Bid day is a day that will live on in the minds of your new initiates for many years, if not forever. It’s the day that they learn that they are wanted by a popular sorority chapter on campus. It’s so good to feel wanted. Make it a special day that they won’t soon forget. If you’re looking for unforgettable bid day ideas, this is a good place to start.
Community Service Initiative
Guaranteed, when you make a difference in your community and show your new potentials how committed you are to service, it will be an experience that you and they won’t forget. The rush of energy that you get when you know that you helped someone, whether it’s a school full of young students, a food drive, or people who need a kind face at a soup kitchen, is hard to describe. So, try to incorporate a service project into your bid day activities to make it more memorable. It will help inspire your potential new members to do more, and get them ready for the community service activities required by your chapter.
Those Who Cook Together, Stay Together
Once your bids are distributed and everyone is excited, this is a perfect time to start the bonding process. Cooking is an amazing and satisfying way to build relationships between future sorority sisters as well as your current members. Choose something simple and fun, like pizzas with tons of toppings. Wear Greek lettered aprons and chef’s hats while cooking.
Foam Party Fun
Nothing says fun quite like a foam party. Rent a foam machine and fill up the floor of your well-decorated party room. Once your candidates receive their bids, bring them inside and surprise them with an impromptu foam party, preferably in the middle of the day. Music, balloons, congratulation banners, and… lots of foam! Remember to get sorority gifts and party favors to give your potential new members after your day of fun.
Stars and Stripes
Being patriotic doesn’t just have to be about loyalty to the red, white, and blue, but also to your sorority and its traditional colors! A “stars and stripes” bid day theme will help you and your new candidates show deference for both the country and sorority you love. Let your flags and banners fly and dress in patriotic-themed sorority shirts, Greek lettered hats, and buttons.
Willy Wonka “Golden Ticket”
For many, the classic movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a fond childhood memory. Create a Willy Wonka themed bid day for your chosen candidates.
Have the crew dress up as your favorite characters from the Willy Wonka movie, and allow your membership intake coordinator to be Willy Wonka – top hat and all. Design your bids like golden tickets to make receiving one so much more special.
1920s Paris Themed Bid Day
If you ask women what their favorite time and place is in history, many will say the 1920s in Paris, France. This was a period of so much creativity, fun, new dances, and fashion, and Paris was a central location where so many musicians, artists, and writers met. Consider transforming the common room in your chapter house into a scene from 1920s Paris for bid day. Use the movie Midnight in Paris as inspiration. Be sure to ask your bid recipients to come dressed in 1920s costumes or as their favorite artist from the time. It will be an experience they’ll remember for a very long time.
Beachy Bid Day Vibes
Instead of having your bid day on campus, why not have it at the beach? If you are having intake this spring and the weather will be just right, invite your new potentials to your local beach for fun, sun, and the great news that you want them to join your sorority. They’ll probably appreciate having an excuse to get away from school for a while and hang out with you and your sorority sisters. Here’s a bid day gift idea for your attendees: Greek lettered beach towels.
Aren’t you excited for bid day? Times that by 10 for your potential new members! They probably can’t wait to become a part of your organization and get to know you more. Remember to stay safe at your upcoming event, and be sure everyone stays masked up indoors. You and your fellow members can all order matching sorority masks to show that you are not only stylish, but also responsible and safe!