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PartySugar Behind The Bash: The Sugar Holiday Party

Last night was our holiday party, and like everything Sugar, it was fabulous! It wasn't your average, boring old event, it was a bowling extravaganza. The party was expertly planned by LilPeaPod and held at the Presidio Bowling Center.

Hosting an event at a bowling alley is lots of fun — especially if you have a large group of people — because the activity unites party-goers. This type of party is wonderfully easy on the host as the cooking and cleaning is done by the bowling alley staff. For my tips on hosting a party at a bowling alley, plus a gallery of pics from the Sugar party,


  • Start planning early. Call the bowling alley at least two months before the party. This will ensure that you reserve the day and time you want. LilPeaPod called a month in advance and had to compromise by selecting a day that wasn't her desired night.
  • Once you have the date reserved, go to the bowling alley and speak with the owners. Find out if you can bring decorations and what areas of the alley are off limits.
  • If you want to have an open bar, work out the details. Every place is run differently, but the easiest way to host an open bar is to have the bartenders tally up drinks. When the night is over, they will tell you how much beer and wine was consumed, and how much you owe. You may also consider giving each guest drink tickets, and having the bartenders tally up how many tickets they were given.
  • Make the food accessible. Print out a bunch of menus with the food listed. Provide pencils, have guests circle what they would like to eat, and give to the food staff. When their order is ready call their name over the bowling alley's loudspeaker. Alternatively, if you are on a budget, you can have your guests order and pay for their own food. Or provide a select amount of snacks from the menu. You may even consider food tickets.

  • Have a tournament! Nothing gets a party going like a good competition. To encourage guests to participate, have prizes. Gift cards to Starbucks, Sephora, or Bloomingdale's make wonderful prizes.
  • If gifts are involved — like our Secret Santa exchange — set up a gift station for guests to leave their gifts.
  • Bring lots of quarters to enjoy the video games, candy vending machines, jukeboxes and Dance, Dance, Revolution.
  • Remember to have fun! It's a party!
Join The Conversation
pixigirl31 pixigirl31 9 years
omg i wish i worked there
HonestMuffin HonestMuffin 9 years
Awww. I wish you guys put your names up so we can see who you are. Really curious to see Yum and Party! Glad you guys had a good time :)
biochemlovely biochemlovely 9 years
It looks like everyone had a great time! That bowling alley looks awesome; way better than the ones we have on the Peninsula. I'll have to check it out once I get back to the West coast. :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks for sharing the pictures and the video. You all sure do know how to party! Congrats to all at Sugar! Here's to a great 2008!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
that looked like a fun party! bowling is always a winner!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
great photos, looks like everyone had a great time! happy holidays to the whole sugar network *hugs*
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 9 years
Haha that looks awesome! Bowling is always fun with a bunch of friends!
haute77 haute77 9 years
looks like a lot of fun! :)
hautehusband hautehusband 9 years
Looks like fun. I work down here in San Mateo with the guy in picture #82 and his story was basically the same as every single person I know who has ever been to the Presidio bowling alley: "What the heck? It's in the middle of freaking nowhere. Really, really random. Buuuuut, I was really surprised, once you actually find it, it's a really cool spot, and I had a great time." In any case, props to Sugar for a successful 2007. :-) Keep up the good work, everyone.
cloudy-D cloudy-D 9 years
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
Wow! What a fun partYYY and I had no idea that so many people are behind Sugar! GO Sugar!!
bidds626 bidds626 9 years
looks like a blast!! i see miss katiesugar even made an appearance! wouldn't be a bash without her!
Great idea. It's always nice when other people do the hard work.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Good times! The video is adorable and I had a blast!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
How fun! Looks like a good time was had by all. I totally want to be all your best friends! :wink: :hohoho:
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
Thanks for sharing! I never knew so many people worked at Sugar, Inc.
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
w00t! Good times, good times!
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
I'm jealous. You guys have the best place to work at ever!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Love the pictures!! Looks like an amazing time was had!
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Reminds me of one of the company parties we had. It was at a bowling alley and it wasn't fun. I guess morale was down and it could've been better. The boss needed to buy alcohol.
KWM KWM 9 years
It was our most fun party yet!
geohiker geohiker 9 years
sounds like a fun party! And, I agree; parties with something to do are a lot more fun than just standing around!
emalove emalove 9 years
Aw, so fun! I completely agree too...bowling parties are a blast! We threw my husband a small bash at a local bowling alley/bar/restaurant for his birthday back in October and it was great. Glad you ladies had fun!
Fashion Fashion 9 years
Fab part-tay! Bowling shoes and all. ;) xo
Community-Manager Community-Manager 9 years
Fun times with the Sugar entourage.
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