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How do you plan a Birthday Party that will really make an impression? How do you make it a special event that will stay in people's memories for all the right reasons? Alive Network helps to make planning a great birthday party easy.

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Birthday Party Ideas
Children's birthday party ideas
Popular adult birthday party formats & themes
Recommended birthday party entertainment
Birthday party planning essentials, suppliers & links
Best selling birthday party live bands & entertainment

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A brief history of Birthdays


The tradition of holding a party to celebrate the anniversary of birth began centuries ago in Europe when it was feared that evil spirits sought out people on their birthdays. To protect them from harm, friends and family would gather around to bring good thoughts and wishes. Giving gifts brought even more good cheer to ward off evil spirits, and candles were placed on cakes to transport the birthday wishes directly to God.

Initially, only royalty was deemed important enough to have a birthday celebration, but the tradition soon spread with the introduction of the children's party in Germany, the Kinderfeste.

For the trivia buffs amongst you; the lyrically astounding ‘Happy Birthday to You’ song was written in 1839 by sisters Mildred and Patty Smith Hill!!

Birthday party ideas for adults / gown-ups
Please see the Popular Party Themes box below >

Children's birthday party ideas
Try the following themes as a starting point when organising kids birthday parties.

Alice in Wonderland Kite Flying Party
Arabian Princess Party Ladybug Party 
Arts and Crafts Party Lion King Party
Ballet Party Mermaid Party
Barbie Party  Mickey Mouse & Minnie Party
Beach Party  Movie Theater Party 
Beauty and the Beast Nursery Rhyme Party
Buzz Lightyear  Peter Pan Party
Butterfly Party  Pirates of the Caribbean Party
Camping Party  Robin Hood Party
Cartoon Characters  Rock Star Party
Cheerleading Party  Roller Skating Party 
Cinderella Party  Safari Party
Circus Party  Sleep Over Party 
Clown Party  Snow White Party 
Dinosaur Party  SpongeBob SquarePants Party
Fairy Party Star Wars Party
Football Party Superheros Party
Hannah Montana Party Tea Party
Harry Potter Party  Teddy Bear Party 
Hollywood Star Party Under the Sea Party
Ice Skating Party  Wizard of Oz Party
Jungle Party Winnie the Pooh Party
Karaoke Party 

Recent reviews for Birthday Party Entertainment
  • The Edge Party Entertainment The Edge 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Wiltshire

    The Edge are a dynamic, versatile, high energy covers band who ooze experience and stage presence. Industry professionals they have worked with and performed for some of the best in the business including Royalty! Chart Hits and Classic Party Tracks!





    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 25/09/2014
    "Thank you so much to The Edge for an outstanding performance at our Awards Conference last night. The whole band was just brilliant and we have never had such an amazing response by the financial delegates before, everyone up dancing (including on the tables) all night, you created a fantastic party ... "


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    Customer Review from HFMA
  • DJ Jewels Party Entertainment DJ Jewels 
    Wedding DJ
    Based in Kent
    DJ Jewels has been in the industry for over 30 years so he knows DJ'ing inside and out! You're guaranteed a 1st class night thanks to DJ Jewels' huge collection of music and his ability to read any kind of event.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 25/09/2014
    "We both had a great day and were very pleased with the full dance floor! Most of our friends are already married off but, for the few who are left, we'd be very happy to recommend you in the future. ... "


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    Customer Review from James Seton and Elizabeth Collett
  • Luv The Sax Party Entertainment Luv The Sax 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in London
    Luv The Sax is a talented musician with plenty of performing experience. He can cater his show to suit any needs, being able to perform many music genres and pick the right songs to suit the atmosphere of your event.



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/09/2014
    "Luv the Sax' was brilliant! Playing during our wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast helped make our wedding day all the more special. Guests thoroughly enjoyed his playing and friendly manner. We would have no hesitation in using him again for future celebrations or recommending him to anyone. ... "


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    Customer Review from Zoe & Mark
  • The Red Letters Party Entertainment The Red Letters 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Staffordshire

    The Red Letters are a party band with a fast-growing reputation thanks to their polished, energetic performances. Expect to hear music from Elvis, Buddy Holly & The Beatles through to more contemporary acts like Green Day, Katy Perry, The Killers & more!





    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/09/2014
    "The Red Letters played at our son's 18th birthday party. They made the evening! Everyone from 13 to 86 loved their music and the dance floor was packed. Weeks later people are still raving about them. ... "


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    Customer Review from Mary
  • Blush Party Entertainment Blush 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    An energetic four piece that guarantees a wonderfully memorable night. With each set performed with intensity and vitality, be assured that your audience will be on their feet singing and dancing to flawless renditions of classic hits!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/09/2014
    "They were excellent. Blush built the set up brilliantly and had everyone up on the dance floor. There were a lot of positive comments from our guests on the night and afterwards. ... "


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    Customer Review from Linda McPherson
  • Sin Compas Party Entertainment Sin Compas 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in West Midlands
    A glorious combination of gypsy hotclub, flamenco, jazz and contemporary classical influences underpin this superb ensemble, built around a core of two guitarists. An exciting, sensuous sound described rightly by The Times as Stylish - very stylish.



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/09/2014
    "It was a real pleasure to hear you both play music that is really close to our hearts, thank you for adding a special touch to Annahs 21st. The rest of the night was great and we had a lovely time. ... "


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    Customer Review from Linda
  • Russell Shaun Party Entertainment Russell Shaun 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in Lancashire
    Amazing Jazz & Swing singer! Recreating the sounds of Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin, Russell will bring style & sophistication to any event! Available as a solo artist or with a full band. 2-12 piece band available Michael Buble tribute available!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/09/2014
    "We absolutely loved Russell. His voice is actually unbelievably good! We were in awe and couldn't believe our luck! We will definitely book him again! He looked perfect for our black tie wedding and was 100% professional and polite. I am still day dreaming of the perfect performance Russell gave at ... "


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    Customer Review from Kil Dallmayr
  • The Singing Waitresses Party Entertainment The Singing Waitresses 
    Singing Waiters
    Based in Hertfordshire
    Leave your guests speechless with a suprise appearance by The Singing Waitresses! Bursting into song, the girls (or boys!) perform well known show tunes as well as popular dance floor classics.



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/09/2014
    "They were absolutely brilliant, and it was all everyone was talking about all night and the next day when we had a lunch party for a lot of the guests staying locally. In fact the caterers said that they were the best they had worked with - fitted in completely with their timings, were very professi ... "


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    Customer Review from Lynne Edginton
  • Mathew Knight Party Entertainment Mathew Knight 
    Magicians
    Based in Nottinghamshire
    Specialising in modern magic, Mathew Knight is a highly rated, professional & unique performer. Available for any occasion, Mathew can entertain guests with close-up magic, mix & mingle & table magic packages.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/09/2014
    "Thank you for entertaining my guests on Saturday night, we were still talking about it yesterday and trying to work out how the hell you did some of those tricks!! Certainly the best I have seen in a while! Hope you enjoyed the evening. ... "


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    Customer Review from Kate May
  • DJ Jewels Party Entertainment DJ Jewels 
    Wedding DJ
    Based in Kent
    DJ Jewels has been in the industry for over 30 years so he knows DJ'ing inside and out! You're guaranteed a 1st class night thanks to DJ Jewels' huge collection of music and his ability to read any kind of event.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/09/2014
    "Just wanted to say thank you so much to DJ Jewels for a great show last night to celebrate my mums 60th. We had a great time and we will use you again. Many thanks. ... "


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    Customer Review from Diane
Birthday Party Ideas

Birthday party fancy dress themes work really well, such as James Bond, Hawaiian, Phantom of the Opera, The Godfather, Alice in Wonderland, Hollywood Oscars Night or Wild West Theme.

It's good to ensure there are plenty of attractions to keep guests talking & mingling so you could also consider casino tables which can tie in nicely with a James Bond theme, for example, and create a space for guests to meet, mix and break the ice. Also check out our mix and mingle acts who will work the floor & get people talking.

For a rocking party, you could book a band to play songs fitting to that theme or just a general rock and pop, rat pack / swing, soul or jive band to keep your guests dancing all evening long.

Ceilidhs” are great for those who want a different kind of music or for those with Celtic roots – hire a band with a caller to shout out the dance moves and you’re away!

Hiring a look alike of your birthday girl/ boy’s favourite celebrity would be a great touch. For a great surprise you could hire some singing waiters who can act “incognito” for part of the evening before bursting into song when your guests least expect it!

A night to remember
If you’re asking guests to wear fancy dress then your room should be decorated in a similar theme. The Essential Party Planning Supplies box below contains useful links to many high quality suppliers. From balloon displays to historical memorabilia, unusual cocktail ideas to table decorations or fireworks, Alive Network can put you in touch with everything you need.

Popular additional entertainment types


Hire Dancers for your party
Dancers
From £450 (Avg: £1200)
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Circus Performers for your Party
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Childrens Party Entertainment
Childrens Entertainers
From £350+
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Firework Displays
Firework Displays
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Chocolate Fountains to Hire
Chocolate Fountains
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Popular Party Types & Themes
Click the links below for party ideas, useful tips & advice.

Live Music Theme
Celebrity / Film Theme
Location Theme
Activity and Adventure Theme
Essential Party Planning Supplies
Click the links below to view suppliers for all your essential party requirements.

Live Music
Entertainers / Meet & Greet
DJs / Mobile Discos
Fancy Dress Costumes
Staging / Lighting / Audio Visual
Catering / Drinks / Mobile Bars
Tables / Chairs / Linen / Glasses / Crockery
Venue Hire / Marquees
Party Production / Event Management
Party Decorations & Props
Party Invitations / Party Favors
Novelty Cakes / Birthday Cakes
Party Games
Popular party entertainment types

Rock & Pop Live Party Bands
Live Party Bands
From £450 (Avg: £1499)
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Rock n Roll Swing Jive Party Bands
Rock n' Roll Bands
From £600 (£1800 avg)
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Party Tribute Bands
Tribute Bands
From £400 (Avg: £1350)
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Party Jazz Bands
Jazz Bands
From £150 (Avg: £900)
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Party DJs
Party DJs
From £300 (Avg: £450)
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Party Magicians
Magicians
From £250 (Avg: £350)
View Magicians >
Party Caricaturists
Caricaturists
From £250 (Avg: £350)
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Party Look alikes
Look alikes
From £470 (Avg: £550)
View Look alikes >



Best selling birthday party entertainment
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