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

Please feel free to ask questions or leave comments

    1. amber

      I made them using neon colored card stock and a glue gun. There are tons of tutorials online. Otherwise, there are several shops on Etsy that sell them already made (and in the colors of your choice). I hope that helps!

  1. Emily (B. Lovely Events)

    Wow! I am loving how many people are loving this party lately. We featured a couple of photos in our glow in the dark party idea round up and it has been getting tons of traffic. Glad you are getting it too!

  2. Terri Orringer

    I am an event planner and am doing a neon themed bat mitzvah. I am interested in purchasing three items I saw on your website. Please tell me where I can find them. Thanks
    #1. Large colorful flowers to hang on the wall as a backdrop.
    #2. Paper “lampshades that re multicolored.
    #3. the hanging fringes in multicolors.

    1. Amber

      We just used the neon and glow-in-the-dark craft paint shown in the photos above for the face painting. I found it at Walmart but I’m sure it would be available in most stores that carry craft supplies.

    1. Amber

      To the hula hoop I tied strips of ribbon, crepe paper streamers, poster board with circles punched out, tissue paper fringe, and nylon surveyor tape (available at home depot in various neon colors).

    1. Amber

      I had the theme in mind for about a year so I bought things a little at a time over that period. Because of that, I’m not sure how much I spent in total but if I had to guess I would say around $800 (including the lights, food, favors, disco ball, activities, decorations, cake, etc.).

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  4. Stephanie

    Hi! This party came out amazing :) I have been planning on a neon party for my son’s 10th a few months now, but my only concern is the black light itself. Would you mind telling me what you used for black lights ? I know there are florescent style bulbs and then I see large DJ type equipment (but those lights are very $$$$). I’m just trying to figure out how many lights I would need. Thanks so much

    1. Amber

      Thank you! I replaced all of the lightbulbs on the main floor of my house (where we held the party) with standard black light bulbs purchased from Walmart. There were probably around 15 or so. I also bought one long, mountable black light that I hung above the main table. The long light was also from Walmart and was only around $10.


    Great party!!!
    My dd wants blacklight reactive face paints. Did you use folk art fluorescent paint shown above for girls awesome face paint?

    1. Amber

      Yes! We just used the neon and glow-in-the-dark craft paint shown in the photo for the face painting. I found it at Walmart but I’m sure it would be available in most stores that carry craft supplies. Good luck!


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