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Hosting A Glow Party

Recently, we hosted a Glow Party for our friends at our annual family camp-out. We had over 50 people attend ranging in age from a year old to 65 years old.  I am not kidding for one second, it was a blast! Somewhere between black lights, glow sticks, and killer play list every guest let go, relaxed, and had a great time.

Creating a Glow Party is actually pretty easy. Here are my 6 simple steps to follow to help you create a Successful Glow Party! 

1. Venue

We had our glow party outside at a local state park. You may have your party in a house, or basement or even a party room.  The size of your venue will determine the type of size of your black lights.  

2. Black Lights

Black Lights are almost a necessity for a successful Glow Party. Small venue's need small lights but if you have a larger space, you will need larger lights. Imagine the disappointment if you are trying to use black light-bulbs in a large area. They will be too small to have an impact.  If you do have a small space, try using these Clip Lights. We layered lights using both big and small.                      HDX 75-Watt Incandescent Clamp Light

I found a few large black-lights at the Halloween Store. They ranged in price from $20-$30. Maybe that does not sound expensive to you, I found a cheaper solution that worked for me. We had two old florescent light fixtures laying around from a recent update to our rental house. We painted them black and added light bulbs.  We attached them to our camper awning and they provided great coverage that ran the length of our 35 foot camper. 

If you do not have old light fixtures laying around, you can purchase florescent light fixtures from the home improvement store for less than the Halloween Store sells them. 

                                        Lithonia Lighting 2-Light White T12 Fluorescent Shop Light

After securing fixtures, you will need light bulbs for those fixtures. The Home Improvement Store sold black lights but the packaging said Aqua Lights (for fish tanks).  The florescent light fixtures we used held two Black Lights per fixture.  We also used smaller light bulbs and you can find those at many stores or easily on Amazon. 

                                         Philips 18 in. T8 15-Watt Linear Fluorescent Light Bulb - Black
3. Accessories

Accessories are what bring this Glow Party alive. I would look for anything that said Glow-in-the-Dark or even Neon worked well.  Hands down the favorite accessory at our Glow Party was the Neon Glow-in-the-Dark body paint purchased from Amazon.  A few hours before the party started one of our guest started painting designs on other guest faces.

Other cool accessories included: Glow-in-the-Dark fingernail polish, lipstick, crayons, Glow sticks, glow rings, glow teeth, bouncy balls, hair clips, drinking cupsballoons, and even paper products.

You know those plastic shapes you stick on a child's ceiling? Those would make amazing decorations at a Glow Party. If your party is indoor or if you have a way of hanging them, You can most often find them at the dollar store.

4. Clothing

When planning a Glow Party it is important to not forget to plan your own outfit for the night. Glow-in-the-dark tutu's are fun and easy to make. I found neon tulle at a fabric store and for under $20 purchased enough tulle to make two tutu's.

Not a tutu kind of person? That is okay too. I also found Glow-in-the-Dark fabric paint and created my own Glow T-shirt.  Adding fabric paint to any old item of clothing will bring it new life under a black light.  Remember, even a simple white t-shirt glows well under a black light.

5. Food

Every party needs refreshments. Did you know that Tonic Water is made with a fluorescent molecule called quinine? This makes it a perfect to use in food preparation to help get your food glowing. Mountain Dew, Energy Drinks, Milk, and Club Soda also have ingredients that make them glow. Add Tonic Water to a punch recipe (adult beverage or not) or whip up some Glow-in-the-Dark frosting for cupcakes. You can even make Jell-O parfaits that will glow all night long.  Let your food have just as much fun at the Glow-in-the-Dark party as your guest.

6. Music

The final touch to a Glow Party is music. A good dance play list will turn this party into a rave in an instant! Find out what the teens in your life are listening to and compile a play list to keep your party going all night long!


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