Plan A Casino Theme Graduation Party

Cling, cling. The shuffling of the cards. The roll of the dice. The spinning of the roulette wheel. Feel like you're in Vegas? Well, maybe not. But go all out to simulate the excitement and amusement of a night in Vegas for your grad. On second thought, day or night, Vegas never shuts down. This casino theme graduation party is perfect for the guest of honor who likes fun, adventure and chance.

Pull up a chair, get out the chips and settle in to plan this "Take us to Vegas" Graduation party.

Casino Graduation Invitations
For a personalized invitation that matches this Vegas theme, take a look at our personalized casino invitations. We also offer a selection of more traditional graduation party invitations for your enjoyment.

For an invitation that screams casino, attach your invitation to a deck of cards, poker chips, or dice. Better yet, send one oversized playing card with the party details on the back as an invitation. Say something like, “Kevin’s dealing the cards. Celebrate his future luck at…”. If you want your party to have a roaring twenties bend to it, use a permanent marker and write your invitation directly on plastic gangster hats!

Send a Party411 custom caricature of your graduate as a casino dealer, or perhaps looking victorious after a night of card playing, or even portrayed as a playing card! Your grad can be the King of Diamonds or the Queen of Spades! We would not recommend, however, that you portray your grad as a show bunny or dancer, since that might tarnish his or her image with the grandparents and old Aunt Esther!

Casino Graduation Decorations and Party Supplies
Turn your home into the Vegas strip! Start by hanging a personalized casino grad banner welcoming everyone to the party. Then display some of our favorite casino decorations:
Along with your casino decorations, don't forget a girl or boy lifesize cutout of the grad dressed as a casino dealer welcoming all of your guests. Everyone will love having their picture taken with the "guest of honor".

If you are having seating cards, attach them to graduation year glasses to celebrate your graduate. If you're not having seating, you'll still want the glasses. They make a great favor. Or, you can write the seating assignments directly onto small bags filled with personalized fake money with your grad's face.

Your guest of honor must wear a black gangster hat or jewel tiara so that everyone knows where to find him or her at all times. Then give all of your guests packets of bogus bills (or more personalized fake money) and dice beads to get them in the Vegas mindset!

Casino Graduation Table Decorations and Menu
Start decorating your tables with a green tablecloth, then sprinkle poker chips like confetti across the top. We recommend using balloons to draw attention to your tables since they are easy and economical! You can do a mix of black, red and white latex balloons with a Mylar dice balloon, or go with a casino balloon bouquet. Tie the balloons to a balloon weight and you have decorations not only for your tables but for the entrance, doorways, and general room decorations as well. For a larger party, you may want to hire a local balloon company to handle all of your balloons. They can bring any number of casino theme balloons including the suits, card shaped balloons and dollar signs.

A great centerpiece for a casino party is a personalized playing card centerpiece with either the King or Queen graduate's face on it front and center. Have a balloon bouquet or add a bouquet of red flowers coming out of the top.

A buffet of finger foods is the perfect way to go at your casino party (because what says casino more that buffet, no?). This way your guests can take it with them to all of the game tables! Some tasty ideas for your buffet are:
  • Chicken fingers
  • Spinach & feta filo pastry triangles
  • Satay chicken
  • Cocktail samosas
  • Spring rolls served with sweet/sour sauce
  • Marinated turkey nibbles
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Thai fishcakes served (hot or cold) with yogurt/coriander dipping sauce
  • Cocktail club sandwiches
  • Spinach crepes filled with cream cheese and hot-smoked salmon
  • Sushi rolls with a variety of fillings
  • Rare beef skewers with horseradish
  • Antipasto including all the favorites like tapenade and pâté

Casino Graduation Games and Activities
This may be the most fun party that your guests will attend. Hang casino signs to direct guests to the playing area. Set up stations around the party venue with table games felt tablecovers, where your guests can gamble with their fake money. You can check out our casino party games for all of the rules to popular casino games. Ask friends and family to act as dealers or you can hire a casino company to run the games. Another benefit of hiring a casino company is that they can bring their own tables, chips and any other supplies needed for the games.

Set up a "store" where your guests can redeem their winnings for prizes like:
All are sure to leave your guests thinking they hit the jackpot!

Casino Graduation Party Favors
Send your guests home with more than just the prizes they've won, chocolate dice or decks of cards are great favors. You can have these personalized with something like "I went to Vegas with [grad's name]". Really, the best favor is a personalized casino candy bar wrapper. Everyone likes candy, it's a fun remembrance of the graduate, and the cost is low. Of course, there are plenty of other options:
Thanks to your planning and help from, this will be one graduation party that no one will ever forget!