Every year during my son’s birthday month, I get a little emotional and nostalgic for birthdays past. If you ask me, he’s getting WAY too old, WAY too fast. So, with that nostalgia in mind, I’m writing this post to pass along my favorite glow in the dark birthday party ideas: best glow in the dark decorations, goodie bags and cake ideas to help make your child’s next birthday party one to remember!
For me, gone are the days where I throw elaborately themed parties and I shower him with toys. Now, it’s, “I just want to hang out with my friends and I’d prefer money over gifts” – all so he can buy a new skateboard or personalize another baseball glove.
So, I’m taking a little trip down memory lane and sharing my absolute favorite party we threw for our son- an epic Glow Theme birthday party.
Glow in the Dark Kids Party Ideas
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One of my favorite parties we ever put together was a Glow in the Dark party for our son’s 6th birthday. At this point, we had already done some at home parties, and a total superhero themed-come in costume-jump party for his 5th. So for #6, I was struggling with birthday party ideas. Big time.
We didn’t have trampoline parks in the Quad Cities yet at this time, nor did we have the Bettplex (a full sports complex, arcade, bowling, laser tag, and escape room areas), which left us scratching our heads. We threw around various party ideas, and we finally landed on Glow Bowling; aka glow in the dark bowling.
Glow in the Dark Party Decorations
I wasn’t sure for a minute how I would be able to find glow in the dark party decorations but I should have realized one quick Amazon search would do all the work for me. We were able to find glow in the dark and neon streamers, party hats, noise makers, and my favorite: glow in dark balloons. I even had time to send out some Glow Party birthday invitations and started ordering supplies.
I’m of the mindset that the more balloons, the better. So if you’re wanting extra balloons for the kids to bop around or just add to the space, this is a really great option for neon glow in the dark balloons. These marble ones are cool too.
You can also order these cool glow in the dark party cups from Amazon, and these fun paint splatter glow neon plates, and neon splatter table cloth. Amazon also has bundle sets available, like this plate, cup, utensils, and napkin neon set.
One thing I didn’t find in time for his party: LED balloons! I found these while browsing on Amazon and they look so cool! I mean, glow theme ideas for a birthday party are everywhere on the internet!
Mix and match actual glow in the dark items with neon supplies to help bring some depth to the decorations and help make it more colorful (like these neon streamers). One thing to keep in mind is that obviously with anything glow in the dark, the room is probably going to be pretty dim for most of the time. If you can find some cool LED lights or anything similar to add some more color to the party, go for it! (This is a really god deal for an LED Black Light on Amazon!)
Glow in the Dark Party Supplies + Goodies
I probably had the most fun (besides eating the glow in the dark cake) finding neon and glow in the dark toys to throw in the goodie bags. For some reason I never snapped a picture of the goodie bags and I regret it, because I took great pride in putting those things together and really loved how they turned out!
Some of my favorite items I found for the goodie bags include:
You can find more inspiration and some party packs here.
Glow in the Dark Cake Ideas
Ask your local baker for a glow in the dark cake! Check out one that I had made from my local baker Lisa at 12th Street Sweets. This is a great example of a gorgeous glow theme birthday cake and cake pops that were coated in glow in the dark edible frosting!
Complete with little portable black lights that helped light everything up, this table quickly turned into the main centerpiece of the entire party, and everything was almost too cool to eat. Almost. This cake didn’t last long long because everyone quickly went back for seconds, thirds, and tenths!