Last June my GrandBig (my big sister’s big sister) turned the big 2-1. Generally, you just make a paddle for your big sister. But I’d noticed on Pinterest that some girls decided to make their GBig a mini paddle as well and thought it would make a cute meaningful birthday present. Here are some examples that inspired me.
It is a tradition in the Greek community to decorate a paddle for your big brother or sister. Most little bothers or sisters make a standard size paddle that is 3o inches long. Greek stores and websites carry these paddles with traditional handles and handles in the shape of an organization’s letters, symbol or mascot.
On Friday of big/little week, we have reveal. In my chapter, the sisters all stand in a circle grouped by families (big, little, grandbig, etc.) who choose a theme and dress up in costumes. Our new members are given a candle and come outside in small groups. They must walk around until they find the candle that matches their own. Whoever holds the matching candle is their big sister. While they walk around, we sing traditional Phi Mu songs about sisterhood.
On the Tuesday of Fall 2013 big/little week we gave our littles frames. They could be store bought or we could decorate them ourselves. I chose to buy plain wooden frames from the craft store and personalize them to my littles’ preferences. Outside of big/little week this is an awesome, easy, and cheap gift for anyone and any occasion.
I surprised one of my littles last week with a special delivery to her dorm. I took a basic fishbowl and personalized it for big/little week. This is one of the easiest crafts you can make for your little, but she is sure to appreciate the thought behind it.
On the third day of the week, littles received a canvas from their big sisters. We were given the freedom to do anything—initials, monograms, quotes, etc.
On the last day of Big/Little week, littles receive a quatrefoil from their big sister. They all have the names of the big and little sisters, three stars for the three founders of Phi Mu, the semester and year, and “Lil Sis” and “Big Sis”. Other than that, each is personalized by the big sister.