Summer Party Ideas: Greek Party

June 21, 2010

Today is June 21, the first day of summer. While the weather isn’t all sun and fun here in Seattle, there are still plenty of opportunities to have a great time. As the days get longer and the weather warms up (hopefully) parties move from inside to out, and jackets and long pants turn into t-shirts and shorts. In honor of the glorious summer months ahead of us, the next few posts will cover some great summer parties themes that include costumes.

Greek and Roman parties, which don’t differentiate much other than in name, make great costume parties because the traditional costume, the toga, is cheap and easy to make. There are several different variations on the toga costume for men and women. Women’s costumes include a Greek Goddess costume and a Roman Empress costume, either of which would be appropriate for a party. Men have slightly more choices, although women are welcome to indulge in these as well, with men’s costumes including Roman Warrior costumes, toga costumes and Spartan costumes if you’re feeling like feeding your alpha male.

Another great thing about throwing a Greek party is the endless amount of delicious Greek cuisine available. Gyros (pronounced yuro) are a popular Greek dish that combines lamb vegetables, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce wrapped in a pita. You can lay all of the ingredients out taco bar style and have everyone make their own.

Greek pizzas are also popular and are usually topped with olives, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, chick or lamb, feta cheese, onions, peppers and spinach.

If you are feeling adventurous and enjoy cooking, you can also try to make some traditional Mediterranean dishes like cous cous, roasted lamb or Greek salads. If there is a local Greek restaurant they should be able to make suggestions or help you plan a menu.

Tie up those togas and enjoy an evening of eating, laughing and great costumes at a Greek party.