Card Games Birthday

I helped my sister-in-law with my nephews 10th birthday party. They have family birthday parties with a mix of adults (Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents) and children (siblings and cousins).  My nephew enjoys playing card games so this was the perfect theme. My sister-in-law did a great job with creating food in the black/red/white theme. My niece and nephews helped with the decorations.

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  • Garlands: my nephew punched holes in the cards and we strung them
  • Centerpieces: Card cubes with card game set-ups. We used these wonderful directions. The birthday boy set-up the card games and I took photos. We created set-ups for Cribbage, Euchre, Go Fish, Poker, Rummy, Sequence, Solitaire, and Tripoley. Then I printed out two sets for each type and taped them to bamboo skewers. We stood them up in balls of clay.
  • Tablecloths: black and red
  • Plates: black and red

Party tables

Euchre centerpiece

Garland and table

Another card garland


  • Chips and Salsa: with rectangular (card shaped) chips
  • Cheese and Crackers: Pepper Jack and Cheddar cheese with playing card picks (I copied actual playing cards at 50% – printed out two sets, then taped them to toothpicks)
  • Black and Red fruit tray: strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, blackberries, and black grapes
  • Red, Black and White vegetable tray: mushrooms, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, and black olives

Appetizer table

Cheese and crackers with playing card picks


I created playing card labels. I used 10’s because it was my nephews 10th birthday. I printed the labels on card stock and taped to skewers. Click here for free playing card food labels. (pictured below)

  • Stack the Deck Sandwiches: marble bread and rolls with assorted cheeses and meats
  • Pinnacle Pasta:  Greek Macaroni Salad
  • Red Suit Salad: I made hearts and diamond croutons using these directions. I also added sliced radish, sliced red pepper, heart and diamond shaped red pepper and cucumber to the lettuce.
  • Bridge Broccoli Salad
  • Joker Jigglers
  • Game of Hearts Snack Mix: homemade chex mix with honey and butter, pretzels, red M&M’s, peanuts, and raisins

Left side of buffet

Right side of buffet


My niece created a cute label for the root beer bottle.

  • Queen of Hearts Punch: lemonade, cranberry juice, and ginger ale
  • King of Spades Ale: root beer

Queen of Hearts Punch and the front of King of Spades Ale

Queen of Hearts Punch and the  back of King of Spades Ale


  • 10 of Hearts Cake: Chocolate cake with shortening frosting (shortening, confectionery sugar, milk, and vanilla)
  • Trump Tarts:  Tiny Cherry Cheesecakes
  • Ice cream with chocolate or red sprinkles

Dessert selection

Linking to: Tip Junkie handmade projects

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2 Responses to Card Games Birthday

  1. katriel says:

    so much fun!!! I love it

  2. Mary Lee says:

    Hi Kathy! I hated missing that birthday party and now that I saw all that you and Deirdre & the kids created I am really sorry that we missed it! Lots of great ideas there – so glad that you took photos and shared! Mary Lee

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