Veni. Vidi. Vici. (Ides of March Party)

Veni. Vidi. Vici. (Ides of March Party)

I Came.  I Saw. I Conquered.

March 15th.

What is the Ides of March?

courtesy of Jennifer Vernon, for National Geographic News, March 12, 2004

Julius Caesar’s bloody assassination on March 15, 44 B.C., forever marked March 15, or the Ides of March, as a day of infamy. It has fascinated scholars and writers ever since. For ancient Romans living before that event, however, an ides was merely one of several common calendar terms used to mark monthly lunar events. The ides simply marked the appearance of the full moon.

But the Ides of March assumed a whole new identity after the events of 44 B.C. The phrase came to represent a specific day of abrupt change that set off a ripple of repercussions throughout Roman society and beyond. Click here for the rest of the article

Today, thanks to the William Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar, the soothsayer’s warning to Julius Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March,” has forever imbued that date with a sense of foreboding.  But here at Party Idea Pros we say the ides of March is just another excuse to party, especially for those interested in ancient Roman history, Shakespeare, or anything toga.   Pick and chose from a wide range of ideas.  This theme can go as elegant or as bawdy as you desire.

Ides of March Party Invitations and Stamps

Choosing your invitation is the equivalent of the title of a paper … it sets the tone for the entire party!

Veni, Vidi, Vici - I Came, I Saw, I Conquered flyerNeon SunglassesCluster of Grapes & Togas Toga Party Invitation  Elegant Toga Party Beautiful Classical Motif invitation

Veni, Vidi, Vici – I Came, I Saw, I Conquered. Flyers | Veni, Vidi, Vici – I Came, I Saw, I Conquered Invitations | Veni, Vidi, Vici – I Came, I Saw, I Conquered Stickers

Perfect for decorating place cards

Cluster of Grapes & Togas Toga Party Invitation | Elegant Toga Party Beautiful Classical Motif

TOGA PARTY invitationGreek Goddess & Peacock Toga Party Invitation

TOGA PARTY | Greek Goddess & Peacock Toga Party Invitation | Greek Key Invitation | Black Laurel Invitation

Young Faun With Double Flute Clr invitation      Greek Column Invitation

 Young Faun With Double Flute | Greek Column, Bold Text

New!

Colorful Greek Themed Party Invitation Ancient    Grape Adorned Drama Masks Toga Party Invitation

Colorful Greek Themed Party Invitation Ancient | Grape Adorned Drama Masks Toga Party Invitation | Bacchanalia Time Invitation

Looking for an unconventional, fun invitation idea? Attach a note with all the party details to a pair of sunglasses.

Neon Sunglasses

How about something a bit more formal?

Champagne Bubbles : Black Invitation       Fire Light : Black Invitation

Champagne Bubbles : Black Invitation | Fire Light Black Invitations

Figs: Wedding Invitation      Marquee: Wedding Invitation      French Bow: Wedding Invitation

Figs: Wedding Invitation | Marquee: Wedding Invitation | French Bow: Wedding Invitation

Toga Party Stamps

 veni vidi vici stamp greeks carrying grape cluster grapes postage stamp

Veni Vidi Vici Stamp | Greeks Carrying Grape Cluster Grapes Postage Stamp

Hebe Postage stampgreek in toga peafowl peacock postage stamp  greek grecian architecture dove postage stamp

Greek in Toga & Peafowl Peacock Postage Stamp | Greek & Grecian Architecture Dove Postage Stamp

Ides of March Party Decorations

 Mediterranean Kit Party Decor   Ancient Greek Party Decor Kit

Mediterranean Kit | Ancient Greece Kit

Banners and Backdrops

Toga Party Banner

Toga Memories Banner in a variety of sizes

Balloons

Gold Balloons (6)White Balloons (6)

Gold Balloons | White Balloons

Centerpiece Ideas

Starburst Centerpiece - GoldGREEN GRAPE 3D CenterPiece Stand  Floral Bronze Low Centerpiece

Starburst Centerpiece – Gold | GREEN GRAPE 3D CenterPiece Stand  | Floral Bronze Low Centerpiece

Greek Ironwork Spartan Helmet"Greek Ironwork Ensemble (Set Includes: Greek Goddess, Spartan Horse and Spartan Helmet)"Greek Vase Ornament

Greek Ironwork Spartan Helmet | Greek Vase Ornament | “Greek Ironwork Ensemble (Set Includes: Greek Goddess, Spartan Horse and Spartan Helmet)”

Nike of Samothrace Winged Victory Greek Goddess StatueEros (Cupid) & Psyche Greek Roman Mythology Lovers Statue God of War Ares (Mars) Greek Roman Mythology Statue

Nike of Samothrace Winged Victory Greek Goddess Statue | Eros (Cupid) & Psyche Greek Roman Mythology Lovers Statue | God of War Ares (Mars) Greek Roman Mythology Statue

Change the look of your home furniture … cover tables, couches, chairs, everything!

Solid White Flat Sheet

Drape over all your furniture and tables and then trim with garland and gold cord.  Buy the cheapest cotton sheets you can find.  These were 64% off, last we checked.

Now Add a touch of Ancient Rome

.    Grapevine Cluster String Light Set  
Artificial Grape Ivy Garlands
| Ivy Vine Garland | Fine Matte Metallic Twist Cord Style | Grapevine Cluster String Light Set | Grapevine Garland

Perfect Candles for an Ides of March Party

The More Candles the Better!

Low lights and candlelight can transform an ordinary room into a chic and festive party venue.   There is no such thing as too much twinkle at any party so the more candles, tea-lights and votives, the better.

Bronze and Gold Four Taper Candle Candelabra

Bronze and Gold Four Taper Candle Candelabra  

This antique gold holder features a classical roman styling. Your burning candle gives off a soft glow as it shows through from inside the basket. Fits a Jar Candle up to 4″ inches wide. This is an excellent holder for a 20 oz Jar Candle, available in a variety of fragrances. It is also a lovely accent with a votive and votive holder placed inside.

Ides of March Party Favors

Mini Oil and Vinegar Bottles with Personalized Labels

Mini Olive Oil and Vinegar Bottles with Personalized Labels

Ides of March Party Paper Goods

Solid Gold Paper Plates, Cups, Utensils, and Table Cloths

Glittering Gold Party in a Box

Glittering Gold Party in a Box

veni_vidi_vici_i_came_i_saw_i_conquered_sticker   jeff_the_god_of_biscuits_stickers golden_divine_sticker

Veni, Vidi, Vici – I Came, I Saw, I Conquered | Jeff – The God of Biscuits | Golden diVine Sticker

Add a sticker to the center of your gold plates and cups

Gold Heavy Weight Forks (24 count)Gold Heavy Weight Knives (24 count)Gold Heavy Weight Spoons (24 count)

Gold Heavy Weight Forks  | Gold Heavy Weight Knives | Gold Heavy Weight Spoons

Ides of March Costumes

Toga Party Costumes

We’re not sure if costumes qualify as party decor or as entertainment, but in either case, for this theme we highly recommend making your Ides of March party a costume party!

The Classic Toga

Rather than a sheet, it is best to go to a fabric store and buy real fabric — solid white is traditional, but any color, any pattern will work if you just want to have fun with the whole toga concept and want to stand out from the crowd. Generally, fabric is less expensive than sheets and is a better shape for wrapping around your body. TogaBoy suggests buying 4-6 yards of fabric.

Beyond a sheet …

We’ve included both ancient Greek and Roman costumes — although not entirely authentic, by including both, you have more options.

   

 

Roman Empress | Grecian Gorgeous Goddess | Greek Goddess Athena

 

  

  

 

 

Ancient Roman Accessories

Gold Roman Shield  Gold Roman Chest Plate
 Gold Roman Shield  |  Gold Roman Chest Plate (2 Piece)

Costume Gladiator Sandals

Roma Tan Adult Sandals Sexy Gold Adult ShoesRoman Adult Sandals
Roman (Tan) Adult Sandals
 | Sexy Gold Adult Shoes | Roman Adult Sandals

With gladiator sandals a popular choice in women’s footwear, you may pefer to buy a pair you will wear again!

 Steve Madden Women's Agathist Gladiator Sandal    Vince Camuto Women's Havkina Gladiator Sandal

Steve Madden Women’s Agathist Gladiator Sandal | Vince Camuto Women’s Havkina Gladiator Sandal

Dockers Men's Solano Gladiator Sandal    Nunn Bush Men's Ritter Sandal

Dockers Men’s Solano Gladiator Sandal | Nunn Bush Men’s Ritter Sandal

Don this fabulous head wear with your togas.

 Green Roman Wreath  Roman Wreath Headband

Green Roman WreathRoman Wreath Headband

Not Quite a Costume

Not so into the toga thing?  How about one of these t-shirt designs?  They come in a variety of styles and colors.  If you happen to be on a college campus and want to generate excitement for your party, consider shooting t-shirts into a crowded quad or cafeteria like they do at ballgames.

Veni, Vidi, Vici - I Came, I Saw, I Conquered shirtIdes of March shirt

T-shirts: Veni, Vidi, Vici – I Came, I Saw, I Conquered T-shirt | Ides of March T-shirt | Sling shots |

Ties: Ides of March Tie | Veni, Vidi, Vici – I Came, I Saw, I Conquered. Necktie

Food and Drink for your Ides of March Party

Signature Cocktails 

 Apricot BelliniDolce Vita's Surubao

Apricot Bellini

  • 1 ounce apricot nectar (30 ml)
  • Prosecco, to taste
  • Pour apricot nectar into a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco.

Roman Holiday Cocktail

roman-holiday-cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 8 mint leaves, plus sprig for serving
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. Averna Amaro Siciliano
  • 1 oz. Italian sweet vermouth (such as Carpano Antica Formula)
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

  • Muddle mint leaves and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add amaro, vermouth, and lemon juice; fill shaker with ice. Shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with mint sprig and lemon wedge.

Delectable Delights

Food is where the Italian influence can really shine. For a festive atmosphere, keep the food delicious, simple and bite-sized.   The Food Network suggests laying out easy-to-prepare foods such as bowls of olives and plates of crudités. Arrange crusty Italian bread, tapenade (olive spread), pesto and quality Italian salami on a large wooden cutting board and let your guests help themselves. Another option is a pizza station where your guests can create their own personalized pizzas

Robert Love’s Roman Holiday: Bucatini, Fava Beans, Guanciale, Pecorino Romano | Olive del Diavolo | Olive Primavera: Fresh Three-Olive Blend Tossed with Citrus

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Pizza Margherita

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon | Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus | Pizza Margherita | Portobello Pizzas | Grilled Antipastoin Endive Boats | Lamb and Radicchio Barquettes | Bruschetta Di Prosciutto | Calamari with Citrus Aioli | More Menu Ideas from Food Network

Roman Cookery: Ancient Recipes for Modern KitchensA Taste of Ancient Rome

Roman Cookery: Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens

Ides of March Party Entertainment Ideas

Games can make for a killer evening

How to Host a Murder - Roman Ruins

How to Host a Murder – Roman Ruins

Having mentioned your name in his Roman epic, the renowned poet, Flabbius Corpus, invites you to a banquet for the premier recitation of his historical work. When you arrive, you discover there’s been a murder in the garden and a priceless statue is missing. As one of the eight Roman characters, you and your friends will be scheming and srambling til the end.

Watch a Movie (or just have it playing in the background)

Rent a season of Xena: Warrior Princess or stick with the classic warrior movies, Gladiator or Braveheart

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Music

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Dinner In Italy | Viva Italia! Festive Italian Classics | Dinner Classics: The Italian Album

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Xena: Warrior Princess – Soundtrack | Gladiator – Soundtrack | Braveheart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |.Make your own iMix

Party Hearty!

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