12 Glow in the Dark Party Ideas (2024)


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Looking for glow-in-the-dark party ideas to illuminate your party planning? We get it! Glow-in-the-dark parties are all the rage right now. They’re visually stunning and capture the imagination. There’s something extra magical about turning all the lights down and seeing your party space glow like the night sky. It’s an amazing way to celebrate special occasions of all kinds.

That’s why we at Peerspace have rounded up 12 glow-in-the-dark party ideas that will shine bright in your memory for years to come. We also pair these ideas with the perfect party venue rental space that you can book with ease through our platform. So crack those glow sticks. It’s time to go.

1. Find a perfectly glowing event venue with fun extras

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Before you can bring your glow-in-the-dark party ideas to life, you need to find the perfect place to host your dream bash. A glow-in-the-dark party needs a nice, dark area where your neon party supplies can really shine.

Peerspace makes it easy to find venues for all kinds of events in cities all over the world. One of our favorite examples is this creative studio space in Hamilton, ON. While you can find an array of venues through Peerspace that offer you tons of neon signs in a dark setting to serve as your glow-in-the-dark party venue, this studio goes the extra mile for you! It not only provides you with a glow party-perfect space, but the host provides the equipment so you can enjoy glow-in-the-dark karaoke and a glow-in-the-dark movie screening!

It’s the extra services like these that make Peerspace venues and their incredible hosts your first choice when it comes to hosting a themed party.

2. Go nuts with glowing decor 

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Once you’ve found the perfect venue to host your light-up soiree, it’s time to make your space glow. If your venue is more of a blank slate, then set up ultraviolet lights all over your space and go nuts with light-up balloons, banners, tablecloths, and other party decor. You can find glow-in-the-dark party supplies available at most party stores. The only hard part is choosing a color scheme! 

3. Pig out on luminous snacks

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Who says the ultraviolet fun has to end with the decorations? With UV food coloring, you can transform nearly any food into a luminous treat that’s sure to light up your partygoer’s taste buds. If you’d prefer to avoid artificial ingredients, tons of natural foods glow under a black light, like fresh orange slices, sliced yellow squash, and yogurt. 

To whip up a mind-bending glow-in-the-dark punch, tonic water is the secret ingredient. This fizzy beverage contains a touch of quinine, which glows as a gorgeous fluorescent color under ultraviolet light. You only need a splash of it to get the full effect. Since it doesn’t affect the flavor of your drinks, you can add it to just about any beverage you desire!

Want more food and drink ideas for your glow-in-the-dark party? Class it up by incorporating some of our champagne brunch party ideas!

4. Crank up the music and host a rave

Huge Versatile Event Hall - Downtown Seattle next to a Vibrant Green Jungle!
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Glow-in-the-dark parties and raves go together like PB & J. All the bright neon lights and colorful glow sticks lend themselves perfectly to dancing the night away. To host a rave to remember, crank up some EDM music and get the party pumping. It’s super fun to see a whole room of glow sticks bobbing up and down to the beat.

You can even hire a DJ to take things to the next level. Or, maybe you can book a rave-perfect venue that offers professional DJ services on-site. This huge versatile event hall in Seattle, WA provides you with color-changing lights, lasers, a fog machine, a sound system, and dance space for 120 ravers as well as a professional DJ for an added fee.

5. Strike out at a glow-in-the-dark bowling party

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Bowling is one of the most crowd-pleasing glow-in-the-dark party ideas out there. Tons of bowling alleys across the country offer special Blacklight bowling sessions for an added touch of magic. There’s something extra satisfying about scoring a strike with a ball that’s glowing neon pink. Contact your local bowling alley and ask about hosting your party during their next glow-in-the-dark session! 

6. Show off your skills at a glow-in-the-dark skating rink

2-Acre Outdoor Roller Rink Facility
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Another event venue where glow-in-the-dark elements come into play is the skating rink. They often come equipped with black lights and neon skates for glow-in-the-dark skating sessions. You’ll have a blast zipping around the rink to your favorite songs while everyone’s ultraviolet skating equipment shines bright.

As an example, we love this 2-acre outdoor roller rink facility in San Diego, CA since it provides everything you need for skating al fresco. You may love it most for its neon party lighting that makes it glow in the dark all night long. Check out your local rink’s policy on hosting parties and make it happen! 

7. Get artistic and host a psychedelic painting party

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Our next two glow-in-the-dark party ideas are for artistic types. For something with a little more peace and quiet, try hosting a glow-in-the-dark painting party. Set up easels and canvases throughout your venue and encourage guests to paint whatever pops into their minds.

You can easily find UV paint at most craft stores in all kinds of fun colors. When you’re finished with your masterpieces, you can display them on the walls and create a glow-in-the-dark art gallery. Your Instagram followers are sure to adore this one-of-a-kind art show. 

8. Break out the body paint

a dreamy neon event space in brooklyn
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If drawing or painting on a flat surface isn’t quite your speed, try branching out to a more interesting canvas instead. Glow-in-the-dark body paint is one of the most fun ways to express your creativity. Grab pots of vibrant orange, green, pink, yellow, and blue and go to town painting masterpieces on your friend’s faces and hands. To take things up a notch, hire a professional face painter to create more elaborate designs. 

Next, check out these all-white party ideas to celebrate and get swanky for your next successful theme party venture!

9. Illuminate the night with glow-in-the-dark beer pong

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For a variant of the classic college party game that’s even more fun with the lights out, all you need are some plastic cups, a glow-in-the-dark ping pong ball, and a little bit of that tonic water from earlier. Start by setting up a beer pong table and filling your glow-in-the-dark cups with whatever drink your heart desires. Then, add a splash of tonic water to each cup to make your drinks glow in the dark! Clear plastic cups work best here since opaque ones will hide the tonic water’s neon glow. 

10. Play glow-in-the-dark twister

futuristic neon event space in denver
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Take a standard twister mat and paint the colored circles with UV paint beforehand to put a neon spin on another classic kid’s game. The mat will shine in the dark just like all your other decorations, and you can play the game with all your friends like you normally would. For an added challenge, have everyone take off any glow-in-the-dark accessories beforehand, so it’s extra hard to see your competitors!

11. Mime it out with glow-in-the-dark charades

Creative Neon Studio Space (Photoshoots, Music videos, ect ) philadelphia rental
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Our final glow-in-the-dark party idea is sure to bring out plenty of laughs. Like normal charades, have your guests draw a topic from a bowl and mime out clues without making a sound. They can use glow sticks, UV accessories, and other glow-in-the-dark equipment to help their team see their movements. You could even try involving UV bodysuits for a more dynamic experience.

12. Host an after-hours glow-in-the-dark pool party

Jungalow Oasis Home w/ Large Private Pool & Casita
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Why keep your glow-in-the-dark party on dry land when you can take it to a pool? This is obviously best for warm summer months or warm climes, but when the time is right, it can be the most fun and unique party you and your guests ever attended. Don’t forget to pack your glow-in-the-dark swimwear, pool floats, and other pool party accessories!

With Peerspace, you can book a pool party venue and enjoy your glow-in-the-dark party ideas there! One of our favorite venue suggestions for glow-in-the-dark party ideas like this is to book this jungalow oasis home in Los Angeles, CA. It offers you access to its 4,000-square-foot backyard space that includes an outdoor lounge, a casita, and yes, a pool with neon glowing lights!

Peerspace brings your glow-in-the-dark party ideas to life

Glow in the Dark Party Ideas
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We’re sure by now you’re ready to plan your very own glow-in-the-dark party and can’t wait to kick off the festivities! But remember, location is everything. And that’s where Peerspace can help you shine. We have glow-in-the-dark party-worthy venues in cities across North America and beyond, all available to book by the hour, a few of which we introduced you to earlier. But those are only the beginning of the types of spaces you can uncover and book through our platform!

If you have any questions or requests, simply reach out to your venue’s host. They’re dedicated to ensuring you enjoy every second in their space and are happy to help in any way you need. It just got a whole lot easier to throw the glow-in-the-dark party of the century!

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