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❉ 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

Hey, so my social is having a belles and gents themed social and I honestly have no idea what to wear. Any ideas? Thank you!

Asked by
katiecoble48

It depends on how far your sorority is taking the theme! Are they going all out and dressing up in hoop skirts? Is is a full on antebellum style party? Belles and Gents is probably southern and it’s usually dressier than just a regular mixer. Often the theme is used for formals, since it naturally lends itself to long dresses and romantic decorations. 

My best advice is to ASK some sisters what the dress code is for this social. Is it an “old south” look ~ or today’s feminine styles? Maybe you can wear a pretty dress with ruffles, pearls and a Kentucky Derby style hat. If it’s not a historical theme, then I presume you dress as a modern day southern belle. That could mean fashions from the Derby, Carolina Cup, or Steeplechase. Think mint juleps, Lilly dresses and a bow in your hair. xoxo :)

sorority Q&A: beach bonfire party ideas…

Q: I am my sororities social chair and we never have date parties bc of our budget however, I have an extra $500 (I know.. nothing) to try to throw a very laid back date party! I’m thinking I can do a beach bonfire since the beach is free! I can provide the bonfire and smores but is there any other ideas you think I could add as like games or something? Thank you so much!

A: I am assuming your beach date party is in the evening (and into the night) since you are having a bonfire. That limits the visibility for games and activites. Please plan your lighting to keep things safe. You can rent Tiki lamps to post around the perimeter of your party area, or string lanterns around the site. You will need more light than your bonfire for lighting. Ask each guest to bring a flashlight too. Also scope out the restroom facilities ahead of time and plan lighting there as well. You might want to bring beach towels to sit on, or have each guest bring a towel for comfort. 

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  • Play Limbo. Have two people hold the limbo stick/pole about 4 feet from the ground. Everyone in line must then go under the stick by walking forward and bending backward under the stick.  If someone touches the pole they are out. Once everyone has had a turn going under, start again by lowering the stick about 6 inches. Continue lowering the stick each round until there is only one player who can make it under the stick. Play energizing music for this game to make it even more fun. 
  • Sing along. If someone can play guitar it would be fun to have a sing along and/or a serenade by the fraternity and the sorority. You could also play a variation of “Name that Tune” if your musician is really talented. He/she plays a few bars of a popular song an the guests guess the song title. Play in co-ed teams of two to encourage mingling. You can also play snippets of recognizable songs from a laptop, phone, or ipod. 
  • Trivia night. As you sit around the bonfire, break into co-ed teams for a lively round of campus and greek trivia. Prepare the custom trivia questions ahead of time, focusing on your greek community, the university and your college town. Your guests should love this customized version of the game. Award a small prize like candy to the winning team. 
  • Beach volleyball game. If there are daytime hours in your party plans, arrange for a few games of co-ed beach volleyball. Keep it fun and casual. You will need to erect a net and bring several volleyballs. Badminton is another option that most people can play.
  • Glow in the dark. Toss glow in the dark beach balls. Provide glow sticks for your guests. Light sparklers. Play glow in the dark dodgeball. Toss a glow in the dark football. 
  • Tell ghost stories. Start a spooky story at one end of your fireside circle and have each person add to the scariness with a frightening sentence moving the story forward. Start with a strong premise, so the tale has room to grow and grow. 
  • Luau dance-off. Designate a panel of distinguished judges. Divide the guests into pairs. Provide grass skirts and leis for the contestant and host a luau dance contest. Play luau music and ask everyone to start performing their best hula dances. One by one the designated judges will tap couples on the shoulder. If a pair gets tapped, they must immediately leave the floor. The last team left dancing wins. Crown them king and queen of the beach party! 

I'm in a long distance relationship and I plan on rushing in the fall... Will being in a long distance relationship get in the way of sorority events? Will I be able to go to all of them if I don't have a date from my school?

Asked by
sssyd

Some greek events will call for a date. Many girls who have long distant boyfriends attend these socials with guy “friends,” (or possibly with some sisters.) You would hate to miss all the fun, because a boyfriend is far away. Maybe he can fly in for your sorority formal, and you go to the casual parties with male or female friends. Greek life is pretty relaxed and other greeks are always needing “dates” for events. Just going with someone, doesn’t mean an exclusive dating relationship. It’s more about having a buddy to attend co-ed socials with. It’s almost unavoidable. 

Fraternity members are always needing dates and visa versa. When you belong to a social sorority, this will come up. You may want to have an agreement with your serious boyfriend, that while you’re in college, you will attend some greek events with male acquaintances occasionally. If there is trust on both sides, this should be acceptable.

There is a big difference between hooking up with dozens of bros, and partnering with a nice male friend to enjoy a semi-formal dance. Find the right balance and you can still enjoy the good times. xoxo ;)

✿❀ inexpensive recruitment centerpiece ideas! ✿❀

Q: Do you have an ideas or inspiration for centerpieces for recruitment that are cheap but cute?

A: YES! I love DIY party decorating, especially on the “cheap.” It’s fun to create something super cute out of ordinary materials. Color coordinate the centerpieces to your themes for your early rounds, preference night and bid day party. With some smart shopping and crafting, you can create super attractive decor and impress your PNMs!

✿❀ Creating Cute DIY Centerpieces on a Budget! ✿❀

 CHEAP CONTAINER IDEAS: The expense of fancy vases can be avoided by using creative alternatives. Save even more money by purchasing containers and supplies in BULK, or at wholesale prices whenever possible. Check glassware outlets, box bulk buying, garden supply centers, discount paper stores, floral supply companies, etc… One of my favorite resources for many kinds of bulk supplies is Paper Mart. (They even sell mason jars by the case.)

If you are using flowers in your centerpiece go with the cheaper blooms. Carnations, wild flowers, gerber daisies, baby’s breath and regular daisies are all less expensive options. Save the more expensive roses for accents and ceremonies.  

  • Clay Pots. The humble clay pot can be spray painted, wrapped with fabric, tied with ribbon, decorated with designs and more. They are an ideal centerpiece vessel. 

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  • Glass Jars. Mason jars are a very popular choice for centerpieces. If they are too expensive, substitute standard glass jars, or bottles. “Regular” bottles can be spray painted or glittered to give them a more glamorous look. Plain jars can also be filled with candy, fruit, sprinkles, or paper crinkles to jazz them up.

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  • Gift Boxes. Super cheap plain boxes can be wrapped to look adorable as centerpiece containers. Or, wrap them in your theme and stack as “the” centerpiece. When using a light box as a container, they must be weighted down with sand or pebbles to balance the display above. 

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  • Bags. Paper bags are terrific cheap centerpiece containers. Bag “looks” can range from a country rustic, to chic, depending on your theme. Like boxes, if you are using a paper bag as a vessel, it should be weighted down with sand or pebbles. Decorate the paper bags to match the feeling of your party. 

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  • Tin Cans & Pails. Recycled food cans and small tin pails make for very cute containers. Using tin cans from the grocery store is the cheapest way to go. Cans can be accented with ribbon, lace, gift wrapping paper, spray painted and decorated to look charming as centerpieces. 

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CHEAP FILLER IDEAS: Beyond inexpensive flowers such as daisies and baby’s breath, you can create centerpiece drama with other materials too. Fill your container of choice with some of these affordable ideas…

  • Tissue Paper Flowers. DIY tissue paper flowers for a cheap alternative to the real thing. Add crinkle shreds and tissue paper inside the container for filler. Use your theme colors for a bright and happy display.

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  • Candy. Edible centerpieces are “sweet on greek,” especially if you order the candy online in bulk. Candy can fill a vase or “be” the arrangement instead of flowers or paper.

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  • Cute Cutouts. A fun idea is to make centerpiece arrangements out of themed paper cutouts attached to long skewers. Very inexpensive and super cute for any recruitment event.

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  • Branches. Spray paint branches you find out in nature in your theme colors. Add crystals, butterflies, paper flowers, or twinkle lights for a whimsical and super low cost centerpiece. 

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  • Paper Pinwheels. DIY pinwheels out of two-sided scrapbook paper for a charming and inexpensive centerpiece. Attach to long sticks and arrange in a simple container.

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  • Styrofoam Balls. Styrofoam balls come in many sizes. Ideal for DIY centerpieces. Styrofoam can be spray painted and embellished to look like topiaries, minnie mouse, hot air balloons and more. 

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  • Paper Lanterns. Buy colorful paper lanterns in bulk and transform them into delightful centerpieces. They can be transformed into lollipops, topiaries, flowers, etc.

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  • Balloons. The humble balloon is still a terrific cheap item to work with when making recruitment decor. Dressed up a little, a bouquet of balloons can become a stunning centerpiece. 

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☆ social sorority girl: looking for barn dance ideas… ☆

Q: What are good themes and t-shirt ideas for a barn dance? I can’t find anything cute that’s country themed!

A: Western, country and barn dance themes can be really cute! Country/western elements to use in tee shirt designs and decor include: barn, farm, cowboy boots, bandana print, bales of hay, mason jars, sunflowers, cowboy hat, spurs, wagon wheel, cactus, wooden fence, “wood” font letters, scrollwork, horses, stars, rope, pistols, wanted poster, etc…

☆ These are some of my fave inspirational designs:

• sweet elite sponsor METRO GREEK:

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For themed mixers and such, where do you find all of the clothing and outfits? Is there a strategy to doing so?

Asked by
tequilateena

Many of the best costumes come from thrift stores! Hopefully there is a Goodwill, Salvation Army, or local charity shop near your campus. They always seem to have a Hawaiian shirt when you need it. Also shop at Party City, The Dollar Store and discount outlets for make-your-own costume items. 

Another source for greek social clothing is your own school uniforms, girl scout accessories, work uniforms (everything from lab coats to waitress aprons), old halloween costumes from years past, prom dresses, dance recital wear, drama club costumes, pageant clothes, western shirts, etc… Lots of ‘old’ apparel can be turned into party fashions. 

Hats, headbands with ears, tails and make-up are all ways to create a costume without even having a full outfit. Wear all black and accessorize in your theme. Sometimes making a “sign” out of poster board is enough for a mixer. Inexpensive costume jewelry, feather boas, tutus, tiaras and colored tights are all key accessories for building a look. With a hot glue gun and some creativity, you can pull together a look for any costume event. xoxo ;)

Basic Apparel Examples for Theme Parties: 

  • A Plaid Shirt works for western, country fair, lumberjack, farmer, construction worker, 
  • A Plaid Pleated Skirt works for naughty school girl, kindergarten, secretary, flight attendant. 
  • Pair of Wings or Tutu works for fairy, angel, butterfly, fantasy princess, toddler beauty pageant.  
  • Leopard Print Anything works for jungle, zoo animals, tribal, tropical, night club. 
  • Strands of Fake Pearls works for under the sea, flapper, 50’s glam, breakfast at tiffany’s, 
  • Hawaiian Shirt works for luau, tacky tourist, tropical, jungle, around the world. 
  • ETC!!

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