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✿❀ aloha ~ fun in the sun tee shirt sayings! ✿❀

A PARADISE theme is cool for a sorority mixer, bid day, spring break, exchange, or dance. Add a tropical saying to your tee shirts, party favors and publicity! xoxo ;)

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✿❀ Hawaiian Tropical Beach Luau Sayings: ✿❀

  • I Got Lei’d at the ____ Luau
  • It’s Tiki Time!
  • No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem
  • What Happened at the Luau, Stays at the Luau
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • Hoola by the Poola
  • Hang Loose
  • Welcome to Paradise
  • Club Paradise
  • Peace, Love & Sandy Feet
  • Let’s Get Tropical
  • Surfin’ Through Life
  • Surfs Up
  • Chillin’ & Grillin’
  • Put the Lime in the Coconut
  • Got Aloha?
  • Right Now I’d Rather Be at a _____ Luau
  • Grass Skirts & Hawaiian Shirts
  • Splish, Splash, Beach Blast
  • Took the Plunge ~ _____ Beach Bash
  • Salt Hair, Don’t Care
  • Catch the Wave ~ _____ Beach Party
  • Hukilau Me
  • Endless Summer
  • Salty & Happy 
  • Passport to Paradise
  • Let’s Luau! 
  • Mermaid Mingle
  • Tiki-rific 
  • Let Down Your Hair and Luau
  • Life’s Better on the Beach
  • _____ Surf Shop 
  • Salty Hair, Sandy Feet
  • All About Palm Trees & 90 Degrees
  • Mermaids Have More Fun
  • Love Salt, Live Life
  • It’s a Shore Thing
  • Let the Sea Set You Free
  • Beach Bums & Bikini Babes

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sorority Q&A: planning a senior/pledge class SWAP social!

Q: I am in charge of planning the “meet the seniors” event for our fall pledge class, any ideas of something fun we could do, it’s going to be the first week of November.

A: It might be fun to plan a crafting social event where the two classes “exchange” their creations at the conclusion. For example, everyone paints ceramics or canvases, and then gifts it to a sister in the other group. Selecting the girl to give your creation to could come from a game played after the crafting is done. (Similar to a Christmas gift exchange.)

Or, you can plan a food exchange social, or an ‘item’ swap party. WIth sharing as your main focus, the event will have some needed interaction between the two classes. It’s always less stressful to get to know new sisters when there’s some activity to focus on during the social. 

During the event, include a swapping of ideas, tips and dreams for the future too! This can be done through some sharing time or via a sharing game played during the event. xoxo ;)

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❤ Things to Craft and Exchange: {create & then exchange}

  • Christmas Ornament
  • Memo Board
  • Canvas 
  • Plaque 
  • Wood box
  • Clipboard
  • Painted rocks
  • Greek letters
  • Paper flowers
  • Picture frame
  • Fabric covered notebook
  • Hand tied fleece blanket or pillow
  • Thanksgiving pumpkin decorating
  • Gingerbread Houses
  • Crazy hats

❤ Food Exchange ideas: {everyone brings some & shares}

  • Cookies 
  • Chocolate
  • Candy 
  • Chips & Dips
  • Salads 
  • Ice cream
  • Cupcakes
  • Pies 

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❤ Things to Exchange Ideas: {bring items to exchange with the other group of sisters}

  • Ugly Christmas Sweaters
  • Books or magazines
  • Perfume 
  • Greek Tees
  • CDs or DVDs
  • Costume jewelry
  • Handbags & totes
  • Tumblers & mugs
  • Koozies
  • Stuffed toys

❤ Exchanges from the Heart: {plan some time for sharing & caring}

  • Seniors share their top tips, best advice, funny antidotes and other highlights of their years in the chapter. 
  • New members share their hopes and dreams for the future, why they joined and their best moments so far. 

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☆ barn dance inspiration! ☆

Q: Do you have any good barn dance t-shirt designs, or sayings/songs??

A: Some greek Barn Dance tee shirts just say “Barn Dance,” the date and have a country western graphic design. But it’s FUN to have a catchy saying too! Please check out this post with Barn Dance inspiration and ideas:

• Barn Dance Tee Shirt Design Ideas!

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☆ BARN DANCE sayings: 

  • You Say Howdy, Let’s Get Rowdy
  • Gonna Get a Little Bit Sideways
  • Boots & Bow Ties
  • From Her Cowboy Boots to Her _____ Roots
  • The Best of the Best in the Wild Wild West
  • Sweet Home _____
  • Rock Me Mama Like a Wagon Wheel
  • Saddle Up!
  • _____ Brand Barn Dance
  • Grab Your Boots, Grab Your Man and Dance Like Only a ____ Can
  • Settin’ the Night on Fire
  • Let’s Get Rowdy
  • Gettin’ Wild in the West
  • Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance
  • Things Will Never be the Same Down on the Farm
  • Gettin’ Frisky in the Barn
  • Hay Happens
  • Spin Me Around This Big Ol’ Barn
  • Round Up Yer Boots, and Grab Grab Yer Pardner 
  • Dance Till You Can’t Feel Your Legs 
  • Party Till the Cows Come Home
  • Get on Your Dancin’ Boots
  • Gettin’ Frisky on the Farm
  • Make Hay at the _____ Hoe-Down
  • The Stars at Night are Big & Bright at the _____ Barn Dance
  • We’re Dudein’ it Up, We’re Dudein’ it Right, We’ll be Dudein’ it Up on Saturday Night
  • Hoot & Holler 
  • Say Hay to the Good Times
  • Kick Up Yer Heals
  • Boots, Chaps & Cowboy Hats
  • It’s a Barn Thang
  • It’s All Good Down on the  _____  Farm
  • Country Roads Take Me Home to the Place I Belong
  • Dancin’ in the Moonlight
  • _____ Barn Dance Y’All

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♡ keep your amazing alums involved! ♡

Q: Do you have any event ideas a sorority could do for their alumni?

A: YES! I have several posts with ideas for doing things with, and for, your dear alumnae. Sometimes you want to do things together and other times you may need to do things for them as a special treat. Adapt the inspirational ideas to fit your needs…

• Types of Sorority + Alumnae Events

• Ways to Get Your Alums Involved

♡ 53 MORE Active • Alum Activity Ideas: 

  • Aromatherapy session.
  • Trivia game night.
  • Candlelight dinner served by the active sisters.
  • Pancake supper.
  • Dance lessons - country, hula, bollywood, tap, irish, swing, or belly dancing.
  • Poetry writing session and performance.
  • Build your own crepes breakfast bar.
  • Price is Right game night.
  • Gourmet flavored popcorn tasting party.
  • Alum sorority house garden club.
  • Jigsaw puzzle tournament.
  • Croquet or lawn bowling tournament.
  • Pie or Cake party & recipe exchange.
  • Greek Bingo night.
  • Candle making activity.
  • Root beer & Coke float party.
  • Jewelry making party.
  • Alum & Active recipe book making project.
  • Flower arranging class.
  • Annual chocolate night.
  • Sorority sing-along night.
  • Nature hike. 
  • Makeovers and manicures.
  • Book club.
  • Camping party with lots of s’mores.
  • Sorority house deep clean day.
  • Greeting card buffet. Lay out crafting supplies and make greeting cards for a senior center. 
  • Exchange social. Swap books, mugs, sorority gear, cookies, fashion accessories, perfume, jewelry, recipes, magazines, scarves, picture frames, ornaments, DVDs, or bath products.
  • Alum fashion show.
  • Monthly alum birthday recognition lunch. 
  • Spud-tacular baked potato bar.
  • Cake decorating lesson.
  • "We love our alums" Valentine’s Banquet
  • Gingerbread house workshop and contest.
  • Outlet mall, antique mall, farmers market, or flea market trip.
  • Make homemade bath & body lotions and scrubs.
  • Cell phone scavenger hunt
  • Tech session where actives help alums with the latest tech devices and apps.
  • Etiquette speaker and high tea.
  • Motivational speaker and lunch. 
  • Self-Defense class for actives and alums.
  • Get organized session lead by an expert.
  • Skin Care Fair. Arrange for booths/tables of different skin care companies to represent their brands for members. Like a trunk show for beauty products. 
  • Antique appraisal party. Alums bring one antique piece to be appraised by a professional.     
  • Knitting is cool again. Host a knitting class for actives & alums. 
  • Make decorated stepping stones (one kit for each member.)
  • Halloween pumpkin painting social. Everyone paints the “plastic” pumpkins sold at Michael’s.
  • Scarecrow Build-Off. Supply lots of used clothes and accessories needed for building a scarecrow. Host a building contest in a nearby field. Combine actives & alums into teams for bonding. Follow with a fall sisterhood social.
  • Annual active/alum talent show.
  • YouTube sorority pride video contest. Each member shoots a short 1-2 minute video about the sorority. Then screen them for the group, serve popcorn and give awards in different categories. 
  • Tea appreciation session and tea tasting party.

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• Many of these ideas are great for sisterhood socials & retreats too!

sorority Q&A: what if you don’t want to drink heavily & hook up?

Q: I just went through recruitment and while I did like the sorority I’m in now, it wasn’t my top pick. I’m not into drinking or making out/hooking up with random guys and I knew a lot of girls in my top pick felt the same. This weekend was my first social and it reminded me of a prom after-party minus weed. There were a lot of people, especially minors, getting sloppy drunk before the social and some who were hooking up at the social. It made me embarrassed to wear my letters and I don’t want to be seen as prudish or anything, but I feel like it wasn’t living up to our policies our founders had at all. Should I just give up on sorority life? Are all sororities like this?

A: Welcome to college! In almost every chapter {and plenty of non-greeks too) there are girls who love to party. And there are sisters who don’t drink and don’t socialize that much. Also, the first year in college is MUCH more party orientated than the following three years. A lot of new students go off the deep end during their freshman year. That changes for most sisters at least by the time they’re juniors. So please don’t toss away your entire greek membership over a typical drinking party during your first semester. It will mellow out. 

I’m not into heavy drinking or random stranger sex either. Lots & lots of risks with that behavior. But it is the way of the world in 2014. If you have different standards, then you have the right to not partake. Don’t sacrifice your own morals to fit in. I recommend these things to help you find your place within your sorority ~ 

  • Immediately look for other sisters who share your viewpoint. They are in your chapter I’m sure. They may be a year or two older, but seek out their company. It’s Ok to not go wild as a new member and keep your dignity in tact.  
  • You will be encouraged to attend socials with your pledge class, but that doesn’t mean you have to do what they do. You can drink soda, or have one beer. And you definitely don’t have to have nameless sex with frat guys. Have fun, dance, chat and then return home with your self-esteem in place. No walk of shame for you.
  • Seek out other activities in your sorority. Get involved in fundraising, volunteering, academics, membership, or any other aspects of greek life that interests you. Not all of your attention needs to be on college drinking parties. Refocus your mind on something that’s more meaningful to you.

I know you are still dreaming of your #1 choice sorority. But you don’t know what it would have been like on the “inside.” Each chapter has it’s own challenges and crazy greek parties are the norm on most campuses. Let those who enjoy it cut loose, and for you, there should be no pressure to partake. Learning to maintain your own personal standards, in a world of temptations, is a very valuable life lesson ~ greek or not.

Make the most of the significant parts of your sorority and leave behind the aspects you don’t enjoy or respect. Maybe you will be a positive role model for some of your pledge sisters when they realize that the hard partying lifestyle is not all it’s cracked up to be! xoxo ;)

"It takes great courage to faithfully follow what we know is true." ~ Sara E. Anderson

I see a lot of themes for socials and whatnot, but what do sororities and fraternities do at these socials? Do they just sit around and talk, or do the pictures just show them in their cute outfits minus the actual event they are attending?

Asked by
bonniebadlass

Many times the mixer/exchange/social theme will involve an activity like matching your costume to another guest or some other party “activity” like signing everyone else’s shirts. There may also be entertainment of some kind. For example, mechanical bull riding for a western theme party. Or hula dancing at a tropical island social. There can be competitive games, a band playing, a costume contest, food activites like make your own pizza, casino style games, etc… Of course lots of socializing, talking and flirting also takes place.

Another factor is who is hosting the party. Fraternity mixers are a little looser than sorority hosted events. Sororities have more restrictions on drinking alcohol in their houses than frats do. The keg parties and drinking games take place at the fraternity houses. 

All and all co-ed greek socials are part costume party, part cocktail party, party singles mixer and part fun & games. Especially exciting when you’re a new member. As you get older, you will probably grow out of them, but for younger sisters they are a total blast! xoxo ;)

Hi, I am wondering about partying before recruitment. What are the rules about attending parties the couple weeks before fall formal recruitment? Like fraternity parties and just parties in general where you may see women in sororities you are planning on rushing? Could it cause issues (either make them not want you or make you ineligible)? I'm not planning on making a mess of myself at parties, but I just mean being there in general and maybe having one drink.

Asked by
hannahlyzethis

As a PNM you can attend parties up to a certain point before recruitment. The sorority members also have a period of time when they cannot attend parties, or go to local bars, so they don’t mingle with PNMs. The sisters will know exactly when they can’t socialize before/during recruitment. For PNM restrictions you should check with your Recruitment Handbook. The information should also be discussed at your PNM Orientation. Another option is to ask your Rho Gamma/Gamma Chi directly. There us a dry period on most campuses, and you need to know when it’s enforced. 

It’s better to error on the side of caution than to get yourself into any PNM trouble. There’s no need to bend the rules and party too close to recruitment. Verify the no-party timeline on your campus and stick to it. Right before rush you don’t want to be socializing with sisters, accidentally drinking too much, hanging out at the wrong place, or damaging your reputation in any way. Not worth the risk. Anything can happen after a few drinks. Even if sorority sisters are not present, they will hear about events from their fraternity friends. Greeks have a wide network of communication and there are very few secrets. Word travels fast on the greek grapevine. As a PNM you don’t want to be on that grapevine prior to recruitment. 

If you need a drink right before rush, enjoy a glass of wine in your dorm room with your roommate. There will be lots and lots of parties to attend after bid day. Better to be safe than sorry. A sober PNM with a sterling reputation is priceless. Let the good times roll… later! xoxo ;)

❉ fun & fabulous sorority DATE PARTY ideas! ❉

Q: Hi! I’m trying to plan a date dash for my sorority but we don’t have a house, so I was wondering of you have any ideas of where to go for it, or fun things we could do? Thanks!!!

A: Date and Crush parties can be creative and exciting! Date functions are a little different than mixers and exchanges. They focus more on couples and pairing up. You don’t need a sorority house to hold a successful date party. Many are held off campus at event venues, clubs and outdoor locations. 

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❉ TOP 17 DATE PARTY IDEAS: 

  • Everybody Gets Leid. Hawaiian date party where everyone gets a lei and parties in grass skirts and Hawaiian clothes. Decorate with tropical flowers, palm trees and island decor.
  • Food Mascot Match-Up. Create a master list of Food Mascots. Each sister signs-up for a mascot to be her costume from the master list. Invite one fraternity with equal numbers to your sorority, or ask each sister to invite 1 guy to attend (but not as her date.) When the guys are invited, each one is randomly assigned a mascot costume from the same master list. At the party there will be 2 versions of the same mascot ~ one girl and one guy version. Each girl must find her date by locating her “matching” character. For example: Chick-Fil-A cows, Orbit Gum girls, Tony the Tigers, Mr. Peanuts, M&Ms, Burger Kings, Wendy’s, etc… The different interpretations of the same mascot are fun and make for great photos.
  • Dinner Basket Auction. The evening version of the Lunch or Picnic Box Auction. Sisters provide basket dinners for 2 and the fraternity guys bid on them, not knowing who made each basket. Buyers then share their dinner with the girl who made it. The auction proceeds go to charity. Or stage your auction with “play money” just for fun. This dinner basket party is extra fun when held at the beach, lakeside, or other appealing location.
  • Tie The Knot. Your roommate sets you up with a date, but doesn’t tell you, or the date, who you both will be attending the party with. The guy gives his tie to your roommate, she gives it to you and you wear the tie to the party. Your date has to “find” you by finding who is wearing his tie.
  • My Tie. On the afternoon of the event, the invited fraternity delivers a box of ties to the sorority house from every guy who will be attending. Each sister selects a tie and wears it to the party that evening. Whoever the tie belongs to is the sister’s date for the evening.
  • Quickie Date Dash: The social chair announces in an email, or at a chapter meeting, that everyone has 24 hours to find a date for a date party just 24 hours later. 
  • Point of No Return. No one knows the date party location except the Social Chair and President. Everyone is given a party favor clue when the couples board the bus. The bus then takes them to the party venue such as the beach or a dance club.
  • Find Your Sister A Mister. Randomly pair up each sister with another sister 24 hours before the party. Each pair must find a date for the other and ask him to attend. This is especially interesting if the sisters don’t know each other well. 
  • Handcuffed Bowling. Each couple is handcuffed together with a zip-tie, or cheap plastic handcuffs and they have to bowl that way. Award prizes to the top 3 winning couples.
  • Speed Dating. Invite a fraternity of equal size to participate. Play lively music and allow 3-5 minutes for pairs to talk to each other. Ring a bell/blow a horn and everyone must rotate conversation partners. Add energetic background music to make it even more lively.
  • Date Dash. At chapter meeting everyone is suddenly told they have 20-30 minutes to find a date. Each sister must run around campus to find someone to invite to the party. They can ask their boyfriend, an acquaintance, or even a stranger. All guest are brought back to the sorority house for the date party, or taken to an off campus location.
  • Masquerade Date Party. Each sister decorates two matching masks. One mask of the pair is collected in a box from all the sisters. The box is then delivered to a fraternity (or two frats if needed for numbers). The guys randomly pick a mast, not knowing who made it. Everyone wears their mask to the party and must find their “match.” Matching masks are dates for the evening. Decorate in a Mardi Gras theme. Give the girls lots of Mardi Gras beads and have the guys work for them by doing things like ‘craziest dance move’, or ‘sing a song.’
  • Jailhouse Date Party. One or two fraternities are invited for even numbers. Everyone is asked to dress as convicts and they’re given a prison number to pin/stick onto their chest when they arrive. Dates for the night are found via matching prison numbers. Decorate in a jailhouse theme. Variation: Down South Jailhouse for a redneck version.
  • Alphabet Soup. Ask each sister to invite 1 guy (but not as a date.) Or invite a fraternity with equal numbers. Each guest, male & female, is assigned a letter and must dress as something which begins with that letter. Letters are randomly assigned to girls and guys from A to Z. Dates connect at the party by finding their matching “letter” interpretation. Costumes can get quite creative, so finding your match should be interesting and challenging.
  • Camo Draft-A-Date. Each sister invites 2 guys to the party anonymously. During the evening, the guys must try to find out who invited them. Ask everyone to dress in camo and decorate in a patriotic military theme.
  • Paint Your Date. The messiest party ever. Sisters each invite a date and everyone is asked to wear all white “disposable” clothing. Provide gallons of water-based paint for everyone to paint their date. An outside grassy location is best. Squirt guns filled with paint are also fun for tagging others. Add a dance floor, Dj and great music. Variation: use only bright paints and provide black lights for a glow-in-the-dark paint party.
  • Costume Couples: For date parties where each girl invites her own date (no surprises or set-ups) these costume ideas are super fun ~ Famous Real Life Couples • Noah’s Ark (couples dress as the same animal) • Wizards & Witches • Food Combos (bacon & eggs) • Cartoon Couples • TV & Movie Couples • Fantasy & Storybook Couples • Social Media & Tech (Instagram and iphone) • Nature Combos (tree & koala).

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  ❉ DATE PARTY LOCATIONS: ❉

  • Beach Club 
  • Lake Club 
  • Dance Club
  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Bowling Lanes
  • Skating Rink
  • Country Farm/Barn
  • Country Western Club
  • Go-Kart Race Track
  • Archery Club
  • Golf & Country Club
  • Hotel
  • Tailgating area
  • Campus Event Facility
  • Horseback Riding Center
  • Botanical Gardens 
  • Boat Cruise
  • Winery
  • Water Park
  • Haunted House/Haunted Hay Ride
  • Park
  • Orchard 
  • Aquarium
  • Zoo
  • Batting Cages
  • Rock Wall
  • Pool 
  • Rooftop Lounge
  • Amusement Park
  • Laser Tag facility 
  • Paint Ball facility 
  • Museum event space
  • Ranch
  • Resort
  • Pub
  • Private home
  • Fairgrounds
  • Campground
  • Nature Preserve

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❉ LINK here for mixer, social & greek party THEMES: 

• Master List of Mixer Themes

• Master Mixer Theme List Part 2