Neon Glow-in-the-Dark 11th Birthday Party

Posted on January 14th, 2013 by Kara
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Neon Glow in the Dark party! Perfect for a teen or tween! Awesome ideas! Via Kara's Party Ideas Amber Pugmire

My amazing & talented assistant, Amber Pugmire recently threw her daughter a NEON GLOW IN THE DARK THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY and I’m just dying to share it with you today! All I can say is- WOW, this party is so COOL!! There are so many darling details and ideas that you won’t want to miss!

Items used in this neon glow in the dark party from Kara’s Party Ideas Shop:

Party details, DIY tips and full vendor list at the bottom of post…

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Amber said this about planning the party- “I had so much fun planning this party for my daughter’s 11th birthday. Nearly a year ago, she found an idea for a Neon ‘Color Blast Party’ in an issue of the American Girl Doll Magazine and was immediately inspired. She also loves dancing, so when I suggested we make it a neon glow-in-the-dark girls’ dance party, she was sold.

Before the party started, we created a “club” atmosphere with black lights, a large rotating disco ball, and, of course, lots of loud music.

When the guests arrived, they were greeted with a selection of neon accessories to put on: socks, headbands, plastic bracelets, flashing rings, disco ball necklaces, and glow stick bracelets. There were also some extra white and neon clothes hanging up for anyone who needed them.

Once the guests were completely glowing, each girl had her picture taken (to be printed out during the party and then made into color pop art).

After that, the girls sat down for dinner. To eat, there was rainbow pizza and neon orange Cheetos. To drink, there was orange crush and lemon water (with lemons that were soaked in neon food coloring). For dessert, there was an assortment of color blast cupcakes, luminescent cotton candy, multicolor brownie bites, neon sugar cookies, fluorescent push pops, energizing smoothie shots, and of course, neon birthday cake.

After eating, the girls danced, had their faces painted, colored and cut own their own color pop art photos, and had their hair wrapped with colored thread.

As the girls left, they filled goody bags with candy, including rainbow lollipops, candy dots, gummy frogs, gumball filled gumball tubes, colorful candy canes, hot pink wrapped buttermint creams, and sour gummy dots. There were also some shimmery silver pencils.

All of the girls had a blast. It was definitely a birthday party to remember!”

Photography- Kara Allen of Kara’s Party Ideas

Face Painting- Jamie Moffit

Neon Washi Tape- In the Clear

Printable Invitation- Eccentric Designs

Cake, Cupcakes- Dippidee

Disco Ball Necklaces, Light up Rings, Disco Ball / Spot Light- Amazon

Plastic Table Cloths, Neon Poster Board, Glow Stick Bracelets, White Cotton Candy, Hula Hoops, Neon Socks, Neon Headbands, Flowers, Black Light bulbs, Neon Cardstock, Friendship Thread, Neon Craft Paint, Elastic Hairbands- Walmart

Items used in this neon glow in the dark party from Kara’s Party Ideas Shop:


Neon Crazy Straws 12 Oz. Clear Multicolored Tumblers Neon Mini Face Paint Crayons | 6ct Patterned Party Napkins



126 thoughts on “Neon Glow-in-the-Dark 11th Birthday Party

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  1. Maria

    Wow! What a fun party!! Can you share on how you made the backdrop? Also how did you make the cotton candy light out? Thanks!!

    1. amber

      For the backdrop, we hung up a simple black bed sheet. Then we covered it with dozens of paper rosette fans made from neon cardstock and hot glue!

      For the cotton candy, I put glow in the dark bracelets inside paper cotton candy cone holders and then filled the cones with white cotton candy. So simple! Once the black lights were on, the cotton candy glowed!

  2. Symone Mesquita

    Amazing party!!! I’m planning my son’s 9 years party as glow in the dark too…. I’d like to if your friend had a black light or just no light at all?? Thanks so much. Symone – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  4. Latisha Horton (Eccentric Designs)

    I stumbled across this post today while searching Pinterest for inspiration …and saw my infamous NEON Invitation and just about hollered! This party was amazing and I’m glad to have played a small part in Hadleigh’s special day : )


    1. amber

      Thanks, Latisha! When I saw that invite on Etsy, I knew it was THE ONE, so thanks for making it happen (and for such a quick turnaround time!) :).

  5. Brittany

    For everything to glow did you just change out the normal lightbulbs in your house with black light ones or did you rent a big black light to shine every where?

    1. Kara Post author

      She switched out all the light bulbs with black lights and had one long black light above the dessert table :]

  6. Anonymous

    What an amazing party!! My daughter is turning 8 in June and wants this party! Clearly, this was a tremendous amount of work and it sure paid off. I am so excited to use your ideas. I hope I can do them justice.

  7. Sue Lister

    OMG! My soon-to-be 11 year old daughter just told me that she wants a glow-in-the-dark sleepover Bday party!! I AM SOOOO GLAD I found this page via a Google search. Thank you for making what seemed to be an impossible request into a conquerable one!

  8. Amy

    My daughter is having her 9th Birthday party next Friday and this is her theme!! Thank you so much these wonderful ideas…now, I can make her dream party a reality! :)


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