BOWLED OVER



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If I could take Doc Brown’s DeLorean back in time, it would most definitely be to November 12, 1955 and the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance.  Back to the Future still ranks as one of my all time favorite movies and I just LOVE the music, style and spirit of the times embodied in Hill Valley High’s Enchantment Under the Sea Dance (cue “Earth Angel”).

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That’s why – when my husband offered to throw me a little birthday soirée last year – I agreed to it under the condition that it would be a small, retro inspired affair with a fabulous fifties theme.   An authentic sock hop seemed a little too ambitious, but a retro bowling birthday…now that was doable.

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My sweet husband did a good chunk of the planning but he let me attend to the key details because he knows I like that sort of thing.  Here, our little sign directing guests to the bowling alley…

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(which mysteriously disappeared by the end of the night.  I can only hope that it went to a good home…)

We decked out the normally bland bowling alley in polka dot overlays with bubble gum pink and turquoise accents, because…when else can you get away with that absurd color & pattern combo?

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Streamers and crepe paper were a nod to the high school prom vibe of the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, golden oldies were on the sound system and you’ll be relieved to know that my “That’s How She Rolls” sign (see arrow below) made it through the party and is now happily collecting dust in our garage.

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One of my favorite details are these adorable arrangements of pink and white carnations that Greenwich Orchids made up — intended to look like a frothy soda fountain concoction.

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Since I love my little signs we had a few splashed with retro graphics and fifties catchphrases — including one in front of the favors:

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Which were little polka dot totes filled with colorful cat glasses, chiffon scarves and Happy Socks!

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We were bowling, after all, and how many times has it happened that you go to get your bowling shoes…

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And you realize: “OH NO!  I’m not wearing socks!”

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Crisis averted.  I also have to point out the favor tags because my all-time favorite stationer, Carrot & Stick Press, letterpressed them for me.

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For dessert, there was a simple, sweet polka dot cake…

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Bowling pin shaped sugar cookies and the banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting that I just adore — all from Dough & Co.

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And, finally, a banana split bar.   (I feel I should say that I don’t actually love banana desserts THAT much — it’s just that the banana splits screamed “FIFTIES FUN!” and were a nice extension of the theme.  Plus they were served in old-fashioned parfait glasses).

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My husband and I wore his and her bowling shirts, natch.

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And, while there were some other lovely bowling shirts in the crowd, I have to say that the best one of the night came courtesy of my incredibly sweet and thoughtful friend, who had this made for me…

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And with that – for you Back to the Future aficionados out there – I should take a cue from Biff and: “Make like a tree…and get out of here.”  Have a great week!

xo,

Cath

OUTTAKES:

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The party host — busy scoring a frame!

 

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OK maybe there was one bowling tchotchke in the favor bag — couldn’t resist!



LA LA LAND PARTY PANCAKES!
LA LA LAND
PARTY PANCAKES!