This year my sorority’s bid day theme was circus - imagine a pastel, candy-filled, tutu-wearing wonderland. Everyone knows the bid day tank is the most important part of this monumental occasion. Our tank tops stated “Come one come all to the greatest sorority of them all” in an ode to the circus experience. Each sister held a sign in the shape of a circus tent welcoming the newest members. Back at the house, we had a photo-booth, snow-cone and popcorn machines, and a gigantic candy bar.
If you’re over the tank top-wearing type of bid day, consider going the classier route with a Kentucky Derby theme. Out dress all the other sororities by having everyone wear sundresses and bows. Give out horse-shaped signs to the new members along with monogrammed hats for each girl. Decorate the sorority house in Lily Pulitzer decor with a bunch of pastel accents. This type of classy event is a unique twist to the stereotypical bid day theme and it’s sure to go over great with the new members.
We all know it’s a competition of who has the cutest bid day theme so why not encourage the competition by having a sports themed event? Shirts that say “a league of our own” are a great option to pair with a cute baseball hat. Serving stadium food like hotdogs, caramel popcorn, and soft-serve ice cream goes perfectly with the theme. To end the day hold a friendly competition of softball and the newest sisters are sure to have a good time.
Mardi Gras might be just one day a year, but it doesn’t mean you can’t relive it at your bid day event. Decorate the sorority house in purple, yellow, and green streamers with peacock accents. Offering a photo-booth with masks and bead necklaces as props is always a good idea as well. As for food, serving southern comfort food is a perfect fit for this New Orleans party.