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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
  • Keven Starl Party Entertainment Keven Starl 
    Based in Surrey
    Keven has been performing professionally for the past 8 years, scoring all kinds of gigs worldwide also working for The Royal family. Dubbed one of the UK's top Close-up Magicians. He offers a money back guarantee if his performance is not up to standard

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 18/12/2014
    "Keven definately scored a 10/10 from everybody he was excellent, fun and charming we will most certainly consider using him again. Thank you for your professional services and for making sure everything would run smoothly. ... "

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    Customer Review from Loretta
  • The 3 Sisters Swing Shows Party Entertainment The 3 Sisters Swing Shows 
    Swing and Jive
    Based in South Yorkshire
    Stunning, unique & extremely versatile, these real-life sisters have over 13 years’ experience in the entertainment industry. Remarkably talented close-harmony vocalists, the ladies perform fully-choreographed, 1940’s Vintage Cabaret & Hollywood Swing!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 18/12/2014
    "Fabulous girls with an amazing band. Great choice of songs and they looked like they were having just as much fun as us! Really great! ... "

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    Customer Review from Katherine Macleod
  • The Manchester Violinist Party Entertainment The Manchester Violinist 
    Electric Violinists
    Based in Manchester
    From Bach to Bollywood, Vivaldi to Vanessa Mae, beautiful bridal entrance music, elegant background music, upbeat stage show or table to table serenading, The Manchester Violinist provides classical or electric violin for any occasion!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 18/12/2014
    "Amy was the perfect start to our wedding . She looked absolutely wonderful and smiled throughout the whole service. She is such a talented violinst and made our day! ... "

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    Customer Review from Katherine Macleod
  • Elvis Tribute (The Tennessee King) Party Entertainment Elvis Tribute (The Tennessee King) 
    Tribute bands
    Based in Northamptonshire
    The Tennessee King provides an authentic tribute to Elvis! Using a state of the art set up with the option of a 5 piece band, this top act replicates hits spanning Presley's career whilst capturing the true on stage excitement of Elvis' performances.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 18/12/2014
    "The artists was brilliant from start to finish, he got everyone involved and dancing and had good banter with is all. On top of that he was a great performer and sounded just like Elvis. We all had a great time, thank you! ... "

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    Customer Review from James Hirst
  • Comedy Paparazzi Party Entertainment Comedy Paparazzi 
    Street Entertainers
    Based in East Sussex
    Make your guests feel like true celebs with our cheeky paparazzi snappers! Loitering outside your venue with stand-up quality humour & pro-quality photography skills, our paps will make sure your event hits the headlines with their fun, VIP treatment!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 17/12/2014
    "All the quests were happy and found it very entertaining! Very good, very funny, very professional. ... "

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    Customer Review from Carl Chambers
  • Miss D Ville Party Entertainment Miss D Ville 
    Circus Performers
    Based in Kent
    Feast your eyes upon our princess of pain & 5 times Guinness world record holder Miss D Ville! Performing death-defying stunts with her arsenal of nails, swords & other lethal weaponry, Miss D Ville will shock & delight your guests!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 17/12/2014
    "Miss D Ville was punctual, organised and very friendly. I had complete confidence in her act, as she had a very professional attitude. A very different act to have at a Christmas Party but overall was a huge success! ... "

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    Customer Review from Zoe Butler
  • William May Party Entertainment William May 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in Warwickshire

    Exclusive to Alive Network - William May is a vastly experienced professional singer with a passion for entertaining. William covers Sinatra, Bublé & Robbie swing and pop numbers with ease. Available either solo or with his talented pianist Mark Burton.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 17/12/2014
    "William May was a fantastic asset to our Las Vegas themed Christmas party and could not recommend him enough for anyone who is looking for this kind of entertainment for their event! William arrived early to the venue and was very flexible to the running order of our event. William instantly put me ... "

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    Customer Review from Claudia Dawkins
  • Lee Mathews Party Entertainment Lee Mathews 
    Based in Hertfordshire
    Lee Mathews repertoire is extremely vast and consists of just about anything you can think of from Boogie Woogie to Rachmaninov! Resident Pianist at The Dorchester & Harrods. Lee is a versatile and lively musician who always gives a smile.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 17/12/2014
    "Lee was very polite and punctual and went above and beyond. I asked if he could sing happy birthday for a friend at the wedding and he did, and everyone sang along which was great fun. Would recommend Lee definitely. ... "

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    Customer Review from Charlotte Mackay
  • (Abba) Reflections Of Abba Party Entertainment (Abba) Reflections Of Abba 
    Tribute bands
    Based in Norfolk
    Reflections Of Abba is a professional, fully self-contained female duo singing to backing tracks, featuring the very best of ABBA without the need for Benny & Bjorn! Stunning costume changes and exciting dance routines make a truly dazzling show!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 17/12/2014
    "Booking process was easy and efficient! The carers loved their performance. Lots of people on the dancefloor. They did a great job of getting audience participation and involving those sitting down as well as those dancing. Great to have Christmas music playing before the show while people were eati ... "

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    Customer Review from Elisabeth Salisbury
  • (Abba) Reflections Of Abba Party Entertainment (Abba) Reflections Of Abba 
    Tribute bands
    Based in Norfolk
    Reflections Of Abba is a professional, fully self-contained female duo singing to backing tracks, featuring the very best of ABBA without the need for Benny & Bjorn! Stunning costume changes and exciting dance routines make a truly dazzling show!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 17/12/2014
    "This group were amazing worth every penny! They turned up on time surprised my guests and everyone loved them. Thank you so much for making my 40th birthday amazing! ... "

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    Customer Review from Amanda Rowbottom
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.

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 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
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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