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Menu ideas for a "Vegas" themed weekend?

This has been such a trying week. If I weren't such a practical type, I would have convinced my sweetie to drive us to the airport so we could hop aboard the the next flight to Vegas. Get away from it all. Immerse ourselves in all the Vegas indulgences. But, alas, we're too well-behaved for that. So, if we wanted to spend this whole weekend PRETENDING we were in Vegas--maybe invite friends over for a game of cards--what kind of menu ideas would help get us in the Vegas spirit?

~TDQ

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  1. Shrimp cocktail and strawberry daiquiris with whipped cream come to mind, but then again I hang out in the low-rent casinos.

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    1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

      Ha! I'll have to make "99 cent shrimp cocktails"--love it! Anyone have a terrific shrimp cocktail recipe?

      ~TDQ

    2. I can totally relate, I am having my own Vegas withdrawl.
      My ideas is old school.
      Put on Frank Sinatra and Wayne Newton, pop some champage a round(s) of Martinis -offer a Martini bar.
      And for the food I would keep it classic with great steaks and ceasar salad, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and mushrooms and a shrimp appetizer
      Joe's and Mortons...
      Chocolate Mousse for dessert or Chocolate cheesecake
      Bring out the Crap and 21 tables, and have fun - I wish I were there now...

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      1. re: chef chicklet

        Oh, that's fantastic! I remembered a friend (another chowhound, of course) sent me this link awhile ago...maybe I'll have to do the Gold Nugget's famous bread pudding!

        http://www.kimosvegas.com/index.php?p...

        ~TDQ

        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          haha! That is great!
          Sorry but I love that creamed spinach that is at Mortons and Joes Steaks and Seafood!

      2. You'll have to have a champagne brunch on Sunday.

        Or, a free donut and a cuppa joe sitting at the bar playing video poker while you get your brain together again.

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        1. re: weezycom

          TDQ - What about champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries? The "snacky foods" like when Top Chef did the high rollers group - the fried chicken drummies, etc.; parmesan popcorn in bowls, the shrimp cocktail, mini-chicken sausages or weenies in a blanket with dijon mustard? Corny-vegas style finger foods for walking and playing cards...or even heck, a cheesey craps table using green felt and pink fuzzy dice! Ha!

        2. If you have a candy store close by, look for Chocolate Casino Poker Chips
          http://www.gocandy.com/casinochips/in...

          1. DQ, this would take a lot of work, but you could set up a buffet with signs for various hotels ie, Luxor (egyptian dish), Caesar's (Italian) Mandalay (Indian) Monte Carlo (French), etc. Could get posters from a friendly travel agent.

            If it's just for 4 or so. I like Frank Sinatra in the background with some of the food suggestions mentioned.

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            1. re: Gail

              Let's not forget the King! Grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches are a must. Viva Las Vegas, baby.

            2. Thank you, everyone, for your fantastic suggestions. Life intervened and we weren't able to do the full blown Vegas themed weekend as I'd planned. But, we did get out to a local "old timey" steakhouse and have peanut butter and banana ice cream (to honor the King, of course, in lieu of fried peanut butter and banana pancakes)--all described in this thread. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/414036

              At home, we had several "99 cent shrimp cocktails" (served in plastic disposable cups, of couse) and my famous Wynn knock-off pancakes (more or less buttermilk pancakes plus A LOT of butter,) served with warm maple syrup and whipped butter. I was going to link you all to the photos of the pancakes we had at the Terrace Pointe Cafe at the Wynn that I tried to re-create this past weekend, but I forgot the photo feature isn't working: well, they are DESCRIBED here anyway, and, hopefully, the photo feature will work for folks who trip across this thread in the future: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/34507...

              We had Sinatra going on the CD player to set the mood.

              I still plan to do a full Vegas-themed dinner, with the Lawry's steak, creamed spinach, Golden Nugget bread pudding one of these weekends, but this just didn't turn out to be the one.

              Thanks again!

              ~TDQ