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Retro Bowling Birthday Party

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  2. Plus, don't miss out on A Chic Bowling Birthday Party

This 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 birthday cake. Extra-special embellishments, a themed menu, customized party favors, and fun party games made this party a hit with every little bowler.


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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 tableware, and big, beautiful balloons. 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 and 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 Jell-O cups (layered with pudding) look like bowling pinstripes! Chevron and bowling pin cookies, plus cupcakes with fondant toppers, 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 took things even higher.

Little bowlers couldn’t wait to hit the lanes in their team shirts. Each team (King Pins, The Strikers, The Gutterballs, and Rolling Thunder) had its 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. 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”, vending machine capsules of Sixlets candies, swirled lollipops, 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.

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!

More great retro-themed party ideas:

Plus, don’t miss out on A Chic Bowling Birthday Party

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