Casinos: an adult confectionery of glitz and excitement that's never less than a high-flying occasion. If you want a whiff of the glam but you can't take yourself to the casino, why not bring the casino home?
With Halloween having just waltzed its way out of our calendar and end-of-year festivities beckoning, people around the world are planning their parties. And what better theme than a casino night to let your hair down?
Here’s the appeal: you and your mates sprawled over a comfy couch in elegant attire, a table with free-flowing refreshments, some great tunes and all your favourite casino games at close range.
Bowties and LBDs, poker hands and your house DJ, a classy G&T and party lights strewn across your living room. Decks belting out the good times – in more ways than one – what more could you want?
Expect an intoxicating blend of DIY sophistication with all the trappings of the casino atmosphere, toned down by your control over every detail of the experience (save for the after-hours, which we can’t promise won’t get wild and roaring fun!).
You want to leave some room for spontaneity at your casino night but we also want to give you a nudge in the right direction on how to host a casino-themed party that’s as special as you and your guests.
Here’s a sprinkle of seasoned partygoer wisdom to make your casino-themed party take off with a bang.
This isn't a "turn up at your friend's house with a bottle" kind of party. You’ve got to roll your organiser sleeves up a fair bit to hit the spot.
Start with a recollection of the best party you’ve ever been to, hands down.
What was it that made it mind-blowingly good? The music? The ambience? The sight of a potential flame? (Woops, we can’t promise you can recreate that!)
Jot those things down on your party planner notebook. Then let your senses flow back into the golden nights of your past to fish out the hooks that left a permanent party animal mark on your psyche. Make that list.
It won’t just be a beam-inducing trip down memory lane. It’ll keep you organised, sane and excited when the big day looms closer and you don’t want to leave out an important chapter out of your neon dream.
If you’re the type that doesn’t like to get their hands or home dirty, a rented space will put to death any fears of wreckage.
The establishment’s rules will be the limit here instead of the sky, but it’s the way to go for those who prefer pooling their efforts into some real gambling instead of being the party’s backstage hands.
Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need:
With so much to keep you entertained, money and stakes are optional!
This is the first nut to crack in how to host a casino party. Do you want to lounge with your finely suited up pals in a no-holds-barred informal gathering?
Or would you rather have a good ol’ party in your swanky local casino complete with rows of flashing slots, professional croupiers and an open bar service? The choice is yours, so make it wisely.
If the occasion for the casino party is a birthday or a special event, your home gives you familiar territory to work with. Especially if it’s roomy and flexible enough to host your guests and a table or two in the living room!
If throwing a casino party at your home is not an option, rent out a space.
It could be a quaint little pub you fancy with a couple of slot machines in a corner you can ask to cordon off from the rest.
Maybe you want to splash out on a VIP area in a popular hangout and get everything catered for, rockstar style.
The world is your oyster when it comes to themes. Think of your guests and what would delight them.
Old school, smoky gambling den vibe from the 1920s which can be replicated in an abandoned warehouse or an upclass, Hollywood-inspired affair that merits the touch of an experienced team and venue to realise – the location matters.
The next major thing to think about for your casino party is the equipment.
You can get an extremely basic roulette table for as little as under £20.
Blackjack tables can be a bit pricier but still definitely affordable for the average wallet.
Choose the games you and your guests will want to be playing and calculate how many tables, decks of cards, and chips you’ll need.
When planning a casino-themed party, the hard part is often finding the croupiers to run the casino table games smoothly.
If you know people with experience as dealers or anyone who’s got a mean hand at live dealer blackjack, they might be pleased to help out and enjoy a helping of your party.
Alternatively, hire a casino party service.
They’ll not only provide experienced croupiers for live dealer roulette but also all the equipment rentals you need in one package.
Being higher on the pricing scale, things like roulette wheels can be rented for the night.
Viva Vegas is one such company, and who knows, you might even get to print your fun money with the face of the person celebrating their birthday.
You can't overlook this if you're planning a casino party to remember.
The halls of traditional casinos might be filled with the jingles of the casino slots, but in your abode, your playlist rules.
Throw in some classics from the top 10 gambling and casino movies' soundtrack to make the experience even more immersive.
The coolest option to get everyone into the groove is to appoint a record-slinger for the night – or better yet – a line-up of pals who can disc jokey your night to the next level. Don't forget the decks and speakers!
Themed parties are all the rage and it's no wonder when they're so much fun.
Party lights and hats are the usual suspects, so why not go for something more nuanced?
Imagine some famous casinos in Las Vegas and take a leaf out of their book, like Caesar’s Palace with its Ancient Rome styling.
If you want to go the extra mile, you could even introduce different zones to your party location, like one for Venice, one for Macau and so on.
You’ll need to invest in some serious decoration projects to pull this off, but this kind of heavyweight party master stuff will leave mouths open, feet dancing and instincts exploring.
Catering is pretty important for a casino night party at home. Hungry guests are not happy guests!
It’s really up to you how you go about it, but the endless options range from some simple snacks and homemade finger food to a full service with waiters serving trays of exotic appetisers and flutes of champagne.
The cost-effective solution for drinks is wine, beer and soft drinks from the shops.
Buy a decent stock to keep topping up guests' glasses throughout the night.
Or you could set up your own makeshift bar with everyone taking turns at mixing drinks.
A bar service will take away the hassle to pour free or paid drinks for your guests.
If you really want to impress your troupe, you can prepare some fancy cocktails (and stock up on Martini, because someone is going to want to be James Bond for the evening).
A little bit of red velvet, a pinch of casino couture.
If you’re going into all this trouble to plan it and organise it, might as well go all the way to make it feel genuine. It's the perfect excuse for playing adult dress-up!
When mulling over the dress code for your party, think about a real casino.
Go for the 007 look with black tie for men and glamorous dresses for women. It'll surely elevate your event from the mundane into the snapshot-worthy!
We recently joined forces with renowned UK fashion stylist Sarah Rose Harrison to create a comprehensive guide to wear to a casino, which is a great source of inspiration for your party's dress code.
Make sure people know what to wear for the casino-themed party when you send out invitations.
How strict you want to be is up to you, but it's a good shout to get everyone into the spirit and fun of the evening with a brief note.
The short answer is it depends. You’ll have to spend money on the gaming and music equipment, croupiers, food, drink and decorations, so the bill can quickly grow long.
The number of attendees will also heavily influece the cost of the casino party.
Do some research then decide on a budget. You may have to prioritise and compromise.
Perhaps you want to spend more on the actual tables and games than the decorations, or you could skimp on the food offering to save on costs.
The more professional you envision it, the more expensive it'll be.
That said, casino party services might be able to work with you on a bespoke package for your budget.
If you are wondering how to run a casino night party for a company, many of the issues you will encounter have already been covered.
In this case, you might want to splash out a bit more if you're on a more flexible budget.
You'll almost certainly want to hire a specialist company to help turn your office into a casino!
Apart from branding the event by printing your company logo on the play money or chips, you could even consider raising money for charity by charging tickets for entry.
Now that's a nice idea for a casino party!
And here goes the virtual drum roll… The moment you’ve all been waiting for.
The Bojoko® Cocktail Challenge is here!
Now that you have the recipe for a perfect casino party from us, the tables are turning on you.
We want your recipes for a unique cocktail that has Bojoko stamped all over it.
This is your chance to impress us with your mixing skills and cocktail-making techniques, whoever you are, wherever you are, as long as you’re based in the UK.
You’re free to use any alcohol, mixers and other ingredients to create the cocktail. However, it will be judged on these criteria:
Since the entries will be public and visible to anyone with an account on Bojoko, we’re judging them on a first-come, first-served basis.
That means that if you and Joey Hill magically think of the exact same recipe but you post it one minute before he does, you automatically get first preference.
Likewise, if you lurk around the comments trying to poach people’s ideas to make a cocktail that looks like your own, you’ll be caught out.
We’ll notice if you’ve borrowed too much stuff from an entry that has already been submitted, so don’t do it. Simple.
Time is of the essence.
If you’ve got a great recipe you believe in, submit it as soon as possible and let your talent and speed speak for itself.
We’ve structured the competition so that everyone’s on a level playing field and the process is as transparent as possible.
We'll also publish a list of the top 10 cocktail recipe ideas that made the finalists' cut.
Everyone else gets loads of love from us for throwing their hat into the ring, getting their fingers sticky with this challenge and making us proud of their effort!
The winner and runner-up will be contacted via email shortly after we announce them in our next story.
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Remember to use the comments section underneath only to post your competition entry and nothing else. That’s it, folks.
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