14 Aug

REAL PARTIES: Wii Bowling Tournament

Wii Bowling Tournament Party

From the second i laid eyes on the ultra-creative “bowling lane table runner” pictured above, I knew this Wii Bowling Tournament was going to be a fun party to check out! Even better, the party’s hostess with the mostess: Robin Chowaniec put the tournament together as a mini fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Wii Bowling Tournament Party

Read on for more for more info on all the creative details – from Wii controller candy dispenser favors to Margamiitas and Mowiitos – straight from Robin herself!

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“To get my husband more involved with Relay, I formed a team named: Team Wii Fight Cancer.  The bowling tournament seemed like a good excuse to have friends over to play the Wii, eat and raise a couple hundred $$ for ACS.”

Pictured above: (Image 1) The table runner was a kitchen cabinet liner that looked like bamboo with red masking tape added for foul line and cut for direction arrows. The plastic bowling pins & ball are from Oriental Trading Company. (Image 2) I glazed a handful of dense pound cake cubes to look like Wii remote controls, then used a frosting pen to duplicate power and home logos.

Below: a “Team Wii” sign made from cardstock:

Wii Bowling Tournament Party

For easy Caprese Salad on a Stick appetizers, I stuck the sticks into halved mini watermelons with printed Mii’s of those attending amongst the food:

Wii Bowling Tournament Party

I found *mini Wii remote candy dispensers at Walgreens, just repackaged in clear cellophane bags for favors:

Wii Bowling Tournament Party

Margaritas and Mojitos were labeled as “Margamiitas” and “Mowiitos” for more Wii friendly atmosphere:

Wii Bowling Tournament Party

Evite had a Wii Sports themed invite:

Wii Party Evite

Other things to note:
Etch-it Cups from Celebrate Express were a big hit.
• We used a mini white board to keep track of top 4 scores.
• Top score got mini plastic trophy from Party City and a restaurant gift card.

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Thanks so much for the inspiration, Robin! I can already think of a bunch of my own Wii-addicted friends who will love all these ideas!

*Note – I had a hard time finding a good place online to purchase Wii Remote Candy Dispensers, but there were a couple on ebay, and someone on Yahoo! Answers said they’ve seen them at Cost Plus, and then Robin found hers at Walgreens, so maybe they’re more of an in-store thing…but if anyone knows of any good places online, please share!

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http://www.dabbled.org SAYS:

You have such fun ideas! By the way, I linked to this, and a couple other of your posts in my latest ‘inspirations’ post… keep up the great party ideas! http://www.dabbled.org/2008/08/wednesday-linky-goodness.html

Dot
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August 20, 2008 at 6:38 pm

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Robin SAYS:

Thanks Dot!

September 2, 2008 at 11:57 am

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Staci SAYS:

This is great. My son is turning 10 and he wants a Wii party. You have some wonderful ideas. Thanks!!!

September 7, 2008 at 10:11 am

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http://wedding-palindrome-wedding.blogspot.com/ SAYS:

i’ve been racking my brain for ideas for my nephew’s first birthday, but i’m just going to steal this one! it’ll probably be just wii/mii related and not necessarily bowling related. the DIY in me says i can make super cute onesies with my nephew’s mii on it! :) i’ll post pictures on my blog afterwards!

September 10, 2008 at 9:47 am

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Janet SAYS:

We are setting up a Wii Bowling League in our neighborhood, but I am stumped on how to organize teams (6 teams of 2 people, or 6 people on each team). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

September 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm

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Anari Belpre SAYS:

A great thing you can do also is plan a nationwide wii bowling party. Using Gamezy.com you can play wii bowling online, all you need is a web cam. Create a league and compete against other leagues for cash and prizes.
As a fundraiser its a great way to maximize your efforts and raise more money.

October 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm

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kAREN SAYS:

We hve seen your MII people onm a stick on your website. Can you tell us where you got the images to use on the sticks

October 21, 2008 at 12:18 pm

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sue SAYS:

I just invited a bunch of girlfriends over for a Wii bowling party, now I know how to make it even better!
I also am in charge of a fundraiser and need some help. It’s an international theme, with a beautiful passport as the invitation. But we don’t know what to name the actual event. It’s an auction, with a sit down dinner. Each course will be a different country. The tables will be in india sari silk, auction tables will have decorations from countries like Japan, Spain, Africa. should we just say “Escape” since that conjours up something exciting and much needed these days? Ideas please!!

October 28, 2008 at 7:06 pm

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Donna SAYS:

This is fantastic!!
Where did you find the table runner?

November 15, 2008 at 11:15 am

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jenn s. SAYS:

HI Donna –
Robin actually made the table runner! This is what she said:
“The table runner was a kitchen cabinet liner that looked like bamboo with red masking tape added for foul line and cut for direction arrows.”

:)

November 15, 2008 at 12:12 pm

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wedding-palindrome-wedding SAYS:

Hi folks, I finally threw the wii/mii party for my nephew and as promised I posted pictures on my blog. It was such a fun party- Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! http://wedding-palindrome-wedding.blogspot.com/2008/12/wiimii-partii-time.html

December 7, 2008 at 8:43 pm

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Wilco SAYS:

Hey there, cool stuff. We want to setup some sort of Wii tourny for a fund raiser as well. I am curious about HOW you make it a fund raiser? Any insight would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Wilco

January 3, 2009 at 1:38 pm

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Tammy SAYS:

Where did you get the Mill’s that you put with the food? I cannot find out how to print them out?

January 9, 2009 at 6:35 am

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Rosa SAYS:

Wii parties are lots of fun for all ages. Come check us out at http://www.wiipartiescfl.com

January 15, 2009 at 7:18 am

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Pumpkin Petunia SAYS:

Thanks so much for the inspiration! When my 10 year old son came to me requesting this exact theme for his party, I remembered this post and knew it would be a piece of cake!

Check out our spin on this theme here: http://pumpkinpetunia.blogspot.com/2009/01/wiiiiiiiiiiii-party-recap.html

January 23, 2009 at 11:37 am

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Zoe SAYS:

I am trying to set up a Wii bowling league or tennis league. I have no clue as to how to make it fun with prizes etc. We are a bunch of “young” 50 year old ladies! Any ideas?

Thanks.

February 6, 2009 at 8:12 pm

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Donna SAYS:

How can i organize a wii bowling tournament as a HIV fundraiser. I want to have two college student groups competing

February 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm
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