Category Archives: Casino Theme

DIY Clear Favor Bags with Personalized Tops Keep Favors Affordable

Here’s a party favor budget breakthrough for you: personalized favor bags for less than 25 cents each!

The secret is a do-it-yourself component, but the DIY is not a tough assignment in the least. Just fill the bags with treats or treasures and close them by attaching the themed tops you’ve personalized at the Stumps website.

There are at least three ways to use the new bags:

1. Offer bulk items. Shift an investment in money over to time instead, by buying or making your goodies in bulk and bagging them yourself. Bulk candy, nuts, mints and gumballs come to mind immediately, and you can easily find this type of item in colors to match your theme. Edibles are welcome at prom and other teen parties, and are always a terrific strategy whenever you are planning a largish party with a smallish budget.

Don’t stop the imaginings with sweet treats, though. How about sharing small bulbs or seeds/flowerheads for a garden club party, a homemade Cajun seasoning mix for a Mardi Gras themed event, or a Russian tea drink mix for a Mothers’ Day get-together?

Some ideas might involve a slip of paper or a label that identifies the contents and gives instructions for use. As long as the directions are very simple (e.g., “add 2T to 6 oz. hot water”) don’t count out any idea your imagination brings to you!

A small spoon or scoop could be the perfect way to finish a bagged mix, too.

2. Protect favors. Besides leaving a personalized touch, your favor bags may play a role in protecting favors from one mishap or another. A bagged necklace or medallion can’t get tangled with another one, for instance. And if you’ve chosen something shiny to favor your guests with, such as mirror-finish metal key tags, you can keep them in pristine, un-smudged condition until the partygoers themselves get their hands on them.

3. Create an assortment or kit. We love the s’mores kit in the Western bandanna-themed favor bag at right. It’s an excellent example of what we’re getting at with this category, which takes the bulk idea and multiplies the fun in a clever way whether you are talking parties or commercial promotions.

Prepare allotments of poker chips, plush dice and casino mints for a Vegas theme, and for Castle event favor bags place glass slipper key tags upon nests of silver party beads. Carnival bags can include tickets or tokens along with pre-wrapped edibles. Sample sizes of spa products and small glow items are also candidates for bagging; three items per favor bag is usually optimal.

Whether you’re looking to put together something festive that doesn’t break the bank, or simply want to put the budget more toward the favor than the container, the new DIY personalized clear favor bags may be just the thing for you and your event. Come by soon to browse and brainstorm.

Top Three Themes for a 2013 After-Prom

Post-prom holds a different vibe than what comes before, and our three most popular after-prom themes for this spring hold the more relaxed atmosphere and activity fun you’re looking for.

1.Luau. A truly classic theme for an after party, luau and other tropical beach party themes land on popularity lists year after year because it is so easy to create a setting that feels worlds away.

Start with one of our beautiful beach-flavored photo background illustrations and add free-standing props such as palm trees, an entrance arch in a tiki design and surf board standees. Build your paradise by buying them separately or in a kit already designed for you. Tiki Island, shown above, is just one of several tropical beach and island kits to peruse whether you’re pursuing a traditional luau look or something more pirate-y or surf shack-y.

Keep in mind that with a luau theme, the people become decorations, too! Leis, beachcomber hats, sunglasses and even flip flops are wearable favors you can offer at the door and as prizes for hula and limbo contests.

2.Glow. Glow parties are relative newcomers to the after prom scene, but the demand for glow party products has fed their popularity and vice-versa. In short: Glow is here to stay!

For this theme, take a look at Glowing Blacklight Explosion Kit. This kit includes three blacklight fixtures plus a metal arch and columns that you’ll be able to use for many other parties in the coming years just by changing the slipcovers.

Check event lighting for strobes, laser projectors and LED options, too.

Ordinary jars, our highly-rated glow paint and a little patience are a perfect combination for creating glow-in-the-dark decorations for tables. We like Vivian Nguyen’s easy-to-follow demo:

There are several variations of the basic technique, which achieve different looks. For “fairy lights” paint the tiniest dots you can, as closely together as you can. For “rave jars” flick and spatter the paint from the brush.

Place your glow jars in bases of glow necklaces or coils of glow beads.

3.Casino. Another classic, a casino theme is a prom choice as often as an after-prom choice, no doubt due to the jackpot of props and decorations that can dress the venue up or down.

And get a load of the games! This event theme has lots of built-in entertainment value.

Get plenty of poker chips along with your games, and have winners redeem them for prizes. Choose unisex casino favors as prizes, such as photo cubes and key tags, and place them inside dice favor boxes for the surprise factor. Edible favors like mint and cookie tins will also ring the bell – they are easy to share and will help fuel late-night fun.

Are you ready to match an after-prom dream with reality? Visit the Themes store to see what’s out there!

Energize Prom Cruise Guests with a Carnival Theme

Combining Prom Themes

No matter where you have your prom, an easy way to make it a memorable event is to combine two themes to make your own! Your prom will be much more personalized for your school and your students. If you do it well, you can tie in a variety of themes. This will also take focus away from the physical location of the dance. Combining themes makes it easier to have a dance anywhere, from the school gym to a banquet hall to a cruise ship!

Combining Nautical and Carnival Themes

Combining a nautical theme with a carnival theme gives you the opportunity to tie in a few other themes. Subtle hints are all you need—many cruise ships, for example, have a casino room, so you could also incorporate a casino theme. You can also tie in other themes with your favors. If you choose to add Personalized Poker Chipsthe casino theme, section off a portion of your event room with alternating red metallic curtains and black metallic curtains to create a mini-casino! Create Black Jack and Texas Hold ‘Em tables and give your guests personalized poker chips as a fun party favor.

A great way to combine prom themes is by mixing up the party favors. Give male prom guests gob hats and the female prom guests feathered masks. Also, rather than simply handing out beads to your guests, work the beads into the centerpieces for your tables! This way, not only will your dance have a much more “finished” feel, your guests will feel like they’re taking home a piece of the dance.  You can also place personalized candy jars around the table filled with extra snacks for your guests to enjoy while they’re dancing the night away.

If your prom is in a school gym rather than on a cruise ship, you can still combine nautical and carnival themes and make a splash with your students! Use decorations to set the cruise ship scene—hang anchor and porthole cutouts along the walls to give your guests the feeling of being on the lower Ocean Backgrounddeck of a cruise ship. You could also hang an ocean background on a wall and place a few lengths of ship’s rail in front of it— your guests will be able to lean over the rail and look out at the deep blue sea! Then, to incorporate the carnival theme, you could create a few different stations with carnival-themed snacks for your prom-goers. For example, you could hand out popcorn, cotton candy, and mini pigs-in-blankets. You’ll probably want to stay away from things like snow cones, as they could stain clothing.

The possibilities for a prom with more than one theme are endless! You just have to use a bit of creativity. Combining prom themes will make your even fun, memorable, and exceptionally personal for your high school and your students.

Top 10 Themed Dance Ideas for February

Mid-winter calls for events with lots of color, warmth and maybe a bit of glitz. Here are party planners’ most popular theme choices for brightening up a February that may otherwise seem longer than it actually is.

1. Mardi Gras. Any day in February is fair game for a Mardi Gras event! It is a season and state of mind as well as a special Tuesday. Check out the delicious new colors and mood of Brazilian Mardi Gras event supplies as exemplified by the Rio Carnival line, which includes the arch shown above.

2. Valentine’s Day. An annual event in many communities, a Valentine’s Day dance tradition can be freshened up by incorporating elements of a garden theme such as Red Roses, or by planting tongue firmly in cheek with a gangster theme event.

3. Hollywood. Chase the chill with lots of palm trees and warm spotlights – and if you are holding your dance party anywhere near the 24th, rest assured that Hollywood props and décor include many that are suitable for Oscars™-related themes.

4. The 80s. Party planners like decade and retro themes for milestone birthdays and more casual school dances, and the 1980s are particularly hot right now for these types of events. You should, like, totally make an 80s theme event a costume party, too.

5. Casino. A Casino event theme is a perennial favorite for a winter fundraiser whether your aim is to re-create Vegas, Monte Carlo or one of the rising stars in exotic locales for gambling, such as Nassau, Bahamas.

6. Candy. A candy event theme can be tied to a Valentine’s dance, or it can stand alone. Either way you’ll be offering the sweetest favors ever! Consider combining candy and winter theme elements for a winter formal; the Candy Land Ice Castle standee shows how.

7. Castle. Speaking of castles, this fairy-tale favorite is a hit whether you put it on ice or not. Castle event theme supplies also include decorations that are exclusive to Stumps, and new products you’ll love to discover.

8. Stars. A Stars event theme makes the grade pretty much all year round, but can be particularly popular in winter. Dressed up, they make terrific themes for after-parties for organizations that have performance seasons in winter, such as opera companies and symphonies – and yes, some of the best star-gazing (and star parties!) happen this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere.

9. City. Whether the tone is Deco or sleek sophistication, there is no theme that can surpass the drama of a cityscape for a winter black-tie event.

10. Under the Sea. Yes, underwater theme events are popular for February. For a few hours at least, we can exchange less-than-ideal conditions for a serene color palette and other-worldly feel. Place the Depths of Forever theme kit in a browser window, zoom in and see what we mean!

Roll Out the Fun with a Casino-Themed Prom!

Roll out the fun with a casino themed prom!  Your location can be transformed into a classy high stakes casino with the right decorations.  Place a roulette arch or a slot machine walkthrough at the entrance to set the mood.

Casino-Themed Decorations

Make over the room by using decorations like the giant playing cards or the casino cutout assortment of cardboard cutouts.   The walls can be draped with casino gossamer to quickly and easily create ambience.   Casino ceiling danglers can hang from the ceiling, and Mylar balloons in a heart, spade, or playing card shape help continue the theme.

The prom court can be introduced and should walk along the roulette walkway mural. This easy-to-assemble walkway allows the court to be seen and to wave to the crowd.  Create your own sash to allow people to easily recognize the courtiers.

Casino Tables Set the Mood

 Your tables will be winners with a foam dice or high roller centerpiece.  Scatter some dice confetti around the base of the centerpiece to make a bigger splash. Metallic table skirting in your choice of colors continues the glitzy theme and adds class to the tables.

And everyone looks forward to the prom favors.  Remind people of the theme by providing a glitter frame for that special prom photo.   Other favors like a key tag or personalized roulette table playing cards can be placed at the table.

With a casino theme your prom will hit the jackpot!!

Make Your Event Unique With Cardboard Standees

Cardboard standees are great additions to many different event decorations.  They can be used as entryways to your prom, arches to take pictures under, or simply as a 3D backdrop to your event.  Not every prom committee uses cardboard standees—some use balloon arches or other things.  Cardboard standees, however, add dimension to your prom or event in a way that not many other things could.

Even if you’re having a themed prom or dance, there are a variety of options for cardboard standees that you can use.  There are standees for casino proms, Hollywood proms, and Mardi Gras proms, among many others.  Some cardboard standees allow you to paste your picture over the face of the standee.  That gives you one more way to create a fun memory of the night.

If you’re having a city-themed dance, there are a variety of backdrops you could decorate with.  You could choose London or New York, whether present-day or in the Roaring 20’s, with city-specific standees like Big Ben and the Brooklyn Bridge Archway, or you could create your own with towering skyscrapers.  Your options are wide open, but whatever you choose, remember that using a cardboard standee will help your event stand out.

A Night of Escape

Host a Sorority or Fraternity Dance

Typically, when students enter college, they are excited to leave the world of high school behind and continue with their lives, perhaps by joining fraternities or sororities.  However, once the stress of college sets in, those same students long for the days of high school, with less homework and more semi-formal dances.  As college life grows more intense, students look for a way to relax, almost exactly as they did during high school.  Because fraternities and sororities are famous for hosting mixers and parties, organizing a semi-formal dance can present a new challenge.  It’s also a good way to initiate those new members, allowing them to step up and organize a semi-formal dance while the older members observe and help, if needed. 

College Formal Themes

Start by thinking of a place to which you would want to escape.  You want the chance to be someone else, someone who has no worries, in a time when life is easy and fun.  You’re on your way to choosing a semi-formal dance theme.  Much akin to high school semi-formals, fraternities and sororities have themed dances, not only for Homecoming, but for various other reasons throughout the year. 

Masquerade College Formal Theme

Masquerade is a popular semi-formal dance theme, because it allows students to escape their collegiate identities and become entirely different people for an evening.  An air of mystery surrounds a Masquerade-themed semi-formal dance, and there are many different themes of the Masquerade itself—everything from a candle-lit Music of the Night (for the music and theater department dances) to a bright and colorful Peacock-themed masquerade.

Fifties College Formal Theme

Another semi-formal dance theme that is sure to help students relax is a Fifties theme.  While fraternity dances don’t always use life-sized props, this dance theme could give the fraternities on campus a chance to let their men show off cars that they’ve worked to restore.  If they don’t have many cars, there are always hot rod standees that could be used!  A Fifties semi-formal dance theme is a great way for students to let loose and let their hair down, but still have fun.  Girls can take it to the next step and find poodle skirts to wear, while guys could wear their leather jackets and slacks.  For this dance theme, formal attire is not required.  It’s all about having fun, dancing, and going back to the ease of the Fifties.

Casino Fraternity Dance Theme Ideas

A popular semi-formal dance theme among fraternities is Casino Night.  A Las Vegas casino backdrop will help students trade their stressful college life for a night of fun, dancing, and cards.  This dance theme also gives girls a chance to slip into that little black dress and get all dolled up for a night on the town— even if it’s simply on campus!  After a few high-energy dances, students will be ready to relax with a game or two of blackjack—or maybe a spin on the roulette wheel.  After their night away from homework, students will be relaxed, refreshed, and ready to tackle their homework again.  When planning a semi-formal dance, fraternities and sororities need only remember: relax, have fun, and don’t think about school for a night!  A semi-formal dance, especially in college, is meant to allow an escape, a time for you to relax.  It’s exactly what hard-working students deserve!