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 stampChor Mosaics At San Vitale In Ravenna, Szene: Mose stampArtemis Postage Stamp stampGreeks Carrying Grape Cluster Grapes Postage Stamp stamp

Veni Vidi Vici Stamp | Chor Mosaics At San Vitale In Ravenna, Szene: Mose Postage | Artemis Postage Stamp | Greeks Carrying Grape Cluster Grapes Postage Stamp

Greek in The Grapevines Postage Stamp stampGreek in Toga & Peafowl Peacock Postage Stamp stampGreek & Grecian Architecture Dove Postage Stamp stampHebe Postage stamp

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

Ides of March Party Decorations

Ancient Greece KitMEDITERRANEAN 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  
Four 6′ Artificial Grape Ivy Garlands with Grape Clusters
| 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

Gold Dessert Plates (24 count) Gold Square Dessert Plates (12 count)Gold Lunch Napkins (50 count)Gold 9 oz. Paper Cups (24 count)

Gold Dessert Plates | Gold Square Dessert Plates | Gold Lunch Napkins | Gold 9 oz. Paper Cups (24 count)

Veni, Vidi, Vici - I Came, I Saw, I Conquered stickerJeff - The God of Biscuits sticker311-Golden diVine Sticker White Delight stickerGold Laurel Wreath Stickers sticker

Veni, Vidi, Vici – I Came, I Saw, I Conquered | Jeff – The God of Biscuits | 311-Golden diVine Sticker White Delight | Gold Laurel Wreath Stickers

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.


Greek Goddess Adult Costume

Greek Warrior Plus Adult Costume

Greek Goddess Child Costume

Greek Goddess Adult Costume

Greek Goddess Elite Collection Adult Plus Costume

Greek Goddess Elite Collection Adult Costume

Deluxe Classic Toga (Female) Adult Costume

Deluxe Classic Toga (Male) Adult Costume

Roman Senator Adult Costume

Dark Side Grecian Toga Adult Costume

Caesar Plus Adult Cosume

Goddess Lustalicious Adult Costume

Sexy Venus Adult Costume

Toga Teen Costume

Pleated Greek Goddess Adult

Roman Senator Adult Costume

Toga Woman Adult Costume

Toga Toga Plus Adult Costume

Toga Toga Adult Costume

Toga Female Adult Costume

Toga Male Adult Costume

Athena Adult Costume

Marc Antony Adult Costume

Caesar Adult Costume

Roman Empress Adult Costume

Roman Empress Adult Plus Costume

Roman Goddess Adult Plus Costume

Roman Armor Child Costume Kit

Roman Gladiator Child Costume

Roman 5pc Armour Set Adult CostumeWarrior Goddess Adult CostumeRoman Hunk Adult CostumeFemale Gladiator Sexy Adult Costume

Roman 5pc Armour Set Adult Costume | Warrior Goddess Adult Costume | Roman Hunk Adult Costume | Female Gladiator Sexy Adult Costume

Glamorous Goddess Adult CostumeMark Antony Adult CostumeCaesar Adult Costume

Glamorous Goddess Adult Costume | Mark Antony Adult Costume | Caesar Adult Costume

Clash of the Titans - IO Child CostumeClash of The Titans Perseus Child CostumeBlack Tunic Adult Costume

Clash of the Titans – IO Child Costume | Clash of The Titans Perseus Child Costume | Black Tunic Adult Costume

Ancient Roman Accessories

Gold Roman ShieldRoman Wrist Bands - LeatherGold Roman Chest Plate (2 Piece)
Roman Leg Armor – Gold 2 Pieces
 | Gold Roman Shield  | Roman Wrist Bands – Leather | Gold Roman Chest Plate (2 Piece)


Gold Roman Helmet
 | Roman Helmet | Roman Shield | Roman Sword With Gold Lion Sheath Adult


Roman Knight Armour Helmet Adult (Rubber)
 | Roman Armour Skirt Adult (Rubber) | Roman Armour Breast Plate Adult (Rubber)


Roman Small Sword
 | Roman Chest Cover Adult | Roman Arm Guards Adult | Roman Leg Guards Adult

Roman Belt with CoinsRoman Cuff Gold Unisex
Roman Cuff Gold Unisex
 | Roman Belt with Coins

Costume Gladiator Sandals

Roma (Tan) Adult BootsSexy Gold Adult Shoes
Roman (Brown) Adult Sandals
 | Roman Adult Sandals | Roma (Tan) Adult Boots | Sexy Gold Adult Shoes | Max (Brown) 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!

Don this fabulous head wear with your togas.

Toga Party Wearables
Green Roman Wreath
 | Roman Wreath Headband | Roman Laurel Wreath | Ivy Vine Garland | Sunglasses | Sunglasses Pkg/12

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.

Dolce Vita’s Surubao

  • 10 fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 lime, freshly squeezed

Roman Holiday Cocktail

  • 1 ounce vodka (or 2 ounces if you prefer)
  • 4 ounces cranberry juice
  • crushed ice
  • A slice of lime to garnish
  1. In a large sturdy glass, combine raspberries, raspberry syrup, sugar and lime juice. Use a pestle to gently crush and mix ingredients. Then add vodka and cranberry juice.
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously using a cocktail shaker. Pour back into the glass. Garnish with a slice of lime. Serve immediately.

Roman Holiday

Cocktail

Ingredients:
– 2 oz Aperol (Italian light spirit)
– 1 oz Gin
– 3 oz Club Soda
– Splash of fresh orange juice
Garnish: Orange slice

Mix Aperol, gin and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain the mixture into a highball glass and top with club soda. Garnish with orange slice and serve.

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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Xena: Warrior Princess (Available on Amazon- just search the Amazon widget in the sidebar)
Gladiator
Braveheart
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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