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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!
Perfect for decorating place cards
Looking for an unconventional, fun invitation idea? Attach a note with all the party details to a pair of sunglasses.
How about something a bit more formal?
Toga Party Stamps
Ides of March Party Decorations
Banners and Backdrops
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
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.
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
Ides of March Party Paper Goods
Solid Gold Paper Plates, Cups, Utensils, and Table Cloths
Add a sticker to the center of your gold plates and cups…
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.
Costume Gladiator 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.
Food and Drink for your Ides of March Party
Bellinis are a Venetian concoction, made at the famous Harry’s Bar to pay homage to Venetian painter, Giovanni Bellini. I’ve used apricot nectar but traditionally it’s made with peach nectar. Nectar is thicker and more syrupy than a juice. Nectar can be made from peaches, apricots, guavas and black currants.
- 1 ounce apricot nectar (30 ml)
- Prosecco, to taste
- Pour apricot nectar into a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco.
- 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
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.
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
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
Ides of March Party Entertainment Ideas
Games can make for a killer evening
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