Laser tag offers the excitement of paint ball without the pain. High-tech equipment lets kids and grownups bond with their packs and ambush their enemies – siblings or aliens. Whether you take the birthday party to a black-light battlefield in a fun zone or stand-alone laser-tag arena, the high-tech action and gear lend ideas for the party’s theme.
Take a digital photograph of your child in dark clothing holding a laser gun. Use editing software on your computer to add a laser-looking backdrop to the photograph. Print party information, including a reminder to wear dark clothing, on the back of the photo for an invitation. You can also use your computer to create VIP passes guests hang around their necks with party information printed on the back and use those as invitations. Finally, use your computer to create laser tag brochures featuring the facility, your child with laser guns and pictures of space aliens or villains, and mail those as party invitations.
Laser-tag arenas and fun zones often rent birthday party rooms where foods such as pizza, cake and ice-cream fortify players before they gear up for battle. Check with the facility to see what they provide and what they allow you to bring; for example, some decorate with balloons but don’t allow you to bring your own. One decorating idea is to follow the arena’s theme whether bioengineered carnivorous plants in a misty jungle or a space ship invaded by unfriendly aliens. Following these examples, the centerpieces could be toy spaceships, alien figurines and/or faux plants. Or go with a more general laser tag theme, making use of neon colors in the “Happy Birthday” banner. Using neon marking pens, add laser tag phrases, such as "lit up" surrounded by lightning type designs to the tablecloth or shiny, foil balloons and make centerpieces with toy laser guns.
Bake a cake in a heart-shaped cake pan, rounding off the top edges to make the shape of an alien's head. Frost the cake green and use piped-on frosting and candies to make an aliens face cake. Or bake a sheet cake and cut off round sections on the top to create the shape of a laser tag vest. Frost the cake black or gray, and pipe on details, such as buttons and hooks, in silver or red. Serve traditional birthday party foods such as pizza or hot dogs. Offer alien punch, which can be made with green sherbet, pineapple juice and lemon-lime soda.
Fill neon-colored bags with party favors. Examples of favors to include are glow sticks, glow necklaces or bracelets, pens, flashlights, stickers, stick-on tattoos and plastic alien toys. Anything glow-in-the-dark makes a good laser tag birthday party favor. Also, check with the facility that hosts your party, as they often provide favor bags for birthday party guests.