Whether you want to host a formal toga party--with allusions to Roman emperor and gods--or throw a themed party for friends, invite your guests with creative invitations. Handmade invitations work best with this ancient theme. Supply the reason for the toga party--if it is for a birthday or just for fun--and let guest know the expected dress. It might be helpful to include an image of a toga-clad Greek god or a reference to a Roman-inspired movie.
Use ancient-looking typography, if you're doing this on a computer, or hand write invitations on soft parchment paper. Use paper longer than it is wide so that unrolls like an ancient scroll. Secure the scroll with a piece of twine or ribbon. If possible, deliver scrolls individually to friends or slip the invitation in their mailboxes. If mailing, place the invitation in a mailing tube so it does not get crushed.
Choose a Roman or Greek god or emperor for each guest you invite; use mythology to match up invitees with your choices. Or invite guests as famous ancient couples: Claudius and Aelia Paetina, Caligula and Messalina, and Augustus and Livia. Make the front of the invitation an image of the god or couple and on the back list the particulars of the event. Ask the guests to come as the person you assigned to them and stay in character during the party.
Mandate from the Emperor
If you are good at creative writing, turn your invitation into a letter from the Roman government. Demand the recipient appear at court (i.e., the party location) before Julius Caesar--or the emperor of your choice--at a specified date and hour. Write the text in a stately, jargon-loaded style, including a few Latin phrases. Create the invitation in a scroll form or as a tablet.
Make the menu your invitation. List authentic Greek and Roman appetizers, entrées and drinks that will be offered, with delicious descriptions of each. Include an image or two if you can. Use the menu as the front of the invitation and include party details on the back.
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