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Retro Boy’s Bowling Birthday Party

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This boys bowling themed birthday party is a fresh take idea on an old favorite! Maureen, of Anders Ruff, turned her local bowling alley into a bright blast from the past for her son’s fourth birthday. The retro-chic aqua, red, black, and white color scheme is present in every detail from tableware to decorations and party treats. Extra-special embellishments, a themed menu, and customized party favors made this party a hit with every little bowler. To see how she did it, read on, and enjoy the beautiful images by Becca Bond Photography.

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Personalizing a space this large in a public bowling alley is made possible with just the right combination of party printables, theme-colored table ware, and big, beautiful balloons.

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At a dessert table fit for a King (Pin), a simple backdrop and tablecloth keep all eyes on the amazing themed party goodies. “Spare sweets” included precious bowling cake pops by Pop-A-Razzi and Vintage Confections lollipops, displayed in theme-color containers full of tiny “gutterballs” (Sixlets) and atop individual tubs of popcorn (for the perfect salty and sweet snack). Adorable mini Jello cups (layered with pudding) look like bowling pin stripes! JP Creatibles’ chevron and bowling pin cookies, plus cupcakes with fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies, surround the centerpiece cake created by Got What It Cakes. Upside down melamine serving trays, mimicking vintage lacquer, gave some height to the desserts, and awesome, enormous balloons from Polka Dot Market took things even higher.

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Little bowlers couldn’t wait to hit the lanes in their team shirts. Each team (The King Pins, The Strikers, The Gutterballs, and Rolling Thunder) had their own logo, used for organizing, seating, and favors. With ribbon and tissue paper fans dressing up her cute printable decorations, Maureen adorned every table, chair, and even the ball return!

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After the last strike (or gutterball!), guests found their places at tables brimming with bowling-themed goodies and fun place settings. Tubes of “gutterball gumballs” (Oh!Nuts), vending machine capsules of Sixlets candies, swirled lollipops (Candy Warehouse), cheddar popcorn in window boxes, and sweet cupcakes in ice cream containers with lids were all thoughtfully packaged for enjoyment at the party or as a take-home treat.

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Boys’ bowling birthday parties don’t have to be ho-hum, business as usual. With a little ingenuity—and a LOT of cute printables—Maureen transformed her local bowling alley into a retro party paradise. Pierson and his guests had a great time bowling and enjoying the menu. Everyone was wowed by the terrific decorations!

If you’re inspired by Maureen’s work, make sure to connect with Anders Ruff on Facebook. 


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