Are you approaching that milestone in your life where you can finally legally do everything you’ve imagined? Your 21st birthday officially heralds your entry into adulthood and true independence. Celebrate your newfound freedom with a casino theme birthday party of your dreams. It will remain the talk of the town for months after! But most importantly, don’t forget to go heavy on the drinks.
Casino Theme Party Invitations
1. Las Vegas Postcards
Las Vegas is one of the largest gambling cities in America. Purchase several postcards with images of the vivacious Las Vegas skyline or specific Las Vegas hotels and write your party details on the back.
2. Casino Items
Send your guests casino items like playing cards, martini glasses, a pair of dice or gambling chips personalized with party details for a unique invite!
Casino Theme Party Decorations
A casino theme party calls for casino theme party decorations. Here are a few décor ideas that include gambling and Vegas ideas to try to turn your party area into a casino.
You don’t have to decorate according to a traditional casino theme. All of the great Las Vegas casinos look different, so try decorating according to an Egyptian theme like the Luxor or an Italian theme like the Venetian. You can also choose a tropical or 50s theme inspired by the classic Vegas film, Viva Las Vegas.
4. Poker Colors
When decorating your casino theme party, keep in mind the color scheme. The typical poker colors are red, black, and white. Look for these colors when decorating for your party and when purchasing things like balloons, streamers, ribbons, etc.
5. Classic Poker Tables
If you’re serving food at your event, why not serve it on poker tables? They go perfectly with the theme of your party and will be fun for your guests to eat off of!
6. Fake Money
Poker is all about winning money and having fun! Play with this idea by buying fake money (or using Monopoly money) and setting it on various tables at your party!
Go to your local party store and see if they sell large cards or other card game supplies to hang up around the room. If not, you can make large versions of cards such as hearts, spades, etc. You can also attach them to streamers so the cards hang down from the ceiling!
8. Casino–Themed Tableware
As we mentioned previously, keep in mind the colors when choosing your casino themed decorations. The same goes for choosing your tableware, make sure the cups, plates, and silverware you choose are either red, black, or white and fit with your theme.
9. Poker Chips
An obvious decoration for your casino themed party – poker chips! Grab large bags of poker chips to set out all over your tables and surfaces at your party. You can also include poker theme confetti or black and red confetti on the surfaces for an extra-special touch!
10. Unique Gambling Signs
Make signs to hang around your party with common gambling lingo. You can create these on construction paper or cardstock. Make sure they say things like “full house”, “fold”, “push”, and “flush”.
11. Green Felt Table Décor
If you don’t have poker tables, an alternative is to purchase some green felt to put over the tables at your party to give the effect of a poker table. These are also great protective covers for your furniture surfaces as people eat and play games throughout the night.
12. Photo Opportunities
Set up a photo booth or a casino-theme archway to decorate your entrance. Your guests will love having photos of the memories they had at your casino. Photo booths are popular with all types of parties, so keep this in mind next time you’re planning an event to upcycle and save money.
Casinos are generally low-lit, with most of the light coming from gambling machines. Make sure your party area is dimly lit as well and string some Christmas lights from the ceiling to give the effect of a casino. You can also string up lights in the shape of dice to further the casino theme.
14. Dress Up
Have plenty of casino-theme accessories for your guests to wear like gangster hats for the men and feather boas for the women. Boas are great supplies that can be used for many types of events.
Casino Themed Party Activities and Games
Here is a list of activities and ideas you can use to turn your party area into an authentic casino. Make sure that you have plenty of card decks so that all your guests can play various games at once.
15. Drinking Games
First and foremost, a 21st birthday party celebration is incomplete without insane amounts of drinking; your casino theme party should be no different. When your guests are tipsy, the casino games will become all the more fun and they will let loose and just immerse themselves in the theme! You can play classic games such as beer pong and Never Have I Ever or even card-based drinking games like King’s Cup to adhere to the casino theme.
16. Games of Chance
You don’t have to stick to just casino games at your party. Enlighten your guests with classic games like UNO, checkers, crazy eights and even BINGO.
17. Dice Games
Dice games can make for a huge blast in casino settings. Some games require only dice while others require special tables.
18. Slot Machines
If you have some extra money to spend, why not contact a local casino and ask how much it would be to rent out a slot machine or two? This will make for a unique option that your guests are sure to love!
19. Texas Hold ’em
This game is perfect for a casino party as it is generally played against the casino itself rather than other players. It is a variation on poker where each player is dealt two cards, while five cards are placed face up in the middle of the table.
A roulette wheel is an easy way to give your casino party a more authentic feel. It is also a great game for guests who are beginners in the gambling scene and don’t know how to play popular casino games.
21. 5-Card Stud
This is another variation of poker where each player is dealt two cards, one face up and one face down. Since poker is a very popular casino game, any variation would suffice for your casino party. Besides the two listed here, there are many other variations to choose from.
22. Video Games
If you’re having a more laid-back party, why not have virtual video games as one of the activities? This option is always popular at parties, especially if most of your guests are male! You can have interactive video games as well, using the Wii and the XBOX Kinect!
Another fun game to play at your party is darts! This is a simple game that most people love to play to pass time. It’s also a very social game, and your guests will be able to play while they are mingling and having a good time.
An auction is an excellent way for your guests to spend the money (real or fake) they won during the evening. Make it a white elephant auction with plenty of silly and interesting items to bid on.
25. Casino Field Trip
Take your guests on a trip to an actual casino! They will have multiple poker tables to play at, and a number of game options to choose from. The options are unlimited: from slots to blackjack, the fun will never end!
Almost every casino has some form of a karaoke night. This is also a fun way to keep your guests entertained while they are playing casino games. Rent a karaoke machine and let your guests sing their hearts out. You can also hold a competition and award prizes for the best, the cheesiest and the most hilarious performances. Karaoke is perfect for many types of parties, not just for your casino night.
To up the stakes in all of these games, make bets on drinking alcohol instead of winning or losing money! The party will surely be a night to remember.
Casino Theme Party Menu Ideas
Make sure your menu fits with the rest of your party theme. Here are a few casino-theme party menu ideas that incorporate all the vibes so perfectly.
Serve classic Vegas drinks like dirty martinis or lemon drops. Or, create your own signature birthday cocktail that can only be found at your very own casino.
Give your guests options to munch on while they gamble. Serve plenty of poker foods that can be eaten one-handed like popcorn, chips, nuts and candy. Arrange these in large bowls around the room so that your guests always have access to a handful.
Spicy finger foods are a great idea for these kinds of parties. Some delicious spicy foods include chips with salsa, bruschetta and wings. Make sure to have plenty of small casino-theme plates and napkins for your guests to use.
30. Formal Options
If your casino theme is more formal, serve foods like crab and artichoke dip or meatballs as hors d’oeuvres. You can serve these in a chafing dish or you can carry them around on silver platters to serve your guests.
A dice shaped cake makes for the perfect casino-theme dessert. You can make one yourself with a cubed cake pan or you can purchase one already made. When making one yourself, simply frost the cake white and use black candy circles or Oreos for extra detail. You can also be creative and try to create a cake in the shape of card suits. For instance, you can cut a rectangular cake into a diamond shape or frost three small round cakes together to create a club.
Cut sugar cookies into casino-inspired shapes to look like poker chips or card suits, then frost them and serve them on a large platter.
Casino Themed Party Favors
33. Lottery Tickets
Keep your guests in the gambling mood by giving them lottery tickets as a party prize. This is a great idea to continue your casino theme.
Purchase lollipops in casino shapes like dice. Wrap several together and give each guest a casino-theme lollipop bouquet.
35. Dice Set
Give your guests a dice set to take home so that they can play their favorite casino games on their own time.
36. Lucky Rabbit’s Foot
What is gambling without a lucky charm? You can give your guests their very own lucky rabbit’s food as they walk in the door so that they can feel lucky while playing casino games.
37. Poker Chip Coasters
Coasters shaped like poker chips are both fun and practical. Your guests will love them!
38. Chocolate Playing Cards
These are a fantastic casino-theme treat. Give your guests a pack of chocolate cards tied together in a decorated favor bag.
39. Fuzzy Dice
Fuzzy dice are a popular casino-theme item. They are perfect for your guests to hang over their car’s rear view mirror.
40. Playing Cards
Playing cards are another great favor. Purchase several novelty decks to give to your guests, like playing cards with images of Las Vegas on them or other designs that fit with your theme.
If social distancing measures are still in place in your region, don’t forget to take the necessary precautions including asking all your guests to wear masks and limiting the number of people who can play a game at any time. But above all we hope you have the most memorable 21st birthday ever!