it easy for you to become the best party host in town.
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First, you need to establish a theme for your casino party. Let your imagination run wild (within reason and on budget) and create an atmosphere that encourages everyone to let their hair down. Maybe it’s costumes. Perhaps it’s mystery. Could be movies. The key is finding an idea that everyone you invite can get into and allow them to let their creativity fly.
Here are a few of the best casino party themes:
Casinos and 007 have a special relationship. Several Bond movies told us that’s where the bad guys hang out. Set a formal dress code, play spy-themed music, get cardboard cutouts of various Bonds to stimulate discussions about who did it best – Connery? Moore? Brosnan? Craig? Customize a secret agent invitation with invisible ink or with clues to be deciphered.
Casinos are glamorous so your casino party should be glitzy and star-studded, even for your non-celebrity friends. (Unless you know a real celebrity, then definitely invite them!) Treat everyone as a VIP on a red carpet complete with velvet ropes, spotlights, and paparazzi. An exciting way to arrive.
Time travel back to when gambling was illegal. Recreate an underground speakeasy with classic cocktails and traditional table games like craps and roulette. Get everyone to dress up 1920s-style in flapper dresses, spats, homburg hats, three-piece suits and carrying suspicious violin cases. Don’t forget to ask for the secret code word when they enter!
Other themes could include Hollywood casino movies, deck of cards, 50s greasers, and Elvis (where everyone is a version of the king), just to name a few!
THE FOOD AND DECORATIONS
Go big with your casino decor and props like oversized playing cards and dice, or a “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. If you have a theme picked, don’t forget to incorporate decorations to match, like a DIY photo booth with plastic king and queen crowns for a deck of cards theme.
Play music to suit your theme to complete the experience. Your playlist could feature Las Vegas royalty like Elvis, Sinatra, Dean Martin and Wayne Newton, mixed with more modern Vegas acts like Celine Dion, Lady Gaga and Elton John.
Your guests will probably just want to keep playing casino games and talking, so passing around hors d’oeuvres or setting up an all-night buffet will allow them to eat whenever they want. Consider foods that are easy to make, quick to eat and create minimal mess, such as chicken tenders, egg rolls, sliders, mini quiches, cocktail hot dogs, etc.
Set up a bar cart with a mixologist friend (we all have one) so guests can sample creative cocktails. Always match the drinks back to theme, such as martinis for a James Bond party.
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This is where the fun really begins. Depending on the crowd size, give your guests game options. Five or six casino games can work for 200 people, but that would be too much for 20 or less.
For sure, blackjack is the most popular casino game. And it’s easy to set up. All you need is a few decks of cards, some chips, a table and a dealer. This also offers a great way to introduce newbies to blackjack. Offer your guests bonus chips for performing a song or a magic trick.
Craps is another casino game that requires very little equipment and it can get very lively at a party like this. It’s one of the most energized and loudest games in any casino. A craps table is easy to make and the felt markings can be done with materials from an arts and crafts store. If you have a budget, you could even rent a craps table.
Get a roulette wheel and give players colored chips for betting. The dealer spins the wheel and when the little white ball lands, somebody wins. The whooping and hollering will go all night!
Baccarat is another easy casino game. You just need a banker and a player, and whoever holds a hand with a point total closest to 9 wins.
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Now that you have these tips, you’re ready to host the best casino-themed party, one that everyone will be talking about for a long time to come!
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