Gavin’s Glow-in-the-Dark 10th Birthday Party
We had a Glow-in-the-Dark pool party for Gavin’s 10th birthday. We held it at a condo party room and pool on the beach. It turned out very well and Gavin had a blast which is all I could hope for! Word of advice, just because something is neon or white does not mean it will glow under black light. I found it very useful to buy a black light flashlight to carry around with me when shopping to test items and make sure they would glow. I found mine in the flashlight section of Wal-Mart for around $8.00. Also, when taking pictures it is difficult to get them focused. Obviously, do not use the flash to see the glow effect.
We put an easel with a glow sign and balloons with glow sticks in them outside to mark the party room door. (Which didn’t really glow due to the porch lights but it showed up either way.)
I had 10 black lights placed strategically throughout the room to ensure the best glow spots. We had a ping-pong table in the room in which the regular white ping-pong balls glow. I had a ring toss set up made with glow necklaces and a bottle of tonic water. I used a piece of glow-in-the-dark duct tape to mark how far to stand back from the tonic water bottle. We also hung a HUGE poster board on the wall and labeled it as a graffiti wall. The kids were able to color on it, sign it, and leave Gavin a birthday message with highlighters which glow under black light. We also had random neon glow-in-the-dark balloons lying around on the floor. (All things I failed to get pictures of except the graffiti wall! I am a horrible picture taker!)
When the kids first arrived the gift table was right inside the door. We put a white table-cloth on it and placed neon star bursts (also pictured on the food table so you can see them better) all over the top. We attached to neon glow-in-the-dark balloons to the table.
After they set their gift down we led them to a glow-in-the-dark t-shirt station where they made their own shirt to wear during the party. Hint: I bought neon fabric markers instead of buying glow paint due to the fact the kids would be wearing them during the party. The paint takes up to 6 hours to dry completely. I didn’t get a picture of anyone decorating their shirt but this is the table (where someone left their neon hat they wore to the party).
The best picture I could get of Gavin in his shirt. ( I think black would work better so you could see what was written on it without the glow bright white shirt blinding you! You could read it in person but not in the pictures.)
After they made their t-shirts I ushered them out to the pool where I had all the men and husbands stationed as lifeguards! I gave the kids large glow sticks to use as pool dive sticks and I placed glow bracelets in beach balls and had them in the pool too. ( I didn’t get a picture of the kids in the pool.)
The food tables were decorated with black table cloths with neon sunbursts sporadically placed on top. We sprinkled neon blue confetti down the middle of the table and placed neon plates, cups, straws, and cutlery which all glowed under black light on the table. The birthday boy, Gavin, had a special glow shirt I had made him and let him decorate, glow glasses, a ring, special glow bracelets, a special light up cup, glow stick cutlery , and neon glow balloons waiting for him at his seat. To decorate further we placed a glass jar filled with clear marbles and glow bracelets sticking out in all directions in the middle of the table. On the ends we placed a ball made from glow sticks. Each plate had its own glow-in-the-dark tattoo, special glow toy, and a party blower thing. <—not sure what they are called! The majority of the items were bought from the Dollar Tree! Click on pictures to enlarge them.
The punch and cupcake table were decorated with a black table-cloth sprinkled with the same neon blue confetti. We bought neon plates and cups and placed them on the table with napkins. The cupcakes and punch glowed under black light! The icing was made with tonic water, which contains quinine and is glow reactive to black lights, as well as the punch. We placed glow sticks in the punch and under the bowl to make it glow further. We also laid more glow sticks around the table just to give it some extra GLOW!
Random pictures to finish off the evening: