While planning this party, I thought to myself, "How can I make this event as neon as possible, without it feeling like a roller skating rink, straight out of the 1980s?" I decided, the answer was: half neon, half neutral.
At some point along the way of my planning process, I got the hair-brained idea that I needed toy sized plastic animals. (Thanks, Pinterest.) I became a little obsessed with these guys, and pretty much forced them into this party, even though, I'll admit, it was quite a stretch. I think it helped that they were only a quarter neon. Although... now I have the urge to paint one completely highlighter yellow and add it to my desk at work.
I got the animals from the dollar store, and covered them with black acrylic craft paint. Each animal needed two coats to ensure proper coverage. Then, I dipped each one in a little container of different colored neon paint. While I had the paint out, I also dipped a dollar store wine glass into each color.
I realized I would need a safe place for them to dry, since, if I propped them upright, they would adhere to my table. I decided to try a cooling rack, usually used for baking. They popped right off the rack after drying overnight. Whew.
I loved how the wine glasses dried- the paint turned out chalky on the glass surface, which I didn't mind. Bonus: after the party, I washed them in warm soapy water, and the paint came right off!
The moral of this story: when your gut tells you to paint the dollar store animals, DO IT. Turns out, neon covered stegosaurus paws are pretty darn cute.