Follow our guide to hosting a casino-theme party that’s sure to gather a full house.
Get the ball rolling with an Evite invitation, like the premium “Ante Up” poker night invitation below, or this free “Who’s In?” cards-themed invitation. Or, check out our game night invitation gallery for more designs.
For your casino-themed party, think red, black and especially green! Decorate your place with fake money, chips and cards. Turn the lights down low and string twinkly lights everywhere to set the mood.
Provide each of your guests with little buckets for their winnings. To keep people circulating and interacting with one another, give everyone a score card that keeps tracks of how many games they’ve tried.
Cover tables with black felt and use a white paint marker to draw blackjack, craps and baccarat lines, or buy pre-made game layouts. You should have a rule book handy in case there are any disputes, but don’t forget this old adage: The house always wins!
Depending on the type of establishment you’re running, you might want some guests to be patrons, and others to work the tables as dealers. Make sure your gamblers are dressed to the nines — visualize a tuxedo-wearing James Bond staring down Le Chiffre in Casino Royale to get the right idea. Ladies and gents should get dolled up and into character.
Here are some ideas for spiffy clothing and accessories for your casino party outfit:
- Tuxedos and suits for the gents, sparkly attire for the ladies
- Pocket watches, opera gloves or sparkly jewelry
- Aces up your sleeves
- Decks of cards, dice, chips, fake money
- Prizes for the biggest spenders and biggest losers
Every casino party activity should center around gambling so set up different zones for different events: one for Texas Hold ‘Em, one for 5-card Stud and other poker games, and another for dice games and roulette.
Partner up novice gamblers with old pros, and make sure there’s space around your tables so people can watch and learn. If you’re feeling unconventional, make a tiny obstacle course or play charades!
When you think casino, you generally think of drinks — and lots of them! — but don’t forget to fortify people’s stomachs with some good food!
If your casino leans more towards the highbrow, bust out the chafing dish and serve Swedish meatballs or warm crab and artichoke dip. Or stoke your guests’ appetites with spicy foods like wings, chips with charred corn salsa and tangy tomato bruschetta.
Hand out plenty of cocktail napkins so that hands, cards and tables stay clean. You don’t want anything to undermine the legitimacy of your operation!
Champagne Cocktail (serves 1)
- 2 dashes bitters
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Chilled Champagne
- 1 twist lemon peel
Mix and serve chilled.
For a nonalcoholic alternative, make pitchers of classics like Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers. Be sure to decorate with maraschino cherries and groovy stir sticks.