In recent years, casino gaming has reached an all time high. With a huge selection of casino games like poker, blackjack and roulette now available online, player numbers have skyrocketed and more people than ever are enjoying the thrill of these games.
While online gaming may be on the rise, many still enjoy traditional versions of these games at casino venues and at-home events. Casino parties are a great way to have a sophisticated and exciting event to celebrate a special occasion.
Attendees can get dressed up to the nines and enjoy an evening of games, drinks and food. You will also need equipment for games such as a poker table with cards and an understanding of poker rules and variants.
If you are thinking of planning the ultimate casino party that your friends will remember for a long time to come, here are a few menu ideas. There are options for every cooking and catering ability and budget.
Entree and early evening snack options
For more formal style events, bruschetta is a great choice and there are a variety of topping ideas you can try out. A simple cilantro tomato with or without feta cheese topping will likely be suitable for most guests.
However, you may also wish to try other tasty topping options such as steak with blue cheese, portobello mushrooms with aioli, pulled pork or nectarine and cheese. Having different options will give your guest the option to choose their favourite.
Warm snacks are ideal party entrees during the colder months and mozzarella sticks are an easy choice. You don’t need to be a chef to put these in the oven (or air fryer). Pair your sticks with a few different sauces and dips for extra flavour.
Some ideas include marinara sauce, blue cheese, franks hot sauce, pesto, ranch or balsamic vinaigrette. Alternatively, cheese lovers may also enjoy halloumi slices with sweet chilli dip.
Crisps and dips
If you are serving a dip selection, why not also put out some crisps. This is an extra quick snack option that always goes down a treat. Try to include a variety of flavours like salt and vinegar, cheese and onion, prawn cocktail and ready salted.
The main event – buffet style
One of the easiest ways to cater a casino party is with a buffet. A big focus of the evening should be the games, so you don’t want to be spending the majority of the evening in the kitchen. Many buffet items can be prepared well in advance and served when convenient.
Cut finger sandwiches
For a cold buffet, sandwiches are a classic choice and can be made earlier in the game and stored in the fridge. If you are feeling creative, you could give your sandwiches a casino theme, like Down The River Salmon or Cha-Ching Chicken.
A seafood selection can suggest sophistication and is a well-loved cuisine choice. The options are endless but some seafood buffet items include bacon wrapped scallops, fried calamari, shrimp cocktail, grilled oysters, spicy harissa clams and summer rolls.
You will need to ensure your seafood is stored at the correct temperature to prevent it going bad. Also, label each tray with ingredients as seafood is a common allergen.
Wings are an American favourite and ideal for a las vegas style casino night. Your games do not need to be the only entertainment for the evening… why not hold a hot sauce competition with your wings and challenge your friends to see who can handle the heat.
Chilli con carne
A nice warming bowl of chilli will go down a treat and you can let guests serve themselves from the pot. For non meat-eaters, soy mince or jackfruit are excellent alternatives to minced beef.
Build your own nacho bar
A nacho bar
Either on its own or alongside the chilli, a nacho bar is a great choice. To partner your tortilla chips, toppings to include are guacamole, tomato salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, cilantro and lime wedges.
A casino party buffet with a chocolate fountain will be truly memorable. You can either hire or purchase a fountain to use. If you want to offer milk, dark and white chocolate options you will need to budget for multiple fountains.
Good dipping items include fruits, pretzels, marshmallows and breadsticks.
Sugar cookies can be decorated to match your theme. For example, they could be made to look like cards or poker chips.
Not everyone has a sweet tooth so providing a savoury option such as a cheese board will help ensure all guests culinary needs are met. You may also choose to pair cheese with a selection of red wines for the ultimate fine dining experience.