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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!


“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.


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!

By |2018-02-12T20:46:12-07:00August 14th, 2008|Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. http://mommyhoodinc.blogspot.com/ August 14, 2008 at 8:42 am

    This is such a great idea. I been trying to think of something unique to do for my husband’s 40th birthday. THIS IS IT!!!!! Thanks so much!

    Now the big question…where do I rent a Wii?

  2. denise August 14, 2008 at 8:55 am

    What a fun theme. You put together a darling party and helped a worthwhile cause – great work!

  3. jenn s. August 14, 2008 at 8:59 am

    The best place to check for rentals is your local video store like Blockbuster…or maybe even borrow from a close friend.

    OR – you could make the Wii your husband’s b-day gift and keep it ;) Chances are good that you’ll want to keep playing once you start…and you can also use it to surf the web on your TV because it has built-in wireless internet capabilities (or you can plug it in)- and you can get a web browser for it for a couple bucks.

    You can also download old-school Nintendo games onto the Wii like Super Mario Bros, Frogger, Tecmo Bowl, etc. for a more “nostalgic” gaming experience, as my husband puts it :)

  4. http://masterpieceweddings.blogspot.com/ August 14, 2008 at 9:08 am

    How fun! I so want to go to this party!

  5. ajaschke August 14, 2008 at 9:15 am

    What a great Idea for a great cause, there are so many other great games that you could expand on…golf, racing, etc.

  6. Madelyn @ Southern Weddings August 14, 2008 at 9:35 am

    I adore this party! The table runner is fantastic! I love how well thought the theme is and how well it is incorporated into every detail of the party! Fantastic!

  7. http://stemparties.blogspot.com/ August 14, 2008 at 9:36 am

    This is fantastic!

  8. http://maritessb.blogspot.com/ August 14, 2008 at 9:44 am

    this is one of the best theme yet! i’m doing it for my husband birthday as well!

  9. Amanda August 14, 2008 at 10:09 am

    This is a fabulous idea, does anyone know how to print out their mii like that? Can you email your mii to a computer?

    I think I know what our next party theme will be!

  10. Robin August 14, 2008 at 10:29 am

    So glad everyone likes it. The party was fun…perfect for all ages. Unfortunately you can’t email your mii to a computer. I’ll go find the website we used to create the mii’s and post it here.

    • Karen September 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Robin did you post details of how you set up the tournament if not could you?

  11. Robin August 14, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Here’s a couple of websites that will make the mii’s into jpegs. The second one makes tshirts! ah, I’ll have to remember that for next time.

  12. mkhertzel August 14, 2008 at 10:48 am

    What a great idea! Everyone loves food. Combine that with a little Wii bowling, some cocktails, and raising money for a good cause and you’ve got a party that can’t be beat!!

    I love the mini-Wii remote candy dispensers. And the drink names are adorable (as well as very creative!)!! Where did you come up with them?

  13. Meg August 14, 2008 at 11:48 am

    I must have those Wii remote candy dispensers!
    I am also doing a fundraiser using my Wii, only with Mario Kart. It is for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. These are the perfect touch!
    I hope someone can help find them online, as I have neither a Walgreens or a Cost Plus near me.

  14. Robin August 14, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I went searching and only found one site where you could purchase online and of course they are on back order. Sorry.


    I love the Mario Kart idea though. Maybe I’ll have a 2nd fundraiser as my Relay isn’t for a little while.

  15. Meg August 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Okay I found some on amazon.

    I hope the link works!

    And I recommend the Mario Kart or a Mario Party 8 fundraiser. Anything with a Wii is fun!

  16. http://theblissfulbride.blogspot.com/ August 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Oh my goodness I just LOVE this! I know so many people that would go crazy for a party like this. And, kudos to Robin for doing it all for a good cause!

  17. http://moderneve.blogspot.com/ August 14, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    this is wonderful! we just had our wii-lympics fundraiser party on 08.08.08, coinciding with the opening ceremony in beijing. check it out on my blog: moderneve.blogspot.com

    also, in regards to the party favors you had – you can find them at CVS as well as Toys R US.

    another idea our these adorable mii chocolats. available at:

  18. Stacy August 17, 2008 at 5:59 am

    This is a fantastic idea and so creative. I would have loved to have been there and to have had a mowiito.

    Thanks for sharing,

  19. Kate August 19, 2008 at 5:32 am

    I love this!! I am definitely making note of this and throwing one of these soon. In the meantime, I am busy trying to think up ides for a medical themed party for someone about to go into hospital for an operation on both his feet which will have him laid up for months – any help or ideas would be gratefully received!!!!

  20. dee August 20, 2008 at 3:45 am

    this is such a great idea, its brilliant! its so creative i think i will have to try get my university to run a wii-lympics as a fundraiser! i especially love the idea of the miis printed out! welldone!

  21. http://www.dabbled.org August 20, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    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://dabbled.org/wednesday-linky-goodness


  22. Robin September 2, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Thanks Dot!

  23. Staci September 7, 2008 at 10:11 am

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

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  25. http://wedding-palindrome-wedding.blogspot.com/ September 10, 2008 at 9:47 am

    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!

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    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.


  27. Anari Belpre October 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    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.

  28. kAREN October 21, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    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

  29. sue October 28, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    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!!

  30. Donna November 15, 2008 at 11:15 am

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

  31. jenn s. November 15, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    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.”


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    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

  34. Wilco January 3, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    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.


  35. Tammy January 9, 2009 at 6:35 am

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

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  37. Pumpkin Petunia January 23, 2009 at 11:37 am

    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

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    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?


  40. Donna February 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm

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

  41. Maureen February 12, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I love this. what did you use to keep score? Is there a free printalbe sheet ? Is there a free printalbe for the miis?


  42. Krissy March 21, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    The wii candy dispensers are also at Rite Aid. Our Rite Aid had them on the “impulse buy” rack for 1.99 each. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  43. amy April 9, 2009 at 10:46 am

    hello- I am interested in having a wii tournament at our senior center. We’re just getting going with this idea and I’m not sure where to start. I love the decoration ideas and will use them for our tournament but I have some other technical questions. We have a wii, do I need to purchase any additional software in order to have multiple players? If so, where do I go to do this? I think it will be a great party, I just need a little help getting started if you have the time.
    Thank you,

  44. Becca May 11, 2009 at 10:43 am

    This is awesome! I’m planning a Wii bowling tournament as a fundraiser for my 3day breast cancer walk – the information that you have provided here will be invaluable to me during my planning! thanks!!

  45. Teresa May 13, 2009 at 6:07 am

    You can rent Wii’s at Best Buy’s. Hope this helps

  46. Jaznel August 5, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Can people play from home online as well?

  47. Susan August 12, 2009 at 11:32 am

    How did you raise money? Did you charge the guest to participate? How many people did you have and how much did you charge?

  48. sharon September 7, 2009 at 4:21 pm


    I love this wii party idea, I am going to use some of the ideas for my son 13 year old birthday party.

    But do anyone no how to print the mii?

  49. jenn s. September 8, 2009 at 9:44 am

    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!

  50. Carol September 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    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!

  51. Leslie October 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    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!

  52. roberta January 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

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

  53. toni January 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm

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

  54. jenn s. January 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    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:

    Good luck! :)

  55. Brian W January 22, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Anyone know if there are actual wii bowling tournaments?

  56. Michelle December 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    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.

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