Invitation Ideas for a Great Greek Toga Party

Imperial InvitationWhether you are planning a Toga party of the “Animal House” variety or of the classical “Julius Caesar” variety, the following ideas will work well. This theme is a terrific choice for any occasion – birthday bash, anniversary, Bar Mitzvah, New Year’s Eve or even a reunion. This is also a great theme for kids and teens (minus any alcoholic beverages). The tone of the party is entirely up to you!

For starters, ask all of your guests to come dressed up. They can dress in anything from a simple toga, to something more elaborate . . .a Roman slave, or a figure of Greek mythology (Zeus, Apollo, Athena, Hercules, Helen of Troy, etc.).


We have an imprinted invitation that would complement this theme perfectly. Check out an Imperial Invitation for a toga party on the more formal side.

If you want to send the message that this toga party is for the crazy and light-hearted, then attach a note to Toga party sunglasses inviting your fellow partiers to a greek bash they won’t soon forget!

Greek Activities for a Terrific Toga Party

Toga Party WearablesIf you want your party to have a formal elegant tone, hire a harpist to play during the mingling and dining portion of your party. Tyres and panpipes are other instruments that would provide appropriate entertainment. For dancing, go with fun dance music provided by a DJ or your own stereo!

Here are more activity ideas for your Greek party:

A Greek costume contest is a terrific idea for a Toga Party. Award prizes for “best costume”, “most authentic”, “best accessories”, “most likely to become a Roman goddess”, etc.

Prepare a trivia quiz filled with information about Greek mythology and Roman customs and traditions – a great way to entertain and educate your guests!

Play a fun game of “bobbing for olives” (or grapes)! Use individual wide-mouth glasses or bowls – one per player – filled with either martinis or sparkling water. Let each player bob for the olive using only his or her mouth. Use a stopwatch and time players one at a time. Good for lots of laughs!

Create a backdrop for “official” Toga Party photos. Whether your backdrop is as simple as a stunning metallic curtain or a column decorated with hanging vines, reserve a place where everyone can have a special souvenir photo taken. This is a night they will want to remember forever!

Decorations for an Awesome Toga Party

Midsummer’s Night KitHere are a few tips for pulling together a spectacular look that will transport your guests to ancient Greece:

Outdoor Decorations:

Try to create a look that is reminiscent of classical Greek architecture. Use lots of our various columns, terra cotta urns, and classical statue busts (fun to make out of paper mache). We also offer a number of pedestals and Greek balustrades to use in your decorating.

Indoor Decorations:

Decorate your party location primarily in white and gold. Use gold spray paint to cover anything that isn’t breathing or living for a very dramatic effect!

Grapevines, oil-burning lamps, and ivy vine garland will add an instant Greek feel to the room!

We offer a great theme ensemble that you could use. Check out the Midsummer’s Night Kit.

Make several laurel-leaf crowns and spray them with gold paint. Wear one for the evening to complement your outfit, and make several more to use in your decorating. They look terrific on buffet tables, and among candles as a centerpiece. If you are feeling adventurous, make enough for all your guests as an authentic favor!

Think mood lighting – candles, candles, and more candles. As long as there are no small children around fill tables with various sized candles and keep them lit throughout the evening. Floating candles look absolutely lovely. Place a glass bowl, or several different sized wineglasses filled with water on a mirror. Add small candles, and enjoy the romantic effect they produce.

If you are decorating a large area, or want to make any area look more intimate and festive, drape and sway white or gold gossamer across ceilings, walls, and the edges of table skirting. Twist two colors together for a stunning look. The gossamer drapes so beautifully, that if your room is softly lit, it will have an ethereal glow – just the right look for a night of dreams, hopes, and high drama!

Never underestimate the power of decorating with balloons , as they can transform any size room into a cozy space in minutes at a very low cost. You can choose to inflate balloons with helium, but there are other options. In order to save money, inflate hundreds of balloons in white and gold without using helium. Tie a 6-8 foot piece of curling ribbon to the end of each one. Using scotch tape, masking tape, or straight pins, hang balloons down from the ceiling so they hang at different lengths. Curl the loose end of the ribbon with scissors.

Table Decorations:

If you are entertaining a large group and you want to make clean up easier by using plastic cutlery, here is an idea to make it look more festive. Use a gold paint pen (available at craft and art supply stores) to draw random Roman numerals or the Grecian block pattern on the handles of white plastic cutlery. Tie the plastic flatware together with gold ribbon – big impact at a little price!

Drape gold ivy garland along the edges of all your tables. This will add an easy and authentic Greek feel to your party room!

If you are using a plain tablecloth, why not decorate it with fabric paint? The same concept will also work with a plastic tablecover. Paint large golden swirls, a Grecian block pattern, or Roman numerals (in the appropriate number if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary). As an alternative, stamp a fancy design with a pre-cut sponge or attach ribbon in a Grecian pattern.

Party Favors for a Greek Toga Party

SunglassesRather than waiting until your guests are making their exit to give them a party favor, some favors can be given during the party, which will add color and fun! The following favors should appeal to most ages:

Check out our selection of personalized stem flutes. Guests can drink wine or water from the special glass all evening, then take the glass home!

Have silver stem flutes imprinted with your party’s Greek theme. Our imprinted gold stem flute glitter candle filled with gold glitter would be a perfect favor for this theme!

Give your guests personalized picture frames imprinted with special party details. Try an inexpensive imprinted acrylic frames, or one of our other specially imprinted frames. Either use a Polaroid camera to send a picture home with your guests, or mail souvenir photos at a later date. Take lots of pictures at the party, or leave disposable cameras (spray paint them gold for an elegant touch) on tables and encourage guests to use them throughout the evening. You’ll have plenty of warm memories captured to pass along to your appreciative friends.

A beer mug candle is a fun alternative to the glitter candle for a more relaxed atmosphere. Give out sunglasses to add to this craziness!

Think glow in the dark, especially for an “Animal House” party! Check out glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces. Not only do the children love them, but adults do too! We’ve seen the necklaces worn in some pretty creative places on the body because they can be connected together, and configured many creative ways!

Greek Finger Food for a Toga Party

Silk Ivy GarlandHere are some suggestions for Toga Party munchies:

Use large platters (purchase inexpensive platters – even disposable foil will work) and spray paint them gold. Fill them with fresh chunks of cheese in a variety of colors, huge bunches of grapes still on the vine, fruits, dates, figs and nuts, and big whole loaves of bread in varying sizes.

For heartier fare, serve chicken with figs, a phyllo spinach tart, and garlicky olives. Cover the platters with ivy vines.

Serve robust wine from a terra cotta urn or golden pitchers.

If an “Animal House” atmosphere is more to your taste, serve lots of finger food, chips, beer nuts, etc. – and have a couple of kegs of beer on hand!

Decorate your tables or your guests with silk ivy garland. Check out all of our party decorations for more ideas!


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