If you’re thinking about throwing a party, you’re going to have to make a lot of decisions. But one of the most important choices is also the one you’re going to have to tick off the list first. The theme.

Why not bring something completely different to the table, so to speak, and usher a little Sin City into your home town? The decorations are easily sorted out since all you’ll need is dice, mood lighting, playing cards, and items in red and black. The menu is one you can easily whip up at home, or cheaply get catered too.

As fun as playing online Blackjack is, it definitely ups the ante when you’re playing against your brother-in-law, boss, or Bob from Accounting!

A Dice Cheese Ball

You may think this appetizer looks like a lot of work, but it’s actually pretty easy to make. Just shape two pre-made balls of cheese into cubes and use olives to dot the sides. This will instantly transform them into big, scrumptious dice.

Domino Brownies

This is another very simple treat to make. Bake or buy a batch of brownies, and cut them into rectangles. Then simply press white chocolate chips into the slices in various arrangements, and voilà! You’ve got domino brownies ready to eat.  

Fruit, Slot Machine-Style

These are a wonderful option for injecting a few healthy eating choices into your party menu. Cherries, grapes, melons, and plums are delicious, easy to find, and a nod to the casino institution that is slot machines. Serve chilled, or sprinkle some sugar over them if you prefer.

Mini Baked Potatoes

These are another staple at most casino buffets. Fingerling-style potatoes are a great option for parties, too. Slice them open and stuff them with a dash of sour cream, shredded cheese, and a sprinkling of chives.

Prime Rib

Here you can choose to serve your prime rib as part of a casino-style buffet or on trays as finger food. Thickly sliced pieces can be kept warm in chafing dishes on your buffet, or you can cut the cooked meat up into chunks, spear these with a toothpick, and add an elegant garnish.

Shrimp Cocktail

Popcorn shrimp is also a popular choice at casino buffets, but they’re too greasy to accommodate playing Poker, Baccarat, and Spanish 21 at the same time. A great alternative option is serving little cups of shrimp cocktail instead. It’s easy to eat, and your guests will be able to nibble on them while they’re mingling and enjoying the gaming action.

Pretzel Sticks

Pretzel sticks are another great option if your guests are going to be playing while they’re eating. Place bowls of these tasty snacks on the game tables so there’s something to munch on as your patrons build a winning hand in Poker or beat their colleagues to 21 in Punto Banco.

Something to Sip On

Don’t forget the drinks! Your list of themed cocktails can include a Lady Luck, made up of blue curaçao, dry gin, and orange juice, and a Poker Face. This is tequila with pineapple juice, triple sec and a twist of lemon. 

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