How To Throw An Engagement Party With A Difference – Casino Style
17 Sep 2015
Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments of your life, and it can’t go without a celebration. If you’re looking for a novel idea for a themed engagement bash, Ladbrokes has the answer. This step-by-step guide on how to throw a dazzling casino night has all bases covered, and it’s guaranteed to have your guests rolling.
Forget Las Vegas – Ladbrokes has considered every detail when it comes to hosting your own casino party at home. Follow this advice on how to create the perfect casino-styled evening.
Set your budget
Decide on your budget early, as costs will begin to mount. With a high budget you can go all-out with elaborate decorations, a marquee, professional props, catering and a hired waiter and croupier. To keep costs down, think about asking your friends or neighbours to help out by serving the drinks and dealing the cards, keep the party indoors, send simple invitations and invite a limited number of people.
The big question is the venue. If the weather is on your side, why not set up in your garden? A decorated marquee or gazebo is even better, if you have the budget. An indoor casino, where you can have different games in each room, is equally impressive.
The guest list and invitations
Don’t make your guest list too long. This will keep the costs down and mean everybody has plenty of room to move around, and no queues to play the games. It’s a nice touch to send a themed invitation – a playing card sent with a plain card with the details on will be cheap yet effective, but if you want to go further, you could send an engraved poker chip.
A good casino will offer a variety of games. Favourites such as poker, blackjack, baccarat and roulette go down well, and it’s a good idea to have games aimed at different skill levels to suit all your guests. If you want an alternative to card games, you could hire a roulette table.
To create the atmosphere you need a few props. Firstly, make sure you have enough flat surfaces for the games you are going to hold. Nobody plays for cash at proper casinos, so poker chips are essential, as well as enough fresh packs of cards.
Music, lighting and decorations are key for any party. Create a playlist of music to set the atmosphere, decorate your rooms with playing card bunting and neon party lights for example, to give the Vegas feel.
The food and drink
Anything served in a martini glass will add to the elegance and sophistication of the casino. Choose a cocktail to serve and give it an appropriate name like Lady Luck or High Roller, and provide a finger buffet so guests can eat between games.
Get in costume and have fun
Don’t forget to mention the dress code on your invitations. If you want a glamorous black tie affair, let your guests know in advance so they are as dressed up as you are. When the preparation is complete, enjoy the celebrations.