Put the Fun in Energy Efficiency with a Glow-in-the-Dark Birthday Party

By Jackie Effenson, October 23, 2015, Energy Efficiency, Events & Fun

If you’re hosting a birthday party for your tot, chances are good it will be a high energy day – both in terms of the kids’ energy and how much your home uses. And when you factor in the cost of invitations, decorations, favors, cake, and candles to that high electric bill, your budget will not be your friend.

Put the Fun in Energy Efficiency with a Glow-in-the-Dark Birthday Party

It’s a party in the dark with fun colors!

But what if you could throw a memorable shindig for your kid that didn’t spike your electricity costs? If you’re looking for ideas to save on your son or daughter’s big day, your kid will be the talk of the class with a glow-in-the-dark birthday paty!

How do you put together a glowing event? Let us light the way.

The Decorations

Put the Fun in Energy Efficiency with a Glow-in-the-Dark Birthday Party

The ’80s called, and they’re happy you’ve embraced its fashions for your kid’s birthday party

  • A black light will be your biggest investment – they range from around $20 to $40 – but  it will make all the difference. A 48” one should do the trick, and it will come in handy every Halloween. Most fluorescent and neon things (like neon cups and straws!) will glow under a black light, so feel free to explore your options.
  • Pick up some glow sticks, and place them inside of the balloons before you inflate them. These DIY-birthday light fixtures will create a luminous and colorful setting.
  • Glow in the dark bracelets are everything for this party! Snag an assortment of colors, and weave them together as garland.
  • Hang black butcher paper around them room, and purchase some stick-on glow-in-the-dark stars.

The Activities

Put the Fun in Energy Efficiency with a Glow-in-the-Dark Birthday Party

The kids will make your decorations for you and get messy doing so. A win-win for everyone!

  • That black butcher paper above? It needs a glowing night sky! Encourage your guests to adhere those stars to the paper on the top half of the paper. The bottom then needs to be decorated! Buy neon paints or chalk – including glow-in-the-dark ones (also a great DIY project) – and invite the kiddos to create their own universe. Nervous abot paint getting everywhere? Try glow-in-the-dark stickers, duct tape, and more for this craft project.
  • Who isn’t in for a “Freeze Frame” dance contest?!? Play music, and when you pause, turn the lights ON! The last guest standing wins a prize.
  • If you’re not afraid of a little mess (and let’s face it, with kids, it’s a way of life!), make some glow-in-the-dark Jell-O, hide some trinkets, and let the little ones do a Jell-O dig! Keep the wet wipes close by.
  • Purchase packs of plain white tee shirts and have the kids decorate with glow-in-the-dark fabric paint to create an easy and personalized party favor.

The Food

  • If you skipped the Jell-O activity above, glow-in-the-dark Jell-O snacks cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters are always a winner. White whipped cream on top will glow nicely.
  • Make that cake bright and neon with a fun “splatter paint” theme of icing.
  • Neon rock candy or popsicles? Delish!
  • Make some fresh lemonade, and let it shine with LED glowing ice cubes

This glow-in-the-dark birthday party is such a fun way to celebrate your kids. They may even like it so much that glow-in-the-dark time becomes a regular activity! And your budget will glow from your energy savings.

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