Over winter, when weather cools down and the days get shorter, finding ideas to keep kids busy at Birthday Parties often becomes a little more challenging (I know this well, having two children with Birthdays in the middle of winter!)
Here is an idea for something a little different.. a Neon party! They really are a lot of fun, and don’t require a huge amount of work. Recently I threw a neon party for my own child, she claims it was the “best party ever!”. Win!
I spend my weekends at other peoples parties so when it comes to parties for my own children I want to keep it as simple as possible. I always enjoy spending a few days leading up to the party making decorations with the kids. For this party we made pinwheels on white paper (make sure the paper is bleached for it to really glow!) Some of the paper we sprayed with some neon paint (fabric paints we bought from the warehouse that came in little spray bottles), just to add a bit of extra colour.
My favourite decoration was the neon dots we stuck all over the living room walls! These were label dots just bought from the local dollar shop. We also brought a bunch of post it notes which we stuck every where, and even made a few chains out of them. And from the ceiling we hung white streamers. There are so many ideas on the internet, we only needed to pick a few.
On the invitations we asked the children to make sure they came dressed in white or neon colours. Once they arrived they had their face painted! A professional face painter will have all the right paints and know exactly how to make the most effective designs! Check out our party packages for Neon Parties!
We played a few games. Most of the traditional party games work well… playing them under black light seems to put a whole new spin on them. A big hit was the treasure hunt! We hid clues on stick it notes hidden in dark places around the house. We bought a few small black light torches for the children and sent them off hunting.
To be honest, after all the games… I think the kids had more fun just turning up the music and dancing in the darkness. A Disco party!
Other fun activities including creating their own neon splattered t-shirts. Just buy a bunch of white t-shirts and let them go crazy with the neon fabric paints. My girls being a little bit older also really enjoyed putting together their own glow stick jewellery, which they all took home after the party. K-mart had a great big box full of different pieces.. glasses… earrings… brackets… as well as plenty of regular glow sticks.
You can also go crazy with food (although the kids were having so much fun, no one took any notice). Super tip: Tonic water glows under black light!
The most important thing of all, none of this is any good without Black lights! For the black lights to work best you need to make sure there is no other light.. either black out all the windows and/or hold the party in the eventing.
In our home we put up two tube lights in the living room. We hired these from our party hire shop and were very reasonably priced. We also have one of our own which can be hired out in conjunction with face painting. Enquire here to find out more!
Neon parties can be as simple or complex as you like! The key things to remember when planning a neon party are the black lights (of course) A few simple decorations. Wearing the right clothing. FACE PAINT. And a few games or activities and Music! The kids will have a blast and so will you!