It seems we have done everything we can concerning serving food in interesting ways at parties. But today, we bring you a party hosting tip we guarantee you’ve never heard of.

Glowing. Food.

Blacklight, or ultraviolet (UV) light, has the unique ability to make certain substances fluoresce, meaning they glow when exposed to this light. This effect can be harnessed to make your dishes shine—literally! Here’s how!

Understanding the Science:
Before you start cooking, it’s essential to know what makes food glow. The primary component that reacts to UV light in many foods is phosphors. When exposed to blacklight, these phosphors release the energy they absorb from the UV rays in the form of visible light.

Ingredients that Naturally Glow:
Some ingredients naturally fluoresce under UV light. These include:

– Tonic Water: Quinine in tonic water glows bright blue under UV light.

– Vitamin B: Found in many energy drinks, vitamin B gives off a bright yellow glow.

– White foods: Some white foods, like marshmallows and mozzarella cheese, can glow blue under blacklight due to their light color.

Setting the Scene:
Before serving, make sure your dining area is illuminated with blacklight. Replace some of your regular bulbs with UV bulbs, or invest in dedicated blacklight fixtures. Ensure the room is relatively dark to maximize the glowing effect.

Some foods that glow in the dark and how to make them.

Glowing Appetizers:

– Glowing Shrimp Cocktail: Marinate shrimp in a mixture of tonic water and lemon juice for an hour before serving. The tonic water will make the shrimp glow blue.

– Mozzarella Sticks: Serve these with a dip infused with vitamin B (from energy drinks) to add a yellow glow to complement the blue glow of the cheese.

Glowing Main Courses:

– Glowing Pasta: Cook your pasta as usual. For the sauce, blend tonic water with Alfredo sauce, giving your pasta a delightful blue hue under UV light.

– Glowing Pizza: Make your homemade pizza, but sprinkle mozzarella generously. When the pizza is under blacklight, the cheese will have a soft blue glow.

Glowing Drinks:

– Glowing Punch: Mix tonic water with lemon-lime soda and add a splash of grenadine. The quinine in the tonic water will make the punch glow under blacklight.

– Glowing Cocktails: For alcoholic beverages, gin and tonic are perfect. The tonic water will glow, and the gin adds the kick. Add a slice of lime for an extra touch.

Glowing Desserts:

– Glowing Jello: Use tonic water instead of regular water to make your jello. It will give it a brilliant blue glow.

– Glowing Ice Cream Floats: Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a glass of tonic water. Add a splash of flavored syrup for taste.

Serving Tips:

– Glowing Garnishes: Use ingredients like mint leaves or fruit slices to contrast with the glowing dishes.

– Crockery and Cutlery: White or light-colored serving dishes will enhance the glow of the food. Similarly, white or clear utensils can add to the overall glowing effect.


While these glowing foods are safe for consumption, always ensure the ingredients are fresh and suitable for your guests, especially if mixing foods that don’t usually go together. Inform your guests about the unique ingredients in case of allergies or dietary restrictions.

Enhance with Decor:
To complement your glowing food, consider adding glowing decorations like UV-reactive tablecloths, cups, or straws. The more elements that glow, the more immersive the experience.

Master Eerie Lighting:
Learn how to use different colored light bulbs, candle arrangements, and even fog machines to create the desired mood.

Cater to All Senses:
Beyond visuals, think about how the party smells (pumpkin, autumn leaves, cinnamon) and sounds (distant wolf howls, creaky doors).

Diverse Menu:
Some guests may have dietary restrictions. Offering gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan options ensures everyone has something to munch on.

Candlelit Dinner with a Twist:
Serve dishes that glow under black lights. Use tonic water, which contains quinine, to make glowing ice cubes and drinks.

Dress Rehearsal:
If you’re wearing a costume, make sure it’s comfortable for hosting duties. You don’t want to be fixing your outfit all night.

Practice Your Ghostly Tales:
A well-told ghost story can be a hit. Polish up on a few, perhaps even local legends, to share at an opportune moment

Interactive Invitations:
Send invitations with a small puzzle or riddle that reveals the party details when solved.

Rotating Rooms:
Every hour, change the activity or theme of a particular room. For instance, a quiet chat room can turn into a dance room after a while.

Culinary Journey:
Instead of a traditional dinner, have a progressive meal where each course is served in a different part of the house or even at different houses.

Blindfolded Taste-Testing:
Offer guests a chance to taste unique and exotic foods blindfolded and guess what they are.

Memory Lane:
Ask guests in advance to send in a memorable photo or short story about themselves or the guest of honor. Create a collage or scrapbook and have everyone share their stories.

Silent Disco:
Rent headphones and have two or three DJs play different styles. Guests can switch channels on their headphones and dance to their preferred beats.

Costume Party (With a Twist):
Instead of typical themes, pick more abstract concepts, like “Your Favorite Smell” or “A Dream You Had.”

Flash Mob Instruction:
Surprise your guests by hiring a dance instructor to teach everyone a flash mob dance, then film it for a keepsake.

DIY Mixology:
Set up a bar with basic spirits, mixers, and garnishes. Print out a few cocktail recipes and encourage guests to create their concoctions.

Shared Playlist:
Before the party, ask guests to contribute to a Spotify playlist. This ensures a mix of music that appeals to everyone.

Book Exchange:
For a more intimate gathering, ask everyone to bring their favorite book, exchange them, and discuss.

Interactive Art:
Set up a large canvas and paints. Throughout the night, guests can contribute to a communal art piece.

Themed Movie Clips:
Instead of background music, play silent short clips or scenes from famous movies related to the party theme.

Feedback Wall:
Create a wall or board where guests can pin up their feedback, doodles, or messages. It’s a great way to get guest input for future gatherings.

Mystery Guest:
Hire an actor to join your party as a “mystery guest”. At the end of the night, have guests guess the identity or backstory of the stranger.

Interactive Invitations:
Craft invitations resembling old, wax-sealed letters, perhaps hinting at a mystery or puzzle guests must solve before or during the party.

Room of Reversal:
Decorate a room upside-down. Hang furniture from the ceiling, and have eerie music playing backward.

Candlelit Dinner with a Twist:
Serve dishes that glow under black lights. Use tonic water, which contains quinine, to make glowing ice cubes and drinks.

Floating Ghostly Photos:
Use clear helium balloons and attach black-and-white photos of old-timey people. This gives the illusion of floating spirits.

Interactive Murder Mystery:
Beyond just a theme, involve guests in a full-blown murder mystery game. Send roles with the invitations, so they can come prepared.

Enchanted Mirror:
Use tech like a tablet behind a two-way mirror to create a “magic mirror” that can interact with guests or show spooky visuals.

Halloween Karaoke:
Only eerie or Halloween-themed songs allowed. Think “Monster Mash”, “Ghostbusters”, or themes from horror films.

Costume Swap:
Midway through the party, have a costume accessory swap, where guests can exchange one item of their costume with someone else.

Moonlit Potion Mixing:
Set up an outdoor bar that looks like a witch’s brewing station, with drinks labelled as different potions and concoctions.

Shadow Theater:
Set up a projector to cast large, creepy shadows on the walls or tent. Use items like large spiders or hands for an eerie effect.

Virtual Haunted House:
Use VR headsets for guests to experience a haunted house tour, either pre-recorded or through a VR game.

Underworld Lounge:
Convert your basement or a room into the ‘underworld’. Think dark, with red lighting, fog, and underworld-themed drinks.

Tarot Card Storytelling:
Instead of typical tarot card reading, hire a storyteller to weave short, spooky tales based on each card drawn.

Cursed Jewellery:
Have a table with ‘cursed’ jewellery. Guests can wear them but with each piece comes a character trait they must adopt for the evening (e.g., a ring that makes one speak only in rhymes).

Eerie Echoes:
Plant speakers in hidden places around your venue, playing soft, spooky sounds occasionally—like whispers, footsteps, or distant screams.

Murder mystery party tip!

Get the package that fits your CONFIRMED guests, not the “maybes” and “on-the-fencers”. We live this hosting life, and know that not everyone can firm up an RSVP (and let’s face it, some are just flaky… yup, we are just dropping truth today…). The packages are designed to have everyone, even if they aren’t a suspect themselves, be fully involved with the mystery, so don’t worry about anyone feeling like they aren’t involved. Trust us – most times the Sleuths have more fun than the Suspects.

Try this Hosting Hack when planning your next party, and let us know how it goes!

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