Can you believe that it is already August??? School is almost here! As we all know, the stress that comes along with new classes, work, and sorority life in general, can really frustrate people. Your chapter may have been so busying focusing on how to raise more money, how to recruit more girls, or how to look better on campus, all which are extremely important, that they may overlook sisterhood! All of this stress can really take the fun out of sorority life, which is supposed to be fun! Host an entire night dedicated to what you do best: having fun with your sisters, which can help to rebuild any broken sisterhood! Check out the tips below or CL intern Biana’s post ( http://collegelifestyles.org/2010/08/cls-tips-to-a-fabulous-girls-night-in/ ) and the tips below!
*Serve Fun Food!
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Everyone knows that the best parts of a meal are the appetizers and desserts! So, at your sisterhood girls’ night in, serve tasty finger foods that remind you of your restaurants favorite dishes! Some popular, quick, and healthy ideas include:
Here is a healthy twist on a classic! On a oven-safe platter, layer baked tortilla chips, which taste just as good as the original! Then, drain and rinse canned black beans, and mash them well with a fork, or a potato masher. Place the mashed beans over the chips, and then layer fresh diced tomatoes, sliced scallions, and shredded fat free cheddar cheese. Place the platter in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted, which should be about five to ten minutes. Cover the nachos with fat free sour cream or fat free plain Greek yogurt (which is amazing as a sour cream substitute!!!) and enjoy!!!
Cut up raw carrots, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, or any other vegetable that you have on hand, or that your sisters like, and attractively arrange it on a plate. Pair the veggies with store bought hummus (hummus is yummus!), so people can dip and enjoy!
-Sweet Potato Skins
Sweet potatoes have a lot more nutrients than white potatoes do! For a healthy spin on this tried and true classic, wash the potatoes, and prick them with a fork. Cook them in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes, or until a fork can be easily inserted. Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, and layer them with the toppings of your choice! Some ideas include fat free sour cream, crumbled low fat turkey bacon, scallions, and fat free cheddar cheese! Yum!
Some silly cupcake designs!
Serve “do it yourself” desserts! People love to assemble food themselves, and cupcake decorating would be a fun activity for your sisters to do together! Purchase or bake enough plain, unfrosted cupcakes for each of your sisters. On your table or counter top, arrange cans of frosting, along with spreading knives, and a variety of decorations, such as m&m’s, sprinkles, dried coconut, gum drops, or any other type of candy, so that everyone can decorate their cupcake however they would like!
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Another fun DIY dessert is cold s’mores! Instead of having to go out to roast the marshmallows, have everyone spread a thin layer of marshmallow fluff onto one graham cracker half, and a thin layer of chocolate frosting onto another graham cracker half. Press the two halves together, and you have a perfect s’more, with a perfect gooey consistency!
*Watch Funny Films!
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Everyone is exhausted from reading literature that gives them a headache! Give them a break, and provide them with a lighthearted film, where they can relax their minds! Need a suggestion? Check out CL intern Briana’s post about chick flicks ( http://collegelifestyles.org/2010/07/this-classy-coeds-favorite-chick-flicks/ )! My chapter personally loves The House Bunny!
*Get to Really Know Your Sisters!
My pledge class having fun at a girls' night in!
So you may spend hours with your sisters each week, and you may know all about their favorite things to do, but do you know all of their random facts? Do you know the name of the first boy they kissed? Or do you know all of the details about how their grandparents came to this country?
Before the guests arrive, type up random questions on paper. These questions can be about anything!!! Great ideas include: favorite childhood vacation, possible names for future children, animal that they would like to be, etc. Print out these questions, cut them into strips, and put them into a bowl! Have all of your sisters sit in a circle, and the girls can then pass the bowl around, answering their questions out loud. Just make sure this is done one at a time so that everyone can hear what they have to say! Everyone will learn more about one another, and probably have a good laugh at some of the responses!
How do you have fun on a night in?
Christine Palaski is an intern with College Lifestyles. She is a nursing major and a proud sister of Delta Delta Delta at Adelphi University. As much as she enjoys going out, she finds it fun to stay in too!