As winter creeps in closer, it’s time to start planning an incredible 2022 formal. If you’re feeling stuck, uninspired, or like you’ve exhausted every theme idea in the book, no worries! These winter formal themes are sure to make this season an unforgettable one. Get a head start on the frat formal party planning this year. Draw inspiration from some of the most unique formal themes out there, and give your community a night to remember.

Make this Season’s Frat Formal Unforgettable

There are a ton of moving pieces when it comes to planning the seasonal formal. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, especially if this is your first year as chair. It all starts with finding the right theme. From there, everything else can fall into place naturally. The decor, dress code, food, and entertainment will follow suit. Bring your chapter together with these enticing themes:

  1. Black and White Ball

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it gives people a reason to dress in their finest. A Black and White Ball is just that – everything, even down to the dress code, is black and white. Men can come dressed in tuxedos, and women can dress in either black, white, or both. The decor is likewise strictly black and white as well. This is a sophisticated twist on a traditional formal, and guests will soak up the elegance.

  1. Baywatch, Nautical, or Shipwreck Extravaganza

For something a bit more laid back and fun, bring some summer vibes into this year’s winter formal. Nautical themes are easy to work with and bring to life. Set up a photo booth with a shipwrecked backdrop. Encourage nautical attire like sailor’s costumes or even pirate costumes. You can even incorporate a treasure hunt into the evening for an added element of surprise.

  1. Masquerade Formal

Of course, who doesn’t love an air of mystery? Guests can even get creative at this year’s formal with an ornate mask. Of course, the dress code can be as extravagant or elegant as you decide. Entertainment can include a DJ or even a live band. Additionally, a masquerade formal will bring the community together in the spirit of mystery and class.

  1. A “Met” Gala

Host your very own “Met” Gala at this season’s formal. The Met Gala is known for its artistic costumes and attire. Encourage your guests to dress in their very own Met Gala-inspired creations. It’ll be fun to see what people come up with, and it’ll certainly be a night to remember.

  1. Go for Gold

Similarly to a Black and White Ball, a “Go for Gold” party means everything is entirely gold. This can also tie into an “Ancient Greek Olympics” theme, where competitive games are held for trophies or prizes. Encourage guests to show up in all gold. Some may even spray-paint their bodies gold! A gold formal is an unforgettable way to wrap up the season.

What Makes a Fraternity Formal Great?

Beyond just an awesome theme, a fraternity formal requires attentive details and planning. It’s also all the more enjoyable when there’s a charity-worthy reason to attend. Consider also setting up a fundraiser at this season’s formal and donating to a charitable cause. 

Make sure you also set a reasonable budget. It’s easy to get carried away with party planning, and a budget can keep things in line. Make your winter frat formal as “formal” or casual as you’d like. Remember, this is an event made by the community, for the community. All in all, keep it simple, fun, and enjoyable for all.

Fraternities that Formal Together, Stay Together 

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