I love that my daughters love to plan a party as much as I do. A few days after their cowgirl birthday party last year, they told me that they had already decided on the theme for this year’s party. I, of course, was thrilled. This meant I had a whole year to collect items, research themes and get ready. We had watched part of Grease and they loved the poodle skirts. They wanted to have a Sock Hop!
Again, I ran into the problem of finding an indoor venue. Their birthdays are all in January and it’s freezing in Maryland. It had to be someplace toasty and warm! We finally decided on Stoneleigh Lanes Bowling Center. This bowling alley has been in Maryland for decades and is so retro. Scores are recorded with pencil and paper and the lanes are manually reset. It’s SO cool! The perfect place for a Sock Hop!
When the kids entered the bowling alley, they received a personalized gable box with a poodle skirt and cat eyeglasses for the girls and sunglasses and a yo-yo for the boys. They had so much fun getting into costume!
My mom made all the poodle skirts for the girls. 26 skirts to be exact! Preslee, Mason and Finley’s were colored and all the guests were black. Each skirt had a different poodle on them in coordinating colors for the party. They looked adorable!
The kids loved bowling. It was so fun watching how excited they got when they made a strike or even knocked down just one pin. When they were taking a break from bowling, Shari, from Funny Faces with Shari, was painting faces. There were lots of Ravens paint and tons of glittery poodle tattoos. I think their was a line for face painting the entire party!
Because the bowling alley is already so retro, I didn’t have to do much decorating. I made pennant banners and Happy Birthday badges for each lane. We used lots of balloons to add pops of color! We even had 50’s music streaming into the lanes the entire time!
The seated tables and our dessert table were set up right behind the lanes. For the dessert table backdrop, I recreated a black and white checked dance floor using scrapbook paper mounted on foam board. HUGE balloons were used to anchor each end of the table. They looked so awesome and really helped to fill the space because the bowling alley has such high ceilings. We had cupcakes, cookies, lollipops and lots of candy.Everyone worked up an appetite bowling and loved all the sweets!
The kids couldn’t wait to get seated because they knew a retro burger basket filled with goodies awaited them: Gumball pipettes, vending capsules filled with chocolate Sixlets, candy necklaces, lollipops and jacks filled the baskets. We packaged the cupcakes in take home containers for a sweet treat later.
And if they didn’t get enough sweets, we had a Make Your Own Sundae Bar too. Ice cream and all the fixings were ready just in time for singing Happy Birthday!
Sorry for so many pictures. We had the amazing Kory Chase of Twist Photography there again to capture the girls’ special day. Kory has photographed almost every birthday party we have ever had and most of our special events. I don’t even need to say anything about her. Her pictures say it all. Kory has a way of capturing those moments that we don’t usually even see.
It was such a fun day and a great party! I loved seeing all the kids in their costumes and teaching each other the Twist. It was super fun for everyone!