It’s Summer, why should I book the holiday party?

Summer goes by faster than one expects! Before you know it, it’s back to school and then hello holidays! Waiting until December to stress out about your company’s holiday party can cost you. It may seem odd to think about booking a holiday party in ninety degree weather, but now is the time!

GET THE DATE YOU WANT FOR YOUR PHILLY CASINO PARTY! Holiday dates tend to fill up very quickly, especially for the prime Fridays & Saturdays in December. Booking in advance insures that you are locked in and not scrounging last minute and forced to accept a less popular date and time.

VENUES FILL UP FAST. And the best ones go first. The old adage still applies – “the early bird catches the worm”. You will want to make sure you have a reservation with your venue early if you are having your company party offsite.

GET A BETTER TURN OUT. Everyone’s schedules are busier than ever these days. So, the earlier you set the date and get on everyone’s calendars, the better turnout you’ll have. This way employees and spouses can plan around it.

SAVE MONEY. Last minute planning can cost you extra. Many event services tend to increase prices to accommodate last minute requests. It is simply the old law of supply and demand.

REDUCE YOUR STRESS. Having everything done ahead of time and during a slower time of year for business can greatly reduce your stress. No last minute planning, running around and having critical details fall through the cracks. A little planning ahead can make your life so much simpler!

AT PHILLY CASINO PARTIES WE ARE HERE TO HELP! For over 35 years, we have delivered extraordinary holiday parties and memorable occasions. Many of our corporate and private clients are repeat customers from year to year (another reason to book in advance)! We provide complete turnkey solutions and top of the line customer service. Learn about all of our services, view pricing, check your date, get a quote, and even book your event on our website at https://phillycasinoparties.com

The Summer BBQ, Business After Hours

Summer BBQ - Business After Hours with Philly Casino Parties

For most, Summer is the long-awaited and much anticipated season of the year. In recent years, barbecues have grown in popularity as an easy and fun way of getting people together.

These outdoor gatherings have also spilled over into the professional world as an informal setting for colleagues to network outside of the office. It has also become a great way for management to interact and mingle with those who work year round for the company.

While food and drink may be the center of attention, it is social interaction that is key for a successful event. One of the best ice breakers in recent years at these gatherings has been the addition of a few professional casino games. From blackjack to poker, and craps to roulette, casino games offer a chance for the players to interact and get to know each other without any social awkwardness.

Philly Casino Parties has been providing such services to companies of all sizes, offering professional equipment and specially trained dealers who will have everyone interacting, laughing and having fun at your Summer event.

Of course, the Summer barbecue is also a great way to gain new business! Create a mixer where new prospects and current customers can mingle. Here again Philly Casino Parties can help you better relate to the people you’re targeting, boost existing employee and client morale, and gain highly-qualified prospects and leads, all under the guise of having a great afternoon of fun. There is simply no better way to encourage interaction between your current clients and your prospects. The Summer barbecue with Philly Casino Parties is about building relationships and memories that will last.

Finding Sponsors for Your Casino Fundraiser

So you have decided to do a casino party fundraiser!  While you will make significant dollars from ticket sales to the overall event and even from the purchase of chips to play the games throughout the evening, the real key to generating income for your non-profit will be through obtaining sponsorships.

The more successful fundraisers obtain individual table sponsors as well as a lead or title sponsor/s for the entire event. This may seem challenging to those non-profits that do not have a dedicated development department that is used to doing fundraising. However, if you give yourself enough lead time and with a bit of leg work, getting event sponsors can be achieved.  Here are a few tips to help you based on experience…

Use Your Existing Network  –  Begin by engaging your board members as well as employees, volunteers, and existing partners to determine what connections they may have in the local community. Ask them to provide introductions to potential sponsors or join you in doing a presentation.

Do your homework – This applies on many levels. To begin with, know what your potential sponsors are looking for – name recognition, attendance numbers, association with your non-profit, etc. Tailor your sponsorship packages to their needs!

In addition, see what kind of businesses other events are recruiting for sponsorships, and research ideas for sponsorship opportunities – casino table sponsor, the title sponsor, food and beverage sponsors, etc.

Obtaining Media Sponsorships – Getting a media sponsorship is a great way to help spread the word about your event. Exercise caution here as they may want some sort of exclusivity preventing you from developing a border marketing plan. In general, this is a great way to save if you have a limited advertising budget and media outlets will look for opportunities to engage with the community in a live setting,  It will not, however, generate direct revenue.

Detail Sponsor Benefits – While each sponsor have different needs, and it is key to understanding your relationship with a specific donor, you will still want to outline a list of potential benefits companies will receive from sponsoring your event. Benefits can range from exposure to potential customers and media at your event to inclusion in event signage, advertising, social media, and viral marketing efforts, on-site sampling, VIP passes, and special recognition.

Customize Your Pitch – As previously stated, it is important to do your homework and know what your sponsor is looking for. Develop a strategy rather than a single sponsorship template, this way you can create a unique package that compliments the prospects brand and business goals.

Manage The Relationship: Once you get a sponsorship, be sure they are treated well! Dedicate a point person on your committee or team to ensure all agreed to obligations are met. This can range from obtaining sponsor logos to getting approval on collateral materials and press releases. Managing communications is key to having a successful sponsorship but also in cultivating a future donor.

Event re-cap & THANK YOU – once the event has concluded don’t forget to send a thank you to your sponsors. Emails may be nice but a handwritten note goes a lot further!  You will also want to send them under a separate cover or email an event re-cap that outlines the success of the event including event attendance, money raised, press coverage, copies of ads, event photos, etc.

Philly Casino Parties has had over 30 years of experience in helping non-profits cultivate sponsorships and manage donor relations to achieve maximum results from events hosted with us.  Give us a call or email us to see how we can help you with your next fundraiser.

Found A Cheaper Price Elsewhere? Here is what you should know!

Budgets for any event are key as well as getting the best price available.  Chances are you will be getting at least three quotes for your upcoming event and the internet makes searching for a vendor even easier than before.

BUT NOT ALL QUOTES ARE ALIKE!  In our own search of market prices for casino events in the region, we have been quoted rates that were significantly less than our own.  In fact, we found it very difficult to understand how they could even operate at such a low cost until we dug a bit deeper as to what we were actually quoted!

So here are some questions you should be asking when you get what seems to be a great price quote –

  1. Is the price all inclusive. Many times the rate being advertised is merely for the gaming table and does not include the cost of the dealers, set up, delivery or other necessary services to fulfill your event. At Philly Casino Parties, our prices are all-inclusive and there are never any hidden fees.
  2. Are the gaming tables full size, professional tables that are well maintained? We found one competitor that offered a craps table for half our rate, but it was also half the size. Another company was simply setting up regular folding tables and laying poker or blackjack laydowns (felt coverings) on top of the tables. At Philly Casino Parties, we only use professional, full-size gaming tables that are regularly cleaned and maintained.
  3. Are the dealers truly professionals? Many companies make this claim, but their dealers are not licensed or experienced. We found many of the so-called dealers being paid minimum wage with the promise of tips. All too often these were simply friends or acquaintances who knew how to play cards. At Philly Casino Parties our dealers are our strength. We only use professional, experienced dealers and we pay them accordingly insuring that you get 110% at all times. Many of our staff have been with us for ten or more years and have set the standard in the industry.
  4. How long has the company been in business?  While there may be a few good startups out there, many have neither the experience or years in the special event business. Executing a casino party is more than just playing card games, it is understanding room layouts, traffic flow, advanced planning, guest relations, branding, fundraising, experiential marketing and more. At Philly Casino Parties, we have over 30 years of experience in both event planning and running casino parties.
  5. Is the company reliable?  There is nothing worse than worrying about when your vendor is going to show up, will they be set up in time and how things will ultimately look and run once everything is in place. Will all the staff be there in time, presentable and ready to go before your guests arrive?  Have you checked their references? At Philly Casino Parties, we have an impeccable and proven track record for reliability!  We go out of our way to always be ahead of schedule, allowing time for traffic or other last-minute complications that may arise as with any event.  The last thing we want is for you to have to worry at all!
  6. Is the company licensed and operating according to state laws?  The last thing you want is for your event to be shut down or raided by state authorities.  There are different regulations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for both corporate events and especially for fundraisers!  For instance, in New Jersey and Delaware the casino company must be licensed and approved for casino based fundraisers.  At Philly Casino Parties, we are fully licensed in all of the states in which we operate. Our casino coordinator is even state and FBI background checked and many of our dealers have state licenses in addition to background checks.  Don’t be fooled by some companies that “borrow” a license from another agency by hiring one of their dealers. It just is not the same!
  7. Is the company local?  With the internet, there is a host of out of state companies branding themselves as operating locally. Essentially, they are subcontracting services from other smaller local companies.  To maintain their profit margins and come in at lower prices, they are less concerned with the quality of the gaming tables and staff often subcontracting sight unseen.. At Philly Casino Parties, we have offices in both Philadelphia and New Jersey with boots on the ground to be sure quality is maintained at all times.

Party with A Purpose

Summertime is full of gatherings and parties for all occasions.  It is also a time when the office blues can set in as workers gaze out their windows at the sun with thoughts of vacations and trips down the shore they are missing out on from their cloistered cubicles.  Perhaps, it is time to boost employee morale!

Company picnics, while having served a purpose in the past, have become too cumbersome and expensive in today’s world of overworked, overstressed employees and executives.  However, company-wide events still have their place when they have meaning, build community and offer marketing opportunities.

The solution, events with a purpose!  Planning an event which builds your team effort while supporting a charity or cause can have a huge impact on employee morale and your bottom line!

Such charitable events have an added benefit, they provide networking and marketing opportunities while also increasing the business’s presence in the community. Encouraging employee participation becomes effortless as each person feels as though they are helping to make a difference.

To be most effective, a business must first choose the right cause or charity to support. They key is to find a charity that is relevant to the company’s own mission statement. The cause should also be relevant to the community in which the business has a presence to have a greater impact.

The planning of your charitable event can be made seamless and effortless by using such turnkey operations as Philly Casino Parties.  Once you have selected a venue (on site or off site), they will provide everything that is needed to raise funds for your charity while offering employee team building and opportunities for networking.  They provide a full range of gaming tables with professional dealers, all the accessories and a coordinator to walk you through every step of the way.  Fully licensed and insured in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the staff at Philly Casino Parties have over a thirty-year history of being experts in raising charitable funds, building community, developing teamwork, providing networking opportunities and creating fun and exciting events that have become annual giving traditions for many companies in the region.

They now even offer an opportunity for viewing Virtual Reality or 360 Videos about your selected charity on site during the event through their affiliate company Philly VR.  This is a great way to not only share but show a business’ involvement with the charity of choice!

Bottom line, through charitable events, a business can increase its local visibility while also improving employee morale. In the process, businesses can also increase worker retention, which can save thousands of dollars each year. Local charitable organizations will likely be more than happy to work with any business, small or large, interested in sponsoring an event and promoting their cause.

Philly Casino Parties for Weddings – Philadelphia Magazine

12 Ways to Entertain Guests at Your Wedding That Aren’t Dancing Make your reception (even more!) fun with these games and activities.

 

Casino Games

A Blackjack or Craps table will surely liven up your celebration for those who aren’t particularly interested in the “normal” wedding activities. Philly Casino Parties has 30 years of parties under their belts and are ready to set up shop at your celebration with all of the equipment, paperwork, and personnel needed. The best part? You don’t have to feel guilty about your guest’s spending (or more importantly, losing) money — there’s no actual wagering at the shindig. View their eight packages here, or create your own 

Team Building through playing Poker

If you want your team to gain an edge, build their confidence, and develop tough negotiating skills, then get them to the poker table. That’s right, the poker table! The skills learned at the poker table parallel the competencies needed for professional success.

Your team will learn such skills as –

  • How to negotiate your way into or out of anything
  • How to increase your power and confidence
  • Read and interpret non-verbal cues
  • Become more bold and assertive
  • Manage risk and recover from loss
  • Think out of the box and out of your comfort zone

Never Played Before?   Not A Problem!
Our hand-picked dealers are also master instructors and will have your groups learning the ins and outs of the game in no time.  We offer the option to start each session with a one hour instructional period before actual tournament play.

Once the lessons are over, its tournament time!  Break up your participants into teams for a no time limit tournament.  We take care of everything for you –  the tournament ladder, table assignments, blinds, countdown timer and officiating. We even offer a second chance tournament for those knocked out of the game early on.

You can choose to play for bragging rights or a tournament team trophy or even have the teams compete to have a donation made to a charity of choice.

Groups can range from 27 players to 300 players in sessions that average 3-4 hours and costs less than $40 per person.

Give us a call today to learn more about how Poker Team Building from Philly Casino Parties can improve your team’s skills and your bottom line – Tel. 484-469-0288

Benefits of Having Your Company Holiday Party in January

Have you considered the possibility of having your company holiday party in January While this may sound unusual, more and more businesses are choosing to hold off on their hosting duties until after Christmas and New Years have passed.

There are many benefits to be had by following this trend –

  • For many companies and organizations, fourth-quarter earnings are crucial to the company’s bottom line and there is simply not enough time to plan or execute such an event.
  • Employees are more stressed out during the holidays, not only from work but also on a personal level between having to shop, plan vacations and family get-togethers. There simply is just not enough time. While holiday parties are a great time, everyone could use some breathing room in December.
  • January parties are more inclusive for those who may not celebrate Christmas.
  • It is a great way to kick off the New Year by thanking employees for a job well done. There is no better motivation or way to get employees charged for the year to come then by singing their praises.
  • Finding dates in January for venues and entertainment is considerably easier than during the height of the holiday season.
  • In January, venues will likely be less expensive and you can also save money on food and beverages.

No matter the specifics of your company culture, the opportunity for team members to meet and mingle with people they don’t normally get to talk to is one of the biggest benefits of the holiday party.   A Philly Casino Party does just that! It provides a means for low-key conversation starters that allow employees and spouses/partners to easily chat each other up. This form of entertainment for your company party encourages social interaction over a friendly game of cards. Philly Casino Dealers are experts at ensuring that all your guests are interacting, having fun and getting to know each other.

Add one of our photo booths with props to create even greater engagement with outgoing employees inviting more reserved people to take photos with them. It will provide lasting memories of the fun had by all.

With the current downward trend of employee engagement, it might be more important than ever for your business to not only host a holiday party but to use it as an opportunity to show employee appreciation and help team members to better get to know the company and each other. A Philly Casino Party is a wonderful way to start out the new year on a positive note.

From the board room to the card room, women executives reign

Historically, poker has been labeled as primarily a “man’s game”. Well, things are changing! Just recently, Ema Zajmovic became the first-ever female champion of an open WPT Main Event.

Over the past six years, Philly Casino Parties has produced more “all women” poker nights, tournament fundraisers and poker social events.  Most women participants in these functions are executives from area companies, who find these special evenings a great way to network and discuss common issues affecting women in the work place.

Philly Casino Parties usually starts the evening with a free poker lesson to help the novice get started or for honing the skills of the more experienced player. From there, the evening converts to friendly play or tournament competition for a local charity.

The event is usually hosted/sponsored by a company or organization looking to network with other like minded groups.  Venues have ranged from the corporate office and board room to area hotels and restaurants with private facilities.  While playing with cash or cash prizes is prohibited by law, participants pay a fee for participating in the evening.  All proceeds are then donated to an area charity or non-profit organization.

Besides the value of networking with fellow women executives, poker offers valuable lessons in running a business. In a recent article in Fortune Magazine, the founder of Dress for Success and Crisis Text Line and former CEO of Do Something, Nancy Lubin stated “she learned many of her most valued business lessons playing poker. There’s something about learning to value your own hand, learning how to play your position at the table,” Lublin told moderator Jennifer Reingold, Fortune editor-at-large. Even more critical for women: “Learn how to fold, say goodbye to that hand, and move on. We hold on to stuff.”

According to Steven Weisz, founder of Philly Casino Parties, “Women-only networking events have been commonplace at least since 1997, we have simply added a new twist. The best of our women only poker events are competitive, unencumbered by agenda, and have the right mix of people, often leading to lasting business relationships.”

To learn more about hosting your own “women only” poke event, visit www.phillycasinoparties.com or call 484-469-0288.

Annie Duke – Lessons from the card table

Annie Duke at Philly Casino Parties Poker Event for Reason Foundation
at the Rittenhouse Hotel

“World Series of Poker Champion Annie Duke has made millions playing poker. Her trick? She’s found a way to put a number on what she can and cannot know. She tells us how we might take her math-minded ways away from the card table, and put them to use in the everyday gambles that steer life outside the casino.” – produced by Radiolab