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The sun never sets on a good time - how to throw a Roman party

Date Created: 05/08/2012

The sun never sets on a good time - how to throw a Roman party While a certain time period is always good idea for a theme party, sometimes it is nice to differentiate from the more commonly celebrated 20th century eras. A Roman-style party is an attractive option because it allows for easily recognizable cultural symbols so your guests can be creative, while at the same time it permits people to engage in the usual shenanigans of a traditional toga party.

Party invitations can be on regular cardstock paper but you should have have printed images of Julius Caesar and the Coliseum on them. The writing can take the tone of a grand emperor summoning his subjects to a day of fun and festivities.

For costumes, don your favorite bedsheet as a toga. A great way to lighten the mood will be to use one that has funny cartoon images or pictures from sports teams or a children's movie, rather than the usual white robe. For footwear, either go barefoot or put on a pair of sandals - the Romans didn't have sneakers.

Party supplies can include the usual balloons and streamers but don't go too crazy - the Romans were renowned for their stylistic architecture, not their radical color schemes. If you can get ahold of large pieces of cardboard, fashion some fake pillars and lean them against your wall, so you can give your house the appearance of an ancient temple.

Turn your Roman get-together into a costume party by having some people dress up like the ancient Gods and mythological creatures. Someone can change their appearance into Poseidon with some clever make up and blue clothing, or a toy bow and arrow will help transform a guest into Orion the hunter.

Play fun party games that mimic the do-or-die tournaments of the gladiator. Get a couple of foam or cardboard swords and let people test their speed, agility and strength against one another. Role playing is highly encouraged, and feel free to assume the role of the Emperor as you decide their fate.

For beverages, you should serve wine. Try to find some vases or jugs to put it in, so people can serve themselves in style. For food, you do not have to be time-specific, but Rome is in Italy, so you can draw inspiration from their national cuisine, depending on whether you choose to just have finger food or entrees. Make your party a communal feast by asking each of your guests to bring a dish, making your Roman-themed party a royal potluck!


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