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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 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
  • Hipster Party Entertainment Hipster 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Shropshire
    Young, energetic, super-professional and one of the most exciting and experienced party bands to work exclusively with Alive Network! Hipster are an all male 4-piece band, and cover a huge range of music from The Beatles to The Kings of Leon!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/03/2015
    "Hipster were very professional & friendly. Very much presented an image of being in control and their set and presentation mattered to them ... "

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    Customer Review from Karen Sayle, McCann COMPLETE MEDICAL
  • Anthony Parella Party Entertainment Anthony Parella 
    Wedding DJ
    Based in Staffordshire
    An experienced & professional DJ playing music that is determined solely by the people in attendance. Confidently covering the last 50 years of soul, funk, motown & rock through to 80s, 90s club & pop, indie, house-party hits, current dance music & more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/03/2015
    "Anthony was fantastic! He arrived early and was set up well in advance of the guests arriving. He played the music genre that we previously arranged and seamlessly included any specific song requests we had asked for. He was so kind, friendly and professional throughout, and we had so many people du ... "

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    Customer Review from Fay Stewart
  • (Lady Gaga) Radio Gaga Party Entertainment (Lady Gaga) Radio Gaga 
    Tribute bands
    Based in Hampshire
    Add a bit of monster magic to your event with the UK's most accurate & most outrageous Lady Gaga tribute. Complete with amazing costumes, 100% live vocals & over the top behaviour, Radio Gaga could be mistaken for the world class performer herself!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/03/2015
    "Radio Gaga was fantastic worked really hard and absolutely nailed it!! ... "

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    Customer Review from Chris Pollitt
  • The Rose String Quartet Party Entertainment The Rose String Quartet 
    String Quartets
    Based in Hertfordshire
    Rose Quartet are a highly professional, all female contemporary quartet. Their huge repertoire includes pop music & jazz, light classical, show songs, traditional sing-a-long tunes & Christmas carols. Perfect for weddings, corporate events & parties.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/03/2015
    "10/10 - all the ladies were very professional, I was really impressed with their friendliness, they were so easy to get on with, so much so that I left them to perform as they thought best, all in all excellent ... "

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    Customer Review from Ian Taylor
  • (Neil Diamond) The Real Diamond Party Entertainment (Neil Diamond) The Real Diamond 
    Tribute bands
    Based in Worcestershire
    The Real Diamond is rated one of the top Neil Diamond tribute acts in the UK. With an uncanny likeness, this is a must see for all Neil Diamond fans.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/03/2015
    "I am more than happy to award Ian Scott aka Neil Diamond and your company 10/10. The booking was easy and Ian was superb. Many thanks for your help. ... "

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    Customer Review from Mandy Burger
  • Ben Harrison Party Entertainment Ben Harrison 
    Classical Guitarists
    Based in Somerset
    A great alternative to a classical guitarist, Ben Harrison is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist performing a unique repertoire of original folk, jazz & world music as well as a few well known popular tunes by The Beatles, Eric Clapton and Louis Armstrong.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/03/2015
    "Ben's performance was ideal for the party. people were able to talk amongst themselves whilst Ben was playing, and those that wanted to could sit and listen to him. I did ask Ben beforehand if he minded people talking during his performance and he didn't mind at all, in fact it was what he expected ... "

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    Customer Review from Lindsay Shaw
  • The Unexpected Singing Waiters Party Entertainment The Unexpected Singing Waiters 
    Singing Waiters
    Based in North Somerset
    The Unexpected Singing Waiters are accomplished professional singers who guarantee surprise and delight as they suddenly burst into song! Performing anything from classic pop songs, rat pack and swing, light opera & more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/03/2015
    "The Unexpected Singing Waiters were very enthusiastic and great entertainers! ... "

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    Customer Review from Stephen Carr
  • Gary Davies Party Entertainment Gary Davies 
    Based in Staffordshire
    Gary Davies plays a beautiful mix of Jazz standards & popular tunes creating the perfect backdrop for any occasion. From Adele to Sinatra, Gary's extensive repertoire, professional attitude, talent & wealth of experience is second to none!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/03/2015
    "Gary is wonderfully talented and extremely professional, he made our corporate event at Jaguar. ... "

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    Customer Review from Lucy Birchall, Stratstone Jaguar
  • Aint Misbehavin Party Entertainment Aint Misbehavin 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in Kent
    With their smooth vocals and cool jazz piano; Ain’t Misbehavin’ will set the perfect mood for your function or wedding. With their repertoire filled with songs you know and love, and years of experience performing around the globe, they are sure to be a hit at your event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/03/2015
    "Two exceptionally polite and lovely guys. I only had extremely positive feedback from all the attendees of our event! I highly recommend booking Aint Misbehavin as they sound brilliant and everyone really enjoyed themselves. The guys were friendly and professional throughout. ... "

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    Customer Review from Katya Moore
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
Circus Performers
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Childrens Party Entertainment
Childrens Entertainers
From £350+
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Firework Displays
Firework Displays
From £1000+
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Chocolate Fountains to Hire
Chocolate Fountains
From £600
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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)
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
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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