Getting a few friends over for poker night is one thing, but hosting a casino-themed extravaganza is quite another. Whether it's dress code, playlist, or decor, we've got you covered. Take a read through these tips for hosting the perfect casino party and you'll have friends queuing around the block for an invitation to the next one.
Making Sure You Get a Head Start
Before you get underway with the serious planning, it would only be sensible to ensure you do your homework. Getting familiar with the games on offer is a good idea and online poker sites are a great place to start.
Practice a few rounds of poker online so you can remind yourself of the rules and make sure you can teach any of your guests who are a little unsure. Once you're feeling confident that you can explain your main games to total beginners, then you're ready to get on with the fun stuff.
Decide on a Dress Code
If there's one way to guarantee that everyone is in the mood to party, then it's to set a fun dress code. A Casino Royale theme is always popular, as men can don a smart suit or tuxedo and women can really go to town. Elegant cocktail dresses draped in jewelry with sky-high stilettos should be the order of the day. If you want to take things even further, you could opt for styles from The Great Gatsby, or even a Vegas theme to encourage some showgirls.
Set Up a Playlist
Depending on the dress code you went for, you'll be able to have some real fun compiling a playlist. Famous casino movie soundtracks are always a good starting point, as they build atmosphere up nice and quickly. After that, look for a few more recent favorites that make a nod to the casino. Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face', or Katy Perry's 'Waking Up In Vegas' could be excellent choices.
If you're feeling really creative, you could even splice in some favorite scenes from casino movies. There are loads of hilarious dialogues in the Hangover movie if you want to liven things up. Or if you want to keep things tense, a few snippets from Ocean's Eleven could be just the thing.
Time to Decorate
The longest amount of time you're going to have to dedicate to this party will be about setting everything up. Depending on how many guests you invite, somewhere between 2 and 5 table games should be plenty. Poker and roulette are the most archetypal casino games, but blackjack, craps, and baccarat can be fun for the more seasoned players.
Once your table games are set, find yourself a red carpet and a few crystal glasses to add to the elegance. If you can get your hands on a slot machine to hire for the night then even better! Serve up some cold drinks and salty snacks for when guests arrive and prepare yourself for a brilliant night.