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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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