It’s Not Too Early to Start Planning Your Summer Party!

Because Spring has been flirting with us these last weeks (in between Nor’easters!), New Englanders are eager to get outside and enjoy nice weather. Perhaps, you’ve already thought about beach trips or a stint on Block Island.

But while Spring is still trying to fully appear, now is your chance to plan something for the summer that gets your loved ones together all under one roof. Start planning now and you’ll make it a time to remember.

Set the date now!

A party is only as good as the people who come. In the summertime, people get booked up fast. They may already have planned and paid for a vacation. Pick a date for your summer bash, write it on the calendar, and then make sure the people you want to attend can make it.

Book your party venue early!

Party venues book up quickly in the summer. After all, it is wedding season in Rhode Island. If you act now, you can seize the golden opportunity to get both your desired location and your party date of choice. Procrastinate, and you might be forced to compromise, or even worse, settle.

Leave time to be creative!

With time on your side, you can let your creativity shine (Pinterest is a great jumping off point for party theme ideas!)  The longer you wait to plan, the less flexibility you’ll have. When you start now, you could choose a party theme or decorate the venue like a pro.

Snag deals while you can!

When you plan early, you’ll find fantastic deals. Whether you need to rent Chiavari chairs or book a catered meal, time is on your side. Start browsing for your party now and you’ll save like a last-minute planner never could. And don’t forget, The Nelson Event Center at Lang’s Bowlarama offers a great space and the opportunity to theme your party however you want, bowling included or not!

Line up all the details!

Planning a stellar party takes time – ask any professional event planner! So, if you want to throw the summer bash of 2018, get all the details in order early. And if bowling is your thing, Dayna, our in-house event expert, can make your summer party dreams come true. Just call 401-944-0500 x1002 today!

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7 Reasons Why Party Planners Prefer The Nelson Event Center

Admit it. You love a good time. And the newly renovated Nelson Event Center inside Lang’s Bowlarama aims to please. New England party planners have already taken notice.  Here’s why.

It’s a great size.

The Nelson Event Center holds up to 125 guests cocktail style. If you include buffet and dinner tables and/or , you can host about 90-100 people in our chic space.

It’s stylish.

The Nelson pays homage to Lang’s Bowlarama founder Edward Nelson Lang, and embraces the style of bowling’s Golden Age with a nod to the aesthetic of the 50’s and 60’s. However, the color palette is neutral enough to mesh with any theme you choose.

It’s versatile.

The space was designed to accommodate all types of parties including team building and corporate events, Sweet 16s, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, Quinceañeras as well as bridal and baby showers, milestone birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and even small weddings. Whether you’re planning a seated dinner, a private party with dancing, or an elegant banquet, The Nelson can work for you!

It’s private and convenient.

Your event is special. No matter the event, the space is all yours – whether you bowl or not! Besides its accessible location off Route 10 with lots of parking, there is a separate outdoor entrance and privacy curtains facing the lanes. Plus it has its own private bar and restrooms as well. You’ll also gain complimentary access to a 16-ft projection screen and wireless microphone.

It’s got a bar.

No knocking elbows. No vying for the bartender’s attention. Great drinks at great prices. Enough said.

It’s affordable.

Affordable rates on rental options with or without bowling. Plus, we offer delicious and affordable catering! Everything from low key to high end – something for every budget!

Read more about the Nelson Event Center at Lang’s, or book an event today! Call Dayna for more info 401-944-0500 x1002 or email thenelsoneventcenter@gmail.com!

Breakfast, Brunch and Bowl!

You work hard during the week, so when the weekend arrives, it’s time to have a blast doing something fun.  Until now, you were forced to choose between two popular weekend activities—either you could indulge in a delectable brunch or you could lace up your bowling shoes and roll some strikes. But now, you don’t have to choose between brunch and bowling! With our full breakfast menu on the weekends, we’ve got you and your friends covered.

The Best of ‘Brunch’ Worlds

Brunch gives you a chance to relax and reconnect with friends and family. Life is busy, but you want to stay in touch with the ones you love; why not have fun doing it? Uniting around food is an eons old solution. Add bowling and it’s perfect.

Every Saturday and Sunday from open until 1 p.m., enjoy delicious breakfast items at Lang’s Bowlarama. From breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and eggs, to our celebrated and soul-satisfying specials, there’s something for everyone to love. And since no brunch is complete without a Bloody Mary or Mimosa, we’ve got those flowing, too.

After you enjoy brunch, burn off some calories with a couple hours of bowling. It’s a perfect partnership, especially when shared with friends and family.

Come to Lang’s for Brunch & Bowling

There’s never been a better time to come to Lang’s. We’re always looking for ways to make your experience even more fun—and weekend brunch is something we’re pretty excited about.

With our breakfast menu available every weekend, you and your friends can enjoy delicious food, superb service, and quality time on the lanes. Talk about some Instagram-worthy moments!

If brunch is up your alley, roll on down to Lang’s this weekend and enjoy the premier brunch and bowl experience in Rhode Island.

Questions? Just give us a call at (401) 944-0500. We’d love to hear from you!

Why “More Bowling” Should Be Your 2018 New Year’s Resolution!

As the year ends, we take time to stop and reflect on the last 365 days of our lives. We applaud our accomplishments, but we also see where we have room for improvement. Each New Year gives us an opportunity to start fresh.

Although many people set New Year’s resolutions, most have trouble following through with them. Perhaps, because most resolutions are hard work and not much fun.

BUT … if you want one that can have a positive impact on your life and be fun to complete, make “more bowling” your New Year’s resolution! Here are four reasons why:

Make new friends!

As you start to hit the bowling lanes more often, you’ll meet other like minded individuals. You’ll share the common interest of bowling, so it’ll be easier to connect. You’ll also feel good as you watch your social network grow. Join a league to meet even more bowlers and make more friends!

Get out more!

If you do the same thing and expect different results, you’ll wait a long time for change. When you get out of your house, you’re opening up space in your life for positive change. A commitment to go bowling more will keep you off your couch and on the lanes. You never know what good could come into your life.

Exercise more!

Many people make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or get healthier. But few reach their goals because many don’t have a system to achieve their desired results.

Bowling is an enjoyable way to exercise. It’s certainly better than hitting the gym. When you have fun getting a workout, you’ll be more likely to do it. Start bowling more, and you’ll reach more of your health goals faster.

Have more fun!

If you’re looking to have more fun in your life, you need to go after it. It’s not going to come to you while you’re staring at your TV!

Bowling is an affordable way to have fun every week. Go on the weekends or hit up some of Lang’s late-night specials to seize our great rates and fun activities.

Make 2018 the year when you bowl more! Trust us, you’ll thank yourself.

5 Reasons to “Roll” In the New Year

When a year ends, we have a choice. We can stay home and watch other people have fun on TV. Or we can go out and make memories with our family and friends. This year, plan to be out bowling when the clock strikes twelve. And there’s no better place in Rhode Island for that than Lang’s Bowlarama! Keep reading and discover five ball-dropping reasons to roll in the New Year on the lanes!

 Family & Friends All in One Place

New Year’s Eve is only as fun as the people you’re with. You might be home watching the ball drop, and even that can be fun if you’re with your hilarious best friend.

 Now imagine how much you’ll magnify your fun if you take it out to the lanes. It won’t be a night of just indulging in your favorite New Year’s champagne, but a night playing a fun game that always seems to come with lots of laughter – plus we’ll have a LIVE band ON the lanes (like, literally in the middle of the bowling lanes!) You’ll forge a lasting memory and, perhaps, establish a new tradition for New Year’s Eve! We turn the lights down and the blacklights up, show Times Square on our 16 foot TV screens, a champagne toast at midnight, and live music with Pearl Band! Moving to the music boosts your mood and helps you connect with your family and friends and might even help you bowl that strike.

 Good Food, Good Times

No end-of-year celebration is complete without delicious food and beverages. At Lang’s Bowlarama, we have a lot of tasty options to keep you fueled up. From pizza and burgers and other favorites to beer and cocktails, we’ll make sure everyone at your New Year’s party is satisfied. Plus, reserve a lane and indulge in our delicious buffet! Servers will be available at every lane to bring food and beverage right to you!

 Games Get the Party Moving

If you’re tired of either sitting around on New Year’s Eve or doing the club thing one more year, then moving your party to Lang’s is the thing to do. Your whole group will be up on their feet, having a blast. Plus it’s fun, affordable, safe and family friendly, too!  And on New Year’s Eve, you’ll create memories that can last a lifetime.

 Fun, Fun, and More Fun!

Ready to book a lane? They sell out fast so give us a call and reserve your lane today! Each lane package holds groups up to 6 and additional buffet tickets can be purchased for non-bowlers as well. Contact Dayna at 401.944.0500 x1002 or email dayna@langsbowlarama.com, She’ll take care of everything!

How to Throw a Creative and Fun Halloween Bowling Party!

Are you planning a Halloween party this year? Then why not combine the holiday with the world’s most popular participatory sport – bowling – and get the good times rolling?!

With only a few weeks until October 31, now’s your chance to start planning. Follow this guide to make sure your Halloween bowling party is a rocking, memorable time.

Dress the Part  

What’s a Halloween bowling party without costumes? Make sure you and your guests look the part when you step onto the lanes for your Halloween party this October. (Your invitations or Facebook event should clearly state it’s a costume party.)

Bowling costume ideas are plentiful: perhaps you want to dress up like The Dude from The Big Lebowski or a don a bowling pin costume or get a 1950s-style bowling league outfit and plenty of pomade. And for your kids’ costumes, the options are endless—no one ever said that Frankenstein couldn’t bowl!

Prepare Your Trick Or Treat Party Bags

Adults enjoy party favors as much as kids do. And Halloween party bags are some of the easiest to make because always include candy.

But if you’re looking for a little more “trick” in your Halloween party favors to shock your guests, here are some ideas to take with you to your local novelty store:

  • Alcohol shooters (21+ only!)
  • Hand-shock buzzer gag
  • Pack of shocking gum
  • Snake in a can
  • Realistic prank items (fake tongues, gooey eyeballs, gross insects)

Halloween Bowling Tournament Idea: Monsters vs. Superheroes

Depending on how your guests dress, you can organize your bowling teams to create epic battles of Good versus Evil.

Simply count up how many guests dressed as monsters or bad guys and how many are good guys or superheroes. Team them up accordingly and start bowling.

The team with the highest score wins over three games wins.

Who knew that a few rounds of bowling could decide the fate of the earth this Halloween?

Party at Lang’s on Halloween!

We’ve got 2 great parties already planned – one on the lanes with our resident DJ Duval and one in the all new Nelson Event Center with DJ PM! But if you want something all to yourself, our party planners handle all the details so you can just have fun. No need to worry about music, food, or beer – just tell us what you’d like.

The clock is ticking, but you can still make your dream Halloween party a reality if you call Dayna at 401-944-0500 or email info@langsbowlarama.com today!

7 Ways to Make Meetings More Fun

It’s Monday. Take a look at your calendar. If you’re like most of us, you have too many meetings scheduled. They interrupt your day and somehow never seem to accomplish enough. But meetings don’t have to be boring or ineffective. With a little creativity, you and your department or team can make your meetings a lot more fun and productive!

We’ve got 7 out-of-the-box tips to help you do it!
1. Move Your Body

Sitting in one place makes you tired. Your mind wanders and drifts. If the meeting topic is already pretty boring, people might nod off or spend the time daydreaming. Ask attendees to stand, stretch, or even bounce or jog in place. Or better yet, go bowling at your next meeting.

2. Schedule Social Time & Connect with Everyone in the Room

Far too often meetings start with the agenda. Everyone looks down at the piece of paper in front of them and no one connects. Plan for about 10 minutes of “social time” before a meeting officially starts to engage people—they can socialize and catch up with each other.  This builds rapport among your team.

3. Change Locations

Do you always have your meeting in Conference Room C? Change it up. Go outside. Or schedule your meeting on one of our lanes or in The Nelson Event Center. The novelty of change will help keep people engaged.

4. Bowl to Boost Creative Brainstorming

Games are a great way to build connections among team members and to simply have a blast. Got a big planning/brainstorming meeting coming up? Go bowling then get down to business. When you’re done, finish the event with drinks, snacks, and another game in the all new Nelson Event Center!

5. Celebrate Success

Too often we’re “on to the next” before we’ve stopped to recognize the success we achieved. Don’t let this insatiable attitude poison your meeting. Recognize and celebrate your team’s achievements. Just finish a tough project? Take time out to congratulate everyone because every win is a step in the right direction.

6. Change Facilitators

When things are always the same, we tune out. Change keeps us on our toes and interested. Rotate the meeting’s facilitator to keep everyone engaged and bring new perspective. You may be amazed at what occurs and how fun and interesting meetings can become.

7. Promote Positivity

If you really want to make your meetings more fun and productive, start off by recognizing something positive. Ask people to list something they accomplished since last time or name a person who helped them do something. If you start off with complaints and problems, you’ll end with complaints and problems. Intentionally foster more positivity to set a tone for your meetings that is more supportive and creative.

Now Go Make Your Meetings More Fun!

We all know that thinking outside the box is great for innovation. Although these out-of-the-box tips might seem slightly weird, they can make your department or team meetings much more productive and fun.

Here at Lang’s Bowlarama, we often hear a lot of whooping and laughter at our corporate events. Plus we have an awesome space in The Nelson Event Center with all the tools to make a meeting successful! If you want some more help with making your meetings a blast, contact Dayna (401.944.0500, email: dayna@langsbowlarama.com) to discuss our packages for all tastes and budgets!

Why Bars and Breweries Are Great Additions to Any Community

Bars, breweries, and other drinking establishments do more for the communities in which they reside than simply provide a place to drink. Sure, offering a place for a cold beer after a long day’s work is a vital service, but drinking establishments do so much more for their communities.

They provide a hub for socialization

Beer lovers know that bars can serve as the great equalizer. When you enter a bar, you’re sharing a space with other members of your community, all united for a common purpose. More so than any other public establishment, everyone is your friend when you’re drinking in a bar.

The socialization opportunities provided by drinking establishments are well-documented. Oxford University cites a study that shows how local bars make us feel more connected to our communities.

“[Researchers] found that people who have a ‘local’ that they visit regularly tend to feel more socially engaged and contented, and are more likely to trust other members of their community. They also observed that those without a local pub had significantly smaller social networks and felt less engaged with, and trusting of, their local communities,” says the University.

Local drinking establishments provide us with a way to experience some face-to-face, real-life interactions with people – as opposed to the digital interactions that have overtaken our culture. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with connecting with people online, but there really is no substitute for in-person socialization.

They provide spaces for community activism

The “pub” has a long tradition of being the place where people of action meet to formulate ideas and plans about doing good for their communities. Centuries of public drinking haven’t changed this. When it comes to organizing, promoting, and hosting community events, there’s no better place than a local drinking establishment.

These days, if you want to hold a fundraiser for a local charity or community organization, you’ll likely turn to your favorite bar or brewery for support. Not only will your fundraiser benefit from being held in a drinking establishment, but your local bar or brewery will likely be more than willing to host fundraiser that benefit their community (the uptake in business is a nice bonus, too). One of the most popular forms of community fundraising these days is the bar crawl, in which groups organize at bars and walk from bar to bar, drinking and raising money at each stop.

At Lang’s, we host many fundraisers throughout the year and support many non-profit’s through charitable donations. We also host our annual Ed Lang Memorial Scholarship Fund Singles Tournament and Car Show in the summer. The Ed Lang Memorial Fund raises funds for college bound junior bowlers through the tournament and for the RI Community Food Bank through the car show. Ask us about hosting a great fundraiser for your cause!

They provide a friendly atmosphere for the community’s pets

Drinking establishments have fast become the premier place to bring your canine friend, and pet-friendly bars and breweries are now the norm. There’s really nothing better than the ability to stop by a bar and have a drink when you’re out on your evening walk with Rex.

While many focus on human socialization as a prime benefit of bars, their role and a venue for dog socialization is just as important. Most dog experts say that it is crucial to expose your dog to people and other dogs of all shapes and sizes, in varying environments. Drinking establishments can, at times, be a little more raucous and, at times, a bit more on the chill side. You’re bound to meet people and dogs of all stripes at a bar or a brewery.

“Your dog should meet men, women, boys, girls, babies, old people, large and small people. He should meet people with sunglasses, big coats, beards, mustaches and people of all races. Your puppy should also meet dogs of all sizes and colors. He should visit many different environments – parks, pet stores, lakes, restaurants and noisy areas,” notes BarkHappy.com.

Drinking establishments provide much more than alcohol. They are vital pillars of their communities than give us a place to socialize and organize.

Here at Lang’s, we recently opened the all new Lang’s Lounge, featuring over 20 local, domestic and craft brews on tap, full bar, a Whiskey Bar with over 60 brands, specialty drinks and much more. We welcome you to come visit the new bar, check out photos of Lang’s past preserved in time under the counter top, people watch the bowlers on the lanes and make Lang’s Lounge your local hangout.

For more information on Lang’s Bowlarama parties and events, contact Dayna at 401-944-0500 or email dayna@langsbowlarama.com.

3 Tips for a Fun Family Reunion!

3 Tips for a Fun Family Reunion!

Every year families get together to catch up. But if you’ve seen the movies, then you know how boring and dreadful these events can feel. While those scenes are caricature of reality, they contain nuggets of truth.

Many people dread family reunions. Not necessarily because Aunt Kathy pinches their cheeks, but because when the family is all together there’s often nothing to do! They’re forced to engage in small talk and tediously update each other on their lives.

Follow these three tips and your family reunion will never be boring again!

Plan an Activity

Have your family reunions, up till now, been a dinner or picnic where the only activity is eating and talking? Big mistake.

Although you may be family, you might not have much in common.

Plan your reunion around a fun, casual activity, like bowling, and you’ll have a common experience to bond over. You’ll find it much easier to connect and have fun with your cousins and other relatives.

 

Plan to Be Proactive to Prevent Problems

We’ve all got at least one family holiday, birthday, or reunion in which one member wasn’t kept in the loop about something … that rarely ends well. BUT, when you define clear expectations for your family reunion, people arrive with an understanding. They’ll know their place and if you need their help or not.

To start, make sure you and your attendees know answers to these questions:

  • Who is paying for what and how much?
  • Who is staying where and for how long?
  • Who is responsible for doing what?

 

Plan for Success

Start with the basics. Choose a time and place that most people can get to. Remember, your primary goal is to get everyone together, so accommodate that. If only a handful can show, your event might be boring.

Food and drink should certainly be available at your family reunion gathering. If it’s not, people will be upset and “hangry”. If you let Lang’s Bowlarama help plan your party, you not only get a fun activity, but access to food, beer, and more without having to lift a finger.

 

Plan Your Family Fun Today!

If you’re in charge of planning your family reunion, make it count. We can help ensure it’s fun, engaging, and will have family members talking about it for months.

Lang’s has experience planning family reunions and we’d love to help. Contact Dayna (401.944.0500, dayna@langsbowlarama.com) to learn more about how we can take care of everything.

Your family reunion shouldn’t be dull! Use these simple tips and you’ll transform your familial gathering into a great memory. When you do, next year, your family will be begging to get together.

 

Want to Be a Rad Rhode Island Company? Appreciate Your Employees!

Your employees work hard to make your business run effectively. Without their countless hours of effort and determination, your profits would be lower and your business wouldn’t be what it is.  Keeping your company’s morale up starts with simple, daily acts of appreciation. Managers need to recognize a job well done and applaud their team’s hard work. A little recognition goes a long way to boost morale.

However, occasionally you can surprise your employees with something special! The following ideas will help make your business one of the raddest places to work in Rhode Island.

Cater to Your Employees

If you give a slice of filet mignon to a vegan, the gesture of appreciation falls flat. So, before you jump headfirst into planning how you’ll give back to your staff, you need to know what they would like. So, ask!
Create a simple survey using free services like Google Forms or Survey Monkey to discover whether your employees are bowling fanatics, cupcake lovers, or adventure junkies. Once you know them better, you can give your staff something they will truly appreciate and enjoy.

When to Give a Gift, or Throw an Event

Sometimes it makes sense to single one employee or a select team out for a spectacular job. In this instance, a gift could be perfect, something like flowers or a custom-made gift basket(s) could do the trick. Or if your employee is a millennial, an Amazon or iTunes gift card or cash bonus can be very effective.
An event allows your company to show appreciation for a group or all employees. Whether it is a team, a department, or everyone, you can plan something special to show them you care and let them know their hard work and impact on the company’s goals hasn’t gone unnoticed. From something as simple as Friday happy hour – in the office or out – at the end of the work week, to throwing an all out team building bowling bash, can go a long way toward fostering camaraderie and appreciation. (Read our blog post The Science Behind a Great Corporate Event! to see how important team building is to your end goal and productivity!)

Bowling events can put your employees on the same team (literally!) and force different departments to mix, mingle and have fun all while working together. Consider giving gifts to the highest (or lowest!) scoring bowler or team, or encourage teams to dress up for a best-dressed prize. Either way, bowling fosters the team atmosphere you need to make your event successful and get yours employees mixing and moving.

Lighten Up! Don’t Take It Too Seriously

Employee recognition and appreciation should be fun. If it feels like a chore or another obligation, you’re doing it wrong – and it won’t go over as well as you’d like. Choose a place that will help you plan the details to make for a perfect event. Great catering choices, fun activities, prizes, and healthy competition all make for a fun event.
When it comes to ranking as one of Rhode Island’s “raddest” places to work, less is more. Remember to appreciate your employees regularly. Luxurious events or special prizes cannot make up for a lack of appreciation on the daily job. But once that’s handled, invite your employees out for some fun.

Does a fun bowling party sound like a great way to appreciate your employees? All of us here at Lang’s are ready to make your day memorable. Contact Dayna at 401.944.0500 or dayna@langsbowlarama.com to get the ball rolling!