Date party season is upon us! Whether your chapter chooses to do a planned or spontaneous date event, we have faith that everyone will have fun! We have some favorite themes and locations for date dashes, we hope you get some valuable ideas.
Dynamic Duos/Famous Couples
Although kind of cliche, couples always manage to come up with really creative costumes. This is a fun idea if you want to dress up! You can do this theme for a "formal" too if you want to switch it up from the regular formal-wear. Examples: Clark Kent and Lois Lane, Barbie and Ken, Jim and Pam from The Office, etc.
Draft a Date
There is a few ways you can do this theme. A sister can invite a guy anonymously to the party, and the guy will try to find out who invited him. Or a sister can "draft" a date for another sister, so the dates will still be anonymous. Dress in a camo theme, which is always easy, or overall patriotic theme.
During the holidays, there are so many options for date dash ideas! For Halloween, bring a guy to visit a Haunted House or scary maze through a pumpkin patch. Your chapter can rent buses to transport everyone there, and everyone will have dates to protect them through the scary haunted houses :)
Around Christmastime, go to an ice rink! You can bundle up in your scarves, jackets and fuzzy socks and go ice skating with your dates. Everyone will be trying not to fall but it will still be a great time!
Nautical is always such a fun theme! This can also be a formal that you turn into a costume party. You can ask your date in a fun way (like the cooler above).
If you live near water, you can also turn this theme into a boat party, where you rent a boat for the night and dress up. They will have music and a bar too! Just make sure you bring a shawl or jacket; it gets cold out there!
This theme goes hand-in-hand with the ice skating date dash; it's generally the same concept. For this idea, you can turn it into a 70's themed skate, and wear awesome neon colors.
Have a member of a fraternity come over beforehand and bring his brothers' ties (has to be even number) for the girls to randomly choose from. When the fraternity members arrive for the date party, they will find their date and their tie. This is more of a mixer idea, but you can also do it another way.
Have one of your sisters pick a date for you, get his tie and give it to you. She will invite him, but the date is still anonymous to both of you until he shows up at the date party!
Champagne and Shackles
This theme was very popular when I was in college! How we did it was the girl would provide the handcuffs (you can also use a tie) and the guy would buy the champagne. This is an awesome way to get to know someone! We did this anonymously, all the guys would buy champagne and then we would pair randomly.
Check if the baseball team in your city has any College Nights (discounted tickets and discounted group prices) and plan out your date dash for that night. The guys will love this one (you know, sports). Plus, stadium food is the best!!
I've heard of this idea going two ways: you can either do a standard bowling game or be handcuffed to your partner while bowling. The latter is obviously harder. Make prizes for the highest 3 scoring couples!
In our opinion, whatever themes you can make spontaneous are the best. We heard of a fraternity taking away their pledges' cell phones and giving them 30 minutes to find a date. We think that's awesome!! It puts everyone outside their comfort zone a little bit and makes the whole thing more fun! ♥