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Birthday Party Entertainment

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 Willows Party Entertainment The Willows 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Somerset
    The Willows are a fantastic acoustic duo that will create a beautiful ambience at your event! With mellow vocals & skilled acoustic guitar, the duo perform acoustic arrangements of popular songs from artists like Fleetwood Mac to Kylie!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 04/12/2014

    Everyone who came up to us during the reception said how amazing the acoustic duo were. So many people asked how we found you and what your names were so that they could contact you for their events. Your music provided the perfect soundtrack to our day and the set list was a great mix for o ... "

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    Customer Review from Chris & Theresa
  • The Fortunes Party Entertainment The Fortunes 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Nottinghamshire
    The Fortunes are by far one of the most exciting party bands currently performing at events all over the UK… Young, talented and unique in every way, they are everything you need to make your night! Promotional Offers Available!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 18/08/2014
    "The Fortunes were excellent. Very professional, talented & entertaining. 10 out 10! ... "

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    Customer Review from Lucy
  • Jessica Louise (Harpist) Party Entertainment Jessica Louise (Harpist) 
    Based in Staffordshire
    Jessica Louise is an advanced level Harpist performing beautiful, elegant music perfect to give any occasion that unique, special touch!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 26/07/2014
    "Jessica Louise the harpist played my bridal march as I walked up the aisle, it melted my heart. ... "

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    Customer Review from Emma Steele
  • Swag Party Entertainment Swag 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Lancashire
    Swag are a fun three piece party band bringing you the best music from the sixties to present day. With rich vocals & excellent musicianship, Swag produce a full, energetic sound that will steal the show!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 26/07/2014
    "The band were really excellent, they had people dancing from the first song right through to the end and I saw people running onto the dance floor for certain songs. At least two dozen people told me how great they were and how they were the best band they have seen at a wedding and I must say I agr ... "

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    Customer Review from Ben Newham
  • Silver St Dixie Trio Party Entertainment Silver St Dixie Trio 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in Hertfordshire
    Silver St Dixie Trio are a superb combination of excellent musicianship and wonderful visuals. Their traditional attire adds that authentic feel to any special event.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/07/2014
    "An excellent choice for anyone seeking simple set up and flexibility without the need for electrics. A charming group of musicians capable of providing a wonderful jazz themed event with real atmosphere. We highly recommended Silver St Dixie Trio and we would book again. ... "

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    Customer Review from Graham Hawksworth
  • Harmony Duo Party Entertainment Harmony Duo 
    Based in London
    Wonderful London based Harp and Flute Duo. Performing Classical, Traditional, Folk, Bollywood, Show Tunes and Modern, they are ideal for weddings, corporate events, exhibitions, concerts and private parties.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/07/2014
    "Thank you so much for the amazing music on Sunday. Very talented and it was such a special addition to our day – thanks again! ... "

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    Customer Review from Navjot & Devinder
  • Mario Lee (Accordionist) Party Entertainment Mario Lee (Accordionist) 
    Based in Devon
    With a wealth of music from around the globe, Mario Lee has entertained audiences with a dazzling display of virtuosity. From Greek to Russian, sing-along to classical, standards to easy listening, why not try a night's entertainment with a difference?

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/07/2014
    "Our 80 year old dad would like to send his personal thanks to Mario on behalf of himself and his family - Mario made the day and he will be part of family discussions and memories for a good many years. Most times in life you get what you pay for - with Mario we hit the jackpot and were rewarded wit ... "

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    Customer Review from Brian Best
  • Jade Party Entertainment Jade 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Merseyside
    Providing stylish entertainment in a soulful & original style, or more up-tempo with a stomp box, solo singer/guitarist Jade performs a repertoire covering the latest modern pop/indie covers as well as classics from The Beatles and Marvin Gaye.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/07/2014
    "I am so pleased that we booked Jade for my Husbands 40th Birthday party. Her performance was wonderful, everybody commented and what a fabulous voice she had and a great choice of songs which I had left for Jade to choose. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jade and would definitely use her ... "

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    Customer Review from Clair Ridley
  • LJ Party Entertainment LJ 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in London
    An experienced singer who accompanies herself on guitar, with live loops, vocal harmonies & beat boxing! Performing upbeat classic pop & current chart hits plus chilled out acoustic tracks, LJ offers something for everyone!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 19/07/2014
    "LJ was absolutely fabulous. The quality of her sound, voice and performance was impeccable. Guests throughout the night kept saying they would love to see her in her own concert! We didn't want the singing to end. Thanks again LJ. ... "

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    Customer Review from Lauren & Andy Dodd
  • Mojo Gang Party Entertainment Mojo Gang 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    Fantastically entertaining, talented young band – formed from the best session musicians in London, covering a huge range of songs and styles from 50’s Rock n’ Roll to Soul to Pop to Modern Indie Rock. Mojo Gang will rock your party!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 19/07/2014
    "Mojo Gang were delightful, fun, obliging and musical. All of our guests danced for the whole two sets, plus the disco they provided stuck to my daughters play list and again kept all age groups dancing. Party guests varied from 95 to 13! ... "

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    Customer Review from Clare Valori
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
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)
View Jazz Bands >
Party DJs
Party DJs
From £300 (Avg: £450)
View Party DJs >
Party Magicians
From £250 (Avg: £350)
View Magicians >
Party Caricaturists
From £250 (Avg: £350)
View Caricaturists >
Party Look alikes
Look alikes
From £470 (Avg: £550)
View Look alikes >

Best selling birthday party entertainment
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