Hosting a party with a bayou swamp theme can be a whole new experience. Not only can the decor and the ambiance be creative, the attire and music would likely be different from what most partygoers are used to. Before we delve into some party themes, we need to establish what we're talking about. A bayou is an extremely slow-moving stream with open spaces. A swamp is an area where water collects and sits; it's often called a marsh or a bog.
For people who live off the land, hunting in the swamps has been a centuries-long ritual as a means to survive. Throwing a party with a hunting-and-trapping theme would be appropriate. Animals you find in the swamp include alligators, ducks, opossums, frogs, flying birds, wading birds, turtles, muskrats, beavers, snakes, crawfish, insects, raccoons and deer. Fill the party room with relevant stuffed or mounted animals for a true-to-life swamp party. Throw in a few toy guns or bow-and-arrow sets for decoration.
Sounds of the Swamp
Any rockin' swamp party would include a little Cajun music, or perhaps the sounds of the swamp. They vary from region to region, but commonly heard sounds are noises made by frogs, crickets, alligators, owl, woodpeckers, osprey, the occasional air boat and splashing water. You can make your own soundtrack if you have access to a bayou, or buy a CD that is filled with sounds from swamps. Popular discs include "Voices of the Swamp" and "Sounds of Nature: Sounds of the Okefenokee Swamp." Alternately, there are places online where you can download swamp sounds.
For centuries, people have called swamps and bayous home, including fishermen, soldiers and even pirates. Host a party with a "swamp people" theme. Guests could come in clothing suitable for a swamp person, which typically means camouflage or hunting clothes, pants with a hole or two, sleeveless T-shirts and a ratty ball cap or bandanna tied around the head. There is even a show on the History Channel that would be appropriate to play on your TV during the party: "Swamp People." The show portrays what life is like for people who live in the swamps in Louisiana.
Throwing a party with a swamp ambiance theme would be fitting. Toss dead vegetation and decomposing leaves around the party area. Hang some moss and put some algae around the room. Place as many tall, hanging trees as possible in the space. Fill the rest of the area with massive spiderwebs, cobwebs and woody plants. It may not be ideal to place real algae and living trees in your party room, but you can make some realistic facsimiles with craft supplies.
Your bayou bash could feature foods that people who live there would eat. You could serve alligator prepared in anyway. Frog legs are another suitable dish to serve, as is turtle soup. Boil up some crawfish, and serve a little snake as well.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency: Swamps
- "Life in a Swamp: A Wetlands Habitat"; Vivien Marais; 2009
- "People of the Bayou: Cajun Life in Lost America"; Christopher Hallowell; 1979
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