I’m so  excited to finally share with you my son Jackson’s {Bowlfest 2012} Bowling Birthday Party! Last year, you may remember his super fun Rock Star Birthday Party (part 1 and part 2 here), but this year we wanted to tone it down just a bit. His party wasn’t short of personalized details though.

Originally we were going to do a throwback “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” themed birthday party for Jackson. However, I just couldn’t come up with the right location. Now, I think there are several places that will work, so this may be a party theme popping up in the future. Ultimately, we settled on a bowling theme. I knew the bowling ally would be dark, loud, and full of flashing lights. I didn’t want my decor to try and compete with the surroundings, so I decided to keep it really it simple and easy on myself. Plus, this party was about half way through my pregnancy and I was pooped (it’s okay to tone it down from time to time). Which also doesn’t mean the party can’t be fun and personalized. Plus, our Gender Reveal Party was like two weeks away and I can only handle so many parties back to back.

I started off by designing his invitation. I wanted it to be unique and stylish and look more like a poster than an invite. Of course, we had the most talented Courtney Jade, of Courtney Jade Photography take a few shots of him. He is a total professional by this point and we had his photos done in like 20 minutes or less, no joke.

After the invite was done the real planning began. I searched Etsy and pinterest for creative blowing party ideas. I think it’s best to find inspiration and then make it your own. As you know, it’s a must to wear socks in those swanky bowling shoes. I thought it would be cute to have custom stocks made for all of the kids as part of their party favor. We also did a very small candy buffet complete with bowling ally themed candies such as coke-a-cola bottle gummies, mini hamburgers & hot dog gummies, and bowling pin and bowling ball suckers. My goal was to have everything fit on the vintage white cart that I purchased at my local Goodwill. Which is a major size downgrade from my traditional 6-foot table that we typically decorate.

We also did cupcakes with fondant toppers, mini water bottle labels, and of course, super fun party favor bags. These party favor bags have to be one of my favorite items to give out at parties. They are the perfect way to commemorate the party and make a great place to add special party favors.

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VENDOR CREDITS & RESOURCES

– Event Styling, Photography,  Invitations, & Party Printables: Modern Moments Designs
– Personalized Socks: Epoc Ink
– Custom Party Favor Bags: designed by Modern Moments Designs, sewn by Julie of Totes in Tow
– Teal Boxes: blumebox
– Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details
– Bowling Pin and Bowling Ball Suckers: Vintage Confections
– Party Favors: Oriental Trading Company
– Cupcake Liners, Chevron Bags, & Stripey Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu