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Hit the jackpot with a casino themed party

Hosting a casino themed birthday party? Here are some tips that are sure to make your birthday a winner!

Invitations. Invitations should set the tone of the party, and luckily there are so many popular styles available in stores and online. If you'd like a homemade look, try printing out invitations on playing card-themed paper with a slogan like "Bring your poker face, it's time to party!" or "Come and try your luck - It's a birthday bash!"

Decorations. When decorating for a casino-themed party, think black, red and green! Dress up an everyday space with Las Vegas style using streamers, large peacock feathers and table covers. There should be several tables set up for various games and guests should wear fancy night time attire with men in dark suits and women in cocktail dresses.

Games. Even though the party is for adults, it's all about the games! Depending on the number of guests invited, several gaming tables should be set up with professional poker kits for popular casino games like blackjack, Texas hold'em and roulette. Chocolate poker chips can be used as a fun alternative to real money when betting. It's a good idea to ask a few close friends to act as "staff members" at the party, taking bets and dealing cards at each station.

Food. Finger foods that allow for mingling should be served with skewers of cheeses and meats and small hamburgers or sandwiches making up the main menu. For snacks, try serving bowls of chips and crackers placed around the room with real playing card signs for labelling. Las Vegas cookies are an excellent desert option served with a cake in the shape of a deck of playing cards. If you plan on having your party remain alcohol-free, mini sparkling cider bottles make an excellent champaign alternative and work well as an alternative beverage option for guests who do not wish to drink when alcohol is served.

Favors. If your party games are played for real money, guests will likely be thrilled to return home with their winnings but for unlucky guests (or when playing without cash), personalized playing cards with the name of the birthday guy or gal make an excellent parting gift.