Stuck for party ideas? Why not take advantage of the bargain bins shops are filling up with fluro outfits no one bought these last seasons! I’m talking about planning a fluro party, a glow in the dark themed extravaganza! Finally, those electric pink dungarees will have their time!
One of my favourite things to do as a kid was turning out the lights. My room was covered in glow in the dark stickers. I had the whole universe in my bedroom and it looked cool as hell. Even these days I have a pull towards glowy things that stand out so the temptation to go fluro didn’t really take much convincing.
Last NYE, we were planning on going to a pub with a fluro theme. Gallagher managed to break his leg a couple of weeks prior so we had to change our plans. Having already picked out an outfit and bought wigs so we decided to declare our home fluro’d zone.
These are the little bits and pieces that went into throwing our NYE Fluro party!
Fluro Party Costumes:
My buddy discovered these beauties at a shopping mall kiosk. Beautiful quality and not too expensive, they are adjustable and didn’t fall off too easily! There were so many colours and styles, we spent ages trying on the different wigs, in front of many shopping strangers mind you, with a very patient wig clerk. Fluro Blue and Purple were the go!
Fluorescent hair extension would work amazing (ebay), but seriously my hair is thin and shitty so I love wearing wigs.
Love to see how hair would look if using Manic Panics UV Range (Price Attack). I picked up a spray bottle of Colour Xtreme UV purple from Priceline a while ago, wish I could find it to test it under the lights damit!
Originally we were going to go with a fluro getup. The mall is littered with fluro clothing at the moment, how the heck it got into fashion is beyond me, but it’s handy! We decided to go with black dresses and paint them with fluro paint, brilliant. Best place to find dresses that won’t break the bank – defiantly Temt. we found cute matching dresses for $20 each. We picked up fluro fabric paint from an arts & crafts store for $2 a bottle.
The guys went the opposite, fluro shirts with a black marker to mask out the fabric. Super effective under the black light. Kmart had fluro shirts out for $8, in failing that, buy some fluorescent safety gear, it’s always in season 😛
BYS has a UV nail range. You can get this from any discount store (red dot) and department store like Kmart. They also make a Fluro make-up range at the moment too, which works amazingly well under a black light.
Fluro is everywhere, so finding bits and pieces was very easy. We bought jewellery from the discount stores along with glow sticks, a NYE necessity.
The shoes were a lucky find, I rocked into Ruby Shoes and they had their fluro sneakers on discount. Check And Mate! perfect timing. Alternatively, black with the glow in the dark fabric paint would have been a perfect backup.
This is the easiest part of setting up your fluro party, will be the lighting. 2 UV light bulbs from Bunnings did most of the work for us. Everything in our house glowed, including the bills on our fridge, the posters on the walls and all our media on the book shelf lit up. It looked amazing! The guests glowing in their getup really minimised the need for any more decorations.
You can get cups and shot glasses that respond to UV lights – just from red dot/crazy Clarks. You can also wrap glow sticks around your cups to make them look magically fluorescents, and tell apart drinks!
We tried the tonic water cocktail mix and honestly, it tasted so horrible. The drink is beautiful and it does glow, but avoid if you plan on actually drinking the drink! EW PUKE!
Time to face the facts… I’m a pretty bad host towards the end of the night. I get pretty drunk and this night was no exception. People will go hungry! My bad! But they will get drinks, plenty of cocktails.
If you are like me and get drunk and forget to feed your guests, do the following: Bags of chips, candy, anything that can be prepared in a sober state, possibly order in a pizza (maybe even pre order and pre pay!). This time I bought sausages and buns and corn.. I forgot to make most of it, but it did make for a delicious hangover cure…
Know your audience. Obscure, underground, retro, boy bands, post-modern bands (unless all your friends are music snobs!) probably won’t cut it keep it light, I go generic rock, slide in a little pop and a slither of rap and punk, and we’ll throw in a troll song 🙂 Groove shark has proven pretty useful, you can follow friend music lists too so if you are at a loss with music, they can set up their own, and you can stream it.
We made a few mistakes with this game, considering it shouldn’t be very hard!
- Be sure to buy a nice beer! If its gross beer your players are all running to the bathroom to upchuck.
- Don’t fill the cups too high, keep them at around 100mls a piece, even if this leaves your cup more then half empty.
- Have a mix of drinks, provide cider or variations of booze so you don’t end up being the only person drinking on your team! (that was me!)
The game itself is pretty simple. 2 teams set-up 6 cups on each side of a long table. Set the cups up like at the bowling ally, 1 at the front 2 in the middle 3 ad the back. Each team takes it in terms to get a ping pong ball in to the opposing teams cups, and if you get the ball in their cups, they must chug! Looser will have no cups left! Winner reigns victorious. You might want to do a lap with your shirt tucked over your head at this point.
This is something I stole from S. The basics is a cup full of silly and weird dares & quests for your guest to complete. Each person gets to pick one from the cup throughout the night, it’s a good way to break the ice!
Some solid favourites:
- Drink from the mystery cup
- Your goal is to get someone to say the word Fish
- Finish each of your sentences with “am I right?”
- Hop on one leg, with a crown on your head saying “I’m a pretty princess”
- Bust a rhyme – make your own rap!
I got one of these fellas from Crazy Clarks, then filled it up with some random things.
We didn’t have a solid place to hang it so we smashed it like we were playing baseball! Epic