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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.

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

Relationships are complicated and when you’re unhappy, it can be difficult to tell what’s causing it and what needs to change.

Sometimes it’s as easy as opening up to your partner about your problems, while other times it may be necessary to switch partners or roll solo to get your mind straight.

When you’re in the thick of things, it can be difficult to tell if you’re unhappy in your relationship or just unhappy in general (in which case, a relationship may be just the cure you need).

Here’re signs of an unhappy relationship that is possibly making you feel stuck:

1. You’re depressed about your home life.

No matter what you do in life, you’re going to have good and bad days. Your relationship is no different.

However, no matter what you’re going through at home, you have to feel comfortable in your own home.

If you constantly dread going home because your significant other is there, there’s a problem. Maybe it’s something you already know about, everyone has an argument or just needs some alone time.

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When that yearning to be alone becomes an insatiable obsession over the course of months and years, it’s time to realize you’re not the exception to the rule.

You’re unhappy in your relationship, and you need to take a look in the mirror and do whatever it takes to make yourself smile.

2. You aren’t comfortable being yourself.

Remember all those things you discovered about yourself when you first got together? The way your partner made you feel when you met that made you fall in love with him or her in the first place.

If they don’t make you feel that way anymore, it’s not the end of the world. If your partner makes you uncomfortable about being you, then her or she is only dragging you down. It’s up to you to decide how to handle that.

You need to be comfortable with who you are. This means being comfortable in your skin and with the way you walk, talk, look, breath, move, and all the other things that make you uniquely you.

If the person who supposedly loves you doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, know that you can do better. They’re not even one in a billion.

3. You can’t stop snooping.

Mutual trust is necessary in any relationship. The only way to get that trust is with respect.

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I can find you anywhere online, no matter how private and secure you think you are. The odds of you having a password I can’t crack are slim. If we’ve met in person, I could install a remote key logger on your device without even touching it.

Finding your information online hardly takes a clandestine organization. Any idiot with a Wi-Fi-enabled device can cyberstalk you. I’m just the only idiot in the village admitting it.

So now that we know everyone snoops, it’s time to address your personal habits. Governments snoop because they don’t trust us. If you’re snooping on your partner, it’s because you don’t trust them.

It’s ok to have doubts, and it’s perfectly normal to look into anything that looks weird, but keep in mind that data collection is only half of an investigation.

If you find yourself constantly snooping and questioning everything, clearly there’s a trust issue and the relationship likely needs to end.

4. You’re afraid of commitment.

If you’ve been dating longer than a year and you aren’t engaged, it’s never going to happen.

Commitment is important. People will come up with a million ways to describe why they can’t be committed.

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No matter who you are if you like it, you need to put a ring on it. Find an engagement ring, stick a gemstone in it and marry the person. If you’re not legally able to get married or you don’t believe in it for one reason or another, have a child (or adopt one, however you’re able to) or treat your partner’s family like your own. It’s a huge financial and mental commitment.

If you’re not ready for one or the other after some time, don’t waste anymore of your precious life on the relationship.

Your relationship should be something that propels you forward. If it’s not going anywhere, make it an open relationship and call it what it is—dating multiple people.

5. You imagine a happier life without your partner.

If all you’re doing is imagining a happier life without your partner, it’s a sign that you’re in the wrong relationship. You’re unhappy and you need to get out.

Your partner should be included in your dreams. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a future with someone.

Try to remember what you dreamed of before you got your heart broken by the realities of life, love and the pursuit of human success.

Remember when you would crush on that cute kid in class? You would secretly imagine marrying him or her and going on an adventure—that’s the way life should be.

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If you’re not at least imagining adventures together, then why are you in that relationship?

6. You resent, rather than love your partner.

When a relationship starts to crumble, you begin to resent your partner for all the things you once loved about him or her.

When you’ve reached this point, your partner has reached at least No. 2 on this list. From your partner’s perspective, your unhappiness with them is picked up as bashing them for being who they are.

If you’re both unhappy in the relationship, it’s better if it ends as quickly and painlessly as possible.

7. You chase past feelings.

It’s okay to reminisce about the past, but if all you do is wish things were like they used to be, it’s a sign you’re not on the right path.

You’re unhappy and, at the very least, you need to have an open dialogue about it. This isn’t necessarily a sign that the relationship should end, but it definitely needs a spark.

When you talk to your partner candidly about what it is you’re looking for, you never know how they’ll react. The risk alone is worth it, good or bad.

Final thoughts

If you’re feeling stuck in your current relationship, it’s time to reflect about it with your partner. Don’t ignore these signs of an unhappy relationship as they will slowly go worse and harm both you and your partner in long-term.

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