Let's face it, everyone likes to give Lady Luck a run for her money every now and again. Whether you're young or old - taking a chance on fate can be an extremely fun and exciting experience. If you're thinking about holding an event in the near future - consider turning your plain old get together into a magical "casino" themed event that both the young and old can participate in.
Many partygoers aren't looking to come to a birthday or anniversary party to gamble away x amount of dollars. Don't worry - you can still host an exciting casino themed party without requiring guests to bring their entire paycheck along. Many party stores offer either plastic or chocolate "chips" that can be given to guests upon arrival. By allotting them this "budget", you can allow them to gamble until they can't gamble anymore. At the end of the night, see who has the most chips. By purchasing a small door prize ahead of time, you can award the night's "highest roller" with a nice parting gift.
Some great ideas for games include some simple blackjack card games (don't worry about hiring a dealer - have a husband or friend step behind the table to have some fun and put on a show for guests), dice games (keep them simple - have guests place bets on which number they think will roll), and maybe even roulette (you can usually pick up a set at any hobby or toy store). By making sure that each game station has a designated "referee or dealer", you can ensure that nobody feels as though they were cheated out of their winnings. As mentioned before, husbands or family friends make great dealers and it also allows them to have a little bit of fun with the guests.
Many party stores offer great casino themed decorations, so if you haven't been to your local party supplier - stop down and see what they have to offer. Party stores are known for being very reasonably priced while letting you create a professional scene for your party. A casino themed party should have simple colors - keep table cloths green (think of the felt surface on professional casino tables), and decoration colors can be kept to a two-tone palette of red and black (think poker chips). Colors have a big part in how your guests perceive your theme, so taking them into consideration should be a main priority when it comes to planning the event. Even if you have the perfect set-up and entertainment - colors can give guests a whole different impression and end up compromising your finished product.
If you're unsure about how to play some of the popular card games that are popular in casinos - don't change your theme just yet. The internet provides great step-by-step, easy to understand and learn instructions. Printing out a sheet to give to dealers will also help clarify any rules that they may be unsure of. When hosting a party with so many games - it's important that everything is run fairly. By doing your homework and ensuring there's no room for error - your casino party will go off without a hitch.
So whether you have a gaggle of gamblers as friends or you're just looking for a unique way to spice up a 50th birthday party - a casino theme is the perfect way to get people excited. Throwing a challenge into anything fires people up - regardless of age - so with a party like this, you can be sure that both you and your guests will be in for an evening that none of you will soon forget.