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Have a Ball at a Bowling Blowout

Hannah and Lily celebrate year four at Bowl & Barrel

Liz Rounds knew she’d found the perfect location for her twin daughters’ fourth birthday party the minute she set foot in Bowl & Barrel. The girls’ birthday was six months off and Liz wasn’t on the hunt for a venue, but something about the boutique bowling alley screamed perfect for a kids’ party.

Not one to waste time, Liz booked a lane posthaste. Hannah and Lily were bowling neophytes, but Liz was sure they’d warm to the idea of a bowling-theme party the minute they had a chance to hit the lanes. Mom’s prediction was right on point: After a family trip to Bowl & Barrel, the twins could talk of little more than their upcoming birthday party. With her girls’ approval, Liz was ready to tackle the details. 

Like so many moms, Liz turned to Pinterest. She created a secret board to organize her inspiration, employing Hannah’s and Lily’s help in honing it all down. Everyone agreed to a pink and purple palette, so Liz’s friend Erin Thomas with Between the Sheets Co. made custom iron-on transfers for pink and purple tie-dyed shirts, which would be given away as party favors. Using her silhouette machine, Liz customized bowling pin-shaped water bottles with each guest’s name and paid a visit to Michaels to get the goods for a giant handmade banner.

When the day of the party finally arrived, Bowl & Barrel was as accommodating as could be, Liz says. Five-pound balls and bumpers made it easy for kids (the majority of whom had never bowled) to get the hang of things. “I loved the big smiles on their faces,” Liz says. “They all had so much fun bowling. They were really getting into it.” When guests weren’t vying for a strike, they had their faces painted and munched on French fries and other goodies provided by Bowl & Barrel.

As with most parties, kids (and plenty of parents) flocked to the sweets. Liz’s go-to baker created a strawberry Jell-O cake, and her favorite cookie designer made cookies in the shape of bowling balls and pins.

Hannah and Lily had a blast eating cake and bowling, but Liz says the fun didn’t end there. In lieu of gifts, the family asked partygoers to bring school supplies to be donated to children in need. When their sugar buzzes died down, the twins and their mom made a trip to Community Partners of Dallas to donate the supplies. Liz says she used the opportunity as a teaching moment by communicating the importance of gratitude.

Liz calls the party an overwhelming success. She encourages other parents to follow her lead by booking venues and vendors far in advance. Hannah and Lily say they want a “fancy tea party” for birthday number five, and Liz can’t wait to oblige.