the world's largest online live music and entertainment booking agencyalive network entertainment agency, live entertainment hire

Customers sign in here Artists sign in here

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.

On this page
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

Share |


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
  • Double Take Magic Party Entertainment Double Take Magic 
    Magicians
    Based in London
    Double Take Magic is a show with Star Quality! Having appeared on the BBC hit show "The Restaurant" and marketing campaigns for Nivea, this versatile magician can perform close-up magic, mind reading or a cabaret magic show.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 04/05/2016
    "A very professional, keen and amazing magician with amazing skills to make magic fun and entertaining with a vast selection of tricks and with a potential crowd of 1200 managed well not to be too over run. ... "


    Read the full review & more >
    Customer Review from Iain Stanley
  • Jugglers In Jester Costume Party Entertainment Jugglers In Jester Costume 
    Circus Performers
    Based in Leicestershire
    A highly skilled team of dedicated performers that can provide entertainment for any function. Whatever the occasion, our Jugglers in Jester costume are guaranteed to turn heads and add that special spark to your event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 04/05/2016
    "Perfect and excellent with the cubs and a group of 1200 was managed very well in terms of crowds and groups. All the cubs were talking and discussing things after seeing the jugglers. ... "


    Read the full review & more >
    Customer Review from Iain Stanley
  • Living Statues and Tables Party Entertainment Living Statues and Tables 
    Street Entertainers
    Based in Leicestershire
    Our Still Living Statues and Tables add a touch of class and the unexpected to any event! Perfect for livening up a large room or providing an air of excitement to your events entrance!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 04/05/2016
    "They were so professional and collected with over 1200 cubs running around and trying to interact with them. they were prefect and held the audience at all time, the cubs all enjoyed it and well worth having again. ... "


    Read the full review & more >
    Customer Review from Iain Stanley
  • Miss Balloonist Party Entertainment Miss Balloonist 
    Childrens Entertainment
    Based in Hertfordshire
    Miss Balloonist is an incredible balloon artist who keep everyone entertained and give you something to take home. She can craft anything from monkeys to pirates and jetpacks to jewellery. The limits are endless when Miss Balloonist gets to work!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 04/05/2016
    "Arrival was in good time and willing to get going straight away. was more than happy to just approach the crowd of 1200 and go with the flow which fitted the event well. Amazing and well worth having at any event. The Cubs love the whole package. ... "


    Read the full review & more >
    Customer Review from Iain Stanley
  • The Headliners Party Entertainment The Headliners 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in East Sussex
    A young, versatile band with a unique sound & style! Featuring some of the most in demand session musicians from the London music scene, The Headliners deliver the highest quality performance every time. With an extensive repertoire covering hit songs from The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder & more; The Headliners are guaranteed to have everyone of your guests on the dance floor!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 04/05/2016
    "The Headliners arrived in good time, set-up, and were all sound-checked and ready to play; they were very professional and efficient. They looked great and were really friendly and easy to have around. They were 100% professional on the night and throughout all our contact with them. Their performan ... "


    Read the full review & more >
    Customer Review from James Thomas
  • Munch Party Entertainment Munch 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Cheshire
    Munch play a wide variety of party music, drawing influence from The Beatles as well as Oasis & Paolo Nutini. Members of the band have performed with Oasis, Echo & The Bunnymen, Del Amitri & more! Previous clients include: BMW, Tesco, NHS, & HRH Princess Margret. 200+ positive reviews! Acoustic line ups available.



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 01/05/2016
    "would 100% recommend Munch to everyone. We had a party in the garden which started mid afternoon with children’s entertainer, face painter, balloon modeller, children’s magic show, garden games, hog roast, popcorn stand and then into the evening Munch were our choice of band. They were brilliant i ... "


    Read the full review & more >
    Customer Review from Natalie Hallett
  • Resident Heroes Party Entertainment Resident Heroes 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    Contemporary covers trio Resident Heroes offer a truly versatile performance. Tackling a unique and appealing selection of indie-rock, pop & hip-hop hits from the early 90's to today, they can strip down to the bare basics for a laid-back acoustic session, or plug-in and amp-up to bring your party to a rousing climax.



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 01/05/2016
    "A really impressive performance from a friendly, talented and professional band. They made a bigger, rockier sound than you'd expect from a three-piece, and delivered on our particular requests with no difficulty and a lot of style. We've had lots of comments about how good our band choice was. Ten ... "


    Read the full review & more >
    Customer Review from Simon Kaye
  • Charlie Mappin Party Entertainment Charlie Mappin 
    Pianists
    Based in London
    Charlie is a popular & in demand pianist who performs beautiful background music perfect for your event. Specialising in jazz standards & modern day chart hits, Charlie is extremely talented, cool & contemporary!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 01/05/2016
    "Charlie was A delight! 10/10 all round. Would definitely book him again and recommend him. ... "


    Read the full review & more >
    Customer Review from Holly Bardett
  • Soho Cool Party Entertainment Soho Cool 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in Surrey
    Soho Cool are a slick & professional jazz trio made up of some of London’s finest jazz musicians. With a reputation that is second to none, Soho Cool provides unrivalled sophistication, versatility, reliability & a touch of quality to every event!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 01/05/2016
    "They were brilliant,perfect for our party - I would definitely recommend them, and when I have another party in 10 years time they will be top of my list! ... "


    Read the full review & more >
    Customer Review from Pankaja Brooke
  • The Supertones Party Entertainment The Supertones 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Surrey

    The Supertones are a fantastic four piece rock and pop covers band, specialising in contemporary classics. With a stunning live show, performing everything from The Kinks to The Killers, The Supertones are sure to rock your function!





    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 30/04/2016
    "Brilliant group, greats fella's, fab music! ... "


    Read the full review & more >
    Customer Review from Gaynor Wheeler
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)
View Dancers >
Circus Performers for your Party
Circus Performers
From £400+
View Circus Performers >
Childrens Party Entertainment
Childrens Entertainers
From £350+
View Childrens Entertainers >
Firework Displays
Firework Displays
From £1000+
View Firework Displays >
Chocolate Fountains to Hire
Chocolate Fountains
From £600
View Chocolate Fountains >
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)
View function bands >
Rock n Roll Swing Jive Party Bands
Rock n' Roll Bands
From £600 (£1800 avg)
View Rock n Roll bands >
Party Tribute Bands
Tribute Bands
From £400 (Avg: £1350)
View Tribute Bands >
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
Magicians
From £250 (Avg: £350)
View Magicians >
Party Caricaturists
Caricaturists
From £250 (Avg: £350)
View Caricaturists >
Party Look alikes
Look alikes
From £470 (Avg: £550)
View Look alikes >



Best selling birthday party entertainment
View our best selling birthday party live entertainment. Click the images to view each artist's profile or scroll to view more acts.

Why hire entertainment for your party from Alive Network?
Alive Network is the UK's premier live music entertainment agency and the largest online entertainment booking service in the world. Established in 1999, we provide high quality live entertainment for over 7500 events per year. We represent hundreds of the UK's very best live bands, DJs & entertainers who are available to hire for weddings, corporate events & private parties.

A few of the benefits of booking through Alive Network Entertainment Agency
  • Alive Network Entertainment Agency Instant online quotes and availability confirmation
  • Professional Entertainment Booking 100's of professional quality, reliable artists
  • Live entertainment hire made easy Fast, friendly, personalised advice from expert staff
  • Amazing live entertainment to hire The easiest way to hire amazing entertainment

A small selection of our previous clients:
  • Live bands to hire UK wide 24 hour emergency cover, 365 days of the year.
  • Secure entertainment booking Safe & secure bookings with comprehensive contracts
  • The UKs largest entertainment agents No worries, no hassles, no dissapointments
  • Alive Network Entertainment Agency The very best customer service
Alive Network Entertainment Agency previous clients


Customer Service
Contact Alive Network
FAQs and help guides
Sign-in to your customer account
Terms & conditions
Privacy Policy
Find what you're looking for
Wedding music
Wedding ceremony music
Wedding drinks reception music
Wedding entertainment evening
Corporate entertainment hire
Premier range live bands to hire
Low cost live bands (under £1000)

Get to know us
About Alive Network
Artist sign up, how to join Alive Network
Job opportunities at Alive
ReleasedAlive.co.uk

Useful resources
Booking a band and your venue
Hire a band check list
How to hire a DJ
Party ideas
Site map
Complete artist roster
Links



Registered offices: Ground Floor Suite, Silk Mill Studios, Princess Street, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1DD, United Kingdom
All content (c) Copyright Alive Network 1999-05/05/2016. All rights reserved. Registered Company Number: 04084200

Some artists may appear with the kind co-operation and consent of their respective management companies.

This service is intended for personal use only and no part of the service may be displayed in public, broadcast or used for any business purpose without the consent of Alive Network. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of our services and web content, we accept no responsibility for any use made of the information provided and we shall not be liable for any loss suffered thereby.