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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
  • Bollywood Nights Party Entertainment Bollywood Nights 
    Indian Music and Bollywood Bands
    Based in London
    Bollywood Nights are a high energy party band who will bring something a little different to your event! Combining the glamour of Bollywood & charisma of Soul, this professional male & female fronted 8-9 piece band guarantee to get your guests dancing!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/05/2016
    "A massive thank you to all for making our event such an enjoyable and memorable one. We had a lot of fun working with you from the very beginning as far back as 9 months ago. We have been truly overwhelmed with the number of positive compliments received from our guests. We will surely be recommen ... "

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    Customer Review from Zaheed & Zahra
  • Edmond Oakley Party Entertainment Edmond Oakley 
    Based in Merseyside
    With over 25 years experience and with a large and varied repertoire of jazz, pop, classical and show tunes, Edmond can create the perfect ambience for guests at any wedding reception, ceremony or corporate event.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/05/2016
    "Edmond was super-professional. He got on with the music and allowed us to get on with our wedding without having to worry about anything. Lovely performance both during the ceremony, during the meal and during the reception when he played a fantastic variety of music. Our guests thought he was the ... "

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    Customer Review from Catherine Johnson
  • Calithea String Quartet Party Entertainment Calithea String Quartet 
    String Quartets
    Based in Middlesex
    Calithea String Quartet will transform any event into a spectacular occasion with a varied repertoire of Classical, Pop, Jazz & more! Members of the quartet have been educated in the highest institutions & have performed with many celebrity names.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/05/2016
    "A wonderful string quartet. Amenable and professional. Willing to go above and beyond to make your event exactly as you envision it. ... "

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    Customer Review from Sarah Hacking-Brian
  • Hybrid Party Entertainment Hybrid 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Northamptonshire
    Hybrid are a highly experienced, energetic 3 piece band with a fantastic repertoire covering music from the 50’s up to the present day. From The Beatles to Kings Of Leon, Hybrid's set list will keep everybody dancing the night away!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/05/2016
    "Absolutely brilliant, the acoustic sets and then the live sets were loved by all ages. The ceremony acoustic set was very special and made the ceremony that bit more intimate. The reception set was outstanding, all the guests were entertained and they saved the best till last, the evening sets. All ... "

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    Customer Review from Christopher Richards
  • Scott Grant (Pianist) Party Entertainment Scott Grant (Pianist) 
    Based in London
    Scott Grant is an accomplished singer/pianist with a repertoire spanning eight decades. Performing professionally since 2003, he specialises in swing and jazz standards as well as the very best in piano based rock and pop. Available with 3-4 piece band.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/05/2016
    "We booked Scott to play at my parent’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary celebration and his performance made the occasion. My Dad, a pianist himself, was delighted to hear some of his favourite songs. Several guests made requests which Scott accommodated with great skill. ... "

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    Customer Review from Deborah Gillbanks
  • The Hi-Fi Club Party Entertainment The Hi-Fi Club 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in West Yorkshire

    The Hi-Fi Club is a three-piece pop & rock band available in the North. They have a repertoire containing The Beatles, The Who, The Jam etc, along with current bands including the Killers and Kings of Leon. Irish music also available upon request.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/05/2016
    "Fantastic! Positive comments from everyone - got people of all ages up dancing from teens to those in their 80s! Good range and choice of music suited to the wide range of tastes and ages. ... "

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    Customer Review from Jonathan Whitworth
  • 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 21/05/2016
    "It goes without saying we had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed your extended set, but we do want to pass on that more than several guests mentioned how incredible you guys were as a band and all of those that spoke to you said you were all lovely guys. I think it makes a huge difference t ... "

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    Customer Review from Michelle Hart
  • Seven Party Entertainment Seven 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Kent
    The 'must have' choice for all events, Seven are young, fresh, stylish & extremely passionate. Featuring pro musicians who have worked alongside Adele, Leona Lewis, The Noisettes & more, Seven perform music from the 60s to present day!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/05/2016
    "I'm a budding musician (Sort of ) and Seven was booked in for my wedding 21st May. What can I say,they were absolutely fantastic! From the time they started everyone was dancing. Dan and Andy were great. The reason I'm sending this email is because I'm a really fussy bugger that wants and expects pe ... "

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    Customer Review from Bryan Goozee
  • The Scoundrels Party Entertainment The Scoundrels 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Cheshire
    With dynamic stage presence, flawless musicianship and music from Chuck Berry to Kings Of Leon, 4 piece rock and pop band The Scoundrels guarantee to get your party started! Instrumental Jazz sets and DJ service also available!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/05/2016
    "The Scoundrels preformed at our wedding on the 21st May 2016 and were fantastic. The atmosphere they created enhanced our special day and our guests were really impressed. The dance floor was packed all night long and They also really cared that we were having a good time and Dave (lead singer and c ... "

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    Customer Review from Jenny McIlroy/Ian O'Farrell
  • Joshua Lewis Party Entertainment Joshua Lewis 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in Lancashire

    Lancashire based solo swing singer, weaving a wonderful setting with great songs, a professional appearance & perfect voice! General covers set also available!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/05/2016
    "Just to let you know how fantastic Josh was on Saturday. What a nice guy and very professional. He was on time and took control leaving Alan and I to enjoy the day. ... "

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    Customer Review from Karen mcmillan
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.

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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.

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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
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From £450 (Avg: £1499)
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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
From £250 (Avg: £350)
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Party Caricaturists
From £250 (Avg: £350)
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Party Look alikes
Look alikes
From £470 (Avg: £550)
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Best selling birthday party entertainment
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