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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 Guns Party Entertainment The Guns 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    NEW! If you're looking for an energetic, explosive & professional band for your wedding, private party or corporate event, The Guns are for you! Their strong repertoire guarantees to fill your dance floor spanning artists such as Bruno Mars, The Killers, Foo Fighters, Prince, Stevie Wonder, The Black Keys, Rolling Stones and more!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/12/2015
    "

    You guys were just amazing! Everyone loved the band and enjoyed your set. I would definitely recommend The Guns to anyone who's looking for a top band for their wedding!

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Jeremy Allpress
  • Harmony Duo Party Entertainment Harmony Duo 
    Classical
    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 27/02/2015
    "Petr and I just wanted to thank you both for everything you did to make our day special. The music was beautiful and guests were blown away by it. It was perfect and the sight of my husband as you played our song so superbly and beautifully brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much on behalf of my ... "


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    Customer Review from Hayler and Petr
  • Paul Wildcard Party Entertainment Paul Wildcard 
    Swing and Jive
    Based in Derbyshire
    Paul Wildcard is an exciting & energetic Rock n Roll singer with an authentic look & sound! A fun show with lots of audience interaction, Paul's live show will have you & your guests twisting the night away!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/02/2015
    "

    Thank you so very much for the gig last night! You really made an impact on the guests ...everyone loved it! I can absolutely recommend you to anyone.

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Karen Graney
  • Paul Wildcard Party Entertainment Paul Wildcard 
    Swing and Jive
    Based in Derbyshire
    Paul Wildcard is an exciting & energetic Rock n Roll singer with an authentic look & sound! A fun show with lots of audience interaction, Paul's live show will have you & your guests twisting the night away!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/02/2015
    "

    Allan & I would like to thank you for the great performance Last night for our Golden Wedding Party. Everyone thought you were fantastic wouldn't hesitate to recomend you to anyone. Lyn.

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    Customer Review from Lynn Graney
  • The Guns Party Entertainment The Guns 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    NEW! If you're looking for an energetic, explosive & professional band for your wedding, private party or corporate event, The Guns are for you! Their strong repertoire guarantees to fill your dance floor spanning artists such as Bruno Mars, The Killers, Foo Fighters, Prince, Stevie Wonder, The Black Keys, Rolling Stones and more!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/02/2015
    "

    The band played last night at my husbands 40th party. They were amazing! Everyone has commented on how awesome they were. 4 really nice guys and amazing musicians! My son was 5th member of the group at one point!!! Thanks guys you were great x. Michelle

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Michelle Steward
  • 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 21/02/2015
    "Thank you for your hard work on Saturday night. Your magic was absolutely fantastic and has been much talked about. You really made our party stand out and we will have many happy memories. Thank you again & we will be keeping your contract details for the future. You are a true performer. ... "


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    Customer Review from Maggie Chase
  • 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 20/02/2015
    "

    We just wanted say THANK YOU for Friday; brilliant day, brilliant music!! Our whole day was perfect and we are so pleased we chose you to be our DJ; the Indian section went down so well. I will definitely recommend you to friends and family in the future.

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Elaine and Sukj Seerha
  • Radioactive Party Entertainment Radioactive 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in West Midlands
    Radioactive are an exciting & in-demand 4 piece band covering music from the 1960's to present day. Guaranteed to fill your dance floor with music ranging from The Beatles, Oasis, Pharrell, Bruno Mars & more, Radioactive are the perfect choice to kick start your party!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 14/02/2015
    "

    I would like to thank the band last night who were awesome. You really made the evening memorable. Highlight of the evening for me was a fine version of one of my favorite songs 'Friday I'm In Love'.. Cure of course! Thank you.

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Sean Martin Smith
  • Electric Tones Party Entertainment Electric Tones 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Surrey

    Electric Tones are a young, fun & modern 4 piece band oozing style & class! With a killer repertoire full of the latest chart hits (Jessie J, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk) & unforgettable classics (The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones), you & your guests will be dancing all night long!





    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 14/02/2015
    "

    We hired Electric Tones for our Valentine's Ball at The Amba Hotel in London. Superb entertainers! They brought everyone to the dance floor and played music to cater all tastes. They were extremely well presented and held the utmost professional manner whilst communicating.

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Rebecca
  • Trafalgar String Quartet Party Entertainment Trafalgar String Quartet 
    String Quartets
    Based in London
    With past experience playing with prestigious artists from the London Symphony Orchestra to Beyoncé, Trafalgar String Quartet is regarded as one of the finest string quartets in London. Combining classical with contemporary, they provide attention to detail with professional presentation, making them the perfect choice for your special occasion!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 14/02/2015
    "

    Our guests haven't stopped talking about the beautiful music you performed for us. Thank you!

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Claire Pearson
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


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Childrens Party Entertainment
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Firework Displays
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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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