Poker Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Poker event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

Throwing a poker party requires plenty of gambling, music, food, and adult beverages. Singing, dancing and having a great time with family and friends is what most celebrations are supposed to be like. Therefore, finding the right melodies and tunes for those special events is very important. From rock and country to jazz and blues, getting together with friends and celebrating great times or special events will make your event very popular. Some musical numbers to consider when throwing a poker party are Motorhead - The Ace of Spades, Corb Lund - All I Wanna Do Is Play Cards, Kenny Rogers - The Gambler, The Animals - House of the Rising Sun, The Grateful Dead/Loser – Deal. Songs about gambling in general should suffice such as Little River band – Lonesome Loser, Steely Dan – Do It Again, Frank Sinatra – Luck Be A Lady, Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice, Billy Joel – Easy Money, Iron Maiden - The Angel and The Gambler, Elvis – Viva Las Vegas, The Clash – The Card Cheat/The Cincinnati Kid, Ray Charles – Blackjack, Robert Johnson - Little Queen of Spades, and The Steve Miller Band – The Joker. Party supplies for a poker theme party do not have to be anything special. All that is required is a poker table with green felt and cards. Casino party supplies are readily available for those who to add a casino atmosphere feel to the party. Centerpieces, danglers, cut outs, tableware items, balloons, and even dice candles will give the party a casino ambience. A box can serve a dual purpose by first being able to hold supplies, but also be decorated on the outside for decor use. Don't be hesitant about asking parents to help out at a celebration for children. With a little imagination and white poster board, crayons, coloring pencils, tape, staples and printed photo images that can be cut, kids can create their own paper hats.

Handmade party supplies like Gangster hats, Casino costumes, paper poker chips and foldable dice will be welcomed add-ons to your Poker party. Sensational get-togethers often involve designing and preparing in advance for the occasion. Most often color arrangements and other needed supplies will add to the celebration and make a great addition to the event. Nearly all hosts will find that fun décor and color schemes are the perfect perks for the event. This addition will give the celebration a really cool appearance. Other homemade party supplies such as handmade beaded necklaces, homemade hats and personalized Poker banners are perfect for your party. From large inflatable dice and door curtains to a homemade Roulette wheel and Dealer’s vest, your Poker party will come alive with party music from the Big Band era, party streamers, party banners and balloons. These poker party supplies in addition to party goods such as black and white checked paper plates, cups and napkins will add to the success of your Poker party.

As your guests are playing cards and enjoying Big Band music, the addition of handmade party supplies such as Gangster hats, boas and costume jewelry will get the conversation going. Most often, traditional Poker party supplies such as dice, cards, poker chips, party streamers, balloons, costume jewelry, noise makers and party banners will be designed exclusively for this party.

As with other parties, homemade party supplies and handmade party goods will insert an extraordinary touch to your Poker party. Most people will find that a Poker party is no comparison to other party’s they have had in the past.

During a poker themed party, a cake is a wonderful addition and should be something that is different, yet complimenting to the theme. This fast paced celebration is the ideal time for creative desserts and other party foods designed especially for this celebration. These items are always a great addition to a celebration and most often fun like cakes that are designed especially for this celebration will make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these great party foods and desserts will add a lot of fun to the celebrated event. For this reason, baking a fruit filled cake will do just that.

Cake Ingredients:

3 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup canola oil
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups sugar
2 cups mashed, ripe bananas
1 (8 oz can) crushed pineapple in juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 cup (4 oz) light cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray and lightly sprinkle with flour.

Whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl. With a gentle stirring movement add in the eggs, bananas, 1 cup of pecans, pineapple, oil and 1 ˝ teaspoons vanilla until blended together. Spread it out in the baking pan. Bake for about 40-45 minutes and then let cool completely.

For the frosting, beat cream and butter in a large bowl for about 3 minutes. Beat in the ˝ teaspoon of vanilla and the powdered sugar until blended. Finally, blend in the 1/3 cup pecans and spread over the cake.

Did you know that based on the statistics, casino party history, facts, and trivia, poker should be named a national sport? Forty to fifty million Americans regularly play poker. That is more than one in five Americans playing this fascinating, often addictive game! From making a guest list to preparing the food, having a plan will make the celebration go off without a hitch. Simple hostess tip: Prepare for the entire celebration in advance and avoid adding any extra commitments or stress on the hostess during the preparation period. This simple tip will ensure that the hostess has a stress free and very entertaining time during the actual celebration. Among well known poker players, one of the most well-known and notorious American presidents, President Richard Nixon, won $6000 during his first two months in the U.S. Navy during World War II, playing poker. The money he won was used to fund his first campaign for congress, a campaign he won!

Though the game probably originated in China in 1120 A.D., nobody knows exactly when the game originated, but we do know that when Columbus landed on U.S. shores in 1492, his men plucked wide leaves from trees, marked them with images, and played cards. Since so many people play poker, it is easy to surmise that there must be many people who have poker fans in their family! It is easy to arrange a party sure to please them, if your poker party comes complete with poker history, poker facts, and poker trivia!

Consider tucking a special invitation inside your regular invitations to those who enjoy playing poker, inviting pals to stay late, after the regular party ends, and enjoy this adult party game! You can just put holes in the corner of a couple of playing cards, tie them together with ribbon, and print the “special” invitation inside! That way, everyone will enjoy the party, and when the children and other guests leave, you will have arranged a party within a party, complete with an after party game, pretzels, pizza, and your favorite beverage! You can play along yourself, if you enjoy poker, or even take on the role of dealer if you want to be involved and don't play the game yourself!

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Poker History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Poker theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

It is past time to get your poker face on, so go ahead design the card themed invitations get your list and then send out the invitations and know what the heck you are doing. Keeping the celebration lively and very entertaining as well as educational is important for guests of all ages. Sensational activities and other worksheets are a great way of bringing fun and entertainment to the event. More often than not, these activities will add a great deal to the overall celebration. If you are someone that has never played the card game before take some time to learn the game, know your cards and put that poker face on.

History shows us that poker is one of the few past times out there that links people from all over the world. Poker may seem like something that would be better suited for older people, but this can be made into a fun younger adult party night as well, be part of a bachelor or bachelorette party as well. The fact is if there was an event in the Olympics for Poker, it would be one of the most popular events to date due to the amount of people whom play. So as you get ready for your Party poker night, be sure the food is hot, ashtrays are out, and cards are stacked, shuffled and ready to go. This is something that can easily be turned into a family event as well. If you are looking at a family poker night, the adults in one room playing the true game, and set the kids up with their own table, and offer UNO or some other fun or educational game for them so they feel as though they are playing like the adults, and in turn giving the parents time to play, socialize and enjoy themselves at the same time. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations. Everyone does not drink alcohol, be inclusive when planning a get-together and have a choice of drinks that include non-alcoholic opinions. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations. The history of Poker has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Poker to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

History of Poker
More Poker holiday educational teachers classroom resources: 

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Poker Word Scramble
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