Now, the question becomes one of cost. There's what I can afford to spend on people, and then there's what my guests might be willing to chip in. I also really need to know if our group is going to be over or under 6 people (counting me), since that's the maximum on a lane.
Their prices are as follows:
Per person/game: $3.50 each (does not include $3 shoe rental for those of us who don't own bowling shoes: I have a pair of fairly narrow women's 9s someone could borrow if that happens to be their size)
per lane/hour: $35 which includes shoe rentals. I believe this is our better bet. It would give us a fixed time, and it comes out cheaper per person if we have 6 on a lane and each bowl one game, slightly higher otherwise but it's likely we'd get in more than one game each then, too. Unless, of course, people own their own bowling shoes, which I do not believe to be true for this group.
They also have 1 or 2 hour packages that include pizza and soda afterward for $60 or $75 dollars per lane. I think I'm going to skip those and let people order pizzas as a separate logistical and financial task after we're done bowling, since that raises the cost per guest pretty damn high.
Here's what I can totally afford: to rent one lane for an hour for $35. I'd really rather have two lanes so we could bowl league-style (it's faster and more fun), but $70 seems a bit rich for my budget right now so I could probably only do this if other people could chip in some (I'm waffling: If I give up some luxuries like eating out the rest of the month, I can probably do the $70 price, that's just a lot of money for me). I think my ideal vision involves about 8-10 people and 2 lanes, but I really won't know if that's a reasonable number until I start calling non-LJ people to invite them.
I also can provide a cake, but I can't buy everybody pizza and beer. I could probably swing the $60 one lane one hour and one pizza package financially, but I can't really see 6 adults sharing a single pizza, particularly not likely particular combinations of 6 adults since some of us are kind of picky eaters. I also see that as kind of a waste of money since it comes with soda and I personally plan on ordering beer if they have it and milk if they don't. My guess is some people would rather have salads or other things than pizza anyway, so I'd rather let everyone fend for themselves or make brief pizza-sharing alliances after we get there.
Thus, I need to know a few things to know if this is a good birthday option, or if I should come up with another idea.
I will probably come bowling on Saturday May 13th sometime between 1-4 pm if:
Who are you planning on bringing, and what do you think their poll answers would be?
Other party options I might also be interested in on May 13th, if this bowling thing doesn't happen: