My youngest Badoo turned seven on Saturday, which surely makes me the oldest mother on the interwebs. Like any year in a Badoo’s life, we didn’t let the passing of the six onto the seven go unnoticed. She wanted a hip hop party and we decided to make it glow as bright and shiny as a Badoo. Which is very bright and shiny indeed.
So, let me tell you, a glow party is dead easy to put together and my only suggestion is to not hold it during VIVID Sydney because, you know, competition. I had a kid come up to me (because at any party I’ve ever put on, there is always, always that kid) and say, “is this all the lights we’re getting?” like I was going to crack open a full house projection screen complete with jellyfish and strobes. Darn that kid.
What we did have was lots and lots of coloured lights in every single room, disco balls, glow sticks, glowing balloons and a black light that lit the fluoro painted and primped kids up like the Sydney Opera House in June. It looked amazeballs (despite what that kid thought).
To make balloons glow, you can throw in heaps of cracked glow sticks, buy little LED balls to drop into them or you can hack a set of LED fingers and put those inside. We used all three techniques and the LED fingers gave the best effect (I bought mine for $2.50 a packet from Spotlight).
To make the cool balloon sticks we simply tied balloons to our citronella lamps (minus the citronella pots) and then stuck them in the garden up the driveway. So easy and so effective at creating an entrance!
To make glow jars, put a shiny piece of tulle or organza inside a large jar. Don rubber gloves and cut the end off a glow stick and shake the contents inside the jar (pick out the glass tube if it falls into the jar). Repeat with a few more glow sticks then put the lid on the jar and shake, shake, shake.
We painted the kids faces with ‘dance warrior’ stripes using fluro ‘glow in the dark’ paint. The paint doesn’t really glow in the dark, but if you hire a black light like I did, you can probably see the glow from the moon. We added a pair of light-up glasses and a glow-stick necklace and the kids looked the biz!
The black lights were $40 to hire from DJ Warehouse – a place where dreams are made. I spent Saturday morning playing pool with a bunch of hungover hipster types who were waiting to load up their black vans with the kit they needed for the many long weekend dance gigs that seemed to be happening all over town.
“What you got on?” a big burly DJ type asked from underneath his Descend snapback cap. All eyes turned my way.
“Yeah, my daughter’s Let’s Glow Crazy 7th birthday party,” I answered confidently. I would have felt well out of my depth if I hadn’t just smashed him in the last three games of pool.
“Yeah, that’s cool, lucky kid,” they all agreed. I’m telling you, despite my mother believing that I wasted all my years at uni, being good at pool opens doors, people.
Back at party central, Zia Lucia (Best Aunty Zia in the whole world™) had gone nuts with the fluro food colouring. I’d like to tell you it was all preservative and additive free, but we all know that would be a big lie. Sometimes you’ve just gotta party and be damned with the health thing. Surely?
Look at the cake… inside it’s fluro marbling with a lollie explosion. The kids went crazy for it! The inside was marble on top with lollies spilling out and the bottom layer was a luscious thick mud cake. OMG. The black icing looked incredible, but I think the kids were scared it was licorice so no one ate it. Which is probably a good thing.
For entertainment I didn’t have to do much at all. The kids were already excited beyond belief because it’s dark and I’m out with my friends and it’s dark and I’m glowing and it’s dark and ooh look at my fingernails and my bedtime was an hour and a half an hour ago and I’m tanked up on fluro icing.
Badoo’s hip hop dance instructor “Miss Jen” came over to give the kids a hip hop lesson. “Miss Jen” conjures up an image of a neat little ballet-miss type, but our Miss Jen has more swag than Derulo wiggling it and when she starts pulling out some moves you just want to be her. This is the kids in the half hour before Miss Jen arrived:
And this is the kids while Miss Jen was in the house:
We sent the kidlets home with all the glow sticks they could carry plus a bag of sweets that was also glowing (I snuck a cracked glow necklace into the white bags I made and they lit up beautifully). I made the bags a good size and sewed a fluro yellow heart or circle on the outside. I’m hoping the kids will use them for something special because I’m not a sewer and it took me that long to sew the darn things… the things we do.
So the glow party glowed and the Badoo glowed along with it. She’s a darling, our little hip hop miss. I hope she always keeps her remarkable combination of sass combined with sweetness. She’s like hot chilli sweet syrup our Badoo.
Do you get really excited when you’re at a party too?