Aphrodite’s Night–A Greek Mythology-Inspired Debut Party

By:  IloveAsya

What else can be the best excuse for your guest to bow down to your beauty? My suggestion is to enjoy your own Aphrodite’s Night.

It’s your only 18th birthday where you feel extremely beautiful so feel free to transform that night into your fabulous Greek mythology memoir.

Here how to quickly kick it off.

On Invites
• Living with digital age comes innovative ways sending an invite. Although a hard copy of the invitation is crucial, you may want to send an E-vite through your E-mail.
• You can use a parchment paper or old paper to match the theme, and input your photo in an Aphrodite costume to indicate details of your debut. You may include photos of Greek columns, other gods and cupid to add on the design ( but if you need help on this just inquire on us for design options )
• Don’t forget to include in the invitations that they should be in White gown / Greek inspired look.

On Venue / Food

• For not so formal gathering of Debut you may want to inquire with CYMA restaurant as they have this perfect Greek Ambiance.
• For the rest, a garden might be a nice feel but I still suggest a closed ballroom area of a hotel
• Here is a list of some common Greek food: Olives, Eggplant dip, honey, seafood, hummus dip, lamb, baklava, Greek liquor Ouzo, Greek coffee . For more information on food, check out this web site: http://greekfood.about.com/. For beverages, purchase Greek wine or beer.

Venue Decorations

• Put lots of candles, glitter, and gold all over the place.
• You may roll gold ribbon around the napkins for sparkles
• Add up a bowl per table that has fruits on it
• Download or buy music for background
• Don’t ever forget leafy arrangements
• An antique or Harp instrument can give your venue an extra umph! –if you can even hire a harp player then it will make the night more greekish

Program
• As guests enter, let them sign not in your guest book but a Grecian-inspired freedom wall to serve as your guest book. You can actually use a tarpaulin for this.
• If for some reason the guests are not in proper outfit, you may distribute crowns of golden or green leaves for their head dress.
• For your grand entrance, begin with a nice Greek ancient song, the host advice your mortals (a.k.a. guests) to bow down to your beauty. Walk with ease towards your grand stage as your young elegant cousins throw petals on the floor as you come in.
• Start with a meditative prayer
• Your host then greets everyone in Greek language then translates in English to announce dinner is finally served
• Feast yourselves with Greek buffet or meal as waiters dressed in Greek inspired uniforms come your way.
• Halfway mealtime, A harp player can be hired as entertainment.
• Instead of 18 candles, you may call it 18 torches. *** Torch lighting ceremony
Like the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, your candle bearer needs to be involved. Give the first guest a
Hand torch and ask him/her to say a few words before handing the torch over to another guest. The last guest lights the 18 torches.
• Do a neat wine toasting for a new you/
• Instead of 18 roses, you can call it 18 dance with your Spartans
At the end of the dance all 18 men will shout “awooo awooo awoo” just like the Spartans movie
• Instead of 18 gifts, you can call them 18 jewels

Giveaways

• I suggest you give out a cologne which you call your own goddess scent.
• Miniature pillows
• Personalized stem flutes
• Special drinking glass
• Personalized miniature special drinking glass
• Scented candles sprinkled with gold glitter or adorned with golden leaves (just like the Ivy Wreath head piece used by the Greeks of the past)
• Peronalized golden picture frames
• Any unique item you choose then spray painted with gold and silver

Element of Surprise / Games
• Print out a list of the Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses and what they each ruled over and make it into a quiz. Ask guests to match up the god or goddess with their power
• And here’s more to end your party with a bang… outrageous Idea – Collect a bunch of cheap dishes and some Greek music. Toward the end of the evening, play the music and invite guests to throw the dishes, break them and yell Opa! As a symbol of new beginnings–not to mention a great stress reliever!

Hope this helps and we shall be looking forward you’ll be sharing your Greek party pictures on our site pretty soon.

63 Comments

  1. hi debut ideas!

    il be having my debut celebration this coming 28th of the month. I applied ur greek inspired idea but i put some modern touches about the whole theme. One of my close friends suggested a teaser that goes like “The most intriguing year ender event in the modern greek celebration of (my name”). Intriguing because i applied showbiz show ideas such as chika minute, tough ten etc. Since then , i would like to seek some ideas on games/elements of surprise to entertain my guest between my 18’s. I mean, unique games that will not make them bore. Since during the 18 jewels and dance il be the star or the center of the segment, between them i plan to have games wherein my guests will b able to participate. I hope you can help me about this. your imidiate response is greatly appreciated 🙂

    • Hi Janine,

      Your ideas are all good and unique. I’m sure your party will be a great success. The Grecian theme is such a lovely theme to have. Games interspersed in between the main parts of your program would be a good idea because it will keep make your program more lively. It will keep your guests on their feet and excited. We have a games section that I do hope would give you an idea on what games to do on your 18th birthday. http://debutideas.com/?page_id=851. Have fun on your birthday girl!

  2. my cousin asked me to organize her party venue which happens to be greek myth inspired… i think ill have it all easy except that i dont know what kind of material i can use to make an improvised ionic pillar… hope you can help me..=^^=

    • Hi Charm!

      You can buy a huge Styro from National bookstore and use it as a material for the pillars. Research your design first from the internet, then print it out. Create an outline on the styro then cut it out. You can use grey paint to draw the details.

      Good luck! 🙂

  3. hi debut ideas!

    i’m celebrating my 18th January of next year, but I would want it to be ironed out by June, of this year.
    what is the most unique theme that you can advise me with?
    Thank you very much!!

  4. Good day,

    I am planning to have my debut party
    in a Greek style.

    Could you suggest giveaways
    that will be suitable for my party’s theme
    other than cologne?

    Thank you 🙂

    • hmmm…. perhaps you can give away miniature pillows, personalized stem flutes, a special drinking glass, a miniature drinking glass, scented candles sprinkled with gold glitter and adorned with golden leaves (like an Ivy Wreath head piece), personalized golden picture frames, or you can give away any unique item that’s spray painted with gold and silver.

  5. hello, i wil b celebrating my debut this may.. this is my theme.. but i dont know what title can i use in this.. can u help me wth ths? thanks

    • Hi Joy Santos,’

      A nice title would be “A Toast for Joy as she turns 18!” “Joy, A Goddess @ 18” “Joy, A Queen at 18.” Hope this helps Joy and happy birthday.

  6. Hello Debut Ideas,

    I am planning to use this theme,
    can you give me some examples
    of souvenirs that I can give
    other than cologne? Thank you.

    • Hi Jannine,

      How about laurel leaf shaped chocolates? that will be cool! I’m sure everybody will love scented candles shaped like pillars. You can also give loot baskets with different fruits and decorating it with vines for a more Grecian feel. You can also look for key chains of laurel leaf, goddess, pillars, etc. Photobooth with the Roman Coliseum as your backdrop would also be a great idea. Hope this helps and happy birthday.

  7. hi there..i will have my debut this year and i’m planning to have a fairy tale themed party… could you suggest ideas regarding on the Invites, venue and foods, venue decorations,giveaways and program… thank you so much!!

    • Hi Ajoe,

      For fairy tale themes, it is best that you choose a fairy tale that you want to showcase because they differ in many ways. It would be easier to look for party favors or make your invites with a particular fairytale in mind. For invites, I believe a scrolled invite is best for fairytale themes (reminiscent of Cinderella). Any venue would work for a fairytale theme but a venue with a grand staircase leading directly to the venue would be best in order to create a dramatic grand entrance. For decorations, heavy drapes and chandeliers would surely give your ordinary venue a castle look that is perfect for a fairytale theme. We have a sample of the program flow that may give you some idea in doing your own program and here is a sample of a script. Hope this helps and happy birthday.

  8. I am preparing for my debut invites and i am using the greek theme. What best could you suggest for the title of the event?. And, also please help me on how to tell them to strictly follow the grecian inspired look in a nice way,specially my 18’s. For sure this ruins the event if they wont follow.

    Thank you so much. Hoping for your reply. It will be a big help for us.

    • Hi Kimberly,

      For the title of your party, you may try “A Party Fit for A Goddess” “Goddess Kim, turns 18,” this rhymes), and “Helen of Troy move over, Kim is turning 18 and will have a party like no other” (this rhymes too but it is just too long). You can only pray that they adhere to your dress code, so it is best to come prepared. For female guests, I think there are a lot of clothes that resemble Grecian clothing so that wouldn’t be a problem. You might have a problem with your male guests. So just to be on the safe side, you can ask your male and female guests to wear all white and in the party, distribute laurel leaves and white drapes (this may only be a small white cloth, notice the white drape on the picture)

      Source: http://www.halloweenmart.com

      and for female guests, distribute cute floral headpieces for them to wear at your party.

      source: http://www.staceyhannahdesigns.com

      Having them wear these would tie up your theme nicely even if some of them may not be in Grecian outfits. Hope this helps and happy birthday.

  9. Thank you so much debut ideas. I forgot to ask for the male attire, thank you for answering ahead. I’ll try to combine the titles you gave me, its all striking and I love it specially the “move over” & ” a party like no other”. Your site have been helping us so much, the truth is we got from here, from themes to the smallest details of my debut.

    Thank you sooo much debut ideas, good health to you so that you can still give advices to those girls. 🙂

    • Hi Kimberly,

      Ask your male guests to wear white pants (summer string pants) and white polo so that it is easier to top it with the white sash cloth. But if for instance some failed to come in all white, the white sash cloth will do the trick of making them look like they adhered to the theme along with the gold laurel leaves that you can do yourself by just cutting out cardboard cutouts of leaves, sticking them together and spray painting them with gold. Thanks for wishing us good health. We are glad we could be of help to you. Enjoy your debut preparations and happy birthday.

  10. hello there.. im having a fairly difficult time figuring out the right theme for my debut. there are three things that comes into my mind when i think about my debut. elegance. simplicity. glamour. im thinking this grecian theme would perfectly fit the picture. but then, i can’t stop wanting to add touches of hollywood in my party. at the same time im thinking about the convenience of my guests especially when im thinking about what they’re going to wear in my party… help help help please.hehehe

    what am i going to do about this? about the theme? the touches of hollywood stuffs plus grecian stuffs in my party? the problem about my guests’ attire?

    i really really appreciate your help. thank you much! 😀

    • Hi Charm,

      I believe the Hollywood theme and Grecian inspired theme cannot be combined. You are right in saying that the Hollywood theme is pure glitz and glamour and this entails wearing fabulous red carpet worthy clothes and sparkling decor in order to adhere to your theme. Grecian theme is more on drapes for decoration and white Grecian clothes. I suggest you pick one and go with that. Hope this helps and happy birthday.

  11. Hi! I’m celebrating my debut on september and just like the others, I’m also interested in having a Greek-inspired party. Could you suggest a title for my invitation? and also, I’m having a problem with the guys’ attire. I’m pretty sure that most of them could not correspond to the “white pants” attire since black pants are more usual than white ones. Could they just wear black slacks instead? What can you suggest? I’m sorry if I have so many questions. It’s just that I”m becoming more nervous as my 18th birthday draws near.

    • Hi Marj,

      I think khaki pants would be much more appropriate. I think every guy has one in their closets and even if they don’t, they can always buy one for your special day which they can still use afterwards. Hope this helps.

  12. Hello Good Afternoon 🙂 My debut is fast approaching, I want to apply this Grecian Theme 🙂 but the problem is I don’t know what outfits will the guys in my party will wear, I searched for it but I don’t think that they’ll wear it, can you help me find a better outfit for them? that fits this theme? thank you 🙂

    • Hi Donna,

      I always suggest to debutantes who want to apply this theme to their debut to ask their male guests to wear white polo shirts with white pants or khaki or even those summer drawstring pants in white or flesh. Giving away gold sashes or gold laurel leaves at the entrance (which can serve as your party favor too) will make your male guests blend in. Click here for a picture of the sash and laurel leaves. Hope this helps.

  13. Hi! I will be celebrating my 18th this October. I wanna know how to rock this theme if I have a very tight budget. And would it be hard to ask my guests to follow the theme? I am planning to have a Greek-inspired party or a the Hollywood one. Thank you! 🙂

    Jessica

    • Hi Jess,

      It has been a great dilemma of debutantes on whether their guests will adhere to a certain theme, and this theme in particular is really very hard to adhere to. What you can do probably is to ask them to wear white. For the ladies, they will not have difficulty finding white Grecian inspired gowns or dresses. For the men, it will be harder. Ask them to wear white polo and white slacks or cream colored will do. If somebody would not be able to follow the dress code, be sure to be prepared to give out golden laurel leaves and white drapes for them in the entrance. Hope this helps.

  14. hi debut ideas! can you please help me where to find greek song? my upcoming debut is a grecian theme i’m really inspired by it..thank you for providing info for a grecian theme!!

  15. Hey! Im really interested about his grecian inspired theme but im not sure about yhe details. What kind of invitrs do you suggest? Will tube/bottle invites do? And also for souvenirs? What do you suggest? Im thinking of having makati park and garden as the venue. They say it’s a pretty nice venue but im still not sure. And what 18s do you think should fit with this? Do you also know some cheap event stylist? My birthdy will be on 02/25. Will you help me, pretty please? Thanks!

  16. Im also considering plaza ibarra since i would want to have a grand staircase entrance but im not sure if itll still fit the theme. And also its far from my place. Do you have any suggestions for a venue near makati or manila that will still fit my grecian inspired theme? Itll br very helpful if answer all my questions. Thank again!

  17. Hi! What kind of invitations do you suggest for this Grecian-inspired theme? and also for souvenirs, what do you suggest aside from colognes? Im also considering makati parks and garden as the venue, they say it’s pretty nice but would it fit the theme? If not, can you suggest other venues that’s near makati? And do you know some event stylist that could help me? Hope you could help me. Thanks!

  18. Hi! What kind of invitations do you suggest for this Grecian-inspired theme? and also for souvenirs, what do you suggest aside from colognes? Im also considering makati parks and garden as the venue, they say it’s pretty nice but would it fit the theme? If not, can you suggest other venues that’s near makati? And do you know some event stylist that could help me? Hope you could help me. Thanks!

    • This is a beautiful invitation that can fit with the Grecian theme! It’s a scroll encased in an intricate wirework.

      scroll

  19. hi..I am planning to have this kind of theme on my debut, what idea can you give me for my cotillion de honor because I want it to be related with my theme.Thanks:)

    • Hi Grace, of course costume-wise, you all have to be in Greek Costumes — men in dress, laurel headpiece and sandals and women in draped gowns. You can make an impression that the people dancing are gods and goddesses!

  20. hi debut ideas!

    am starting to think about a theme for my upcoming debut next year. i can’t make up my mind on what theme i would use. do you have some more theme that i can chose from? i am actually tired of those princess themed debut. hope you can help. thanks!

  21. Hey! Im really interested about his grecian inspired theme but im not sure about yhe details. What kind of invitrs do you suggest? Will tube/bottle invites do? And also for souvenirs? What do you suggest? Im thinking of having makati park and garden as the venue. They say it’s a pretty nice venue but im still not sure. And what 18s do you think should fit with this? Do you also know some cheap event stylist? My birthdy will be on 02/25. Will you help me, pretty please?
    Im also considering plaza ibarra since i would want to have a grand staircase entrance but im not sure if itll still fit the theme. And also its far from my place. Do you have any suggestions for a venue near makati or manila that will still fit my grecian inspired theme? Itll br very helpful if answer all my questions. Thanks!

  22. Hey! Im really interested about his grecian inspired theme but im not sure about yhe details. What kind of invitrs do you suggest? Will tube/bottle invites do? And also for souvenirs? What do you suggest? Im thinking of having makati park and garden as the venue. They say it’s a pretty nice venue but im still not sure. And what 18s do you think should fit with this? Do you also know some cheap event stylist? My birthdy will be on 02/25. Will you help me, pretty please?
    Im also considering plaza ibarra since i would want to have a grand staircase entrance but im not sure if itll still fit the theme. And also its far from my place. Do you have any suggestions for a venue near makati or manila that will still fit my grecian inspired theme? Itll br very helpful if answer all my questions. Thanks!

  23. I really like this idea and I am planning to follow this theme. Can you please help me with the outfit of the guys? What can they wear to match the theme?

    • Hi Evem,

      You can ask them to wear all white or white polo on khaki pants. Then give away laurel headdresses at the entrance. That way, your male guests get to contribute to your ambiance without even trying to. I believe all guys have one white polo in their wardrobe or if not, they can always buy it cheap in the mall. Hope this helps!

    • Hi Evem,

      For your Greek themed birthday party, the men can wear “Toga” outfits:

      they may also wear laurel headpiece and sandals while women can wear draped gowns.

      another costume idea for guys is the Greek warrior costume.

      You can tell your guests that the best dressed will get a prize — to make sure that they will make an effort to really look for a good costume 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  24. Hi My birthday will be on Feb 25 and i was planning my party since September. But something happened and ill be abroad on my special day. 🙁 So im thinking if i should still celebrate it here in the Philippines even after my real birthday(so its kinda late celeb, well uber late). Im planning to celebrate it late March or early April. But im not sure. 🙁
    Anyway, i was planning to get this theme. I already have a venue and all that. My only prob now (well aside from the one i mentioned above) are the invites and souvenirs. any suggestions? Thanks! 🙂

  25. Can you help my cousin too?

    Her birthday will be on Feb 25 and we were planning her party since September. But something happened and she’ll be abroad on her special day. 🙁 So she’s thinking if she should still celebrate it here in the Philippines even after her real birthday(so its kinda late celeb, well uber late). She’s planning to celebrate it late March or early April. But still not sure
    Anyway, she planned on getting this theme. She already have a venue and all that. the only prob now (well aside from the one i mentioned above) are the invites and souvenirs. any suggestions? Thanks! 🙂

    • Hi Nikka,

      For the invites, your cousin can have scrolled ones which are easy to do. Print out the invitation (with columns or greek goddesses as the design) in a white paper, roll it and tie it with gold or silver ribbons. For the party favors, it depends on what your cousin wants though. This article may give your cousin a clue click here Consumables are usually in now because people would appreciate something that they can actually use. Some of the more famous party favors that your cousin can have are cupcakes, minicakes, chocolates in white boxes, column shaped white chocolates and a photobooth with greek column or goddess backdrop and laurel leaves and toga for costumes for your guests. click here for more picture inspiration for grecian theme. Hope this helps.

  26. Hi debut ideas!

    I really find your ideas very creative and magical:)) So, I’m planning to celebrate my 18th (this April- Aphrodite’s month XD) with a Grecian theme almost like the one you have here. The thing is, I really have no idea how to make the budget plan for this. Also, I’m having a hard time looking for a perfect resort in or around Muntinlupa.

    I really need help. :)) I want this to be a dream (a dream since childhood) come true…:|
    THANK YOU!!!:))

    Love,
    Shigemi

    • Hi Shigemi,

      The budget is really up to you and your parents. It all depends on what you want your party to have. We have a party budget planner that might help you for that. There are so many things there that you may or may not need. You may not need a photographer because an uncle or a friend will probably take care of that for you so you can leave that box out. Some you may do it yourself but you will still need some materials for that so add a budget for that as well. For other boxes you may need to hire professional help, so put a price on that as well. It all depends on a debutante’s needs for her party. The planner is just there as a guide. Click here for Debut Ideas party budget planner hope this helps.

  27. itatanong ko lng po kung ano po ang magandang color n gawing theme sa debut? ksi balak ko po sanang gawing greek inspired ung debut ko….. thanks…

  28. hello,i’d be celebrating my debut this June and I find this theme interesting, and so i decided I’d celebrate it with this theme, I just want to ask where can i download greek music for my entrance? and will you help me find a design for my invitation? THANK YOU VERY MUCH. <3

    • Good choice, Maggie!

      You can always get Greek music from the Internet. Just search for Greek music and it will give you hundreds of choices. However, if you don’t have the time to look for music individually why not check out the sound track of some great Greek or Greek-inspired movies like My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Life in Ruins or Clash of the Titans.

      For your invitations, it is important that it let your guests know immediately what the theme for your party is. Place a picture of Mount Olympus on front of the invitation, with columns or wreaths. This will immediately let them know what your party is all about. You can also roll your invitation like a scroll and tie it with twin or rope. Make sure to burn some of the edges to make it look old and important.

      If you want something a little bit more elegant, choose a great picture of Aphrodite and use Old English text on your invitations.

      You may also like to use phrases like “the might goddess, Aphrodite, summons you to a…” or something like “Pay your respects to the Goddess of Love and Beauty” just to give that feel of authenticity. Hope this helps!

  29. hell,i’ll be having my debut party this november. i would like to ask what will be the best costume or what will the boys wear that night if i will have this kind of theme? pls reply asa

    • Hi Erika,

      For your male guests, maybe you can have them wear Toga (this is a very simple outfit)
      toga
      toga2
      Or if they’re game, maybe something like this!

      or an Emperor outift just like this
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      Hope you got the idea!

      Have a happy 18th birthday party!

    • Hi Eds,

      You know those simple and comfortable embroidered polo shirts that men wear in Greece (or in any other part of the globe actually) especially during summer? Maybe they can wear those. It’s better if they come in white to make it thematic. Something like this:

      I can’t find the right image but look at the embroidery on the blouse here cause I think this design is what i was looking for on a summer polo:

      http://lookbook.nu/look/911841-Let-s-Just-Dive
      And for their pants, just wear khaki – as long as it is not maong or black pants. Beige pants will look good with this. Think ‘light’!

      And since the Grecian theme allows you to be more comfortable – in terms of footwear — they can wear something like this on their feet:

      Hope this helps!

  30. OMGOSH. your site is definitely is a-must bookmarked! (:
    I’ll be 18th next year but somehow now im trying to find what theme i really want.
    This one is nice.

    • Hi Keilah,

      Thanks for the compliment! We love the Greek-inspired theme too 🙂 There are more debut themes that are running through our minds as of the moment and there is nothing we desire than to help you girls plan your 18th birthday celebration. Happy planning!

      Jam

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