A Disco Dance Birthday Party (with glowing neon decor) is a such a fun party theme for kids and adults. While it may seem like an overwhelming theme to plan, it was actually quite easy to find the equipment needed, and on a budget too! I can honestly say, this was my favourite kids’ party to date, and my whole family agreed. Read on to discover about how we planned Charlotte’s 5th Birthday Disco Dance party in a short time frame!
Charlotte’s 5th Disco Party
Charlotte is very creative, so I had been suggesting party themes around art and craft, but she hadn’t really seemed all that excited with the idea. With only four weeks until her birthday, choosing a theme and sending out invitations became suddenly very urgent. Charlotte and I brainstormed many different theme ideas, and as soon as I said, “How about a disco dance?”, her eyes lit up and she immediately squealed with delight. Her Daddy was equally happy with this theme, and immediately started creating Charlotte’s Disco Party Spotify playlist.
And so we planned an epic Disco Dance Party – after all, you only turn FIVE once and wanted to make this special milestone party extra fabulous!
DECORATIONS AND STYLING
I started out by looking to Pinterest for inspiration, but I just wasn’t finding the kind of “look” I was going for. Thankfully I was able to make a panicked phone call to Roxanne from Lovely Occasions. She took my (very limited) vision and ideas for the party and rolled with it to create the most stunning disco party set up ever.
The stars of the show were the huge assortment of colourful balloon garlands, disco themed helium balloon bunches, “party” script balloon and singular neon UV reactive balloons. We also used fringed silver foil curtains, and banners to set the scene.
We suspended a Disco ball over the dessert table and in front of the balloon garland, and used some disco dance silhouette cut outs to create a stylish background. Next to the dessert table we had Sofi and Pearl from The Fairyfloss Cart Brisbane, with their beautiful fairy floss cart. It even had it’s own balloon garland!
On request of the birthday girl, we chose to do a simple sausage sizzle for the main food, which Charlotte’s Pop handled for me (thanks Dad!). I also served meatballs and mini frankfurts as I know these are always popular with kids. For the adults, we had a small grazing platter including crackers, cheese, cold meats and fruit.
On the dessert table, we had mini jelly cups decorated with diecut star toppers, individual popcorn cups which I decorated with coloured sprinkles, personalised chocolate bars, personalised water bottles and of course the beautiful cake.
Our disco themed cake was a tall vanilla mudcake with pink buttercream and colourful sprinkles and was made by Fern from The Naked Cake Lady.
The little guests’ faces lit up when they saw the Fairy Floss Cart and enjoyed lining up and picking which flavour to have. Sofi and Pearl made this experience even more special by providing glowing light up poles which made their fairy floss glow in the dark.
The mini guests walked through the silver foil curtain we’d hung across the hallway, to be greeted by our incredible disco party set up.
We chose activities that would allow all the little girls and boys to have an exciting time at the party and get to show off their creativity! On arrival, I invited Charlotte’s friends to choose their favourite coloured glow bangles and glow or neon nail polish to put on.
We used a roll of black vinyl to create a graffiti wall along our kitchen island. The children used UV reactive neon pens to draw and write on the wall – this would later show up in the black lights!
Once the children had settled into the party and had something to eat, we announced that the DISCO was about to start.
THE DISCO & DANCE GAMES
We ordered the Glowave black light glow party kit from Crazy Town Parties which made it really easy to transform our lounge room into a dance floor! Fortunately, one of our party guests offered to loan us his cool laser disco lights which projected a colourful display of lights in time to the music.
Once the disco started, we invited the kids to show off their best dance moves to win a prize from the prize box. They could choose from novelty star glasses, chocolate treats and light up glow disco rings. It was adorable to watch all their creative dance moves!
Next we played a game of Musical Statues. Due to the children being mostly in the 2-6 age range, we chose not to select winners or make children ‘out’, so it was non-competitive. We used an old broom handle as a pole for a game of Limbo next.
THE SURPRISE: ADULTS’ FORTNIGHT DANCE MOVE CHALLENGE
For a bit of fun, we also surprised the adults with a party game of their own! All of the parents were excited to compete and take home the prizes (which were Scratchies). We had two rounds, the heats and the finals, with Charlotte judging and her big brother Ben demonstrating the Fortnight Dance Moves.
ROUND ONE MOVES:
- The Floss
- The Dab
- Best Mates
- Spread the Money
- The Sprinkler
Charlotte then chose the “top three” dancers for the finals. Would you believe my daughter didn’t pick her own dear mummy for the finals?! She’s a harsh critic.
ROUND TWO MOVES:
- Ride the Pony
- The Floss Wave
- The Worm
A huge congrats to my friend Kathryn for winning the Fortnight Dance Move challenge, and thank you to all the dancers for being a good sport and participating. The kids thought this was HILARIOUS!
- Lovely Occasions – Balloons, Decor & Styling
- The Fairy Floss Cart – Fairy Floss Cart and Neon Glow Sticks
- The Naked Cake Lady – Cake
- Picrama – Photography
- Crazy Town Parties – UV Black Lights
- Print & Party – Stationery & Cute Birthday Girl!
A huge thank you to all of our wonderful party vendors who made the event so memorable. I will forever appreciate your efforts and talents that contribute to making our family celebrations so special!
Our Disco Party was really fun to plan and execute, and I highly recommend trying this theme for your kids in the 5-12 age range!
The night was definitely a success – Charlotte was beaming with joy while dancing with her best friends, and all of the guests really enjoyed themselves.
My husband enjoyed himself just a little too much!
CREATE a DISCO DANCE PARTY
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