photographer: Roey Yohai Studios | planner: Sidekick Events | décor: Frank Alexander NYC | venue: Rainbow Room
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14 Casino-Themed Party Ideas That are a Sure Bet

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

photographer: Chelsea Davis Photography

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

photographer: Vanessa Tierney Photography

Twenty Three Layers brought sexy back to casinos with a futuristic-inspired design. Every detail complemented the sleek set up, down to the modern drink garnishes. There’s nothing better than an on-theme cocktail — paired with matching furniture from Blueprint Studios – Rental.

3. Double Down on a Second Theme

photo courtesy of Chicago Casino Suppliers

We know Jay Gatsby loved a good party, and we imagine he’d love a casino celebration even more. So why not combine the two themes like this Theater on the Lake gala did. We’re talking roaring twenties glamour meets high roller luxury — all with the help of Chicago Casino Suppliers’ enticing games.

4. Eat Your Hearts Out

photographer: La Vie Photography, Seattle

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

photographer: Aurelia D’Amore Photography and Docuvitae

If you’re wondering how to make your casino-themed party stunning and chic just take a look at this Bat Mitzvah planned by JOWY Productions. Elegant candelabra centerpieces were complemented by Empty Vase’s dice-shaped floral arrangements. Odds are your guests will love this ‘grammable touch.

6. Make it Vegas, Baby

photographer: Mikhail Kharlamov

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

photographer: MarcelloRodarte Fine Art Photography

Light bites look better like this. We love how Food For Thought ensured their passed apps belonged in the Venue SIX10 casino with chip-filled serving trays — but they’re not the kind of chips you’re thinking of. Read on to see what was for dessert.

8. Put a Spin on Sweets

photographer: MarcelloRodarte Fine Art Photography

This is a wheel of fortune we can get onboard with. Food For Thought presented a decadent variety of desserts on tables that perfectly accentuated Chicago Casino Suppliers and Bert & Casey Kaulen‘s casino games. Don’t worry, there’s enough to go around.

9. Go All in on Love

photographer: Roey Yohai Studios

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

photographer: Hechler Photographers

Cerbelli Creative hit the décor jackpot inside Glasshouse Chelsea with transformative red lighting, intricate wall art, and plenty of playing tables. The 007 edge works so perfectly with the casino-theme that we might have to bond, James Bond, to it for our own party.

11. Customize Your Cards

photo courtesy of Stacey Moe Events

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

photographer: Docuvitae

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

photographer: Domino Arts Photography

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

photo courtesy of Ali Barone Events

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?