Host a Bacchanalian Bash – A new Twist on the Toga Party

Hosting a toga party conjures up images of college guys having a kegger, running around in bed sheets. Throw away those trashy memories of days gone by and host a fun, adult party by celebrating the ancient festival of the grape harvest. Yes, there will be the traditional Greek and Roman revelry. It’s called a Bacchanalian Bash!

Food + Drink Cooking and Entertaining Brian Webb

This article was published on September 3rd, 2011

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Hosting a toga party conjures up images of college guys having a kegger, running around in bed sheets. Throw away those trashy memories of days gone by and host a fun, adult party by celebrating the ancient festival of the grape harvest. Yes, there will be the traditional Greek and Roman revelry. It’s called a Bacchanalian Bash!

Invite friends over for an evening of Greek and Roman inspired food, wine and ambiance they’ll be sure to enjoy. It’s easy to do and the results are impressive.

For décor, use columns, urns, grapes, topiary and fig trees, and vines. These are easily rented from supply stores like Greenscape Design and Décor in Vancouver. Try to find artwork that is Roman or Greek inspired.

Rather than serving beer from a keg, serve guests red and white wine – after all, it is a grape harvest festival. Serve white wine chilled and red wine decanted, near room temperature. Have lots of wine glasses, a few bottle stoppers and a wine opener available.

Easy to serve appetizers include 6-year aged cheddar cheese with an assortment of water crackers, green and red grapes, dried figs, sliced apples, ancient grain bread, olives and almonds.

If you and your friends do not have access to a suitable toga outfit, it is cheaper to go to a fabric store and buy a few yards of white fabric; plus it’s easier to drape. Traditional togas have a white robe with a red sash. Purple sashes are the royal colour typically reserved for the Togaboy. Costumes are easily accessorized with leather cuffs, a green laurel and gold jewelry.

Set the mood by playing traditional Greek and Roman music in the background, turn down the lights and enjoy the evening over a few (or many) glasses of wine.

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  1. Theresa

    Our company is producing a show (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) which has Greek and Roman flare to it. Thanks for the great ideas for our cast party!

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