Planning a casino-themed party? Whether you’re kicking off a weekend in Vegas, throwing a bachelor party, or hosting a game night with friends, the entertainment possibilities are endless. Immerse yourself and your guests in Vegas-style indulgences with the following gambling-themed sweets and treats.
Dice Cheese Ball
Putting together a dice-shaped cheese ball takes some effort, but the assembly is easier than it looks. Follow your favorite cheese ball recipe using cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and spices, but be sure to double up on the amount. You can also buy two premade cheese balls and reshape them to save time.
Using a flat metal spatula, shape the cheese ball mixture into a cube and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least two hours and spread with sour cream before serving. Arrange olive slices along the sides of the cube to resemble dice.
Shrimp Dean Martinis
It wouldn’t be a gambling-themed party without a shrimp cocktail appetizer. Not only is shrimp cocktail a tasty addition to your party spread, but it also looks classy. Serving Shrimp Dean Martinis is a nod to iconic Vegas celebrity Dean Martin that every guest will appreciate.
Keep precooked shrimp in the freezer until ready to serve, then arrange them on the rims of martini glasses filled with cocktail sauce. You can also add lemon wedges alongside the glasses to elevate the look and provide guests with extra lemon juice.
Slot Machine Fruit
It wouldn’t be a casino-style party without the classic fruit symbols. Thankfully, cherries, plums, grapes, and melons are easy to come by, and they’re a great nod to your favorite slot machines. Take a cue from your favorite video slots and serve chilled fruit sprinkled with sugar.
Turn any sandwich or panini into a “high-stakes stacker” by cutting it into squares and stacking the pieces on top of one another. Pressed sandwiches work best, such as a pressed Cubano with bacon, but feel free to get creative. Even gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches work for the theme’s purpose. Once the sandwich pieces are stacked, secure them with a toothpick skewered with an olive, banana pepper, or pearl onion.
Dominos may not be a mainstay in most casinos, but domino-inspired brownies work well with any game-themed event. Simply bake your favorite brownie recipe and cut the brownies into rectangles when cooled. Press white chocolate chips with the tips down into the brownies in various domino-style arrangements. You can also use miniature marshmallows instead of chocolate chips if you prefer.
It wouldn’t be a casino-themed party without representing poker. Cupcakes are an ideal baked treat for displaying iconic casino symbols such as playing cards, poker chips, or suits. Whether you bake your own cupcakes or buy them from a bakery, sourcing poker cake toppers is easy. Many online sellers create fondant playing cards that you can add to each cupcake before serving. If you’re feeling ambitious, buy a silicone playing card mold for fondant, gum paste, marzipan, or chocolate to design your own cupcake toppers.
It wouldn’t be a casino-themed party without the cocktails. Themed cocktails are fun ways to pull the entire event together, so don’t be afraid to offer more than one if your budget allows. Possible cocktails include the Wild Card (vodka and cherry liqueur with black cherry garnish), Lady Luck (dry gin and blue curacao with orange juice), Snake Eyes (apple martini), Poker Face (tequila, pineapple juice, and triple sec with a twist of lemon), and Face Card (Malibu rum with pineapple juice).
Planning the best gambling-themed dinner party is easy when the possibilities are endless. Check out your favorite casino or online video poker game to discover what inspires your next idea.