A Peek at the Fun: Are you looking for an amazing party idea? If so, this fun and simple glow in the dark party is just what you need. Glow in the dark is such a hit!
So, what do you do when your oldest kiddo is turning 18? You throw a huge glow in the dark party. And let me just say…it was HUGE! Seriously guys, I let the birthday boy be in charge of the invitations and we stopped counting at 100 guests! I didn’t even know he knew that many people. 🙂 You know how they say it’s not a party until the cops are called? Well, let’s just say…it was a party (he,he)!!
But really, the glow in the dark was a hit and so simple to put together. I have all the details so you can throw a really fun party of your own.
Glow in the Dark Party:
How fun does this look? We had a DIY glow stick chandelier, glow in the dark balloon arch, and lots more fun lighting to make our party pop.
We started our party planning with a trip to Amazon. Yep, almost everything we needed for this party came to our door courtesy of Amazon. It was so simple and super cost effective.
Here’s where to start.
Shopping List with Amazon Affiliate Links:
- Glow in the Dark Polka Dotted Balloons
- Glow Sticks
- Neon Party Banner
- Glow Sticks with Hooks for Chandelier
- LED Balloons
- Disco Lights
Items Not Found at Amazon:
- Plastic Table Clothes in Assorted Colors
- Tomato Cage
- Spray Paint
- Fishing Line
That’s everything I used for this party…other than the food.
So, can we talk about how cute this glow stick chandelier is? And seriously, it’s super simple to make. Here are all the deets.
Glow in the Dark Party Decorations:
This little cutie is super simple. And everything you need was listed above in the shopping items. But you will need a grinder, hack saw, sawzall, or anything to cut through the metal on a tomato cage.
Start with a tomato cage.
Using your grinder (or whatever you are using to cut the metal), simply cut below the second tier. You want to end with two rings. You can decide what size you want. If you want your chandelier to be larger you’ll use the top two rings. If you want it to be smaller, use the bottom two.
Spray paint using black spray paint.
Last step…simply add the glow sticks. You may want to wait until you are closer to your party time to do this last step so you can break the glow sticks and hang them. They will stay shining for lots of hours so you can do this well before your party.
The glow sticks we ordered from Amazon fit perfectly on the ring of the tomato cages.
I wanted this chandelier to shine bright for everyone to see so I placed it in the center of the room. I lined my ceiling with colorful table clothes fanning out from the center of the room. And in the center I hung the chandelier with fishing line. The fishing line worked perfectly so it wouldn’t be seen and held the weight perfectly.
I added a fun glow in the dark balloon arch over the food table. It was so fun.
Glow in the Dark Balloon Arch:
Putting a balloon arch together could not be simpler. I made this one the “old fashioned” way with tying all of the balloons on a string and scrunching them together. But I’ve also used a balloon arch kit and they make it even simpler.
For this arch I used a combination of balloons. Some glow in the dark, some LED balloons, and some regular balloons. To get a super cute balloon arch it’s best to use all shapes and sizes. The polka dotted balloons I found on Amazon were hands down my favorites. They added such a fun pattern to the arch and they glowed really well.
I hung this bad boy above my food table using more fishing line. It really made the food table come alive.
As far as the rest of the decorations, I kept it simple. I hung black table cloths on the walls so it would be darker for the glow sticks to really pop. We replaced the light bulbs in the area with blacklight bulbs, and hung some of the disco lights in the corners of the room.
I made sure to have plenty of glow sticks on hand so each guest could take as many as they wanted. The extra glow sticks were a perfect addition to the food table to add some more fun color.
I also snagged this fun sign from Amazon and hung it on an empty wall. It was the perfect place to take some selfies.
Such a fun neon party and the teens LOVED it. And I loved planning a party for my “to cool for school” 18 year old! 🙂
Have FUN planning your glow in the dark party!
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