This past weekend, we were involved in coordinating a very exciting event. In honor of their 75th year, University Synagogue hosted a 1940’s themed casino night gala event for their congregants. Several months ago, we proudly joined a committee full of highly qualified individuals who worked on everything from sponsorships to marketing. We took our role of planning the decor very seriously and are excited to share the details with all of you.

There’s truly nothing like being greeted at an event by a red carpet and step and repeat. It set a glamorous tone from the very beginning of the night and allowed for lots of great photo opportunities. 

Next, each guest checked in and received drink tickets and chips to play all of their favorite casino games. We decorated the registration table with a vintage suitcase on top of an old Coca Cola crate, a couple of books, and a gorgeous bud vase of white roses. 

During the first hour, guests were encouraged to grab a glass of champagne, eat a tray passed appetizer … 

… and bid on silent auction items such as this “Orange is the New Black” swag bag. 

Right in the center of the lobby, we placed this round table with a gold sequin linen as the main focal point of the room. The floral arrangements Kayla of House of Magnolias made for this table were beyond stunning and made such a huge statement. So did the crudite provided by the event’s Parisian caterer.

In order to make a statement and keep guests in the one area to start, we set up a red pipe and drape in the space between the lobby and the main social hall. After an announcement was made that guests could enter the casino portion of the event, we pulled the drapes back. So dramatic!

Deco inspired lounge furniture was rented from Pico Party Rentals to give a cozy place to rest in between games …

… and tables and high tops were set up to give a place to continue eating appetizers and delicious desserts.

Drinks were flowing at the bar all night long! These cocktail napkins were such a creative way to honor the guests who sponsored this area.

A big band played all of our favorite 40’s tunes …      

… and everyone had so much fun playing Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps. 

Black and white photos (to represent the photos of the time) were taken by Cliques Photo Booth with fun props such as fedoras and feather boas!

Other late night activities included the opening of a crepe bar complete with savory and sweet crepes and a roaming magician who kept us guessing how he did all of his tricks!

Guests were encouraged to take part in one last game (aka the “Last Chance Drawing”) where a few cards were pulled and the ones with the matching cards received some really awesome prizes.

On their way out the door, everyone was given a deck of cards with the temple’s logo on it. What a perfect gift to take home!


As we mentioned, this event was coordinated by a committee of temple members and staff who met monthly (and then weekly) to make sure that every detail was well planned out and a true representation of the 75 years we were celebrating.  Shout out to Courtnie, Lisabeth, Bonnie, Emilie, Abbi, Allan, and Deborah! We are so lucky to have been a part of such a great team!

All photographs taken by Dewey Tann of Cliques Photo Booth


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