Strike!!! Bowling Birthday Party!

STRIKE! This retro-themed bowling party is full of splashes of red + aqua, coordinating printables, and sweet treats galore! Shindig Parties To Go is quite the party queen! We are blown away by the details from the checkerboard backdrop to the cute trim on the cake stands holding yummy donuts! You probably wouldn’t believe it was put together in UNDER a week! How adorable? We’re dying over the cuteness… take a look…

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“Starting with the dessert table, I decided to create an eye-catching centerpiece made from paper mache boxes covered in patterns to coordinate with the BOWLING PARTY COLLECTION. The base in bold black and white stripes was a fun find from Hobby Lobby, and the “11” on the top was created from wood numbers covered in turquoise glitter cardstock. The red center box was covered in red wrapping paper from Walmart and the top box was covered in the printable black chevron paper from the printables collection.

On either side of the centerpiece, tiered boxes held a fun bowling topper created from the printable bowling pins from the collection and a styrofoam ball covered in decoupaged black napkins to resemble a bowling ball. A simple backdrop made from a 4’x4’ piece of ¼” plywood covered in alternating pieces of black and white 12”x12” scrapbook paper was a striking complement to the rest of the dessert table decor.

Another fun element of the table included plates of store-bought chocolate covered doughnuts placed on DIY cake stands made from thrift store candle holders and lazy susan tops. I love these cake stands and use them all the time for different parties. I can glue on different ribbons and trims and completely change the look from party to party.

To save time, the cupcakes and cookies were also store-bought and embellished with printable cupcake toppers and gorgeous fondant toppers from the talented Brittany of Edible Details. Brittany is such a dream to work with and came to my rescue sending me adorable coordinating fondant toppers in just the nick of time.

Since I was in a time-crunch the marshmallow pops were the only food I made myself. In only about an hour, I covered the tops of over-sized marshmallows with turquoise and red chocolate candy melts sprinkled in colored sugars. A fun little “bowling ball” made from a chocolate candy melt with three white dots topped off the treats. Placing the marshmallow pops in Dollar Tree glass vases covered in a red/white dot printable paper made a simple display. Surrounding them with cups of gumballs added a touch of color and another sweet kid favorite.

Other items on the dessert table included candy bars wrapped in Bowling Party printable designs and Dollar Tree favor boxes covered in a printable black and white stripe paper to hold popcorn for the guests. A printable bowling ball design was added to the front of each snack box to tie in the theme.

After a rousing round of bowling, the kids sat down to a fabulous party table with their own place settings including a trophy holding pixie sticks and a small pennant flag name card. Paper cups were embellished with ribbon and a printable bowling party logo.

The table itself was covered in a turquoise table covering from Party City and a simple strip of black and white dot wrapping paper was used as a table runner. This is a great way to add visual interest to the center of a long table without spending alot. Miniature bowling themed candy bars and Hershey Kisses lined the center of the table as well as various centerpiece pennants and starbursts from the Bowling Party printable collection.

Awards were given to the highest scoring bowlers which the kids just loved. The award ribbons were made with scrapbook paper, ribbon and a printable award circle from the collection. The kids also had a chance to win a bucket full of gumballs by playing the “Guess How Many?” game. A photo booth was created with a simple backdrop of red/white dot fabric and the kids had so much fun “Striking a Pose.

Each child took home a favor basket filled with a “Thanks, I had a ball!” treat bags filled with black gumballs, some pixie sticks, twizzlers, and a water bottle.”

CREDITS + RESOURCES:  Party Styling and Photography (Shindig Parties To Go) | Party Printables (Shindig Parties To Go Etsy) | Fondant Toppers (Edible Details) | Red/white snack cups (Pick Your Plum) | Striped straws (Shop Sweet LuLu) | Adhesive paper for water bottle & candy wraps (Online Labels) | Ribbons, hat boxes, numbers & letters (Hobby Lobby) | Red backdrop paper/box covering (Walmart) | Cupcakes (Publix) | Gumballs, paper plates, tablecloth (Party City) |Turquoise favor baskets, glass vases (Dollar Tree)

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  1. Michelle via Facebook says:

    I just sent this link to one of my parents, her son is a HUGE bowling fan!

  2. Edible Details – I agree and you are just the most darling at fondant toppers!

  3. Kandice via Facebook says:

    What a cute one! Love the color combo!

  4. I LOVE this – the design so wonderful!

  5. WOW! I love all your ideas. My daughter would love this bowling party.

  6. Would you mind sharing how you made the awards?

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