Highlighter & Blacklight Party Ideas

highlighter party with blacklights and kidsHighlighter or blacklight parties can be a lot of fun! Everyone shows up to the party wearing a plain white t-shirt or long sleeve shirt and jeans or other dark pants they don’t mind getting highlighter on. Everyone is given a highlighter or multiple highlighters that will be theirs to use throughout the night. The blacklights around the room make the highlighter glow brightly, hence the highlighter & blacklight party!

During the party everyone has the opportunity to write on other peoples shirts. It’s good to have guidelines for guests so you don’t have things that you wouldn’t want to show your parents at the end of the night. Generally people end up drawing on everything so it’s better to do it in a place that can be easily cleaned and the walls wiped down.

At the end of the night everyone has their own unique highlighter shirt to take home with their own bit of artwork. Blacklight parties produce great pictures of everyone glowing at the end of the night and is definitely a lot of fun for a sweet sixteen party!

Highlighter Party Decorations:

  • sweet sixteen glow party with club lighting and blacklightsHighlighters (plan on 2 per person) *TIP* Yellow, Orange, Pink and Green work best
  • Guests will need to bring white shirts or you can provide them (it’s easier to have guests bring them and have a few backups just in case someone forgets)


If you are having the party in a living room or small basement 20ftx20ft or smaller it makes sense to buy your blacklights. The best cheap blacklights you can get are the tube fluorescent types.

If you have a room that is bigger than 20ftx20ft your best option is to rent blacklights. We like to rent from goboprojectorrental.com because they have the lowest price and offer free shipping nationwide.

For rooms greater than 20ft in size you need a medium to long throw blacklight(s). These types of blacklights are a lot more expensive than the short throw fluorescent tubes because they need to “throw” the blacklight over a long distance, or cover a large area and are high powered. If you don’t use one of these lights you won’t be able to make things glow.

neon glow hats neon yellow neon pink neon orange neon green

Glow Items

Examples of glow things are glow sticks, necklaces, neon colored clothes, tide, anything white. These will look awesome throughout the night and will help make your party really stand out.


Little known fact that Tide and other laundry detergents actually shine under blacklight. You can draw on walls or garbage bags that you can cut and put on the walls to come up with designs that will show up once the party starts. If you cover a room in trash bags and then put tide on them it makes clean up a snap at the end of the night.

blacklight and neon hearts lit up

Highlighter Bottles

If you take plastic 2 liter bottles, clean them out, and use clear ones you can put the inside of a highlighter into the bottle and fill it up with water. Wait a day and shake it and the resulting liquid will glow very very bright under blacklight. These can be very cool centerpieces and it’s a great way to recycle everyone’s old bottles.


Anything neon, white or with a bright color works well because it will glow under the blacklight.

Highlighter Party Tips

  • Make sure you have enough blacklights: (1) 6ft blacklight for every 25ft of wall length in a room, and a dark room to make sure you can keep everything glowing.
  • Make sure you have enough highlighters (2 per person)
  • Make sure you have sponges/cleaning supplies to clean things afterwards
  • You can color your hair with highlighters
  • Make sure you have good music or a good highlighter party DJ
  • Check our our Pinterest pages for Cake Ideas and Decoration Ideas!

glow party lights and blacklight

These parties can be a blast! They aren’t too expensive and you and your friends get to express their creativity and individuality! It’s cool to glow at night and if you have the right music it can really be a fun time. The sky is the limit!


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10 Responses to Highlighter & Blacklight Party Ideas

  1. deathclaw223 February 22, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    This is awesome! I am SO using this idea! It helps because it’s a multigender party! I’m a girl but most of my friends are guys, and something tells me that my guy friends wouldn’t attend a cheerleader or pretty in pink party. :P

    • Brian King February 22, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      Definitely! Will get more themes up focused on parties for girls and guys:) Guys might not be up for a cheerleader themed party.

  2. danielle March 1, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    im about to turn sixteen in june and i think a highlighter and black light party would be cool….

  3. redneck gurl grooms :) March 1, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    im definitly going to fo this party idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i think it wud be cool but i ned some more ideas for it like a place ;) comments would be awesome if there helpful :)

  4. dejanae March 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    i am about to turn sixteen to in june i am so happy. love this theme idea.

  5. cheyenne! March 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    this is AMAZING! i’m defffffffffff gonna be doing this in june! i’m so excited!

  6. tamia morton April 22, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    please help me come up with a theme before my sweet 16 thank you

  7. grass July 8, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I liked this idea. Im throwing a surprise sweet sixteen party for my best friend and this seemed like the coolest and least expensive idea. Thanks! And I just plan on having the party at my house or her house, I don’t know which yet. finding a large room to have it in will be hard.

  8. CheyenneR July 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    I just have to say this is the greatest idea ihave seen I randomly came upon this website and saw this. And I would of never thought of this! !!!! This is probably something I’m sure all of my friends would like. My sister is so into this idea aswell as I am and shes 21!!! But I’m so glad I found this I’m so ready for my sweet 16 to come!!!!!!!!!

  9. violine September 16, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    where do u get the 6ft black light ?? what is an average price? thanks for the great ideas..

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