Bowling-Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Party Activities
After a couple rounds of good, old-fashioned bowling, try something a little different. Divide into teams, and make everyone bowl with the other hand. Or bowl backwards. Or see who can master the between-the-legs granny shot. Have some mini trophies on hand for the guests who showcase the most skill in categories like highest score, best strike or luckiest shot. And for those who are high on style, acknowledge the gnarliest split and best gutterball.

If the children are particularly young, you can have the alley put up the guardrails on their lane. Many bowling alleys have arcades as well, so keep a bag of quarters in tow in case the children lose interest in bowling.

Food Ideas
If you like hot dogs and nachos, then you'll love the concession stand. However, you may want to bring some healthy snacks to give your guests a few alternatives. Slice some raw veggies and serve them with a simple dipping sauce. Cube some pineapples, melons and mangoes. Put out bowls of pretzels and mixed nuts for everyone to graze on while watching the game.

As far as desserts go, your local bowling alley probably doesn't have much beyond candy. Pack a plate of brownies or cookies for your guests who crave a sweet treat. Finger foods are definitely easier than having to deal with utensils, but be sure to bring some hand sanitizer (for obvious reasons).

Drink Ideas
Roy Rogers (serves six)
  • 24 ounces ginger ale12 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 2 tablespoons grenadine syrup

Stir together all ingredients. Fill highball glasses with crushed ice and pour drink over. Garnish each glass with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

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