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Plan a Family Member's Next Birthday at the Bowling Alley!

When you're planning a bowling party for a family member's next birthday, you're sure to have the perfect party for kids of all ages!  Whether the guest of honor is young or just young at heart, no one can resist the pull of the lanes, even f they can't bowl a strike to save their soul.  Sure to be a hit with both the birthday boy or girl and all their friends, bowling parties are seeing a surge in popularity not only because bowling is a fun activity that can get people moving year round, no matter what the weather's doing outside, but because you can invite as many people as you want without having to worry about them trashing your house! 

Start off by calling the local bowling alley and scheduling your event.  For a kid's birthday bowling party, a weekend afternoon is ideal.  A couple of hours should be plenty of time for the kids to play a game or two of bowling, have some pizza and cake, and open presents.  Any longer and you might have to deal with kids on a sugar high running around and wreaking havoc with the other bowlers.  Any shorter and you might not have time to fit in everything you have planned.  Once you've got your party details nailed down, send out the bowling party invitations and let everyone know when and where the good times will be rolling!  Be sure to include a firm RSVP date, as the bowling alley is going to need to know how many lanes to reserve for the party. 

You won't have to do much decorating for your bowling party since the bowling alley atmosphere should be more than enough to set the tone for your event.  But, you want to make it special for your party, so some festive touches will kick your party up a notch.  Create a custom bowling birthday banner for the guest of honor letting everyone know it's their special day.  Add a few balloons, which make any party feel a little more festive, and you'll be set!  Whether you're serving pizza and pop or just cake and ice cream, serve it up on bowling themed plates, with coordinating cups for the soda and napkins to wipe those sticky fingers on and your party decorating will be complete! 

If your bowling party is happening at night, you can take things to the next level by adding some fun glow products to the mix!  Always a hit with both kids and adults, you can mix things up by adorning your guests with glow necklaces and glow novelties before they step out onto the lanes for an evening of black light bowling.  Or, just fill out the goodie bags with glow sticks and glow bracelets that the kids can enjoy after they head home. 

Now that you've got all your decorating and goodies ready to go for your bowling party, you're ready to go!  Sure, there's no need to plan additional activities for the big day, although you may want to have a stack of quarters on hand if the bowling alley has an arcade, just in case.  This way you can keep the kids amused if anyone arrives early or is late getting picked up.  If you're looking for a way to add some more fun to the day, before the party, fill out slips of paper with various ways the guests can spice up their bowling game.  For instance, bowl backwards, sing a song really fast before the ball hits the pins, walk to the line like they're on a tight rope, bowl with their eyes closed, or try to guess how many pins they are going to knock down.  These tasks add an extra element of fun to the game and will keep everyone on their toes! 

Since everyone seems to love bowling, no matter how good or bad they are at the game, a bowling party is a surefire success for your next big birthday party, so get ready for a knock down good time that everyone will enjoy! 

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