Whether you're planning a poker card party, an at-home bingo hall, or a full-fledged Las Vegas night birthday extravaganza, try the following tips and advice for creating a wonderful casino party atmosphere for your friends and guests.
The fun and competition of gambling (whether it's for real play money or prizes) is infectious, and provides a wonderful backdrop for guests to mix, mingle, and share lots of laughs...
Casino night party setup
A casino night party can run the gamut from simple poker table or two to hiring a local company to provide roulette, blackjack, poker and craps equipment and professional dealers to help teach guests how to play.
For a cheaper option, the nearest party supply store also has everything you need to setup and transform your home into a casino, complete with decorations and the felts to cover tables. Don't forget to plan ahead by asking friends or family members to help volunteer as bartenders, dealers or roulette spinners on party night.
St. Thomas University puts on a casino night as a Welcome Week ice breaker.
With balloons, streamers and/or posters made from cardboard cutouts (clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades), do-it-yourselfers can save even more money by making their own red & black theme decorations so popular on casino night.
If your budget allows, also consider famous Vegas casino themes such as the MGM Grand, Rio, or the Venetian to lend a touch of elegance. For more casual fun, consider decorating in a tropical or Retro 50's party theme a la Elvis in Viva Las Vegas.
A stool, a cheap karaoke system, and a spotlight are all you need to help guests to express their inner Frank Sinatra or Celine Dion. Be sure to provide special prizes for the best, funniest or cheesiest act!
Casino night party food & drinks
Casino Cupcakes Idea:
Frost with green icing, and top with casino theme sugar
decorations, available at a party supply store.
And what's a Las Vegas casino night without the food? Vegas is famous for their extravagant buffets. Consider platters of shrimp cocktail, swedish meatballs, mini sandwiches, chips and guacamole dip, fruit trays or other elegant finger foods and appetizers that won't interfere with the all-important gaming.
Have the bar well-stocked with rum, whiskey, gin and vodka. Serve drinks over ice, or incorporate them into casino themed cocktails such a Martini Royale or a Cuba Libre.
Easier still, have plenty of the bubbly ready to mix up a communal batch of champagne punch. (Also don't forget to have sparkling water, soda or fruit drinks on
hand for the non-drinkers.)
Casino night favors
At party's end, send guests home happy with a goodie bag filled with party favors such as lottery tickets, a pack of cards, a pair of dice, a rabbits foot, or other trinkets that wish them continued good luck!