Greek & Roman Decoration Ideas for a Party

by Natalie Chardonnet, Demand Media

    Hosting a party with Greek and Roman decorations is relatively easy to do, but may require planning and preparation to ensure that you obtain the right decorations. The decorations will help your themed party run smoothly and guarantee that all of your guests have fun and appreciate your efforts.

    Columns

    Columns are commonly found in Greek and Roman art and architecture. If your space is large enough, having columns can enhance the Greek and Roman decor. Choose what types of columns you would like to use as decoration: Doric, Ionic or Corinthian. Columns can be purchased at party supply stores or made at home with materials from a hardware store.

    Statues

    Use busts of statues as centerpieces for the tables. In addition to being different than a floral centerpiece, the statues will serve as a conversation starter for your guests. Choose statues of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, write a little card about each figure and place the card on the table. Just like with the columns, party supply stores carry inexpensive reproductions of Greek and Roman statues.

    Costumes

    Let your guests dress up and act as the decorations. Supply a box of costumes, including white sheets for togas, bows, arrows, laurel wreaths, sandals and anything else that reminds you of Greece and Rome. Tell your guests that dressing up is optional but encouraged and that you'll supply some costumes.

    Room Decor

    Dress up a boring room with gauzy fabric that can be draped in front of doorways and windows and tied back with string. Fabric can be purchased inexpensively at a fabric store. Additionally, you can provide cushions or a couch for people to sit on. Ancient Greeks and Romans didn't sit at tables to eat; rather, they reclined. Tables are still a good idea at your party, though, if you have people who aren't comfortable lying down to eat.

    About the Author

    Natalie Chardonnet began writing in 2006, specializing in art, history, museums and travel. In 2010, she presented a paper on those subjects at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Chardonnet has a Bachelor of Arts in art history and a minor in Italian studies from Truman State University, in addition to a certificate in French from Ifalpes University in Chambery, France.

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