Glow-in-the-Dark Party Ideas Outside: It’s Party Time!

It’s party time and we need more glow outside! Who wouldn’t love an outdoor glow-in-the-dark party? Whether it be a bonfire, pool party, or rave party, a fun glow will always be a great hit! Here are some glow-in-the-dark party ideas outside you can try at your next party.

Glow Party Decorations Ideas, Supplies, and Decorations

Are you excited of your glow party? Get ready and get inspiration from these glow-in-the-dark ideas. From party supplies, accessories, to decorations, you can draw inspiration from the ideas listed below:

Glow-in-the-Dark Mugs

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glow in the dark mug

Are you having a backyard bonfire party? Perhaps a movie night on your patio? Barbecue, smores, and to cap off the night with hot chocolate is a perfect bonfire party. Why not bring the party to the next level and serve hot chocolate to your guests in a glow-in-the-dark mug?

This idea is one of a kind, it’s something your guests will love. Of course, this is something you can monetize from. You don’t need to focus on glow-in-the-dark party decorations alone. Every detail of the party counts, and glow-in-the-dark mugs will always stand out.

Glow-in-the-Dark Printed Balloons or Neon Balloons

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What’s a party without balloons? That’s not a party at all! That’s why you should have glow-in-the-dark printed or neon balloons if you plan to organize a glow-in-the-dark party theme. The bright glowing colors coming from the balloon will add more lights to the party.

You can either purchase neon balloons online with neon sticker dots and LED balloons. If you’re more of a DIYer and have a cutting machine at home, you can print glow-in-the-dark vinyl on a balloon. Make sure to read this post: D.I.Y. Foil Balloons Sayings With Vinyl.

If you want, you can place string lights inside the balloon. Your guests will surely love the glow-in-the-dark balloons!

glow in the dark party balloons

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Glow-in-the-Dark Cups

glow in the dark tumblers


glow in the dark party ideas outside

Don’t just settle with glow party decorations, the icing on top is the glow-in-the-dark party supplies. Who wouldn’t love drinking from a glow-in-the-dark cup? Glowing cups are in right now! Everybody loves it! With a blank cup bought from Amazon or a Dollar Craft Store, you can custom print glow-in-the-dark transfer vinyl on it.

If you’re wondering how to create glow-in-the-dark decorations or supplies, don’t worry, you will learn further explanations and instructions about creating this craft. This is a perfect party idea for Halloween or outdoor Thanksgiving parties.

Glow-in-the-Dark Printed T-Shirts

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In the glow party world, you can never miss out on glow-in-the-dark t-shirts. Along with the glow-in-the-dark shirts, you can pair it with pink pants, a green tie, a yellow belt. In short, just stand out in the dark and be colorful!

Have you noticed that most party-goers in rave parties wear glow-in-the-dark shirts? Because that is what’s in right now! Whether you’re organizing a bar mitzvah, Sweet 16th, or a Coachella-themed 21st birthday, keep the party glowing with glow-in-the-dark shirts.

There are a lot of glow-in-the-dark shirts that can be bought online. If you want you can purchase a shirt with neon fabric. But do you know you can custom print any design at home. 

Yes you can! With a cutting machine and a glow-in-the-dark heat transfer vinyl, you can create any design with a guaranteed ultimate glow.


glow in the dark stickers using adhesive vinyl

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How do you describe am outdoor party without the glow-in-the-dark stickers? DULL. If you’ve been to other glow-in-the-dark parties before, you'll notice glow-in-the-dark stickers will give a different glow to the dark room. What are the glow-in-the-dark stickers you can make? Here are several:

  • Glow-in-the-dark tic tac toe stickers on the floor (a classic outdoor game idea)
  • Glow-in-the-dark stars on the wall
  • Glow-in-the-dark flower stickers like the photo shown above
  • Greeting backdrop using glow-in-the-dark vinyl stickers
  • And many more!


Along with these glow-in-the-dark stickers, you can use a neon tape and handwritten messages on them using invisible ink pens. There’s so much you can do with glow-in-the-dark craft stickers. Make sure to check out TeckWrap Craft’s glow-in-the-dark vinyl collection available in different colors.

String Lights

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What’s an outdoor party without some string lights? This decoration is not necessarily a glow-in-the-dark product, however, this will complete the glow-in-the-dark overall look of the party. It’s better to use colorful string lights to complete the whole party’s look.

You can buy or rent colorful string lights. If the glow-in-the-dark party is a one-time thing it’s better to rent. Rather than buying and using it just once. Unless you can make use of the colorful string lights during the Holidays, that will be great!

Neon Lights

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Aside from the string lights, neon color lights is a great addition to your glow-in-the-dark party. If you have the extra budget for this decoration, you can have this custom-made. If not, you can rent from light rental suppliers.

Just like the photo above, the ‘Life is Beautiful’ decoration fills up the party space with such finesse and great taste. Of course, you want to use lights with neon colors to match the overall look of the glow-in-the-dark-themed party.

Glow Sticks and Glow Bracelets

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Other than decorations, you have to complete the whole party vibe by giving away to your guests glow sticks and glow bracelets. Glow-in-the-dark parties wouldn’t be complete without these accessories.

You can buy these glow sticks, shake them, bend them and wait for them to glow. You don’t even need UV black lights to see the glow sticks and bracelet glow. It has its own glow that will bring a whole party vibe to any event. If you want, you can decorate the food table with glow sticks.

Also, you can organize a fun game like ring toss on empty water bottles and shoot glow-in-the-dark bracelets on them. It’s a super fun idea, especially for birthday parties. The more glow stick you have, the better and more glowing the party will be!

Honestly, when you talk about glow-in-the-dark parties, these are one of the first supplies you need to purchase. It’s affordable, can easily be bought online or from craft stores, and of course, everybody loves them. The actual party will surely be fun with glow sticks and glow bracelets.

Black Light Bulbs

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Now this is a glow-in-the-dark decoration you don’t see that often — black lights. If you have existing light outlets in your backyard, you can replace your existing regular lights with these black light bulbs just for the ocassion.

How many black lights do you need? This depends on how big the outdoor venue is. Just an estimate, for every 7 by 7 meters, you might need one black light bulb in every corner. Sometimes, more is not better, especially for a glow-in-the-dark party, you don’t want to overdo the black light.

Some people think black lights are only intended for pest control or cleaning purposes, but who would have thought this would be a great detail for glow-in-the-dark parties? You should definitely not miss out on this one!

Neon Paints or Fluorescent Paints

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Use a glow-in-the-dark paint or fluorescent paint to awe your party guests. Glow-in-the-dark paints are translucent, you need the dark or UV black lights to appreciate its glow. You’ll need regular acrylic paint as base paint.

You can use neon paint to design greetings, and backdrops, or use it as something as a part of the party. You can even paint neon-colored paint on a dark walkthrough curtain, that’s if you have a stage for the party.

If you’ve ever been to a glow party, they use neon paint as a face or body paint. Some parties even throw around neon-colored paints on the party guests. Birthday parties can be as fun as rave parties if there are glow-in-the-dark paint.

When you couple it with other glow-in-the-dark decorations, supplies, and accessories mentioned in this list, you’re going to have a raving party!

Glow-in-the-dark Make-up

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Why not go all the way and provide glow-in-the-dark make up for your guests? A great idea is to hire someone and prepare a booth on the entrance of the party where the guests can have glow-in-the-dark make up placed on them.

Along with the make up, give your guests the option to have their body painted with neon colored paint. If hiring a glow-in-the-dark party booth seems so much, you can inform your guests to wear one when coming to the party. It’s not a requirement, but it’s highly encouraged.

Glow-in-the-dark Shades

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Shades outdoor at night may be an odd combination, but why not? Glow sticks, LED black lights, glowing plastic cups are great details, why not go over the top and provide glow-in-the-dark shades for your party guests?

There are several options you can provide or create glow-in-the-dark glasses for your party guests:

  • Purchase glow-in-the-dark glasses and give this away to your guests
  • Have a party booth, and have your guests bring their own glasses, and have them painted with neon colored paint
  • You can encourage your guests to wear glowing LED glasses
  • Have them bring their own glasses and give away glow-in-the-dark stickers (made of removable vinyl) and have them stick it on their glasses

Glow-in-the-dark Bottles

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If you’re serving liquors or alcoholic beverages on your party, why not make them glow-in-the-dark bottles? There are two ways you can do this — painting over them with glow-in-the-dark paint or placing glow-in-the-dark stickers as labels.

You can use glow-in-the-dark permanent vinyl for the second idea, and you can easily do this at home. The awesome glow coming from these glow-in-the-dark bottles brings a unique illumination for the bar.

Also, if two of the options are not possible for you to do, you can also place colorful string lights inside an empty bottle. This is a fun, creative and easy project you can do.

These little details fills the party space with glow and excitement. Go all the way for your glow party, and this is one of the great ideas you can do.

Glow-in-the-dark Bubbles

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Glow-in-the-dark bubbles? Unusual but a conventional idea! Kids, teens and even adults will love this. However, this is not something you can’t easily buy in a craft store or online. The good news is, you can make one of your own.

There are two supplies that you need — glow sticks and bubble mix. Simply break the glow stick and pour the content onto the bubble mix. Viola! You now have a glow-in-the-dark bubbles you can give away to your guests.

How to Create Glow-in-the-dark Stickers, Mugs, and Cups

Now here’s the important part you have to learn. If you want to save money in purchasing one-time decorations for your glow party, it’s better to custom print on the products and merchandise.

What you’ll need are:

  • Cutting machine
  • Weeding tool
  • Glow-in-the-dark vinyl from TeckWrap Craft
  • Transfer tape
  • The merchandise of your choice

With the supplies you have above, you can create a plethora of things. You can create glow-in-the-dark stickers, mugs, cups, glass, and even glow-in-the-dark wall decals.

Simply upload a design on the cutting machine, load the glow-in-the-dark vinyl, weed it, and it’s ready for the party! Read this complete guide on How to Make Personalized Mugs at Home.

How to Print Glow-in-the-dark Shirts

Other than glow-in-the-dark merchandise, you can custom print glow-in-the-dark vinyl in the shirts too. Whether it be black, tie dye, or white t-shirt, you can print on it.

What you’ll need is a cutting machine and heat press machine (a regular household iron will do). Make sure to read this post: How to Use a Heat Press with Vinyl

Glow-in-the-dark Vinyl

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TeckWrap Craft glow-in-the-dark vinyl

Who wouldn’t love glow-in-the-dark stuff? With all the glow-in-the-dark party ideas mentioned above, you’re equipped for your next party! You’ll love glow-in-the-dark vinyl. You just have to store it in the daylight during the day. At night, wait for it to glow.

If you want, you can place it under a white light or UV light to achieve the same effect. The permanent glow-in-the-dark vinyl from TeckWrap Craft is water-resistant and of great quality. It’s great for outdoor use, indoor home decors, wall decals, scrapbooks, mugs and many more.

Check out the photo above on how the glow-in-the-dark vinyl transforms. Make sure to remember that guide before purchasing a glow-in-the-dark vinyl.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Throw a Glow-in-the-dark Party Outside?

To throw a glow-in-the-dark party outside, you can surround the place with black lights, hang fluorescent decorations, light balloons and many more. Turn off all the bright lights on the venue, and depend on the illumination of the glow-in-the-dark decorations.

Can You Do a Glow-in-the-dark Party Outside?

Yes, you can dow a glow-in-the-dark party outside. Whether it be in your backyard or patio, you can organize a glow-in-the-dark party at home. You need colorful lights, a lot of neon colors, black lights and other glow-in-the-dark party ideas mentioned above.

Do You Need Black Lights for a Glow-in-the-dark Party?

Black lights are a great addition to a glow-in-the-dark party. The black lights will allow the neon colors on the glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark stickers to really stand out. Black lights create a bright and colorful scenery. Also, black light is a great source of light.

It’s Time to Party!

Now that you’ve all these glow in ther dark party ideas, it’s time to party! One final message is to have fun and do it all for this glow party! If you can go overboard for the glow party, then why not?

As long as you’re within your budget, you’re having fun organizing the event, this glow-in-the-dark party will be over the top!

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