Moving on from Christmas memories, this week I thought I’d share my ‘how to hold a glow party tips & advice’ – after all, it’s still a celebration! We held one for my son’s 7th birthday last weekend and it was a great success, pretty easy to organise and the memories will live on for a long time to come.
What you need
Amazon! Simply search for ‘glow in the dark party accessories’ and a mind boggling list will appear, from LED finger lights to glow sticks and glow in the dark cutlery. For 10 children we went for:
- UV face paint
- UV t-shirt paint
- T-shirt felt-tips
- Glow sticks with connectors (100)
- White t-shirts (10)
- Glow balloons (10)
- LED finger lights (10 packs).
- UV bulb
- Mini light projector
For a girl’s party you might want to consider LED hair lights and glow rings. Most of these we ordered online, but watch-out, to get the cheap prices many will be sent direct from Hong Kong, China or US, so check delivery dates carefully – some take over a month to arrive. Other things we picked up in bargain highstreet stores. My husband went a bit over-board, and I don’t think everything on this list is necessary for a good party!
- Take down pendent lights & clear any breakables from the party room
- Set up UV bulb (we put it in the ceiling pendent lamp)
- Decorate party room with banners, glow sticks, balloons etc
- Set out t-shirt painting glow stick activities & put birthday child in charge of telling their friends what they need to do. Make sure you cover your table in something to protect it.
- Prepare food & put candles in cake
- Set up music player in party room
- 4pm – arrive & seat to decorate t-shirts & make glowing wrist bands & necklaces. I’d recommend putting a UV ‘frame’ on the t-shirts yourself before the party as it takes 30min to dry & some of the kids put loads on, which got a tad messy! However, they all loved being given the freedom to design their own t-shirts.
- 4.30ish – put on t-shirts, LED finger lights & face paint.
- 4.45ish – let them into the party room (we were able to keep them in the kitchen before this, so the main room was a surprise). Put on some music & let them dance, wave their arms about & generally let off steam.
- 5.15pm (or earlier if the shouts of ‘let’s have a glow fight’ start) – tea. We served hot dogs, pizza, chicken dippers, salted pop corn, crisps, cherry tomatoes, then party rings & marshmallows followed by birthday cake. We turned the lights out and put the mini light projector in the middle of the table as the cake was brought in, which went down very well.
- 5.40pm – back to the party room for more dancing & glow balloons. The focus of the glow balloons meant things were a bit less mad than pre-tea.
- 6pm – pick up time. We’d prepared small party bags & let them take home the LED finger lights, balloons and t-shirts.
- 6.30 – 7.30pm – tidy up. Then put feet up with large glass of wine!
These timings are a guide, and please be aware that as the nights get lighter you may need to start your party earlier, or use some sort of black-out blind.
We had great fun organising this, it took a bit of effort & thinking, but it was well worth it. I hope it’s inspired you to do something different for your child’s next party. Once I’ve checked with my son I’m thinking about making his t-shirt into a cushion that he can have to remind him of his party – so watch this space…
Until next time – keep making those happy memories.