How to Throw The Ultimate Casino Themed Company Party

Updated: 9/21/23
Published: 9/21/23

Organizing a casino party is a surefire way to add excitement to your corporate event and leave your employees with unforgettable memories. Our comprehensive guide will teach you how to create an engaging, inclusive, and entertaining experience for your employees. You'll also discover why casino parties are the perfect choice for corporate events.
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What is a casino party?

A casino party (sometimes called a Casino Night or a Monte Carlo Night) is a themed event and social gathering that recreates the atmosphere and experience of a real casino without any actual gambling taking place. Instead, the games are played with chips – a.k.a “funny money” – that have no cash value and are used for entertainment purposes only. The key elements of a casino party include:

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Why do casino parties make good corporate events?

A report by Randstad shows that 90% of employees prefer not to go to company parties. This is because company parties are often too formal or boring. Employees feel that they can’t relax, so they often arrive feeling stressed and leave feeling like they wasted their time. Casino parties, on the other hand, are an excellent option for corporate events for several reasons:

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Before you plan anything:

Understand federal, state, and local laws when it comes to private casino parties. As a general rule of thumb, cash and cash equivalents (such as gift cards) should not be used. Emphasize the use of chips and "funny money" rather than real currency during the event. This helps maintain the entertaining nature of the games and keeps you in compliance with gambling regulations. Additionally, if you intend to serve alcohol at your event with minors in attendance, be sure you have a system in place to check IDs.

What can you win at a casino party?

Even in the absence of real gambling, winning is still a thrilling part of any casino party. Though you can’t give away cash or a cash equivalent, the spectrum of prizes can vary widely, from a relaxing Caribbean getaway to a tasty chicken dinner (see what we did there?). At 21 Fun, we make things even more exciting by offering a free gaming certificate with your first booking, good for three hours of premiere Blackjack fun, including a table and dealer!

How are prizes distributed at a casino party?

There are typically four ways you’ll see prizes distributed at a casino party:

Your Casino Party Plan Checklist

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Stage One: Pre-Planning (8 Weeks Before the Event)

Pre-planning is a crucial phase in organizing a successful Casino Party, and it should ideally begin at least eight weeks before the event. During this time, you'll need to consider several key variables to ensure everything runs smoothly on the big night:

1. Budget:

2. Guest List:

3. Venue:

4. Date:

5. Transportation (if serving alcohol):

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Stage Two: Planning (6 Weeks Before the Event)

Now that you've completed the pre-planning phase, you can start working on the fun stuff. With six weeks to go, you'll want to focus on the following key tasks:

1. Pick a Theme:

Choose a theme that will set the tone for your Casino Party. Popular options include:

But you can also think outside of the box with fun options like:

The theme will guide your decorations, dress code, and overall ambiance, so select one that aligns with your company culture and the preferences of your attendees.

2. Choose the Games:

Select a variety of casino games to offer entertainment for guests of all skill levels. Consider classics like:

3. Hire the Dealers:

To provide an authentic casino experience, hire professional dealers who are knowledgeable about the chosen games. At 21 Fun, our dealers are carefully selected and undergo professional casino dealer training. They are skilled, friendly, and knowledgeable, ensuring an authentic and enjoyable gaming experience for all your guests.

4. Rent the Gaming Tables:

That’s right – you can impress your guests with real casino-grade tables by renting them for your event! A good rule of thumb is to rent one blackjack or poker table for every 10-15 guests. At 21 Fun, we have tables available for these games and more: craps, baccarat, roulette, and even money wheels!

5. Choose a Caterer:

When working with a caterer, opt for easy-to-eat and non-greasy/sticky finger foods like sliders, mini tacos, and sushi rolls. This will help keep cards, chips, and tables clean. Cocktails are to be expected, but you can keep options limited to crowd favorites like martinis and mojitos if you can't budget for a private bar. Of course, not everyone likes cocktails. You can show your employees you care by including beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages such as mocktails or soda for non-drinkers.

6. Choose the Entertainment:

Wow your guests with entertainment options like magicians, DJs, live bands, showgirls, or comedians. Consider adding a unique twist such as by incorporating a Murder Mystery element or booking a celebrity performer for a special act (it’s a great way to go above and beyond for your employees while also creating a night they’ll truly never forget).

7. Decide on the Dress Code:

Communicate the dress code to your guests to ensure everyone participates in the theme. Encourage them to dress according to the chosen casino theme, whether it's elegant formal wear for a James Bond theme or glitzy attire for a Las Vegas night.

8. Hire a Photographer or Rent a Photo Booth:

Capture memories from the event by hiring a professional photographer or renting a photo booth. Not only will this help you cherish the night forever, but it can also lead to great PR for your company!

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Stage Three: Planning (2 Weeks Before the Event)

With just one month left before the event, it’s time to start setting things in motion.

1. Invitations

Using physical invitations that match the party theme are a great way to get guests excited about the event (for example, an art deco card with a simple, elegant design). Include all necessary information like:

2. Decorations

Choose decorations that will help immerse your employees in the casino party theme. Here are some fun ideas for a traditional Las Vegas theme:

3. Party Favors

Show your appreciation for every employee who attends by sending them home with memorable party favors:

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Stage Four: Getting Ready (The Day Before)

It’s almost time to give your team the night they’ll be talking about for years! Make sure everything goes smoothly by double-checking each of the following:

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Stage Five: Getting Ready (The Day Of)

This is when all of your hard work and planning comes to fruition! Here’s how to make sure everyone has a great time:

Last but not least, HAVE FUN!!

Casino-Themed Party Etiquette and FAQ

Are casino-themed parties legal?

Yes, casino-themed parties are legal as long as no actual gambling with real money is involved. You should use funny money or chips for entertainment purposes only to comply with gambling regulations. Working with an experienced Casino Party Event Planner will help ensure you are abiding by local guidelines.

Do I need to apply for permits to host a casino party?

The need for permits varies by location and local laws. It's essential to research and understand the legal requirements in your area. In most cases, if you're not facilitating real money gambling, permits won’t be necessary. Talk do your casino rental company to get specific guidance for your local area.

What's included in your event packages?

We offer a variety of premiere packages, each including casino-grade table rentals, professional dealers, funny money, chips. Explore all of our options here!

How long does an event usually last?

The duration of a casino-themed event can vary. We find the ideal casino event lasts 3 hours. Most of our events are booked for 3-4 hours, but you can adjust the timing to fit your schedule and preferences. Call us to discuss options!

How many guests can you accommodate?

We have packages for up to 2,000+ guests! Explore our offerings here.

How long does it take to set up and break down casino games?

We set up and break down tables fast and professionally! Ultimately, the amount of time it takes depends on the number of tables, but we often get it done in less than an hour. For events with more than 1000 guests, we may set up the day before.

What kind of casino party package will work best for me?

The ideal package depends on your budget, the number of guests, and your preferences for games and entertainment. Contact us to learn more.

How far in advance should we book with 21 Fun?

The answer to this, is always to book as soon as you can. For the busiest times of the year (holidays and late spring), we recommend booking us at least several months in advance to secure your desired date and package. For the less busy times of the year, we recommend booking at least one month in advance, and no later than 2 weeks in advance. We can accomodate quicker bookings during the less busy times of year. Give us a call and we can let you know our availability for your desired date.

Our guest count has changed! Can we get more tables? Fewer tables?

You can often adjust the number of tables and other event details to accommodate changes in guest count. Contact us as soon as possible to discuss adjustments.

Okay, what's the next step?

Contact us to get started!

We Are the Casino Party Company That Loves to Entertain

We love what we do, and we're committed to making your event a success. From start to finish, we'll communicate with you, answer all your questions, and provide exceptional service. Let's create an unforgettable casino experience together!

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