First I would look for a chapter which is not the biggest party sorority on campus! If you keep your eyes and ears open and you have a good sixth sense, you should be able to tell the active partiers from the more reserved sisterhoods. During rush you want to make a match in lifestyle and overall personality.
After that, you will find that even the quietest chapters like to have fun now and then. Almost everyone enjoys a few drinks on the weekend, and you will need to adapt to this for the rest of your life. Somehow you need to join the fun and drink non-alcoholic beverages while others enjoy beer and wine. After college you will need to socialize with your co-workers and not make them feel uncomfortable, so it’s wise to learn this skill early on.
Just attend the greek socials and drink 7-up or Coke. Problem solved. If you are holding a red solo cup, no one cares what’s in it. As long as you don’t look down on other greeks for enjoying themselves you won’t have any issues. Avoid being judgmental and volunteer to be the designated driver! Your sisters will love you for that.
The only way you would run in to trouble is if you stand at a party empty handed with a sour expression on your face. That would look stupid. So put a cup in your hand, start dancing and have as much fun as any other sorority girl. Many members don’t drink, or they don’t over do the alcohol. It’s perfectly Ok to not partake ~ as long as you don’t make it a problem. xoxo ;)
a FROZEN theme bid day would be CUTE too!
Building bonds between sorority chapters is a terrific idea for every panhellenic council. Having fun together is a great way to promote unity and strengthen greek life on campus! One of the best ways to socialize is to match sorority chapters 2 by 2 for a semester at a time. That way the two chapters can get to know each other better and the group size stays manageable. Rotate the pairs each semester.
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- Sorority spa day. In an event room, set up nail and make-up stations for the sisters. Play music and serve fun food like popcorn, cupcakes, or other favorite treats.
- Ice Cream Social. Build your own sundaes and socialize. Add something fun like waffles and cookies to make ice cream sandwiches. Theme the event “retro” or “southern” for extra sparkle.
- Hike and Picnic. Host a panhel hike in your local nature reserve or scenic area. Hike around the lake or hike the woodland trail. End your excursion with a fun box lunch picnic.
- Museum, history, or art tour. Gather for a tour of your downtown art galleries. museums, or historical area. Play tourists in your college town. Like a pub crawl without the pubs! Historic shopping districts make for fun tours too.
- Bowling tournament. Make it Neon themed for extra fun.
- Ice skating/roller skating party. A joint sisterhood skate is always a fun idea!
- Karaoke night. Sing your way to stronger panhellenic unity.
- Fashion swap. Host a joint handbag, accessory, or clothing swap between chapters. Everyone brings a fashion item to switch. Like a cookie swap, but with clothes and accessories instead. Perfume also makes a great swap item.
- Craft night & swap. Supply the crafting materials for the group, such as inexpensive wood picture frames (or small boxes), paints and accents. Each sister crafts for the other chapter! The frames are then swapped with a fun game or “auction.” Ornaments, pillow cases and tee shirts are also great items to decorate.
- Cook Off. Enjoy an evening of cooking together. Build pizzas, grill hamburgers, or make tacos in mixed chapter teams. Take turns serving the fun foods to the other teams.
- Ceramic or canvas painting. Host a sister to sister creative party at your local ceramic or art studio. Everyone creates an art piece in your panhellenic theme. Display your canvases or pottery later on campus to promote panhel pride.
- Sisterhood Quilt. Gather together and ask each sister to decorate a quilt square with fabric paint and other accents. After both sororities are finished, have a seamstress sew the squares into a quilt. After all the sororities have completed their partner quilts, display them gallery style for everyone to enjoy. Or create one large all-panhellenic quilt that represents all chapters on campus.
- Chic flick slumber party. Invite your partner chapter over for a girly slumber party and movie marathon. Play games and have fun staying up all night watching romantic movies. An alternative theme is Bad Movie night, where you screen the worst movies every made.
- Into the woods. Go camping together or stay in some mountain cabins. Roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories, hike, ride bikes and enjoy the out of doors together.
- Seasonal events. Go apple picking, visit the pumpkin patch, enjoy a corn maze, go sledding, host a pool party, etc. Almost any seasonal event you would enjoy as a sisterhood, you can also do with a panhellenic partner.
- Death by chocolate. Every sister must bring something chocolate to share. A chocolate pot luck! Combine the chocolate theme with a Candyland board game tournament for a total sweet themed event. An alternate idea is to have one chapter bring chocolate and the other bring strawberry or vanilla for variety.
- Mocktail party. Each chapter brings the ingredients for virgin drinks. Have fun blending and mixing different mocktails. Provide snacks and entertainment to round out your social.
- Flashback social. Step back in time and host a joint sorority social at a place like Chuck E Cheese or Build A Bear. Be a kid again and have a blast doing the fun things you once did as girls.
- White elephant swap. You don’t have to wait until Christmas to host a white elephant gift exchange. Ask each sister to bring a worst/tackiest thrift store item they can find. Every gift must be under $5. Dressing as tacky tourists would also fit the theme.
- A for Action events. Do something you might not normally do as a sorority! Many companies will ‘come to you’ or you can go to them for an extra active experience. For example ~
- go-cart racing
- laser tag
- powderpuff football
- skeet shooting
- zip wire
- boot camp workout
- learn & play cricket
- rock wall climbing
- cave exploring
- foam party
- martial arts
- soccer or volleyball game
- belly dancing
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Not really sure if my last message sent, by my chapter is having a Italian wedding Formal and I have no idea what to put on our shirts that we are making. I'm in Alpha Chi Omega so our colors are red and green aka the Italian flag. If you have any feedback that would be amazing. xo
The theme sounds fun! Here are some brainstorming ideas for adding Italian flair. Hopefully you blend some of them into your Italian Wedding theme and AXO. Some strong graphics and colors will also help. The design team at the shirt company you are working with should be able to help with the images.
- My big fat Italian wedding (a take on the greek wedding title)
- Via Italia!
- Viva Italia!
- I now pronounce you… Amor Roma!
- Buona notte! (good night)
- Just Married
- Eat, Drink & Be Married
- To Rome with Love
- To Have & to Hold
- I DO - Italian Wedding Formal, AXO, date
If you take a wedding and/or an Italian phrase, combine it with the Italian colors and images, then add your formal title and sorority details it will say everything you need.
I'm Alum Relations chair for my chapter and I have to plan a Parent's Day on a very VERY low budget (we're talking maybe $50 here) and I was trying to think of some cute themes that I could make work with such a low budget. We did a "Pinterest" themed potluck last year and that worked out really well. I tried searching your tags for themes, but I couldn't find any! Any suggestions?
LINK HERE to my master list of themes from A to Z (for bid days, but they can apply to other events too). The link can also be found on my FAQ page in the Chapter Life section! Many simple themes like western, luau, or down on the farm would work for a potluck. If everyone brings there own food, then all you have to worry about is some room and table decoration to make it festive. Hopefully with some clever DIY, you can create some cute decor. I would also look into borrowing things like bales of hay or potted palms. Picking your own fresh flowers and arranging them in ‘collected’ vases, is another way to spruce up your space on a dime. Have fun! xoxo ;)
YES! Non-partiers can find a place in greek life too! Sororities and fraternities are social organizations, so there will always be an emphasis on social interaction of all kinds, but that doesn’t mean you have to drink your brains out. You have the free will to attend more “dry” sisterhood socials, or spend your time volunteering and crafting, instead of partying your nights away at frat houses.
It’s up to you to find your own socializing style. It’s easy to get swept away in the party whirlwind as a new member. Striking a balance between social time, academics and other interests is something all sisters have to do. Your balance may be less partying and more sports or studying. As long as you don’t mind other members attending events, then it’s Ok for you to choose your own path. If you rush, look for the chapters which focus on the activities you really enjoy. If you make a solid match on bid day, you will be surrounded by other sisters who also don’t party all the time. xoxo ;)
I think you will need to check the policies of your campus in regards to “gambling” in relation to a casino night event. Different places (states, universities & Panhellenic councils) have different rules for ‘games of opportunity’ and fundraising. In some places even raffles are tricky. It all depends on the policies in your area.
There are event companies which rent the gaming tables and can provide the trained operators/dealers for each game. Or you can try to DIY the games. I would recommend getting estimates on a package of tables and dealers. You also want to have a fun photo booth, food & drink and maybe a silent auction or raffle as well. I hope it will be approved for your sorority and you can raise lots of money! xoxo ;)
MORE sorority sugar themes from A to Z for your next sorority/fraternity mixer - exchange - social - swap - invite - crush - date party!!
- Alphabet Soup ~ everyone shows up dressed as something that starts with the first letter of their name. It gets interesting with the more difficult letters.
- Amazing Amish ~ following the trend of popular Amish reality shows, host an all Amish costume mixer.
- Best of the South & South of the Border
- British Invasion ~ host a croquet, cricket, regatta, or polo theme party complete with finger sandwiches, tea, champagne and preppy/British attire.
- Candyland ~ decorate with a candy theme and serve sweet drinks. Guests come dressed as their favorite treats.
- Chuck E Cheese After Dark ~ guests relive their childhood.
- Crazy Hair Happening ~ guests must make their hair look the craziest.
- Debutante Debauchery ~ host a co-ed etiquette class, followed by a food fight and waltz lessons.
- Disney Dreams & Football Teams
- Favorite You Tube Character
- Fur Ball ~ come dressed as a cat or dog and bring pet toys to donate to a local animal shelter.
- Handcuffed Bowling ~ couples are united with fake plastic handcuffs for an evening of bowling.
- Happiest Place on Earth ~ everyone comes dressed as their happy place.
- Land Before Time ~ dinosaurs and pre-historic girls.
- Noah’s Ark ~ couples dress as the same animal.
- Obscure Tailgating ~ select the “oddest” sport on your campus and plan a complete pre-game tailgate bash before the competition. Go all out with school spirit for your badminton, water polo, or bowling team.
- Pancakes & Pajamas ~ break things up with a morning brunch party instead of another nighttime rager.
- Preachers & Sunday School Teachers
- Scrabble ~ everyone wears a large Scrabble letter and you spell out words for pictures.
- Seeing Red ~ all attire, decorations and food must be red. Dye food with food coloring if needed. Theme a color social to your sorority colors, such as Seeing Purple, Seeing Pink, Seeing Blue, etc.
- Sexy Joggers & Rugged Loggers
- Sloppy Seconds ~ thrift store clothes required.
- Seussical – everyone dresses as their favorite Dr. Seuss character and brings a children’s book to donate to a library, school or family services program. Serve wacky drinks and Green Eggs and Ham.
- Temptress Teachers & Mythical Creatures
- Ten Year Reunion ~ what will you be in 10 years?
- Tops or Bottoms ~ take your pick. The other half must be anything but clothes.
- more TV Land ideas ~ theme your social to a popular TV show. For example, Sleepy Hollow, Reign, Walking Dead, Duck Dynasty, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, etc.
- Two Yards ~ everyone must come dressed in two yards of fabric.
- Water World ~ everyone wears white and only water is served. Play water pong, water card & drinking games and host a water tasting contest with the many flavored waters.
- White Trash Wedding or White Trash Christmas
- You Are What You Eat ~ food costumes only!
- Zip-Ties & Mai Tais ~ couples are zip tied together and share mai tais.
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✿ link here to the sorority sugar greek mixer theme list from A to Z PART 1!!!