A casino party theme provides guests with endless ideas to create their own costumes. Men can pull out their suits and become their own casino "fantasy" character. Women can adorn themselves in silky, slinky outfits, wear a full-length fur or drape a "stole" version over their shoulders. Add a poker table and blackjack game, and even rent a slot machine for the evening to really make guests feel they're in the casino. And just like the popular TV commercial says, remember to remind guests that "what happens at the party -- stays at the party."
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Invite all the men to dress up like mob bosses. Pull pictures from the Internet to show how men dressed during the days of Eliott Ness, the famous FBI mob buster, and infamous crime bosses like Chicago's "Dutch Schultz" and any one of the fictional Corleone family characters from the classic mob movie, "The Godfather." Encourage dressing in pinstripe suits, fedora hats, and wearing a flower boutonnière in the lapel.
What's a mob boss without a "mob doll" on his arms? Invite women to dress in garb from the prohibition era. Send pictures pulled from the Internet to spark ideas. Vintage storeowners can lend ideas to make their outfits "period-perfect." Adding sequins to existing garments or finds from a resale store can also turn a dress into a casino "mob doll" sensation.
The "Pit Boss" of the casino era's heyday--from the 1940s to 1960s--was a man whose dress embodied his authority to settle a game with "questionable results" or to make a big payout. The hair was often worn slicked-back. Suits mimicked a corporate look--but with a pit boss twist, with dark fabrics and pinstripes. Instead of a traditional suit "pocket square" on the jacket pocket, a Pit Boss costumier can insert playing cards to make the outfit fun.
"Old school" lounge performers were a casino staple--and so was their style of dress. Male performers often wore classic outfits in black and white. Sometimes they wore a white jacket to perform in a supper club, paired with black trousers, a white shirt and a black bow tie. Female performers would often dress in fitted floor-length gowns, bejewelled with sequins. Backup vocalists often dressed alike in outfits that never outshone the lead performer.
Every casino needs its cocktail waitresses to keep guests happy; at your party, the role offers multiple guests a fun and flirty costume opportunity. Old school cocktail waitresses wore short skirts with "can-can" under garment skirts and white blouses designed to reveal cleavage. Fishnet stockings and high heels completed the look. "New school" costumes don't have to be as revealing; outfits could include black trousers, a white shirt, and a bow tie. Guests can make the outfit even more realistic by rigging a bed tray with a shoulder harness and including drinks, cigars and cigarettes to serve to the casino party guests.
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