A Casino Night is always (usually) a big hit. It gets people involved, mixes people together that might not normally socialize, all of that jazz. But by itself, although fun and occupying a rightful place in “things to entertain your group with” category, it’s not a Theme Party (by our hitherto agreed upon definition).
Want to make the Casino Night something memorable (and yes, we are talking big budgets here… like I said, it’s my blog), how about re-creating the set of Casablanca’s famous Rick’s Café Americain? Restaurant-style seating that can be adjusted, long bar, Moroccan-style furniture and décor, ceiling fans… you get the idea… have fun with it… a big band (and a guy who can sing As Time Goes By and a woman who can sing La Marseillaise)… and the casino is still a big part of the event, but in style… and the whole place is staffed with actors from the film… Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, the crazy Russian bartender, the good-natured head waiter… (we’ll leave out the Germans), and the serving staff is also in costume and in character.
Even better… tell your guests in advance about the dress-up party and give awards for the best costumes for movie characters, or a 1940’s dance contest. And…and…and… as you can see, I like this kind of thing.