A Bowling Party

After teasing you with some of the DIY details for the last few days, the full bowling party post is here!

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This was a really fun party for me.  Hosting a mixed gender twin party is sometimes difficult as Luke and Lila get older and have different interests so we opted to go with a very gender-neutral, old-school bowling party.

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Both twins love anything active and I thought they’d have a great time bowling with their friends.

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We hosted the party at a local bowling alley but opted not to do a full party package.

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  Instead, we rented two lanes, paid for unlimited drinks for the partygoers, and set up our own party table right by the lanes.  It worked out so well and the kids really seemed to have a great time.

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I love adding homemade details to a party and although this party wasn’t over-the-top at all {none of my parties are}, I was able to add a lot of personal elements.

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I put vinyl dots on the balloons to make them look like bowling balls and added duct tape stripes to the forks to make them look like pins …

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… and made a fabric and wood banner attached with coiled wire {like this banner}.  I borrowed our number seven from my bedroom shelf and displayed the bowling lollipops in a silver tin.

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The cake and cupcakes were so simple to make but looked really cute.  For the pin cake, I simply made a 9×13 cake, cut it into a pin shape, and iced it.  The cupcakes were equally simple.

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I frosted a batch of cupcakes with white icing, then cut circles out of fondant.  I was inspired by these cupcakes but used a straw to cut the fingerholes rather than use icing on top.

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Drinks were served in styrofoam cups but I brought labels with red stripes {like bowling pins}.  Not only did they look cute, they kept the kids from mixing up their cups.

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And I couldn’t resist bringing some red striped paper straws!

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When it was time to serve the cake, I placed the candles in bowling ball candleholders.

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To make the candleholders, I painted wooden beads black, then added white dots for fingerholes.

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Luke and Lila were easily recognized in their birthday bowling shirts

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… and they had a great time with their friends.

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It was such a fun time for all of us, celebrating Luke and Lila’s seventh birthday!

Comments

  1. Meredith Utley says

    Where did you get the marble looking paper plates? Been looking everywhere and can’t seem to find them! I love these and would love to know where you got them.
    Thanks so much,
    Meredith

    • Randi Dukes says

      Meredith … I can’t remember exactly where I got them but hopefully you can find them with a google search.