We don’t have as many parties planned this year, unlike last year when we hosted 5 parties between April and September.  Two of them were big events; my mom’s ’50s Themed 80th. Birthday Party ; and the twin’s Onederland First Birthday Party.  This year we only have regular children’s parties in the planning and a 40th. birthday party for my son-in-law, it should be a piece of cake!  The first party we’re planning is a Bowling Party for my grandson Devon’s 8th. birthday this month.  It will be held at the neighborhood bowling alley and shouldn’t be that difficult to plan; after all the venue will be taking care of the food and entertainment.

But because we love to throw parties we can’t leave it all to the venue, we still have to make invitations, favors, and decor, not to mention the cake.  We, we don’t make our own cakes, at least not for birthdays, but we do like to order awesome great tasting cakes!  This year Devon will be deciding what type of cake he’d like to have and I’m told he’s leaning towards a small decorated cake and some cupcakes.  We’ll have to wait and see what he decides.  In the meantime I made his invitations.

Bowling Party InvitationIn keeping with his party theme which is obviously Bowling I designed this cool Bowling Party Invitation and made a dozen of them using my handy Cricut Explore Air and my printer.  I love this machine!  Using the Cricut Design Space I’m able to print the words on the shapes before cutting them out on the Cricut.

But don’t worry if you don’t have a die cutting machine, you can make them by hand using the templates I’m sharing on this post!

The white bowling pin template is blank so that you can add your own date, time, and venue.  You can print them out on white card stock then cut them out using the template. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

bowling party invitationThe invitation is done in 2 parts that are attached together with a thin ribbon.  The “Strike” is glued on at the top of the bowling pin. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

To make these invitations here’s what you’ll need:

Templates – download them and print them out here!

Card Stock in white, black, and red.

Printer or markers if you’re going to hand write the information

Glue or adhesive dots found in the scrapbooking section of most craft stores

Scissors

Hole puncher

Thin Ribbon

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Download the template for the background and adjust it to the size you want using a photo editor like photoshop or PicMonkey, a free online photo editor.

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bowling ball backgroundDo the same for the bowling ball, pin band, and star background.  Cut these backgrounds from red card stock.

You can print the words on black card stock on your printer then use the template to cut out the bowling ball.  The same can be done for the word Strike.

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bowling party invitationThen print out your party details and lay the white pin over the words to cut out the bowling pin.  Be sure to align the words to the pin shape.  When you adjust the sizes of the templates be sure that the white pin, black bowling ball, the white star, and red pin band are all smaller than the colored backgrounds as they will be glued on to them. (the band needs to fit the pin’s neck, but you can adjust this by trimming it to size when you’re ready to glue it on.)

Now glue the red band on the neck of the white bowling pin, be sure you don’t cover up any words.  Then glue the white pin onto the black background pin.

Glue the black bowling ball with the words printed on it onto the red background pin, and the “strike” star onto the red background star.

Glue the “Strike onto the top of the bowling pin.

Align the bowling ball over the pin making sure the left edges are matched up evenly.

Punch a hole thru 4 layers of card stock on the left side of the card.  You need to punch a hole thru all the layers so that the top glued on layers don’t curl up.

Slip a thin ribbon thru the hole and tie with a bow.

bowling party invitationTo send the cards via email you can slip them in large envelopes, if hand delivering slip them in clear cellophane bags, that’s what we did and it was so much fun!

Check back for more Bowling Party Ideas, we’ll be posting them soon!

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