The best way to organize a teen party that stays under control is to offer an activity that fully engages and attracts the kids. That way, they are not interested in doing the things you don’t want them to do. Of course, they need to socialize, but within the parameters of your planned activity. A Teen Casino Night party works and does it well.
Casino games are so much fun and people enjoy playing them, which is why casino nights are so often used as fundraising events. And this applies to teens as well as adults. The fact that the theme of a casino night seems like something very “fancy” helps to get the kids involved in the party activities from the beginning.
Card and dice games are not and do not have to be the equivalent of gambling. Make it clear up front in your invitation that “Only fun is allowed, no gambling is allowed.” You can use poker chips to keep track of the score, or your counters can be pennies, M & Ms, matches, anything. Involve the kids even more in your party by encouraging everyone to “Dress for Vegas”; fancy clothes can equate to better behavior in children’s minds.
Borrow plenty of game tables and chairs, but you can have more children than seats to allow for that socialization when there are no games available to play. To keep the dice contained instead of flying to the ground, make some trays of dice using the low cardboard trays from the beer or soda shop. You can paint them, contact paper, or leave them as is. You will need enough cards and dice for each game.
Set up a buffet table to encourage grass. Make it easy with store-bought frozen meatballs, store-bought or homemade chicken wings with gravy, salad, and / or a 6-foot hero. It doesn’t have to be fancy food, it just looks good with a few dice, jokers and picture cards, and poker chips scattered around the buffet table for a themed decor. Have a large tub of soda and bottled water with ice for the children to drink when needed. Background melodies will keep the mood festive.
In addition to the ever popular poker and blackjack games, you can find a variety of appropriate and fun dice games online. If you have the room and the budget for it, I highly recommend that you include a game of craps in your nightly casino schedule. A dice table cover can be purchased for $ 20- $ 30, so it’s not out of sight. Craps is by far the most fascinating and complex of the dice games, and many would argue that it is by far the most fun. If you’ve ever been to a casino, you know it’s always the loudest with laughter and screaming. It will definitely challenge children to learn to play all the variations contained in a dice game and think about the different probabilities of each.
And there’s another perk to including a game of craps: You’ll need a dealer to run the table who understands the game, and no teenage guest will want to be stuck at that job all night. So your dealer must be an adult, who then becomes an adult presence in the room. And this is good. There is plenty of help online to learn how to play the game for your dealer to get up to speed so he or she can, in turn, teach the kids and run the game.
A casino party is not difficult to hold and everyone will have a lot of fun. Games will keep teens busy competing to do well and do better than the next boy (or girl). You can end the night with a silly prize or two for the night’s ‘big winners’. While teens are harder to please and play games than younger kids, it CAN be done, and casino games will. The more engaged they are, the less likely your teen gathering is to get out of hand and turn into activities you don’t want to happen.