Casino Theme Party Ideas

Red, black and white are the typical theme colors for a casino theme party. So if you go the traditional route keep them in mind as you choose your tablecloths and decorations.

Arrange a centerpiece of red and white flowers and place smaller glass vases with flowers all around the room. Fill the bottom of the vases with quarters, nickels, dimes, pennies and/or poker chips. Scatter them around the bases of the vases as well.

Make this a true casino experience by setting up a few real gaming stations. You don't have to rent special equipment to do this, unless of course you want to.

How many gaming stations you set up will depend on the number of guests, but have at least one for poker, one for blackjack, and one for craps.

If you can hire dealers for your tables, fabulous. The companies that rent casino equipment usually have dealers for hire too. If hiring is out of the question, ask a couple of card-playing friends to help you out.

Find playing cards with solid red or black backs and use them as place cards. Write each guest's name on the back using a paint pen and place each card on a plain white plate. 

Do-It-Yourself Craps and Wheel of Fortune Stations 

You can make your own craps table with artist's stretcher strips, a piece of plywood and some green felt. Put it all together with an industrial strength staple gun and a bit of glue and you're ready to roll (yep, bad pun).

This is one of our favorite casino theme party ideas —a DIY personalized wheel of fortune. 

Here's our spin on the idea (sheesh, make me stop):

Make a wheel (there are many tutorials online) and customize it with your own prizes that are all about the guest of honor. Have some fun at the honoree's expense and throw some gag gifts in there too.

Here are some prize ideas to get you started:

  • a gift card to his/her favorite restaurant
  • a gift card to his/her favorite bookstore, coffee shop, nail salon, etc.
  • a CD of his/her favorite band
  • a DVD of his/her favorite movie
  • a favorite book
  • a funny framed photo (from his/her high school yearbook or other similarly mortifying photo)
  • a box of his/her favorite cookies
  • a bottle of his/her favorite cologne/perfume
  • one of his/(her?) favorite cigars
  • a six-pack of his/her favorite beer
  • a bottle of his/her favorite wine or liquor

No Roulette Wheel?

Of course we have a roulette wheel. It's the birthday cake!

You'll need a large round cake for this project. A couple of 9-inch cake pans will work fine, but if you need to feed a lot of people, or if you want a larger cake for easier decorating, consider investing in a 16- or 18-inch half round cake pan. These pans are deep (3 inches) and you only bake one at a time so they easily fit in a residential size oven. When both halves are done and cooled, just push them together on a large cake board to form a circle and they're ready to be frosted.

After you've frosted the cake and decorated it (marshmallow fondant icing would be a good, easy choice for this cake), add a marble on top and you're done!

Send Your Guests Off With Perfect Favors
for a Casino Theme Party...

Personalized playing cards, of course.

There are many stores online that will customize decks of cards. It's fun to see the birthday guy or gal's photo on the back of a deck. Add a funny saying or a special quote if you're celebrating a milestone birthday.

Hope you found enough casino theme party ideas to get your party planning off to a great start.  Good luck!