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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jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Sharon –

Here’s one tip suggested by a reader – go to this website: http://www.wiiplayable.com/playgame.php?gameid=157 and create a mii online, then print it out. You may need to take a screenshot of the mii though, because she noted having difficulty printing it out the “regular” way. If I hear of an easier way I’ll definitely pass the info along!

Reply September 8, 2009 at 9:44 am

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Carol SAYS:

I found the Wii KLICK-ON Candy Dispensers 12 Pack online at Amazon for $21.87.

Love the party ideas. I am trying to incorporate them into our firm’s tax season activities. We will have a Wii bowling league in both of our offices to have some stress release for our accountants. We end the season with an after tax season party and I have gotten some ideas from this site! Thank you!

Reply September 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm

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Leslie SAYS:

BEST THING! Got for my nephew’s birthday and the kids and partents had a blast! The lanes can be walked on, and sofas are very relaxing! What a great idea!

Reply October 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

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roberta SAYS:

Having trouble finding a place to create Mii ‘s that can print.. Any sugestions?

Reply January 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

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toni SAYS:

so where did the mii on a stick come from those are super cute and i wanna do them please let me know

Reply January 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm

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jenn s. SAYS:

Ton and Roberta –
I’m not sure how Robin did these exactly, but here’s a site that looks like it helps with printable mii’s:
http://www.miicharacters.com/

Good luck! :)

Reply January 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

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Brian W SAYS:

Anyone know if there are actual wii bowling tournaments?

Reply January 22, 2010 at 11:53 am

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Michelle SAYS:

I searched “wii printables” and came up with a printable cutout you fold an glue into a treat box. super cute and easy I did mine on card stock.

Reply December 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm

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KARI SAYS:

JUST CURRIOUS…AFTER I WENT IN AND CREATED Mii’S FOR EACH PARTY GUEST, HOW DO I GET THEM TO “PRINT” OUT? I TRIED TAKING A PHOTO OF THEM ON THE TV, BUT THEY SHOW UP WEIRD, NOT CLEAR. T/Y KARI

Reply May 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm

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