How to throw a neon party

If you’ve been chilling in your house for the past few weeks with nothing to do, you are not alone. Time seems to be stretching on some days, being bored has unfortunately become the new normal. So, if you’re looking for a way to shake life up a little bit, look no further! The best way to mix things up is by throwing an awesome party, but not just any party, one that is neon-themed!

While most people are preparing dinner and getting ready to settle into bed, you and your closest friends will be partying the night away while simultaneously glowing in the dark! Whether it’s a birthday or a spur-of-the-moment decision, you can’t go wrong with neon. It may seem like it’s all happening so fast! What are you going to do? What do you need? How can you throw such an amazing party? Don’t panic, by the end of this article, you’ll know all of that and more. So sit back, grab a drink, and let’s get started.


If you want the party to be an ultimate success, the best choice is to use bright, colorful, neon invitations. There are plenty of perfect neon-themed invitations you can find online, or if you want to be creative, make your own! Buy some neon markers and black construction paper and create your masterpiece. Write all the information down clearly so your guests know where to go, but add a bunch of different colored designs. Don’t underestimate the power of a really great invitation. This is the first impression of your party that people will have, so you want to make it good. Sending out a plain, boring invitation is just another way of telling people that they have nothing to look forward to. This party is going to be exciting, so the invitation should be too!

Party Favors

There is a huge amount of neon themed party favors that can be used to take your party to the next level. Party favors are important for two reasons, they are given beforehand to build excitement, and they are given after to remind your guests of how much fun the party was. A couple ideas for party favors you can hand out before the party starts include rings, gloves, and glow sticks. These items are all accessories that can be added to the guests outfits. Any item that glows in the dark or is brightly colored is a great choice. If you’re trying to plan party favors for after the party, there are plenty of options for that as well. It doesn’t matter how old we get, it will always be nice to get stickers. Imagine you’re a guest and you need to mark your calendar with a sticker, you see the neon ones you received from the party and remember just how much fun you had. Awesome right? You can also send your guests home with some brightly colored, reusable cups, nothing says great party more than practical gifts.

What Do You Eat at the Party?

It seems like you can find almost anything nowadays because believe it or not, neon food coloring exists. This is going to make any food item exciting while being on par with the theme. If you have some experience in the kitchen, it might be a good plan to bake cupcakes that are colored with neon food coloring. Cupcakes you can see in the dark? Come on, it doesn’t get any cooler than that. If there is a communal punch bowl available, add in some glowing ice cubes to really take the snack table to a whole new level. Not every food item can be dyed, but that’s okay, add some led light strips to the base of the table and illuminate the rest of the treats. People don’t typically go to a party to eat well, but adding some fruit options can be a great addition due to the variety of colors that fruits have. Of course, throw in some chips and cookies to make sure everyone can find something they enjoy.

What Do You Play?

When thinking about potential party games, the choices are endless. Let’s not forget that a neon party is thrown in the dark, so let’s use that to our advantage. Place a bunch of glowing items in the corner of the room and tell one of your guests to close their eyes. Remove one item and see if the blindfolded guest can identify what was taken. You can also use the glow sticks to create a ring toss game, make sure the pole you toss the ring on is glowing as well though unless you want an added challenge. If you want to create a game that everyone can participate in at the same time, create a tie-dye challenge. Have a pre-made shirt that you designed before the party, provide everyone with supplies and give them a limited time to make their shirt as close to the original as possible. This also will give your guests another fun party favor they can take home with them. A neon party has endless options for what games you can play, get creative, make something up if you want, it’s all about having fun!


If you thought this party sounded like a blast before, hang in there, it’s about to get so much better. Decorating your party can feel like one of the most stressful parts, but it’s actually the most exciting. For neon colors to really stand out, it needs to be dark, so make it a priority to get a couple of black lights you can put around the room. Without black lights, most colors won’t pop out very well, only the glowing items will be seen, so, make black lights a priority! Once that’s settled, the fun part begins. Get balloons, banners, and other signs to place around the room. Neon-themed balloons exist, so do your best to get some for the party, but don’t stress if you can’t. Brightly colored balloons in different varieties will look amazing as well. Banners with crazy designs and multiple colors are what we’re looking for. Anything that stands out and gives the environment a glow is highly encouraged. Neon signs will be one of the many highlights of the party if you can get your hands on a couple. Choose signs that say cool catchphrases or happy birthday if the party is for one person in particular. These are just a few of the many ways you can decorate a neon-themed party, get crazy with it, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

Neon Birthday Gifts

Picking a birthday gift for a neon-themed party can be a little tricky. You want to give a gift that aligns with the theme, but you also want it to be useful to them when the party’s over. A few ideas could be a puzzle, mug, or skateboard depending on the personality of the receiver. There are plenty of puzzles nowadays that look like one thing in the light, but have a totally different glowing picture in the dark. You know them best, so if they don’t have the patience to put a puzzle together, maybe consider buying them something else. There is an awesome color-changing mug that you can find easily online. The mug typically starts all black and then reveals a cool hidden picture when hot water is added. It’s practical, on the theme, and a great choice for anyone who likes drinking cocoa on a cold night. If the birthday boy/girl wants to start skateboarding or has been riding for a while, a new skateboard with bright neon colors on the bottom could be the perfect gift for them. Stay on a theme if possible, but getting a gift they can enjoy for a while is the highlight of any party.

How Do You Dress?

A neon party is not the time to hold back on how you dress, in fact, it’s the best time to stand out. Look for solid bright colors that will be illuminated by a black light. That includes white, yellow, pink, or orange, really any bright color will work! You can also set up a fun activity outside before the party gets started. Grab enough water soakers for each guest to have one, buy some neon body paint, and have a water fight! Adding splashes of neon colors to the outfits will give everyone a unique look for the party. Use any remaining body paint to add designs and shapes of your choice. Tutus and leg warmers are also cool accessories to add to the vibes of a neon party. Remember to make sure everyone is wearing clothes they can get dirty, a neon water fight is no fun if someone’s expensive shirt gets drenched in hot pink, talk about a bummer.

Parties can be great stress relievers for anyone that feels weighed down by a lot of responsibilities. Whether it’s for a birthday or a simple get-together between friends, a neon party is sure to make everyone’s day better, or in this case, their night. Parties are so much fun to be a part of and to host. When you know all the steps you need to throw the best party ever, everything becomes a little bit easier. Hopefully, you now know what you need to host a neon celebration that will be talked about for centuries…probably! Go in whatever order you feel works best for you but remember, send out crazy cool invitations, gift party favors that are out of this world, safely eat glowing cupcakes, play some glow in the dark games, make black lights a decorating priority, give a gift they’ll never forget, and dress like the world’s most attractive highlighter! If you need some ideas on what types of items you may need, follow this link here for help Look through this article for refreshers on how to throw a great party, and before you know it, you’ll be throwing a neon party brighter than the sun!

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