formal season only means one thing…

A cute, creative and crafty cooler.

Southern sororities are known for many things, such as wearing sunglasses and sun hats to football games, always wearing their pearl earrings and necklaces and displaying nothing but southern charm.  But one thing that really stands out with southern sororities among the rest, are their infamous coolers for formals, away weekends or events.

There is nothing northern sorority girls like more than trying to bring southern traditions to their own school.  Which is why this formal season, I took it upon myself to be the first to make a cooler, not for a fraternity’s formal, but for our own.  Typically, the date makes the cooler for the fraternity formal they get invited too.  However, my date is not in a fraternity so we would only be attending a sorority formal this year. 

This was my first cooler and I had no idea where to even begin.  That is where the fabulous world of social media comes into play!  I searched on Pinterest for “frat coolers” and found so many amazing coolers that inspired me even more.  Then, I went on Facebook and joined a group called “The Cooler Connection”, it is open to the Facebook public.  On the group page there are files, photos, FAQ’s, and every piece of information you could ever need when it comes to making a formal cooler.

The most important aspect of making a cooler is to personalize it to the specific persons interests.  Whether it is their favorite clothing brand, sports teams, beer, etc. you want to make sure you personalize it to show them that you put a lot of effort into creating your masterpiece.  Below are some pictures of my first cooler I made for my date for my last sorority formal.  It took me about a week, on and off, but I could not be happier with the way it came out!



If you have other traditions that you do for formals, away weekend or events, I’d love to know!  Please feel free to share with me how you get creative!