With it being Cooper’s birthday month I’ve been feeling a little emotional and nostalgic for birthdays past – because if you ask me, he’s getting way too old way too fast. And with this older age, and about to turn double digits for the first time, he’s starting to get too cool.
Gone are the days where we throw elaborate themed parties and I shower him with toys. Now, he just wants to hang out with his friends and get money so he can buy a new skateboard of personalize another baseball glove.
It actually makes me miss the effort I would put into his parties when he was little; planning for months and making sure every last detail was perfect. Even though I appreciate the ease of this year’s party, I still miss all those old memories, too. (More details on this year’s party to come!)
So, I’m taking a little trip down memory lane and sharing one of my absolute favorite parties we threw for Coop a few years ago for his 6th birthday.
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 Coop for his 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, complete with a Superhero’s Kit that was handed out to every kid at the end of the party.
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. I can’t remember who’s idea it was, but 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’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.
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 we didn’t have that I wish would have been available for Coop’s party: LED balloons! I found these while browsing on Amazon and they look so cool!
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 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 Food Ideas
We are blessed to be friends with one of the most amazing bakers I’ve ever known! Lisa from 12th Street Sweets will take any concept you have and turn it into a masterpiece! I’m still not even sure how she did this, but she created the most gorgeous birthday cake and cake pops that were coated in glow in the dar 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. Have you tasted her cakes? They don’t last long because everyone quickly goes back for seconds, thirds, and tenths.