Roman Theme Party Ideas and Supplies

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Roman Laurel on Antiqued Paper

These look REALLY great…but you'll need someone who has a very simple computer graphics program and the basic knowledge to use it. Download some nice photos from the Internet of Rome (you should be overwhelmed by the selection you find on the Internet) and load them into the graphics program. You can do this by 'right clicking' with your mouse on any picture you like, then selecting 'Save As' among the options. Save these to a disk or your hard drive. Across the top (or in any other place, depending on how creative you want to get with it…) put the words of the location (i.e. The Coliseum, The Vatican, etc.) Then, in one of the corners put a large number…essentially, you are making a large stamp. Once you have the image the way you want it, print it out and decorate cut the edges all around in the fashion of a large stamp (fiskar scissors do a great job.) These look great just about anywhere. HINT: These can be done in assembly-line fashion and can be cranked out relatively fast once you get into the 'groove' of it.

Name your location. Invite your guests to the Coliseum or Vito's Italian Ristorante, etc. By naming it and referring to that name you'll create a definite place and time for your guests. It's amazing the credibility that is given when it is given a name.

Have some live characters roaming around, mingling with the guests. How about a travel guide pitching his/her newest tour all over Rome? Or how about a coliseum 'booker' looking for 'volunteers' for their next 'show'? These characters do not need to be present for long periods of time. In fact, it is best if they are not. Let them come…and then go. Your guests will be incredibly impressed.

If you want to paint with a faux rock/stone finish (without spending an arm and a leg on those craft store kits) buy a few cans of spray paint instead. This is especially nice if you are planning on some old Roman ruins as part of your décor. Gray, black and white should do the trick (unless you'd like to substitute and black gray with tan and brown - for caves or old catacombs.) With a hobby razor blade, lightly score the nozzle hole of the spray can. This will cause the paint to sputter rather than spray. Make sure the surface is covered first in the gray (or brown), then add some sputtering of the white and black.

For great temple columns, call around to a couple local construction companies and ask where they purchase sono tubes. These can be bought in a variety of widths and sizes and are very sturdy.


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