Bowling-Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Let the good times roll with a bowling party. Our easy tips ensure that your child's birthday party will be a lucky strike.
 
Decorations
The focus of your bowling party is going to be less about decor and more about the game itself, but that doesn't mean you can't add some fun details. Make your lane distinctive by tying on some helium balloons. You can find pin- and bowling-ball-shaped Mylar balloons at your local party-supply store. Or simply blacken in three circles with a marker on standard latex balloons to simulate the finger holes of the bowling ball.

Seating is often in short supply at bowling alleys, and people can tend to crowd in the lanes. If you're serving snacks at your party, set them up at the tables and chairs positioned behind the lanes. This is a perfect way to keep the spectators separated from those who are immersed in the game.

Party Attire
If you want to make your bowling party more costume-oriented, you're in luck—bowling has been a favorite American pastime for more than a half-century. Simply pick a decade for your bowling party and have your guests dress accordingly. Think leather jackets and poodle skirts for the '50s, bell-bottoms and leisure suits for the '70s, and leg warmers and skinny ties to go totally '80s.

One common denominator for anyone's bowling party attire: socks. Remember that everyone will be seeing them, so leave your threadbare pair at home (and no one wants a naked toe poking into rented shoes). If you're wearing sandals and planning on hitting the lanes, be sure to bring a pair of socks with you.
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