Punchbowl Party Planning

Toga Party for Adults

When you hear the word 'toga,' your thoughts may immediately go to John Belushi as Bluto in Animal House, shouting "Toga! Toga!" and making one of his classic facial expressions. Kegs and drunk college kids also come to mind. That doesn't mean, however, that you have to be a crazy college kid to attend or host a toga party. Adults can host toga parties too!

A grownup Toga Party packs a party planning punch because it can channel the fun, carefree spirit of a college party. That's often just what adults need to take their mind off of the more serious stuff.

Here are a few toga party ideas to jump-start your planning:

  • Menu: In terms of Toga Party food, you have two options: Italian and Greek. Whereas the Toga Party in Animal House is referred to as "a Roman Toga Party" by the sneaky Douglas C. Neidermeyer, here are some options for a Greek menu. Serve horiatiki salad, avgolemono soup, spanakopita, marinated roast lamb with plenty of tzatziki sauce and baklava for dessert. In lieu of the college party fare of cheap beer in red plastic cups, serve your guests Greek wine in stemless wine glasses.
  • Music:  If you want to use Animal House as your basic inspiration, then you'll have to include the Toga Party song: Shout! on your playlist. That and other upbeat classics from the likes of Sam Cooke will be a perfect way to echo the fun feel of your grownup Toga Party.
  • Attire: A toga party is perfect for the host who is sick of trying to decide what to wear to a party! For a toga party, all you have to decide is which sheet goes best with your complexion. For the sake of comfort and modesty, find a neuetral colored bathing suit or tank top/shorts combo to wear under your sheet. Worried about what to do with your hair? Laurel wreaths work beautifully and are a perfect way to carry the toga theme through your whole ensemble.

As with any good toga party, you don't need much in the way of entertainment or games. Keep in mind that it may be tough for guests to maneuver in their togas. That said, it's also a good idea to have extra safety pins, belts, and other fasteners available in case guests have a fashion emergency.

The main thing is to laugh, dance, and enjoy the spectacle of your toga party. And, take lots of pictures!

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