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

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.

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St Patrick’s Day Party & Irish Theme Party Ideas

St Patrick's Day Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration Board L to R: St Patrick’s Day Cards Green Party Supplies, | Shamrock garland | Paper Poms

St Patrick’s Day Party & Irish Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Mark your calendars for March 17th

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Go green — throw an Irish-themed party or create a festive St. Patrick’s Day bash! This St Patrick’s Day party inspiration board and celebration package includes invitations, decorations, favors, and everything needed to make your Irish theme party a success!   Party hearty! Continue Reading →

Celebrate Purim! Purim Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Celebrate Purim with Purim Candy Torahs

Celebrate Purim! 

Purim Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Sunset March 11 – Sunset March 12, 2017

The holiday of Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish people over the evil Haman. On the day preceding Purim there is a fast called “The Fast Of Esther”. On Purim itself, the Megillah (Book Of Esther) is read twice, once at night and once during the day. Purim is celebrated by giving charity, sending Shalach Manot (gifts of prepared food) and holding a festive meal.

Loving this oldie but goodie via 2011! The Maccabeats – Purim Song (Thank you Kosher on a Budget for sparking this memory!)

Purim – An overview

The holiday of Purim, which is celebrated on the 14th of Adar (February-March), commemorates the foiling of a plot by a Persian minister (Haman) to kill all the Jews in Persia. Purim is observed by Jews around the world. Characterized by feasting and merriment, Purim is typically celebrated in the company of family and friends in a synagogue.

The Purim story is recounted in the Book of Esther (Megillat Esther), which is contained in the Ketuvim section of the Bible (Tanalch). According to the Megillah of Esther, Haman decides to kill all the Jews in Persia after Mordecai, a Jew, refuses to bow down to him. After the Persian king Ahaseurus approves Haman’s plot, Mordecai and his niece Esther, who is also the wife of King Ahaseurus, decide to expose Haman’s plan. On the 14th of Adar, Esther succeeds in foiling the plot, and Haman is hung by orders of King Ahaseurus. The holiday is called Purim, which means lots because Haman is said to have drawn lots in order to determine the day on which the Jews should be slaughtered.

When is Purim Celebrated

On the 13th of Adar, the day before Purim, Orthodox Jews observe the fast of Esther which lasts until sundown. Usually, two Purim services are held in the synagogue. The first is held in the evening of the 13th of Adar while the second is held on the morning of the 14th. During both services, the Megillat Esther is read in its entirety. While the Book of Esther is being read, it is customary for children to rattle their graggers or noisemakers in a symbolic attempt to blot out the name of Haman. In the late afternoon, a festive meal is eaten. Among the foods typically enjoyed are boiled eggs, beans, and three-cornered pies known as hamantashen (Haman’s pockets). Originally they were called Mohn-tashen, or poppy-seed pockets, but the similarity of the name to Haman made them associated with the villain of Persia. In Hebrew they are called Haman’s ears.

Purim Rituals

The Book of Esther prescribes certain rituals which are to be performed on Purim. Emphasizing the importance of good deeds and charity, the Megillah of Esther states that individuals must give gifts both to friends and to the poor. Specifically, Jews are required to give two portions of food to at least one friend and must give money to two poor individuals.

On the basis of Italian influence, the holding of a Purim carnival has become common in many countries. During this carnival, Jews dress up in costumes and often perform plays which retell the story of Purim. In Israel, for example, Purim is observed by the holding of the Adloyada festival in Tel Aviv.

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Celebrate Presidents Day

Celebrate Presidents Day

Celebrate Presidents Day

Celebrate Presidents Day – Planning, Ideas, and Supplies!

Presidents Day 2017 is Monday February 20th!

Take Time to Honor America’s Leaders. Show your American Pride — Fly the Flag and Bring out the Red, White and Blue! Continue Reading →

Holiday Grab Bag, White Elephant Gift Exchange, Stocking Stuffers & Gag Gift Ideas

White Elephant Gift Exchange Holiday Invitation, Holiday Grab Bag, White Elephant Gift Exchange, Stocking Stuffers & Gag Gift Ideas

Looking for the perfect holiday grab bag, white elephant gift exchange, stocking stuffer, or gag gift?   PartyIdeaPros.com has put together our best of the best funny, fun, strange, and yes, sometimes goofy, holiday gifts list. Keep checking back – we are adding items every day! This year we have also included a few gifts that would be appropriate business gifts too. Happy Holidays and Party Hearty!

Party Idea Pros first stop for holiday gag gifts is often Stupid.com — gag gifts are its specialty. It carries everything from a racing grannies wind up toy sets to “inappropriate” Santa toilet paper, holiday theme gift wrap and Christmas ornaments to drinking helmets and beer holsters. The list goes on and on.

If you are in charge of planning the holiday gift exchange party, check out these invitations!

White Elephant Gift Exchange Party Invitations | Black & White Elephant Invitation | More White Elephant Invitations

Holiday Grab Bag, White Elephant Gift Exchange, Stocking Stuffers & Gag Gift Ideas

Here are a few more (or less) appropriate ideas … (Keep checking back. We add new gifts almost every day!)
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Keep Calm Holiday Party Invitations

Keep Calm Holiday Party Invitations

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Keep Calm Holiday Party Invitations

It is still not too late to begin planning this year’s holiday parties. We happened upon this festive Keep Calm holiday invitations and had to share it with you.  It makes us smile and definitely sets the tone and style for a fun-filled evening.

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