Freshers’ Week is a perfect introduction to life on campus at your new university. It is during this week that you are likely to meet the friends that will stick by you during the next three (or more) years, as well as your new flatmates for first year – and possibly beyond. Here, we list all of your Freshers’ Week Glow essentials, because we all know just how wild things can get.
If you’re big on the party scene then you have some serious preparation to do if you want to be ready for the parties that Freshers’ Week has to offer. From late night raves to never ending pre-drinks, you’re going to experience it all.
This week is all about settling in and starting your time at university with a bang – and that bang is sure to include at least one UV party. In order to survive this week and the hard partying that comes with it, you are going to need at least one pair of sunglasses (for the inevitable hangover – here at Glowtopia we’re a fan of the classic Wayfarer Sunglasses), paracetamol and caffeine to get you through the next day. Oh, and lots of glow for the nights out!
The Essential Freshers’ Week Glow Products You Need
Club nights and raves are all about the experience, and glowing objects can help make it a night you will never forget. From the classic to the quirky, we have everything you could possibly need, and you can find it all here at Glowtopia.
#1 Classic Glow Sticks
Our 6″ 15mm Premium Glow Sticks, these are the number one glow item you are likely to find anywhere, and they look fantastic. You can get them in a range of colours and in multipacks to share with your friends. Light up the club when your favourite tunes come on, or use them to paint the town neon when you go out for drinks before or after.
#2 UV Body Paint
UV paint is an absolute must for any student that is celebrating Freshers’ Week. Get in touch with your creative side, and turn your face into a masterpiece. Once you hit the UV party, your face (and even body if you’ve painted that) will glow intensely – making you the centre of attention. Go wild and turn yourself into something spectacular.
#3 Glow Hats and Glasses
What better way to liven up the party with glow hats and glow glasses? Ideal for a night spent raving at your local (or campus) club, as well as those spent in your flat drinking and having a good time with new friends, these nifty accessories are a perfect little extra!
#4 UV Fabric Paint
Almost every single University Freshers’ Week will involve a white t-shirt party, and what better way to stand out at these events than with UV fabric paint? Simply apply to a white t-shirt and once under UV light it will light up producing amazing effects!
Make a glowing impression this Freshers’ Week with our Freshers’ Week Glow Pack
Freshers’ Week is going to be amazing, and you are going to have the time of your life. Check out our Freshers’ Glow Pack for our favourite Freshers’ Glow Essentials. Whether you are partying from the comfort of halls, or heading out into the city for a taste of the nightlife, glow products are going to be there with you to bring that little extra something. Party hard and prepare yourself for your university adventure.
Glitter Glow is a fabulous way of sparkling up any outfit, even if it’s not fancy dress, it’ll give your Festival look that extra Glow! Nowadays, there aren’t many Festivals you can attend without there being an absolute Glitter takeover. Celebrities such as Ellie Goulding have gone mad for the Festival Glitter too! This short guide will give you some inspiration and quick tips on how you can get your Glitter Glow on this Festival season.
What Is UV Glitter Body Gel?
Formulated using the finest ingredients, these UV glitter gels can be used to brighten up face painting or add that finishing touch to your fancy dress costume.
This UV reactive Glitter Gel is formulated so as not to dry out or irritate the skin, and can be removed with soap and water. The glitter can be applied sparsely for a subtle effect, or applied in layers for a more intense glitter effect. The glitter can be applied over Neon Face Paint for a truly spectacular UV colour/glitter ensemble. Mixing the colours of the glitter in between layers can also produce magical sparkles of colour that produce an amazing glow under black light.
Preparing For Application
When applying any kind of Glitter or Body Paint, it’s always a good idea to make sure you prepare a ‘Getting Ready Zone’.. this will make sure tables and carpets don’t get ruined. The UV Glitter Gel washes off with soap and water, but it’s always better to be on the safe side, you don’t want to be hoovering up bits of Glitter for the next few days! You could either get ready outside, or place a load of newspaper down on the carpet in case there’s any spillages. Or if you’re going to a Festival, why not embrace the outdoors and in true Festival fashion just get ready outside the tent!
Planning A Look
If you want to make sure you’re looking your absolute best for the Festival or Party, make sure you plan how you’re going to do your Glitter make-up in advance, maybe have a little trial run a few days in advance so you know exactly how you’re going to do the application, you don’t want any mishaps on the day, or else you’ll be late for the event!!
If you’re going for a more subtle Glitter glow, you could grab some cheap bits of sponge or even use a make-up sponge and cut out a specific shape of your choice, for example a heart. For the next part you have two options, you can either grab some of our UV Glitter Glow, the glitter is mixed in with a sticky substance so it’ll stick straight to your skin. This UV Glitter Glow is cosmetically certified for use on the face & body, these dazzling glitter gels apply smoothly to the skin, are quick drying and long-lasting.
Another option is to grab some pots of Glitter from your local craft shop such as Hobby Craft, cover the intended area of skin with Hair Gel, as Hair Gel will really make sure the Glitter sticks! When you’re ready, you’ve got your Glitter and your Sponge template ready, just cover the Sponge with your chosen glitter and transfer onto the skin, you may want to repeat this a couple of times to build up the layer of Glitter to make sure it stays on all day and night!
With UV Glitter Body Gel you can go really wild, you really do need to just ‘glow for it’! So why not go for something like the picture to the above, it’s pretty out there! Just grab a whole load of UV Glitter Gel, and see what you magically come up with is the best way to GLOW..
To add to the Glow, it’s an idea to combine and complete the look with UV Hair Gel, or UV Hair Chalk, you’ll certainly stand out from the crowd that’s a certainty!
Glitter Glow Lipstick
If you’ve braved it, and you’re going the full hog, then of course you’ll need to finish off the look with sparkly lips! This is so straight forward you won’t believe it. Just grab one of your daily lipsticks and maybe add a little bit of lip gloss on top this will really help the glitter stick, and when you’re ready, dab on some glitter over the top, apply it quite thickly to make sure you’re really making the most out of that glow. You can either go for the ready mixed UV Glitter Glow or grab a pot of glitter from your crafty shop. You can even combine opt for a dark colour lipstick like a black or deep red, and then use a completely different colour glitter, this will create a really effective two tone effect.
Have you heard of the new craze? Rainbow freckling is set to be the new trend, it’s perfect for that Festival look. Bright colours are dabbed onto your cheeks, nose, around the eyes and forehead to replicate freckles. It’s really simple to do, just grab some UV Glitter Glow, and lightly squeeze a tiny blob (depending on how big you want the freckles to be) onto a cotton bud, and begin dabbing around these areas. It’ll create a really effective Glitter glow look! Mix the colours up a bit, maybe go for some Blues, Greens and Purples, opting for Red may look like you have a case of the measles, so maybe avoid that one!
We’ve attached a Pinterest Glitter Glow Board to get you all inspired.
Gay Pride is a world-wide celebrated party of colour, dancing, wacky outfits, and a whole load of fun. Many Gay Prides Parades are now promoted as a Tourist event, towns such as Brighton and London City attract over 300,000 people, with this many people in attendance Pride Parades have evolved from a Parade into a Festival. Some of these Pride Festivals provide a Carnival-like atmosphere, which coincide with Concerts, Beer stands, Food traders, Barbeques, Sports and Games.
But behind all the Glitter and extravagancy lies a deeper reason than just a reason to party
The 1960s were not welcoming times for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender). It was illegal to display ‘homosexuality’ in public, for people of the same sex to dance together and people were forbidden from selling alcohol to gay people.
A Bar in New York City had set itself up as a place for LGBT people to go and completely be themselves without the risk of being arrested! However because the Bar was operating without a liqueur license, in 1969 it was raided by the New York City police. One lady was hit over the head by a police office, in which she cried out for help, the crowd became bigger and eventually turned into a full blown riot, in which 13 people were arrested.
Police officers came from all over the city to help control the riot, they managed to disperse the crowd and control the situation. However this wasn’t the end, merely the beginning. The following six days, demonstrations continued to take place outside the Bar, with thousands of people showing up to express their solidarity.
This was a breaking point for the LGBT community, a group of activists plead the Easter Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO) in Philadelphia to allow them to hold a march to commemorate the one year anniversary of the raid. The proposal was for an annual march with no dress code or age restrictions. The plea had been accepted, and the activists began planning their march.
Word spread, and San Francisco decided to commemorate the riot, by holding their own march in which 30 people attended. Since then, word has spread worldwide, with not only major cities, but towns now holding their own march. The march has now turned from a walk through the streets to a full blown festival; Pride festival, celebrating, raising awareness and campaigning for the freedom to allow the LGBT community to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing.
In 2016, 1 million people took to the streets of San Francisco to attend the Pride Festival.
Gay Pride Festivals across the world have become hugely recognised as a great big celebrated party, which usually involves lots of colour, glitter, body paint, outrageous outfits and a whole lot of dancing!
So what are you waiting for, cover yourself in Glitter and body paint, grab a glow stick or two and get yourself down to your next local Gay Pride Festival!
To find out how you can get involved with your local Gay Pride Festival; head on over to Pink UK.
We’ve also created a Pinterest Board to give you some inspiration and ideas on how you can get your bright and colourful Pride Glow this year!
Let’s talk Glow in the Dark Food and Drink.. Is there such a thing? But of course! And it’s pretty straightforward too.
Glow in the Dark Jelly
Lets start with every kids party favourite; Glow in the Dark Jelly. It’s as simple as; grabbing a pack of your usual supermarket Jelly, and substituting the water in the recipe for Tonic Water. Bobs your uncle, you’ve got yourself some glowing Jelly! How impressive is that? Tonic contains something called ‘Quinine’, which will make the tonic turn fluorescent under an Ultraviolet light.
Glow in the Dark Cupcakes
This is all in the frosting! So get baking your favourite cupcake recipe. When it comes to making the Frosting, use your usual recipe, but with an added little trick, Riboflavin and Neon Food colouring. Riboflavin also known as Vitamin B2 is often found in capsules, so just crush the capsules in your mix. The added Vitamin B2 will actually add some health support in your Cupcakes, so the Cupcakes aren’t all bad! Vitamin B2 helps the body to convert Carbohydrates into fuel, as well as metabolize fats and protein, as well as helping the nervous system function properly. So at least your sweet treats will provide the kids with some sort of health related goodness! Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin is really easy to come across, you can order some capsules online, or by visiting your local health store. Just click here to follow a simple Glow in the Dark Cupcake recipe.
Glow Candy Floss
So you’re lucky enough to have hired a Candy Floss maker, or you’re going for it and making your own. Fantastic! Well if Candy Floss isn’t bright enough for you already, why not add an extra little glow, and instead of your usual Candy Floss stick, go for a Glow Stick! The Glow Stick will shine through the Candy Floss, giving it an even brighter Glow!
Now lets not just make this party about the kids! We know you adults like to boogie on down too, so check out this little number. The world’s gone absolutely bonkers for Gin and we are just absolutely mad about this Glow in the Dark Gin & Tonic cocktail. It’s that good old Quinine in the Tonic Water that’ll glow under any UV light!
Glow in the Dark Ice Cubes
Why not get a little creative and make your own Glow in the Dark Ice Cubes. Just simply, mix water and tonic water in an Ice Cube Tray, stick it in the Freezer until completely frozen. And BAM, you’ve got yourself some fantastically glowing Ice Cubes to refresh and cool your drink. If you’re feeling a little less creative and want something quick, easy and ready to go, you could use some of our Blue Glow in the Dark Ice Cubes. They’re made from food-grade plastic and are totally-waterproof. Just press the button to select the mode; flash, quick-flash or static and then drop one into your drink! You could even take it to the next Glow Level, and enjoy your drink in one of our Flashing LED Cups with a Glow Straw!
So the Glow is now in your hands, it’s up to you how creative you get with your food and drink delights.
It may be one of those trial and error to get the best flavour and glow, but the time and effort is certainly worth it for the effectiveness
Ah Wimbledon! There’s nothing more British than stocking up on Strawberries and Pimms, gathering your friends and relatives and getting cosy round the TV to engross yourselves in the competitive ‘Loves’ and ‘Duces’ on centre court!
But have you heard of a Go Glow for Wimbledon party? You’re going to love it! A Pop-up Bar in London are throwing a UV Ping-Pong party in honour!
So why don’t you set up your own at home? Wow your friends and do something out of the ordinary to celebrate a great British Tradition. You can still supply Pimms & Strawberries of course! As soon as it starts to get dark, everyone’s feeling a bit jolly after an overload of daytime Pimms drinking, you can invite everyone outside for a cheeky game of ‘Glow in the Dark Ping-Pong’ (obviously!).
So.. How do you do it?
Ok so, there’s two ways of going about creating your own Glow in the Dark Ping-Pong.. One way is the; UV way. There are specific paints that only light up under a Ultra Violet Light. So if you’re going to go about it this way, you’ll need to be able to change your light bulbs to specific UV light bulbs. This could still take place outside, using the outside lighting or inside. UV Light Bulbs are pretty inexpensive to buy so it won’t blow the budget too much, and pretty easy to source via Ebay or Amazon.
Once you’ve changed the light bulbs over, the fun starts! Make sure you remove any valuables if you’re doing it inside, you don’t want a rogue flying ping pong ball smashing your precious vase! If you have an actual Table Tennis table then go for it, if not then you’ll need a big table with lots of space around it.
You can either use paper, bits of card or fabric for this next part. Cut out the outline of the Table Tennis table, something like the picture here. Now this may get a little messy. If you’ve opted for the UV version, then you’ll need to grab some UV Paint to start painting your chosen material. If you’re just going for the normal Glow in the Dark option, then you’ll need some normal Glow in the Dark Paint. It’s probably a job better done outside, so if I were you I’d lay some Newspaper down so you don’t make too much of a mess! Now paint over the cut outs you’ve made. Make sure you layer it on quite thick, as you won’t be able to see the paint when it comes out, you’ll only be able to see it working in the dark or under the UV Light.
Once you’ve left the paint to dry, you’re ready to properly turn an empty, dull, lifeless table into a work of Glowing awesomeness! So grab yourself some sticky tape, and stick down your Table Tennis outline. You don’t have to go and splash out on a fancy Table Tennis net either, just tape down some more Glow in the Dark tape like before, and voila!
Now for the bats, go for the same method as before; cut an outline in your chosen material and paint over it using either the UV Paint or the Glow in the Dark Paint. And as for the Ping Pong Ball, well they come pretty cheap so I’m sure it won’t break the bank if you cover this one in a load of paint. So just pick your colour and coat it in the paint! Simple!
You could go old school and grab a black board and with some funky chalks keep a track of the scores!
How about.. Glow in the Dark Pimms Pong!
So of course, you’ve all heard of the infamous ‘Beer Pong’. We’ve all seen it, and shamelessly played it but have you tried it with a twist? Well firstly, let’s make it a little classier by changing the name from Beer Pong, to Pimms Pong. Has a ring to it doesn’t it?.. To start with you need to grab a load of plastic cups, you could opt for all the same size, or make it a little trickier and go for a variation in sizes. Now using some of the Glow Bracelets, connect one together using a plastic connector and place them at the bottom of the cups. The tubes of 50 or 100 Bracelets come in a variety of colours so you could make things a little more competitive and colour code the game, so that different colours mean different points. Now paint your Ping Pong ball in UV Paint, or Glow in the dark paint and Bobs your uncle, Glow in the Dark Beer Pong is underway!
You could even cheat and save the hassle of connecting Glow Sticks, and just go straight for the glow with some funky Glow in the Dark cups. Just simply push the button and away you go, you’ve got yourself a funky, flashing LED Glow in the Dark Cup. If you want to make it into a full Glow in the Dark Bonanza, why not go the full hog and ensure everybody’s drinking through a Glow in the Dark straw, with a nice cooling LED Ice cube to top it off!
So get your Tennis Whites on (they’ll really glow under a UV light!) and get playing!
The end of the school year is approaching, the kids are all excitable at the thought of the Summer Hols, and you’re probably looking forward to the break also! But before everybody ventures off on their holidays it’s time to celebrate the end of term with a bang!
All schools will have a Centre for Education and Finance Management license which will cover the school for all of their curricular activities. However, as the disco will be outside of curriculum hours the school will need to hold a Music license, many schools do have this so just do a little check and make sure. This particular license covers the school for all played music outside of the curriculum hours, so for example if you’re planning on holding a school fete, fundraising event, future discos, after-school clubs that run later so if you’re school doesn’t have one of these licenses it may be worth enquiring to get your school one as they’re pretty beneficial.
Booking A Venue
Ideally you’d most likely want to hold the disco on school premises, it will save a lot of time, hassle and expense. So just check the licensing for your school as previously stated. If not, then have a search around your local area for venues, there’s bound to be plenty of sports halls, church halls, community halls in your local area that are available to be booked out for a one-off evening. The price will be reasonably cheap too, most places will offer discount if you state it’s a fundraising event.
Booking A DJ
Make sure you book your DJ well in advance, bare in mind the time of year you’re planning on holding the Disco. If it’s nearing the Christmas period, a lot of DJ’s will be booked up, and for example the summer season, tends to be wedding season, as well there being lots of festivals, and music gigs going on. A good website to check out local DJ’s in your area is Netmums You can select your area, and sift through the hundreds of DJ’s, kids entertainers etc. Finding a DJ specific to the kind of party you want to throw is vital, make sure they specialise in kids parties and kids discos, they’ll know the deal in regards to music, games, and creating a fun, exciting atmosphere for the kids!
Marketing & Tickets
Creating marketing material can be a tricky one, especially if you haven’t done it before. A great website to use is Canva It’s really simple and easy to use, they also provide lots of templates and a step-by-step guide on how to use everything. Just make sure the posters are really bright, colourful and to the point, you’ve got an easy target audience who will get excited by anything that looks outrageously bright and appealing! You could encourage the teachers to give mentions about the disco in morning registration, and maybe even get out and speak to the parents when they come to collect their kids for home time. If the kids are too young to handle money, it’s probably an idea to encourage the parents to come in to the Office and purchase a ticket on behalf of their little ones. It’ll save the lose of tickets, money and upset children!
It’s best to get kids to buy their tickets in advance, then you can monitor how many people need to be staffing the event. When tickets are purchased, make sure a parent or guardians contact details are taken. And when the kids arrive at the disco, they’re tickets are collected, and they sign in.
One suggestion is to include something in the ticket price, maybe a free glow stick or glow novelty, food or drink. It’ll make it more value for money, and the kids will get excited at the thought of a ‘free’ Glow Stick!
Decorating the Venue
The opportunities are endless when it comes to using Glow Sticks to decorate a venue. Start by blackening the room as much as possible; switch off the lights, close all the curtains. (Just make sure you can still see what you’re doing!). You could decorate the room using these flashing LED Balloons, tie a bundle of balloons together to make a cluster of colour to hang in the corners of the room. You could even make a flashing LED Balloon entrance to hang over the doorway, for when all the kids arrive. Or how about making a flashing LED Balloon walkway leading to the hall or venue, just tie some string to the balloons and hang them from the trees leading up the pathway.
Another idea is an old simple favourite. Remember making Paper chains, cutting out the bits of paper, gluing them together and making the longest chain humanly possible. It used to look really effective! What about swapping the paper for Glow Sticks, it’s a much simpler way and far less time-consuming. The Glow bracelets come with little connectors, so all you need to do is link the bracelets, and pop the connectors on to secure them! Hang them around the room to create a really effective glow!
Tuck Shops OR a ‘Healthy Food’ Tuck Shop
If there’s one thing that’s certain, kids love a Tuck shop, all that fizzy pop and sugar, but you know what that inevitably means? Hyper, crazy kids. Yes it’s a Disco, and if kids can’t run wild at a Disco, then when can they? However, the World is becoming more and more health-conscious than ever so why not set up a ‘Healthy Food’ Tuck Shop. Trying to get the little ones to eat Fruit is a lot harder than getting them to devour a bag of Marsh mellows, however it’s all in the disguising ;).
Serving fruit on little BBQ style skewers is one option, or you could even arrange some fruit in little cupcake cases. Or how about ice cream cones without the ice cream! Just fill the cones with lots of yummy fresh strawberries, and maybe a teeny tiny sprinkle of chocolate. They won’t even notice the difference! And of course, all that dancing and running around, they’ll certainly be gasping for a nice cool refreshing drink! Cranberry Juice Sangria (non-alcoholic of course) is a great healthy alternative to fizzy, sugar filled drinks. Just throw a load of Cranberry Juice and big chunky bits of fruit into a jug, and there you have it! You could even serve the Sangria with some Glow in the Dark straws or Glow in the Dark Ice Cubes, a novelty the kids will love!
So you’ve set up your Tuck shop, be it healthy or not! What about if the kids are too young to handle money? One idea is to include a free drink and snack of their choice from the Tuck shop. You could also include a free Glow novelty or Glow stick when the kids arrive. Just make the cost of the entry fee a little bit more expensive to cover the costs. Glow Sticks are cheap and cheerful, and kids go absolutely crazy for them. If the kids are old enough to handle money, you could have a little Glow novelty stall, selling all kinds of funky, glowing fun; Glow Caps, Glow Tiaras etc..
Glow sticks and Glow novelties are a great way to make a little bit more profit to add to the fundraising.
As well as having a Glow Novelty stall, you could include a ‘Lucky Dip’ bucket. So just source a big bucket or container, wrap up various different Glow products in some funky wrapping paper, or you could get savvy and use Newspaper, and then just fill the container full with lots of wrapped up goodies. The kids will love the suspense of not knowing what prize they’re going to get, and then the surprise of getting something awesome like a Glow Cap, Tiara or Glasses!
What better way is there to get the kids moving and grooving than a Dance competition? For example; Musical Statues is always a winner, or you could even set up a Dance-off. Just make sure it doesn’t get too competitive, you don’t want unhappy children! You could include glow stick prizes for each children that takes part to keep it fair. If you’ve hired a DJ that specifically hosts kids parties and discos, they’ll know the score in regards to what gets the kids grooving! Take a look at one of our previous blog posts; Glow in the Dark Games, for some more glow in the dark party games and ideas.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about hosting a School Disco. We hope you’ve found it helpful.
Back in the 1960’s, a Glow Sticks original purpose was to benefit the Sailing Branch of the Military for Experimental Bombs, and creating targets for airstrikes. As well as being a much safer alternative to the traditional flare. The 60’s was clearly a bright decade, as it was also around the time the LED or Light Emitting Diode was discovered by James R Biard and Gary Pittman. Because of the expense of the LED, they were only used in highly professional laboratory equipment, but since the 70’s, the price has dropped dramatically, and LED’s have slowly found their way into a heap of different things; flash lights, office lamps, giant advertising signs, Christmas Lights etc.
Nowadays Glow Sticks are typically used for Music Concerts, Festivals, Discos, Parties, Night Time Fundraising Events, 90’s Raves the list could go on and on. And it’s not all about the bog standard Glow Stick anymore either, oh no! There’s tons of variations on the standard Glow Stick, Glow Stick Caps, Glow Stick Glasses, Glow Stick Tiaras, Glow Stick Ear Rings.. And as for LED’s, they’ve found their way into all sorts of kids toys and novelties.
But have you ever thought about getting savvy, and jazzing up or should I say glowing up your house? What about a bit of Glow in the Dark Interior Design. It’s pretty effective you know!
How about creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the evening with some Glow in the Dark Balls. Just dim the lights, and place a few around the room. They’re really effective, and even glow for up to 12 hours.
These LED Fibre Optic Wands, are the perfect centrepiece for you’re Dinner Party. Just simply press the button to change between six modes, including colour-changing slow wave, flashing and intense static colours. So one suggestion you could do is grab a handful of the Optic Wands, place them all in a nice vase, set them to the static colour theme of your Dinner Party, and there you have a perfect, eye-catching centre-piece!
As well as the Fibre Optic table-pieces, you could also decorate the table with some LED Tea lights. The base is finished in a stylish glitter effect in either Gold, Silver or Red and when activated the LED golden flame flickers gently and looks amazing in the dark. The Tea Lights remain cool to the touch, so if you’ve got any little one’s running around and causing chaos, you don’t need to worry about the possibility of burnt hands!
Why not bring a little ‘Beauty and the Beast’ into your home, and decorate your living space, or dining area with these funky free standing, metal effect base and wax-look candle. The strong LED flickers gently, and looks incredibly realistic. It also remains cool to the touch, so it’s family friendly!
You could even subtly decorate the room with a few LED iLLoom Balloons. In particular the white balloons would make for a really effective look to help brighten up the room and create a delicate atmosphere. The iLLooms are super easy to inflate, and batteries are included.
We hope we’ve given you a few ideas to get creative and brighten up your home.
These Glow Novelties won’t break the bank, and it’s a super effective way of creating a welcoming and warm atmosphere, especially if you’re planning on hosting a Dinner party for the evening.
It’s that time of year where we celebrate those special men in our lives. Sunday 18th June is of course Father’s Day! That’s this weekend, so If you’re running a bit behind and haven’t managed to pick up a pair of socks or a card for your Pa, we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together this simple Fathers Day Glow Stick craft to really show your Dad how much he means to you! Nothing shows you’re love and appreciation like a home-made gift.
Dig out a hole punch and make a hole in the top and the bottom. Snap a Glow Stick to get that glow, and pop it through the holes. Don’t forget to write your message on the back. And there it is! A simple, original Father’s Day Glow Stick craft that anyone can make.
You could even present your craft alongside treating your Dad to a nice cooked breakfast in bed, he’d definitely appreciate that!
We’d love to see some of your home-made designs, upload your images along with a special shout-out to your Pa to one of our Social Media channels, via our Facebook page or Instagram and Twitter just use #Glowtopia.
P.S. Did we mention that we can arrange same-day dispatch if you order someGlow Sticksbefore 2pm? No order is too big or too small.
The School Summer Holidays are fast approaching, and we’re hoping for a warm and sunny one this year! It’s time to dig out those old camping chairs, the whistling kettle, plastic forks and get on down to the coast for some good old fashioned back to nature, outdoorsy, typically English holiday!
We think there’s nothing better than bundling a load of essentials into the boot of your car and setting off for a weekend of walking, swimming, hiking and being at one with nature and the great outdoors.
We want to make sure your all kitted out for your camping excursion, so we’ve come up with a list of 10 absolutely essential Glow Stick hacks for your expedition!
Glow in the Dark Tent Pegs
As soon as the sun goes down, it gets a little scary out there, trying to locate the toilet, whilst ensuring to not trip up over your own tent pegs and lines. We’ve got the perfect solution. Our 4” Glow sticks last for 12-24 hours, they’re perfect little tools for you to stick into the ground around your tent pegs, and even hang across the doorway to your tent so you can find your way back in! Here’s another little hack, if you’ve got a few empty beer bottles from last night’s BBQ, place the glow stick inside one of these, it will really help it make the most of its glow.
Glow Stick Walkway
You could get the kids involved in creating a Glow Stick lit walkway to and from the toilet, so at night time they feel at little more at ease. You could also use Glow sticks to set boundaries around your campsite so the kids don’t go wondering off too far, or around the campfire to make sure they don’t get too close!
Mystical Fire Sachets
So you’ve spent the entire day venturing, and exploring, the sunlight’s starting to fade, it’s getting a little cooler outside and the kids are getting hungry! It’s time to get the fire going. But… Have you ever seen a fire burn vibrant colours of blue, green, purple and red before? You must! These Mystical Fire dust sachets create a vibrant colourful blend in the flames of your log fire, camp-fire, pit or BBQ. If used outside on wood burning fires, it has an attractive slow burn that lasts up to an hour. Who needs a TV? That’ll keep the kids entertained whilst the dinners on the go! Just make sure you use it safely and cautiously. You’ll certainly be the talk of the campsite.
Glow in the Dark Balls
Purely because they look pretty, these Glow in the Dark Balls are perfect for jazzing up your campsite, place them on the ground around some tables and chairs to create the ambiance for the evening.
Get everyone working up a real appetite with some fun Glow in the Dark Outdoor Games. Glow in the Dark Hoopla is great for everyone. You can either use our 12” Glow sticks as targets or you can really be inventive, so firstly get everyone out on a scout for some big old sticks, (or small ones if you want the game to be a little more challenging), push them into the ground standing up right. Now attach some of our 8″ Glow Bracelets together using the connectors, to make it a little easier you can connect two or three glow sticks together. You can also set the ‘throwing line’ boundaries using some glow sticks. Away you go! Our Glow in the Dark Hoopla Pack has everything you need to get going!
LED Tea Lights
So the BBQ’s cranked up, and you’re cooking up a storm. Our LED Tea Lights are the perfect meal time addition. They look realistic, and you don’t have to have any worries if the kids are running around a little crazy, these LED Tea Lights remain cool to the touch, so there’s no danger of any little mishaps! Even the base is finished in a stylish glitter effect in Gold, Silver or Red! Because they’re LED they can be used inside or outside so it’s great for mealtimes with the family, or for a romantic evening in just the two of you!
Glow Stick Candles
As an alternative to the LED Tea Lights are these funky Glow Stick Candles. Similar to your standard Glow stick these candles are so simple to use, just snap and shake! They come in Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow and Pink, so you can take your pick. Place them around the campfire and get everyone involved in a good old fashioned campfire singalong!
Glow in the Dark Ice Cubes
Make your refreshing beverage a little jazzier with these vibrant Glow in the Dark Blue Ice Cubes. You can place them straight into your drink, or make up a big bowl of tasty punch (alcoholic or non-alcoholic!). You could even grab a few and throw them into an Ice cooler of Wine or Beer, they’ll definitely brighten up the campsite!
Glow in the Dark Cups
And what better accomplice to some Glow in the Dark Ice cubes than a Glow in the Dark Cup! Just simply push the button and away you go, you’ve got yourself a funky, flashing LED Glow in the Dark Cup. You could even grab a few, and start up a game of Glow in the Dark Beer pong. Or if you’re feeling mighty creative, you could even create your own Beer Pong using Glow Sticks. Just grab some ordinary plastic cups and some of our 8” Glow Bracelets, snap them, link them together and either place them at the bottom of the cup, or wrap around the rim of the cup. Bobs your uncle, Glow in the Dark Beer Pong is underway!
Glow in the Dark Straws
We really have got your covered when it comes to brightening up your drink! Add one of these cool Glow Straws to any drink, they’re sold in packs of six, and available in mixed colours so there’s enough to go around the whole family. They even last for up to six hours.
Be the talking point of the Campsite!
We hope we’ve given you some ideas and inspired you to venture out on your next camping expedition. Have fun!
The Full Moon Party first began on Koh Phangan Island in the early 80’s.
There’s no actual factual proof of how it all began, just word of mouth. It’s been heard through the grapevine that a bunch of hippies gathered around a campfire on Haad Rin Beach, singing, drinking and not really taking life too seriously, this carried on until the early hours.
For some reason, news spread about this ‘meeting of travellers’, and gradually year by year more and more travellers began to surface and gather on Haad Rin Beach.
The local people decided to take advantage of this influx of hungry and thirsty travelers, so they made it a commercialized event, opening up local businesses, such as bars, cafes, shops and restaurants all across the 20km strip.
People now travel from across the globe to Koh Phangan for this multicultural event, as well as other related events; Half Moon, Quarter Moon etc. Nowadays there’s approximately 5,000–30,000 visitors every full moon evening. Many travelers will predominantly base their trip to South-East Asia around this spectacle.
But if you’re not really overly keen on hopping on a flight across the globe just for one evening of celebrations, we’ve come up with a way you and the kids can celebrate the full moon!
So How Can We Celebrate The Full Moon?
The next Full Moon falls on 9th June 2017, and following on from that on 24th June is the New Moon..
So why should the all the party fuelled travellers of Thailand get all the fun, we want in too!
An Open Air Swimming Pool in Yorkshire is celebrating the New Moon by keeping the pool open until midnight, and offering late night swims! But guess what the added bonus is? There’s Glow Sticks! What a fantastic way to keep fit this summer, keep the kids entertained for hours it’s great for all the family too. It’s okay if they have one late night this summer isn’t it?
We think it’s a great idea, and we hope the word will spread just like the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan!
But don’t let the kids be too disheartened if you’re local swimming pool hasn’t cottoned on yet. Just take a leap out of Kanye West’s book you can bring the pool to you! Just run the little ones a warm bath , and throw some Glow Sticks in! Perfect! There’s no better way to get them more enthused about Bath time!
If you’re more outdoorsy, and looking forward to spending more time outside this Summer, you could always put that paddling pool that’s been cooped up in the Garage collecting cobwebs to good use! You can even get even more Glow Sticky.. and kit yourself out with all the gear, Glow Necklaces, Glow Bracelets, Glow Ear Rings.. The opportunities are endless!