Although this party will typically be held at a bowling alley, and the bowling itself will be the headline activity, a bowling birthday party just wouldn’t be complete without some additional striking activities!
Set the stage for an all-star PBA Tour event complete with dazzling player introductions, pumped up music, and play-by-play commentary. A karaoke machine is the perfect tool for a sports commentator to call the play-by-play! Recruit a sports nut for the job. Give the announcer the guest’s names and some pre-scripted notes.
Recruit a couple of friends to dress up in Bowling Ball Costume and Bowling Pin Costume, and take pictures of the guests goofing around with these larger than life animated props. You’ll treasure the pictures and the ensuing silliness for years to come. As an alternative, make each guest bowl a few frames dressed in a costume. Who knows…scores may improve?
Purchase an inexpensive colored T-Shirt for each guest from a discount store (such as Wal-Mart- approximately $3.00-$4.50/top).On the back left corner of each shirt write each guest’s last name using fabric paint or even a permanent marker. On the front of each shirt add a team name that involves the guest of honor’s name or slogan. “Steve’s Strikers,” “George’s Gutter Guys,” “The Alley Cats,” etc. If you are dividing the group into teams, purchase two different colors of bowling shirts.
At the conclusion of bowling, be prepared to hand out some fun awards. Regardless of the age of your guests, they’ll get a kick out of the awards: Best Bowling Pose, Longest Prep Routine, Most Ball Jams, The “Splitster”, “Pick up”Artist, High Score, Thought we were playing Golf (low score), Gutter King, Alley Cat, Striker, etc. If children are involved, make sure that you have one award for each, and that no feelings will be hurt. This is the ideal time to hand out Bowling Favor Packs…and everyone will be delighted with their award!
If you are entertaining children, a Bowling Pin Craft Kit is a great activity. Some young bowlers tire after a game or two, so you may need an additional time filler depending on the length of the party. Assembly of this craft doesn’t require a lot of space or cleanup.
We offer a wonderful Bowling Pin Piñata and we’ve yet to find a child who doesn’t want to take a swing at one at a party.
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