Neon glow party ?’s

dreamin_disney

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Hello. My DD wants to have a 21st neon glow party. It will be indoors due to cold weather. We plan on having family and some of her friends. I see a lot of ideas on Pinterest but

1. where do I buy all the cool things without breaking the bank?
2. What are some diy stuff I can do? A lot of Pinterest take me to party planners. I need budget but cool stuff
3. Any ideas or advice if you’ve even thrown one
4. What lightning do I need to make stuff glow
5. Can a party like this be budget friendly or will it cost me $$$
6. Do I need to buy special paper to glow in the dark or certain colors glow (with the special lighting)
7. Glow in the dark drinks?
Any advice or tips appreciated. If you have any party photos you’ve thrown with this theme please post😀. I have 2 months

Btw dd wants to make rubrics cube boxes, boom box card holder, mtv

I told dd it would be cool if we can some how decorate the bottom of the food or dessert table as a boombox.
 

DuskKodesh

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You need UV or blacklight to make UV reactive things glow. The absolute cheapest way to make props for this is UV reactive paint. Luckily you're planning this around halloweentime and halloween lighting in a lot of stores includes blacklight bulbs or lights. I'd check there first. Buy a small battery operated UV light you can use to check things because even if something is bright white or neon there's no guarantee it will react and glow. I've got neon toys that are bland under UV and I've got ones that glow like the sun under it.

you can do this budget friendly but the lighting will be the most expensive part. I'd buy the lights, UV paints, some glowsticks, and neon food dye to color your snacks just to fit theme (Though the food dye might not glow.) I know some alcohols and Mt. dew might glow, but again, with a handheld light you could easily check things at the store :D

I'd also look up neon 80's patterns and designs for boombox themeing. I bet there's lots out there. It's really popular right now
 

dreamin_disney

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You need UV or blacklight to make UV reactive things glow. The absolute cheapest way to make props for this is UV reactive paint. Luckily you're planning this around halloweentime and halloween lighting in a lot of stores includes blacklight bulbs or lights. I'd check there first. Buy a small battery operated UV light you can use to check things because even if something is bright white or neon there's no guarantee it will react and glow. I've got neon toys that are bland under UV and I've got ones that glow like the sun under it.

you can do this budget friendly but the lighting will be the most expensive part. I'd buy the lights, UV paints, some glowsticks, and neon food dye to color your snacks just to fit theme (Though the food dye might not glow.) I know some alcohols and Mt. dew might glow, but again, with a handheld light you could easily check things at the store :D

I'd also look up neon 80's patterns and designs for boombox themeing. I bet there's lots out there. It's really popular right now
Thanks for the tips and advice. I’m getting excited! I just need to start making a list of ideas and supplies.

Where can I buy black lights and the up lights? Will Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s carry these or specialty store?
 
  • meower13

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    Ebay for lights. Or splurge for led strip lights. LEDs will give you way more bang for your buck. Number one tip is to buy a uv flashlight off Ebay or amazon, then use it to test what glows, you will be surprised what neon stuff glows! Take it to the dollar store and see what you can find! Fluorescent paper and highlighters typically glow, I wouldnt bother trying to mak your food glow, Ive tried a ton of internet tricks without much luck!
     

    dreamin_disney

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    Ebay for lights. Or splurge for led strip lights. LEDs will give you way more bang for your buck. Number one tip is to buy a uv flashlight off Ebay or amazon, then use it to test what glows, you will be surprised what neon stuff glows! Take it to the dollar store and see what you can find! Fluorescent paper and highlighters typically glow, I wouldnt bother trying to mak your food glow, Ive tried a ton of internet tricks without much luck!
    Thanks for the info on the up flashlight. Good to know about the food glow. It will save me time not experimenting in glow food. Lol !
     

    DuskKodesh

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    Thanks for the tips and advice. I’m getting excited! I just need to start making a list of ideas and supplies.

    Where can I buy black lights and the up lights? Will Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s carry these or specialty store?
    Like Meower said, ebay is good if you have time (Be careful ordering things from China that may take a month or more to arrive) but if you want them in person in my experience most stores will have UV lights usually in the Halloween departments. Home depot or Lowes may have them year round but I admit I've never checked but if anyone would it would be them!
     
  • poohbear8

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    I just finished planning my son's "music festival" wedding. Pinterest was my best friend, then my worst enemy. Keywords that helped me find sources and good DIY's were: Glow in the dark, Neon, Music Festival, Budget Glow Party ideas, and night time party DIY. (probably obvious, but wanted to share) Light up drinks - look up on pinterest "light up bar and glow drinks". Halloween is the perfect time to get stuff, especially Dollar Tree. Search DIY Dollar Tree Crafts for more ideas than you possibly need, lol! I found the key is to think outside of the box at Dollar tree! All of the lights and candles I needed I ordered from Amazon 3rd parties and all were great!
     

    dreamin_disney

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    Plan on going to Walmart tomorrow for the up flash light and to price the black lights. I’ve been talking to hubby about some ideas and shared the great tips you all have been sharing 😀
     

    barkley

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    dollar store has glow sticks and black light light bulbs, craft stores have glow in the dark paint, halloween superstores have scads of stuff but if the bday is after halloween i would hit up the spirit halloween on-line store after (or day of) halloween to get bargains. light up drinks can be done with the led 'ice cubes'.

    oriental trading company on-line is a cheap and great resource for bulk party stuff like this.
     
  • dreamin_disney

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    dollar store has glow sticks and black light light bulbs, craft stores have glow in the dark paint, halloween superstores have scads of stuff but if the bday is after halloween i would hit up the spirit halloween on-line store after (or day of) halloween to get bargains. light up drinks can be done with the led 'ice cubes'.

    oriental trading company on-line is a cheap and great resource for bulk party stuff like this.
    Yes, the party is after Halloween so hoping I find stuff on clearance.


    With black lights shoukd I use black table cloths or white for the walls?
     

    DuskKodesh

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    It depends. White might light up but it still might not. It depends on the composition of the cloth. I would think black cloths and then use glowing stuff to decorate so that the glowing stuff pops. :D
     


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