Don’t let your next casino party be average. A good theme can take it from plain to being an amazing experience. Having a well-planned Vegas-like party will be a fantastic event your guests will never forget. With these ideas and tips you’ll throw the ultimate casino themed party at home!
Subtheme and dress code
Of course, you can simply choose ‘casino’ to be the theme, but have you thought about a subtheme? For instance, a Great Gatsby-theme would be an add-on to the fun, with everyone dressing up like the Roaring 1920s style. Ladies could wear Flapper dresses, headbands and a feather boa. Men can take out their best suits and wear straw boater hats. Back in the 1920s, gambling was prohibited, so this juicy detail adds extra suspense to the party!
Take a look at the video below and you’ll quickly see why a Great Gatsby Party would be an amazing experience. Needless to say, you likely won’t be able to spend as much money as Jay Gatsby does in his parties, but you could opt for a party in the same style with glamorous elements.
Surely looks fun, doesn’t it?
You can also go for a James Bond-style party. Think about sleek suits for men and long, elegant dresses for women. Or what about Peaky Blinders as your party concept? Have your male guests wear suits and attire just like the Shelby gang, complete with baker boy caps and tie pins. Ladies could wear long beaded dresses and gloves, wave their hair and wear (faux) fur stoles.
Regardless of whether you’ve chosen a subtheme or not, the dress code at your casino party should be elegant and glamorous. No sport shoes, flip-flops or jeans allowed.
There wouldn’t be a casino-themed party without casino games! Did you know that you can rent roulette tables, poker gear and even slot machines in some places? Have a search around your local area to see if anyone offers this.
You can also buy a reversible Blackjack and roulette layout tablecloth, some card decks and a complete poker set for an affordable price in several stores. You can hire croupiers to do the dealing work or ask some of your friends to do this on a rotating basis.
So your guests can play more efficiently, make sure you’ve arranged play chips. These can be used for every game and are much easier than using actual real money. Even if all guests are playing just for fun, placing bets with chips is better to keep everything neat and tidy.
Starting guides and practice
For every single table game, print out a few practical guide sheets. Not everyone is an experienced casino player. Having useful guide sheets at the tables makes sure that new players won’t feel confused or even hesitant to play at all. They’ll be able to quickly learn the basics before placing their first bets.
But to make sure everyone’s fully ready, it’s possible to sign up at online casinos before the day of the party. Everyone can practice playing all the different games on offer at your party so they know what to do on the day. The big advantage of online casinos is that they usually offer casino bonuses to new players who sign up. These give out more bonus money to play with which can be used as extra bankroll to try out the different games. There’s a range of offers available, so players are recommended to choose the best casino bonus for themselves.
Make sure the music at your party is smooth and upbeat. If you’ve chosen a 007-theme, some exciting spy music would bring a nice touch too. Here is a playlist which is perfect to play in the background for your casino-themed party:
Of course, you can stick to simple beers at your casino party. But why not add an extra touch by offering some of these popular drinks or stylish cocktails?
Champagne always works, period. It radiates class and sophistication and is a great fit for a casino-themed party.
To lower the costs, you can also opt for sparkling wine and add Smirnoff Gold to it. It has ultra-thin shavings of a gold bar which is safe to consume. This would definitely bring a luxurious touch to your drinks.
Gin & Tonic
Almost everyone loves a good gin and tonic. The drink can be customized in hundreds of ways with different botanicals.
Whiskey on the rocks
This has got to be one of the most popular drinks for casinos. ‘On the rocks’ means served on ice. This is a stone cold classic which requires no fuss.
‘’Shaken, not stirred’’. It must be one of the most famous movie lines ever. It describes how James Bond prefers his vodka-martini drink, with a thin slice of lemon peel. This iconic drink is a fantastic choice for your casino-themed party.
Did you know that there is a Casino cocktail? It consists of gin, maraschino, orange bitters and lemon juice, often garnished with a cherry.
Make sure you’ve got the matching stemware for every drink you’ll offer. A whiskey would surely look odd if served in a fancy champagne flute! Don’t forget to offer some sodas or mocktails to your non-drinking friends or those who need to drive home afterwards.
There is no typical ‘’casino food’’, really. So you have carte blanche on this one. In general, a buffet is always a winner at parties. Guests can take whatever they want at any time they want.
If you want to cut the costs a little, go for a simple buffet in which you serve foods like chicken fingers, fish sticks and French fries. Serve a few dip sauces and a couple of side dishes and you’ve got yourself a complete buffet. You could also go for easy wraps with different fillings and sauces.
A shrimp cocktail is quite common at casinos. The reason being that people can continue playing while eating it. A shrimp cocktail is always tasty and is very easy to prepare.
As a dessert, you could keep everything in a black and red color scheme, representing the colors of the cards in a deck. Make skewers from black and red fruits such as strawberries, watermelon pieces and blackberries.
Make cookies in the shape of dice, cards or slot symbols. Add some food coloring in red, black and white so they have the typical casino colors.
Party Props and decorations
Delight your guests with some props and decoration – all in casino-style.
Buy red and black balloons and place them near the playing tables, the food and drinks table and the entrance.
Buy a cheap deck of cards, punch holes in them and hang them on a string, with some space between them. You can either hang them horizontally, alongside the wall or vertically, randomly across the room.
Another cool idea is to get a casino door curtain to make people like they’re actually entering a casino! Laying out a red carpet runner will give your casino party the ultimate glamorous feel. You can buy a disposable red paper ‘’carpet’’ that’s easy on the wallet.
Card glass tags
An annoying occurrence at parties is not being able to track your drink. Why not prevent this from happening by marking everyone’s drink by using a card as a glass coaster? Buy a cheap deck of cards and you’ve made a great glass tag while staying in the casino theme!
Add interest to your food table by decorating them nicely – casino related, of course! A casino-related centerpiece will surely delight your guests. You can easily make a great casino centerpiece yourself and customize it to how you want it. Here is a great idea for a DIY:
Get napkins in the typical casino colors red, black and white. You can also buy paper or plastic plates and cutlery in the same colors to bring an extra casino-feel to the table.
Purchase some cheap dice and place them in the drinks you’ll offer. A very fancy touch!
Once you’ve checked all these boxes, you can be sure that an unforgettable night is in the cards for you! Let the good times roll!