Have you ever stood around a Craps game when the table is hot? Complete strangers cheering, gamblers jumping, even the dealer is delighted. With no stake in the game, it’s the high energy that draws you in and makes you want to be a part of the madness.
There’s something about the excitement of the unknown — and when it comes to throwing memorable parties, it’s never fun to play it safe. Incorporating creative catering, customized games, and unique décor into your casino-inspired celebration will make it a sure-fire winner. Let these 14 innovative party ideas show you how.
1. Deck Out Your Invitations
It all starts with an invite, and no guest will be able to keep their poker face — or RSVP no — after opening invitations like these. Papellerie used personalized poker chips to give out the details of this destination 40th birthday. Each chip corresponded to one of the weekend’s six events, and we couldn’t be more obsessed.
2. Take the Chip Off Your Shoulder — and Put it in Your Drink
3. Double Down on a Second Theme
4. Eat Your Hearts Out
We promise Santa didn’t gamble your presents away, but he did have a great time at this casino-themed holiday party. Elements we love include these playing cards turned catering menus, ice sculpture slot machines, and Lindsay Piram Creative’s incorporation of suit-style napkins and dice-adorned drinks. There’s nothing like a full house for the holidays.
5. Roll the Dice on Beautiful Florals
6. Make it Vegas, Baby
Who does casinos better than Vegas? Aliana Events took guests on a trip to a retro sin city with feather bouquets, Elvis impersonators, and a gorgeous floral photo opp from Celio’s Design. Just wait until you see the event staff’s hair accessories.
7. Deal Out Small Bites
8. Put a Spin on Sweets
9. Go All in on Love
When it comes to themed weddings, they can be fun while also remaining romantic. Sidekick Events exemplified this by planning a James Bond-meets-Casino Royale-themed wedding at the ever-elegant Rainbow Room. The celebration included cocktail hour casino games from Creative Games Inc and a glistening gold décor palette from Frank Alexander NYC. Another amazing touch? “The winners at the tables got to choose charities, and the bride and groom made donations in their honor!”
10. Take a Risk with Red
11. Customize Your Cards
Stacey Moe Events knows no birthday party is complete without personalized party favors. Playing cards are the perfect on-theme gift for guests that no one will want to throw away. With the ability to customize the box, design, and print, the options are endless when it comes to making them your own.
12. Cash Out with Branded Merch
It’s almost 2020, and that means your celebration should offer wearable merch — aka sweats, T-shirts, drawstring bags, sometimes even footwear. JOWY Productions upped the ante with an on-theme “Cashier” stand where friends and family could collect their chic Bar Mitzvah souvenirs in true casino style.
13. Slot in a Candy Stand
This casino themed Bar Mitzvah included everything from a customized poker chip logo that recurred throughout the party to neon playing card centerpieces and milk chocolate cigars. One of our favorite elements from the “LuckE 13th” birthday bash — inspired by the Bar Mitzvah boy’s first initial — was the slot machine candy bar, brought to life by the planning team at Guerdy Design and the design pros at Ocean Flowers.
14. Make Your Money Funny
But wait, there’s more. The team at Ali Barone Events knows that a milestone birthday — especially an 80th — deserves elements that make the guest of honor feel special. As a surprise, the birthday boy’s photo showed up on both cash and cards. Who wouldn’t love to see a familiar face on their winnings?