Toga Party Decorations
by Giorgina Devereaux
Toga party decorations are a fantastic way to celebrate the opulence of the Ancient Roman era.
To fully appreciate the toga party theme, it’s nice to go back in time to 27 B.C. when Octavian received the title, “Augustus” and became the first Roman Emperor.
His defeat of Mark Antony brought a period of peace to the empire.
The peace he brought Rome and the manner in which he exercised power ensured his great popularity.
Rome achieved great glory under Augustus.
His other accomplishments include extending
the highway system that connected Rome with its far-flung empire, developing an
efficient postal service, fostering free trade among the provinces, and the
building of many bridges, aqueducts, and buildings adorned with splendid works
of art in the classical style.
The toga was the national garment of Rome and only male citizens were allowed
to wear it.
During the late Republic and first centuries of the Empire, the toga was worn
with the cloth folded lengthwise and partly pleated at the fold, which was then
draped over the left side of the body, over the left shoulder, under the right
arm, and back up over the left arm and shoulder.
Understanding the origin of the toga helps one see the significance of wearing a toga. Now that we’ve tackled the history behind the toga, let’s discuss toga party decorations and ways to help you create a lovely ancient Roman atmosphere. There are creative ways to decorate for your toga party. All it takes is vivid imagination and style.
Toga Party Decorations
Colors: Since color is considered one of the most powerful tools you
have, the colors you choose for your party is important.
Fabulous toga party decoration colors to consider is a combination of:
White: The color white is associated with purity, protection, bringing peace and comfort, and helping cleanse inner emotions. White gives a person a feeling of freedom and openness. However, too much white can give the feeling that the space is cold and isolated. Therefore, it is important to balance it out with another color.
Gold: Gold is a regal color and will fit in beautifully with the ancient Roman theme. It is associated with the sun, abundance, power, wisdom, and understanding. Also, it is mentally revitalizing, inspiring, and helps keep the mind from losing interest.
Purple: Purple symbolizes royalty, power, luxury, sophistication, wealth, spirituality, dignity, nobility, and enlightenment. It is also romantic and helps a person improve their imagination.
Other Color Ideas: You can also use gold or purple spray paint to cover decorative items. Also, consider using gold glitter over the purple to give the item a shimmery look. These touches will give your toga party decorations a dramatic effect.
Floral Arrangements: Greenery and foliage make perfect toga party
You can create your own variation of a Roman
garden by incorporating 7’ tall columns and then including a backdrop in the
center consisting of lovely flowing curtains, along with a colorful sheer
Other ideas include decorating arches, columns, the fence, and trellis with vine leaves. You can also spray paint columns in gold and then dress them up with greenery by wrapping vines in a spiral pattern around the columns.
Lighting: Lighting is important in toga party decorations because it helps set the mood and create the right ambience for your party.
Perfect mood lighting for this festive event includes:
Candles: Candles are the perfect touch for a table and other areas that could use subdued lighting. You can place a floating candle inside a small clear glass bowl, along with water, and decorate each table with it.
Not only do candles provide subtle lighting, but it adds a dash of romance and mysticism to the party.
Christmas Lights: Clear Christmas lights look spectacular at a party because of the twinkle effect. You can adorn arches, columns, the fence, trees, and other areas that have tall objects with Christmas lights. It will add the wow factor and give the party a magical feel.
Lanterns: Lanterns are another fabulous source of lighting for your toga party. They are available in a variety of styles and you can find them made of metal with colored glass panels. The bronze metal color gives it somewhat of an aged look, which fits in with the ancient Roman style.
Solar Floating Lights: You can place solar floating lights consisting of colorful spheres, a water lily, or a disco ball globe that alternates colors inside a pond, spa, or swimming pool.
The beauty about the disco ball globe is that it has colorful LEDs inside that project their light through the clear magnifying cover into the bottom and sides your swimming pool or spa in selectable flashing patterns.
These lights will definitely liven up the pond, spa, and swimming pool and look absolutely spectacular during the evening hours.
Torches: Garden torches create an exotic point of
outdoor lighting because of their luxurious appearance.
Balloons: Balloons add a lot of beauty to any party and instantly transform any room regardless of its size into a fabulous space.
You can opt to inflate gold mylar balloons with helium and display them, along with a couple of purple balloons above each column. You can also do a combination of white and gold balloons or white and purple balloons and allow them to fill the ceiling, which adds height and a splash of color to a room.
Another good idea for toga party decorations is to display a combination of white and gold or white and purple balloons at each table by attaching a gold or purple ribbon and a balloon weight.
Some great architectural elements to include in a toga party are columns and pedestals.
You can find these items made of polyresin, which is great because they are lightweight.
The columns are available in different heights, such as
24”, 35”, and 43”.
Table/Chair Decorations: Whether you choose a white and gold or white and purple theme, you may want to consider using a white table cloth for your table and then accessorizing it with gold or purples colors. For instance, you can use gold or purple colored napkins, paper plates, and cutlery.
A creative way to dress up the plastic cutlery is to use a gold or purple
paint pen and draw Roman numerals on the handles of the cutlery.
Another idea is to drape gold ivy garland along the edges of each table. You
could also sprinkle gold or purple confetti on each table around the
centerpiece. A floral arrangement makes a lovely centerpiece for your table.
For the chairs, you may want to consider adding a gold or purple bow in the back of each chair to help it blend in with the colors of the table as well as the overall color scheme.
Some other ideas for toga party decorations are as follows:
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