What happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas. Sometimes what happens in Vegas comes home with you as a theme idea for a party or event. Sin City motifs involve more than mere gambling; they can encompass all facets of the popular destination.
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The Rat Pack era of the 1960s has been called the golden age of Las Vegas. Entertainers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis, Jr., put on a show the city has never forgotten. A Rat Pack revival show on the Las Vegas strip reprises the experience for visitors to Vegas. A Rat Pack theme means dressing up in tuxedos and cocktail dresses, sipping martinis and listening to cool music from the period.
For all its fountains and greenery, Las Vegas is a desert city. And a desert theme is well-suited to a Las Vegas-inspired event. To create this theme, include the flora and fauna of the desert: cacti, palm trees, Gila monsters, lizards and snakes. Use natural stone to create a colour palette of muted sandstone tones with accents of bright turquoise and coral.
Las Vegas is best known for its main strip and many casinos. A casino theme could include slot machines, roulette wheels and table games such as craps, blackjack and poker. Keep it legal by playing for scrip and awarding prizes based on who wins the most scrip at the end of the evening. Cover cocktail tables in green felt and use playing cards or oversized poker chips as coasters.
After all these years, Elvis Presley's Las Vegas shows remain a highlight of the strip. His 1964 hit, "Viva Las Vegas," locks him in as one of Vegas's premier entertainers of the 20th century. Entertainment for the event can include an Elvis impersonator. Guests can attend in costume as Elvis or Priscilla Presley, the only woman Elvis ever married --- in Las Vegas, of course. Presley's prolific repertoire can play in the background, providing a lively soundtrack for the evening.
Organised crime played an undisputed role in Las Vegas history, so why not have fun by making a theme out of it. Give guests mobster nickname nametags when they arrive and invite them to wear stereotypical mob-style costumes such as trenchcoats, pinstriped suits or the proverbial "cement boots." Decorate with toy machine guns and stacks of fake cash, and play music from television and movies such as "Goodfellas," "The Godfather" and "The Sopranos."
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