If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time. ~Chinese Proverb
Casino nights are a favorite of corporate functions, and now you can host a DIY night at home by following my tips and tricks. Gambling fulfils our natural play instinct, and when you are betting with someone else’s money casino games are, well…. a sure bet.
To get things rolling (pun intended!) select a casino themed invitation to get the word out. When guests arrive give a brief run down on how the night will unroll, then let the games begin.
Blackjack, poker, craps, slots, and roulette are the most popular casino games. Choose one or two to play at your party. With blackjack and poker only requiring a deck of cards to play, these are the simplest choices. Give yourself a refresher on blackjack rules, Texas Hold’em rules, and poker rules before the night kicks off.
Friendly betting adds a layer of interest to the night. Provide your guests with poker chips upon arrival, and watch them let loose with someone else’s money. Play for bragging rights, or organize prizes or a trophy. I like to make the ‘ante’ a $10 gift which I then give away over the course of the evening… first to loose all chips, most dapper, cutest couple, whatever takes your fancy.
In keeping with the Vegas theme, an all-you-can-eat buffet would fit in well, and is easily achieved if everyone brings a plate. As a savvy diy hostess I know food prep is part of the fun, and a quick search on Pinterest brings up lots of cute finger food in a casino theme. Think red and black... strawberries and blackberries, cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper, red and black gumballs, gummy cherries, and hot tamales. These jellybean roulette cups and brownie dice will satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.
Choose a themed night, like Monte Carlo, Vegas, or Casino Royale, or simply anything black, white, red, or glitzy are good choices. Dice and card props are easy to come across. Oriental Trading Company has tableware, favors, and decorations in a casino theme. To give your guests a break from the casino games a photobooth with a sparkly backdrop would be a fun addition. Provide props that allow people to dress up as a royal flush. The dice and candle table center below looks fabulous, and would be quick and easy to throw together.
Don’t forget the most important accessories, tables and comfy chairs!
You can make the night as friendly or competitive as you like, and have the games last the entire night, or just run them for a portion of the night. If you want to encourage mingling offer a break from the games, such as a buffet table.
Casino nights can be a lot of fun to attend and to host, and if you keep things simple you will ace this themed party.