Whether it’s for a rave or birthday bash, neon glow-in-the-dark parties are all the rage right now. You can make decorations, clothes, and drinks glow; but you’ll first need to have the right resources.
Hence, we’re here to help you plan for your next neon glow-in-the-dark celebration! Read on to find out the 6 necessary must-haves and common pitfalls to avoid.
1) The Right Black Light
Black lights are essential when throwing a neon glow-in-the-dark party because they help enhance and illuminate all things neon. However, you need to choose the right type of bulb.
Avoid black lights that look like purple versions of ordinary incandescent light bulbs. These are a recipe for party failure because these bulbs block all light except violet and ultraviolet (UV); although they do not produce enough UV to matter.
Sure, these bulbs are cheap, but anything across the room from it will be left in the dark.
You would want to get at least one quality black light. These long tubes look like fluorescent lights and are tailored to allow only ultraviolet light through the bulb. Ultraviolet light is outside the visible spectrum, so you won’t be able to see it. However, in reality, most people can see a bit into the UV spectrum, plus these lights leak a small amount of visible light; so you and your guests won't be stumbling around in absolute darkness.
A cheaper alternative would be LED black lights, however, the downside is that they often rely on batteries. Hence, you have to ensure that you have new or extra batteries on stand by if you are using this type of black light.
2) Glow Sticks
Glow sticks add more fun and illuminate the party even further! Your guests will come up with creative uses for them, but here are a few ideas to get you started:
- wear them as accessories
- freeze them and put them into ice cubes or punch bowls
- Hang them from the ceiling as glow stick chandeliers
- Make glow stick lanterns
3) Glowing Drinks
Making your party refreshments glow would definitely add more to the mood of the party!
There are two ways to go about this; you can either use glasses and dishes that glow under black light or contain LEDs, or you can opt for serving drinks that glow under black light.
This can be done by serving liquids over ice that contains an LED, or by using tonic water. The quinine in tonic water makes it glow blue under ultraviolet light. Hence, you can also make your foods glow by dipping them into tonic water!
Other alternatives that you can use to make drinks glow include; chlorophyll and vitamin B.
4) Fluorescent Body Paint & Makeup
White clothes, teeth, and eyeballs will all glow blue when under a black light. Add color to your party with fluorescent body paint, makeup, nail polish, and glow-in-the-dark temporary tattoos.
If you are unable to buy these, you can make some glow-in-the-dark nail polish on your own! This can be done by using petroleum jelly for a blue glow.
5) Fluorescent Highlighters
Fluorescent highlighters are an entertaining and inexpensive way to festoon a glow-in-the-dark party. You can make glowing signs, use them as body paint to draw on yourself, or extract the ink from the pens to make glowing fountains!
Do take note that not all fluorescent highlighters are actually fluorescent; they don’t all glow in the dark! Yellow is passably reliable; pink and green are generally good choices too; orange is fluctuant; while only a few brands of purple or blue highlighters glow in the dark.
Just be sure to test the highlighters under a black light first!
6) Fog & Lasers
Last but not least, if you wish to take the party up another notch, add some fog to the party! Use laser pointers and other light sources too; this would add further excitement to the party!
This is because fog captures light, hence illuminating a potentially dark space. This would help amplify black lights and glowing objects.
Fog can be made by adding warm water to dry ice, or you can opt for using a water vaporizer or smoke machine!