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There are many fun and creative ways to throw a toga party, which is essentially a costume party based on ancient Greek and Roman culture. The toga party reportedly made its first appearance in the 18th century and, thanks to the popular 1978 movie Animal House, it remains a common theme for college parties, including fraternity and sorority functions. It can also be adapted as either an adults or kids party, for Halloween, or even a birthday party. The guests normally wear togas that they have bought or made, and the food and drink options usually include traditional Roman or Greek fare. Decorations, music, and games or other activities are often included to make the experience feel more authentic.
When planning your toga party, ask your guests to wear togas, which they can easily make out of white bed sheets. Toga parties are popular among college students, since they don't require much money or planning, although someone who doesn't want to wear a bed sheet can purchase and tailor his or her own toga costume. The outfit can be completed with sandals, as well as with items such as decorative scarves, rope belts, and gold jewelry. You might also wear a head wreath, or create a headpiece made of leaves or other greenery.
Decorations for a toga party can include hanging vines and greenery. Gold and white are common theme colors, along with purple accents, symbolizing royalty or wealth. Many people decorate with simple candles, while others try to incorporate opulent Roman and Greek architecture and accessories such as columns, pillars, and urns. Balloons are a festive and inexpensive decorating option, as well. Your choice of music for a toga party will depend on your personal tastes and the preferences of your guests; college students tend to enjoy party music, for instance, while an older crowd might prefer to socialize with classical music playing quietly in the background.
Typical food at a toga party often includes appetizers and finger foods. Platters of cheese, vegetables, and fruit, especially grapes, are also popular options. More examples of authentic fare are olives, nuts, and even oysters on ice, all served on ornate platters. Wine is the traditional beverage of choice at a toga party, but many people serve a variety of drinks, including non-alcoholic options such as sparkling grape juice.
Your guests will appreciate the small touches you incorporate when planning your toga party, such as sending invitations rolled up as scrolls and tied with ribbons. In addition to having food and music, you can plan activities to keep your guests busy. Some popular ideas include trivia competitions and costume contests.