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.

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

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

  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.

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 …

… 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.

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.

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

… 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!

Randi Dukes About Randi Dukes

I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. The details in this party are so amazing! I love the balloons and the silverware. You are so creative. Great job! Looks like everyone had a blast.

  2. Which pic do I pin??? This party is so fun! Those cupcakes are so neat! Your twins are just too cute. I bet they loved it!

  3. Oh my goodness, you did not miss a detail! Too cute!

  4. This is so cool…love all your details! Just love the forks too! This would be such a fun theme for adults as well!

  5. Your kids are so cute! Looks like they had a fun time too – who wouldn’t with all the little touches that you put into the day?

  6. Awesome! Love the plates with the holes cut out. Love Lila’s missing front teeth too.

  7. such great personal details. Love the silverware and all the sweets!

  8. Another STRIKE! Fun and fabulous party!

  9. Now this is the cutest bowling party I have ever seen!! Looks like the twins had a ball! Thanks for sharing, Randi!

    Take care,


  10. This is really cute. My BF loves bowling, one of these days I’m totally going to throw him a kiddie bowling party for his bday. :)

  11. Soo cute! Can I brag about you on my facebook page??! Love this party! <3 Heidi Rew from PartiesforPennies

  12. Oh my goodness! Every detail was SO pretty and creative! Dying over those bowling ball cupcakes! Thanks for linking this up to Monday Funday!

  13. What an adorable party! I love the cupcakes! This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  14. What fun – so clever and creative!
    I bet they had a ball!

  15. So fun! Love it:)

  16. It was hard to pick an image to pin! PIN EVERYTHING!!!! Your kids are so stinkin cute:)

  17. This is SO fun – I just love it. Every bit of it! Pinning! – Claire

  18. How fun!! I love the silverware and all the details of the table! What cute shirts!! :) Good job!

  19. Great party! My favorite touch was the bowling ball cupcakes! So cute! : )

  20. 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,

    • Randi Dukes Randi Dukes says:

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

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