Toga party invitation ideas

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Toga party invitation ideas
Invite your friends to drape themselves in cloth, as the ancient Romans and Greeks did. (statue de femme image by Emmanuelle Combaud from

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.

Toga party invitation ideas
Use ancient Roman scrolls and reliefs in Latin as inspiration. (Latin Inscription in the Desert image by MrsH from

Image Invitations

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.

Toga party invitation ideas
Depict Greek and Roman gods and emperors in the invites. (roman statue image by FotoWorx from

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.

Menu List

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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