A Glow In The Dark party for kids
(and teens and adults) is just perfect for the backyard!
Glow parties are a blast for kids and teens! And what better place than your backyard on a warm summer evening.
It’s a great theme for birthday parties, graduation, Fourth of July, a pool party. Kids can run around the backyard in the dark with glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces, having fun on a nice summer night. As the evening goes on, you’ll start to see individual personalities emerge as each guest gathers the items they want to wear. Some will wear only one item and others will have bracelets up and down each arm and around their heads!
Adults love this kind of party. Use “Glow In The Dark” as the theme for an evening luau or pool gathering with glowing necklaces, glow jars and adult beverages. Welcome your guests by lining the walkway to your backyard with luminous balloons, glow sticks stuck in the ground and glow bracelets hanging from trees and bushes.
What You’ll Find Here
• Glow Party Decoration Ideas
• Glow Balloons
• Make A Glow Welcome Sign
• Personalized Invitations
• Glow Sticks
• Glow Bracelets
• Glow Necklaces
• Glow Party Pack
• Glow In The Dark Drinks
• Glow In The Dark Food
• Glow Bowling
• Make Glow Jars
• Make Glow Flowers
• Glow Bubbles & Bubble Machine
There are three methods by which party supplies will glow in the dark.
Something is snapped to “activate” the glow, such as sticks, bracelets and necklaces.
Something has been treated to soak up the sun during the day and then glimmer in the dark, such as glow-in-the-dark stars.
A blacklight is shone on something that glows under ultra-violet light (a blacklight) such as tonic water, a yellow highlighter . . . and your teeth!
Glow Party Decoration Ideas
image permission by Kara’s Party Ideas
• For a fun table, set it with glow-in-the-dark cups, food, and drinks. Strategically placed glow sticks will add color — outline the entire table with those sticks!
• Place several blacklights near the table so that they illuminate the food and cups.
• Plastic neon-colored plates, napkins and glasses will glow under a blacklight.
• Laundry detergents with whiteners will glow under a blacklight! Hang a black trash bag. Using liquid Tide, draw and write on the black trash bag and look at the amazing effect under a blacklight.
• For a cool centerpiece, fill a clean 2-liter plastic bottle with water. Remove the inside of a highlighter and drop it in the bottle of water. Replace the lid. Wait a day, shake the bottle up, and the water will glow under a blacklight. Use different colors of highlighters in several bottles for a very pretty effect.
• For a pleasing table decor, use candlesticks of varying heights. Spray a candlestick with white primer spray paint. Let dry. Spray with fluorescent yellow spray paint. Do the same with a round flat disk. When all the paint has dried, glue the disk to the top of the candlestick. Set plates of food on top of each.
Turn out the lights, turn on the blacklights,
activate the glow sticks and let the fun begin!
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD — Children under 8 yrs. can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
11″ Balloons with Glow-In-The-Dark Stars
These balloons are clear, and they are covered with stars that soak up the sun and then glow in the dark. You get 25 balloons.
Festive 11″ Happy Birthday latex balloons glow in the dark for 30-40 minutes after being exposed to light for only a few minutes. They will glow constantly at peak brightness under a blacklight. Easily filled with air by mouth or pump, and can also be filled with helium. You get 10 balloons in a package.
These 11″ inch blacklight balloons are incredibly bright! They don’t glow in the dark, you’ll need a blacklight. In normal light they are assorted neon colors. Blow them up by air or fill with helium. You get 25 balloons in a package.
Make A Glow Welcome Sign
“Glow Welcome” images permission by Smile And Wave
This is a very clever use of glow-in-the-dark items. The special “welcome” sign was created by a woman for her husband returning from duty.
Using glow-in-the-dark bracelets, she created the letters and the heart with an arrow through it, and she taped them to her house.
Here’s exactly how she made the Glow Bracelets Welcome Sign!
You could do the same, using her instructions, and spell out:
“This Way To The Party By The Pool”
“Wedding Reception for . . . “
Send Out Personalized Invitations
Your Glow Party will start off right when you send these Neon Swirls Personalized Invitations to your party guests!
How cool is it that this design looks just like yellow, blue and pink glow bracelets swirling in the background. Each invite measures 6-1/2 inches long x 3-1/4 inches wide. These are made to order with your own wording and they ship in 3 business days.
“Glowin’ It Up” image permission by allthingshendrick.blogspot.com
You are going to need a lot of glow sticks, because they are very versatile and there are so many things you can do with them!
• Hang one from a cord around your neck as a necklace.
• Plant them in the ground to line the way to your backyard.
• Use them in water bottles for Glow Bowling.
• Swirl them around in the dark to draw shapes in the air.
• To make a chandelier, hang glow sticks from a 9″ embroidery hoop nested in a 12″ embroidery hoop.
A Package of 25 Assorted 6″ Glow Sticks
You get 25 extra-thick 6″ glow sticks in assorted colors. They’ll glow super bright for 8-12 hours, then gradually fade over the next 36 hours. Non-toxic, not radioactive and not flammable.
Glow Sticks, One Color
You can get packages of 6″ glow sticks of just one color, specific colors for a special event, such as:
• pink for a Princess Birthday party
• green for a St Patrick’s Day party
• aqua for a party by the pool
• an evening Wedding reception
• school colors for a High School Graduation party
• red, white and blue for a 4th of July celebration
• purple, green and yellow for Mardi Gras
Glow Sticks Swirls images permission by allthingshendrick.blogspot.com
Glow-in-the-dark bracelets are the #1 item necessary for a great Glow Party! Make sure you have lots of these for everyone. You should figure on at least 4 bracelets per person, probably more. Kids love to just pile these on their arms and ankles.
Get packages of glow bracelets of just one color to match the glow sticks.
A Package of 100 Assorted Glow Bracelets
You get 100 glow bracelets in assorted colors.
Glow Bracelets, One Color
Glow necklaces come in lots of colors and can be layered around the neck for a really bright effect. You’ll need lots of these, too! They’ll emit light for 4-6 hours once activated. Each necklace is 22″ long.
Get packages of glow necklaces of just one color to match the glow sticks and glow bracelets.
A Package of 100 Assorted Glow Necklaces
You get 100 glow necklaces in assorted colors, each 22″ long.
22″ Glow Necklaces, One Color
Glow Party Pack
If you want everything in one easy package, this terrific glow in the dark party pack is non-toxic, non-heat generating, non-flammable, and phthalate free. Included:
• 100 high quality 8″ glow sticks in 7 brilliant colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink) and 3 tri-color glow sticks (they glow three different colors)
• 5 glow glasses kits
• 5 pairs of earrings
• a kit for creating a glow ball or 2 glow flowers
• 5 triple connectors (to create triple thick bracelets)
Now let’s get this party started with food, beverages, and activities!
Glow In The Dark Drinks
Glow In The Dark Beverages image permission by OurBestBites.com
You can make a beverage that actually glows!
What’s the secret? TONIC WATER! There’s a tiny bit of quinine in tonic water. It’s the quinine that glows under a blacklight.
Mix up some punch or juice, like Crystal Light Lemonade, add a little tonic water, and your beverages will glow! (This kitchen trick is from OurBestBites.com.)
You can freeze tonic water into ice cubes and add them to your beverage for a cool glowing effect.
Glow In The Dark Food
Glow In The Dark Jello Stars image permission by OurBestBites.com
Jell-O is great as a glowing food and can be cut unto many different shapes. Again, the secret is tonic water.
Use any color of Jell-O and mix it up according to the directions on the box with THIS ONE SUBSTITUTION:
When mixing your Jell-O, use 1/2 water and 1/2 tonic water.
Or use even less tonic water if the tonic water tastes too bitter for you. (This kitchen trick is from OurBestBites.com.)
Try adding tonic water to frosting, especially on cupcakes. This may or may not work the best, so check the frosting under a blacklight to see if it glows. Use glow-in-the-dark birthday candles. Too. Cool. Oh, and here’s another tip: Make cupcakes instead of one large cake, stick those birthday candles in the cupcakes, and you won’t have to bother with cutting the cake.
images permission by Kara’s Party Ideas
Glow In The Dark Bowling
image permission by allthingshendrick.blogspot.com
Save all those plastic water bottles you throw out. It’s time for Glow Bowling! Here’s how you do it.
• Fill 10 plastic water bottles or empty Coke bottles with water.
• Activate 10 glow sticks and drop one in each plastic bottle.
• Screw the lids back on.
• Set up the water bottles like bowling pins on the patio.
• Use a softball to roll along the ground as a bowling ball!
Make Glow Jars
Glow Jars images permission by Planning With Kids
You can make your own glow jars by following these instructions with photos from Planning With Kids.
Basically, all you need are:
• glow sticks
• a clean jar with a lid
• rubber gloves
• protective eyewear
• a place to dump the used sticks
• a damp cloth for any spills
Your glow jar may last for only an hour. Adding water to the jar after you’re finished may help to keep it going.
Put on the rubber gloves.
Don’t “break” the stick. Holding it over the jar, cut one end off.
Shake the stick contents into the jar.
Carefully scoop out any glass bits in your jar.
Put the lid on the jar and shake well. Done!
Here’s another way to make glow jars.
The Gold Jellybean experimented with making a Fairy Glow Jar by adding a piece of tulle to the inside of the jar. This way, the bits from the glow stick adhered to the tulle, looking like little fairies in the jar.
Aren’t these glow jars spectacular!
Here are the complete instructions for making her pretty Fairy Glow Jars.
3 Glow Jars
glow stick alone • glow stick with red tulle • glow stick with white tulle
images permission by The Gold Jellybean
Make Glow Flowers
How to make flowers glow in the dark under ultraviolet light, using yellow highlighter ink.
After watching this video, I tried the method described, using white roses and a white gerbera daisy.
It didn’t work well for me. Only the edges of the roses glowed under blacklight. Maybe it would have worked better with the white carnations used in the video.
So I decided to try an easier way. I just squeezed the highlighter ink directly on the flowers.
Look how magnificently they glow now!
With my method, this is how the flowers look under a blacklight. The highlighter ink appears green, and you can see that the white petals of the gerbera daisy appear blue where the highlighter ink didn’t cover them.
The only supplies you need are white flowers and a yellow highlighter. I used white roses and a white gerbera daisy.
Pop the bottom off the highlighter and let the ink cartridge slide out. (It’s the part with the arrow pointing to it.)
Squeeze the cartridge so that drops of ink fall onto the flowers. This is how the flowers look in normal daylight after covering them with the highlighter ink.
Again, this is how the flowers look under a blacklight.
glow in the dark flower images copyright DwellInTheGarden.com
You’ll need perhaps 4, 5 or 6 blacklights depending on how large an area you are lighting. There should be a couple of blacklights aimed at the food and drinks, and more blacklights where party guests will be eating.
This is an Amazon Bestseller, the American Dj blacklight tube and fixture with a reflector for a brighter light. It has very little buzz. (Some blacklights emit a rather loud buzz which can be annoying.)
Here’s a spiral blacklight bulb that will fit most standard fixtures. Just screw it into a lamp or light fixture. It’s equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent light bulb.
Hang this string of 25 cool-burning blacklight bulbs over your party table to make your food and decorations glow in the dark. The lighted length is 24 feet. For indoor/outdoor use.
Glow Bubbles & Bubble Machine
Give your party a flair with blacklight bubbles! These are safe, non-toxic bubbles that have a beautiful, brilliant blue glow under a blacklight. You get 64 ounces (1/2 gallon). You’ll need wands or a bubble machine to create the bubbles.
This top quality, economic professional automatic bubble machine is plug and play. Just add bubble solution to create thousands of non-stop bubbles at the touch of a button!
Plastic bubble wands can be used to blow bubbles that will glow under a blacklight. You get 11 assorted wands and one tray.