big/little problems: worrying about personalized crafting...
Q: Big/Little week is soon approaching. I have a little, my first little! I want to make her things/ decorate it to her liking so she’ll actually use it. We have to do a clipboard, badge box, tumbler, canvas, gift basket and the big/little reveal shirts. I’m trying to stalk her interests the best i can, but i just don’t want to mess up. What do you suggest?
A: Don’t be afraid of pleasing your new little. She will LOVE whatever you craft for her! There’s no need to personalize your gifts completely to her favorite activities. I think you may be putting too much pressure on yourself. A badge box doesn’t need to depict her favorite TV show. A pretty sorority theme, or a classy monogram design, would be perfect.
If you know her favorite color, or overall “style,” that’s more than enough to get crafting. Aim to make your items super sorority sweet and you can’t go wrong. By using your chapter colors, jewels, mascot, flowers and symbols you can create some real masterpieces. Add a popular graphic such as a chevron pattern, Lilly floral, tribal design, or paisley print. For example, if you create a lovely clipboard with a snappy design and pearl accents, she will adore it. Focus on making beautiful gifts and you will be successful.
Ways to make crafts more personal ~
Include your little’s monogram on tumblers, bows, canvases, boxes, etc.
Use some of your little’s favorite colors or patterns.
Mod Podge a big/little photo into the design.
Include your big/little names and dates.
Paint a special quote that represents your relationship, or your little’s special personality.
Represent your little’s home state in your design.
If the pieces represent your sorority and include a personal accent, they will touch the heart of your new little. Let your creativity flow and the love will show in your creations. xoxo ;)
Q: My big is getting married in a couple of months. Any ideas about how to incorporate our sorority into the big day? I’m one of her bridesmaids so I really wanna make it special!!
A: For a sorority wedding, one of my favorite traditions is the Badge Bouquet! Pin the bridesmaid’s badges to the wedding bouquet, along with the bride’s badge. This is so sentimental and makes a wonderful photo too!
Or, the sorority bridesmaid’s can pin their badges to their own bouquets. Badges can also be pinned to the inside of a wedding gown at the neckline or underneath a strap.
💐 Bring LOTS of Sorority Charm to a Wedding: 💐
Serenade: Sorority sisters form a circle around the bride and serenade her with special chapter songs. There will be tears!
Big/little Pics: Take photos in your traditional big/little “stacked” pose.
Sorority Photo Frame: Design a photo frame, chalkboard sign, or garland especially for the sorority sisters to pose with.
Sorority Blooms: Use your special sorority flowers throughout the wedding.
Photo Exhibit: Display several sorority photos in elegant silver frames on the “family history” table.
Sorority Shadowbox: Design and display a sorority shadowbox celebrating your sisterhood memories.
Hand Signs: Stage a wedding guest and bridal party throw what you know.
Sisterhood Video: Shoot a bridal video to be shown at the rehearsal dinner, bachelorette party, or reception featuring the bride’s sorority sisters wishing the bride a happy future and reminiscing about college days.
Greek Groom’s Cake: If the groom was in a fraternity, represent both bride and groom’s houses on the groom’s cake.
Bridesmaid’s Sparkle: Order matching necklaces or bracelets for the sorority bridesmaids to wear. They should feature your sorority mascot, symbol, or jewel.
Little Touches: Bring your sorority colors or insignia into the wedding favors, bridal party koozies, bridal party spirit jerseys, bridesmaid’s robes and other wedding day accessories.
Saying Sign: Design a pretty sign with your sorority motto, creed, or favorite inspirational quote. Place it on a small easel for decoration.
Sister Guest Plaque: Paint and decorate a pretty wedding plaque (or wood monogram), display it at the reception and ask all the sorority sisters to autograph it with best wishes. Sorority members in attendance can sign it during the reception.
Wedding Cooler: Paint a “greek style” cooler for the bride and groom to take on their honeymoon.
Lavalier Love: Add the bride and the groom’s lavaliers to the wedding bouquet.
Music: Include the bride’s favorite sorority music in the wedding ceremony, or have it played it at the reception.
Symbol Sugar: Add sorority symbols into the floral arrangements, centerpieces, cookies, and wedding cake… For example, add anchors to a Delta Gamma wedding, crowns for a Zeta Tau Alpha wedding, and fleur de lis or golden keys for a Kappa Kappa Gamma nuptial.
Ceremony Reading: During the wedding ceremony,have a well spoken sister give a meaningful reading that expresses the sorority’s values.
Greek Garter Charm: Add a sorority symbol or greek letter charm to the bride’s garter.
Ice Sculpture: Design a stunning sorority symbol ice sculpture!
Sisterly Toast: Ask a poised sister to give a toast to the bride and groom at the reception.
Wedding Party & Guest Gifts: Give greek themed favors to the wedding party and guests.
Greek Letters: Include greek letter marquee lights, or floral greek letters in the reception decorations.