Looking for a fresh way to host a party? Try planning a casino or poker night at home for your friends. Whether you plan to play for real money or not, you can plan a memorable night that blends the allure of the casino with socialization.
Here are a few ways to up the ante on your casino night plans:
Consider a Theme
Ramp up the memorability of your casino night with an additional theme. You could go with a 1920s Speakeasy theme or even pick your favorite Vegas hotel and try to channel the décor and atmosphere. Make sure your friends get the theme memo and show up looking the part.
Make it Fancy
Channel the glitz and glamour of an actual Las Vegas casino by having your guests dress the part. Have guests wear formal attire and class up the table action.
Ban the Kids
Or include them. Decide which style of casino night you want to host – adult only, or kid friendly, and then run with it. If you have other adult friends who would love to come but childcare is an issue, consider setting up an activity area for kids in a different part of the house with a sitter on hand.
You can opt to create all of the games yourself, or you can call in an event planning company that already had casino night props on hand. Consider hiring wait staff and a bartender, too.
Remember that the main aim of your casino night is socialization so treat it like any other party. You must have food for your guests! Stick with appetizer fare, like this hot ham sandwich appetizer, or pick fun recipes that align with your theme. You can never go wrong with cocktail party food, like shrimp and cheese.
Alcohol goes right along with the gambling theme and takes the party up a level. You don’t have to offer an open bar, but make sure you have beer and wine on hand. Check out these fun casino-themed drinks on Pinterest.
Add a Raffle
Find something fun to raffle off to the party attendees. Give attendees a chance to win more tickets at the casino games, too. Since you aren’t planning to profit from the event itself, give attendees a ticket just for showing up. Award the prize after the party has had plenty of time to get going.
You don’t have to go to Vegas to have some gambling fun. Having people over to socialize in a casino theme is a lot of fun and gives you an excuse to throw a party. If you plan it right, your casino night will be the talk of your social circle long after it has ended.