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8 Tips to Throw a Great Casino Themed Party

8 Tips to Throw a Great Casino Themed Party

If you are looking for a cool theme for your next party, why not make it a casino-themed event? This is loads of fun for all, and you can even include the kids (as long as you are not actually gambling and playing for real money). This is a party that people will remember, but you will need to put in a bit of effort in order to pull it off. Here are eight tips to help you throw the best casino-themed party ever.

1. Stick to a Budget

You can go all out on any type of theme party, and it could end up costing you a bundle. With a casino party, you have to think about things like buying or renting game tables, hiring dealers, food and beverages, decorations, and more. After a while, it can really add up. Before you start planning your party, set a budget, and do your best to stick to it.

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2. Rent Gaming Equipment

It is not an actual casino party if you simply set up a few card tables and have some games out. A true casino-themed party needs the right gaming equipment. This can be rather expensive to buy, but you can usually rent everything you need to make the casino experience that much more real for your guests. Some of the least expensive table rentals, and the most popular, include blackjack and poker tables, as well as a craps table where as many as 15 people can play at once.

3. Hire Professional Dealers

Depending on where you live, you may or may not have access to professional card dealers. If there are any in your area, look into their prices for an evening of gaming. If it is in your budget, this is the perfect touch to any casino party, and it really adds to the overall experience.

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4. Buy Theme Party Supplies Online

You can save a lot of money by getting most of your casino party supplies online. Some of the things you will need include decorations, napkins, plastic or paper cups, playing cards, poker chips, dice, etc. Some of the best places to find all of the party supplies you need are:

5. Use Fake Money

Your guests may not actually want to play for real money. If this is the case, another option is to print up some fake money with the face of the guest of honour on the bills. Instead of playing for money, offer up prizes such as gift cards, bottles of wine, etc. for the winners.

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6. Choose the Right Drinks

Most people expect to find liquor at a casino-themed party, so don’t disappoint your guests by offering only non-alcoholic beverages (unless your guests are non-drinkers). A mini-bar is a great touch for an upscale party, and you can place small bowls with garnishes, such as orange and lemon slices, olives, and cherries. Offer a few drink options, and let your guests come up with their own specialties.

7. Choose the Right Food

You likely won’t want to have a sit-down meal at this type of party, so opt for a buffet setup instead. Your guests will be able to pick and choose their favorite foods, and they can eat any time they are hungry. Make sure that you find out what the guest of honour really loves to eat, and fill the buffet with as many of those foods as possible.

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8. Make it a Fundraiser

If everyone is on board with it, instead of offering cash or prizes to the winners, plan for all winnings to go to a charity. This is a great type of fundraising event, and you can raise a lot of money for your guest of honour’s favorite charity.

Featured photo credit: Michał Parzuchowski via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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