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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
  • Birdie And The Guitar Man Party Entertainment Birdie And The Guitar Man 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Leicestershire
    A highly talented acoustic duo with superb vocals. Birdie and the guitar man perform a wide range of music from classic to modern day hits and promise to bring an unforgettable musical element to your event.



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 09/09/2014
    "Thank you so much for a memorable performance on our wedding day. Your skill as musicians and performers helped to provide the perfect atmosphere for our guests. A fantastic selection of songs that catered to everyone's tastes really added to the experience for our guests. Fantastic service througho ... "


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    Customer Review from Chris & Vikki Bishop
  • Mama Butterfly Party Entertainment Mama Butterfly 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Leicestershire
    Highly talented & enthusiastic with years of experience, Mama Butterfly are a 6 piece party band not to be missed! Performing a mix of Pop, Rock, Soul & Disco plus the very latest hits, Mama Butterfly play up-beat, feel good music guaranteed to please!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 09/09/2014
    "Exceptionally professional throughout all of the preparation up to our wedding day - and a performance of the highest quality on the night! Very skilled musicians and performers who provided fantastic entertainment with a selection of songs that catered for all of our guests - everyone was up on the ... "


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    Customer Review from Chris & Victoria Bishop
  • Mama Butterfly Party Entertainment Mama Butterfly 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Leicestershire
    Highly talented & enthusiastic with years of experience, Mama Butterfly are a 6 piece party band not to be missed! Performing a mix of Pop, Rock, Soul & Disco plus the very latest hits, Mama Butterfly play up-beat, feel good music guaranteed to please!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 02/09/2014
    "Wow... Amazing! How lucky were we to have you sing at our wedding! You were absolutely fantastic! Thank you for making our wedding day so wonderful! Everyone has commented on how incredible you were! Very talented musicians! Thanks again. ... "


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    Customer Review from Laura & Ian Tranter
  • Tim Hedley Party Entertainment Tim Hedley 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in London
    Australian guitarist/singer songwriter Tim Hedley is an accomplished and much sought-after artist who has played at numerous prestigious corporate events and wedding ceremonies, as well as intimate private functions and popular festivals.



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 30/08/2014
    "Absolutely brilliant Tim! Everyone said how great the music was during the drinks reception, thank you so much! ... "


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    Customer Review from Adam & Tania Davies
  • Stargazer Party Entertainment Stargazer 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Staffordshire
    An uptempo, high energy band that will make your evening extra special. With extensive gigging experience & an extensive repertoire covering hits from the 60s to present day, this band will bring you something special to the party!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 30/08/2014
    "We wanted to drop you a line personally just to say how awesome we thought the band were. You were absolutely spot on and we couldn't have asked for a better set performance, you really made the night! The amount of people coming up to us during the evening and the following morning saying just how ... "


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    Customer Review from Simon & Christina Rome
  • J F Guitar Party Entertainment J F Guitar 
    Classical Guitarists
    Based in London

    J F Guitar has an elegant sound and knowledge of a number of styles, notably Jazz, Flamenco, Latin and African music. For a relaxed and sensitive performance on the Spanish guitar, J F Guitar plays a wide repertoire.





    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 29/08/2014
    "We were delighted with your performance, you played lovely music, exactly what we wanted and you were very accommodating of our wishes and outdoor location... we highly recommend you! ... "


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    Customer Review from Angela Elkin
  • Eddie Cullen- The Voice Of The Legends Party Entertainment Eddie Cullen- The Voice Of The Legends 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Middlesex
    Eddie Cullen, also known as 'The Voice of the Legends' is an amazing solo singer with an unbelievably versatile voice. Covering (and sounding just like!) artists from Sinatra to Elvis, Buble to Neil Diamond and many more, prepare to be amazed!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/08/2014
    "Eddie Cullen is fab, even when he was doing his sound check (when we were all busy prepping the venue and therefore not watching him) we thought he’d put a CD on – he is that good! We are already being asked to book him for next time! He couldn't have been nicer. ... "


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    Customer Review from Carolyn Luff
  • Stuart H Party Entertainment Stuart H 
    Wedding DJ
    Based in West Midlands
    Stuart H has been DJ'ing & running his own mobile disco for over 20 years. He can provide superb, specially tailored music, lights & brilliant disco entertainment for all occasions. Stuart guarantees to create the perfect party atmosphere for your event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/08/2014
    "Thanks Stuart for a great evening - we had a wonderful time, and the music selections really hit the mark! ... "


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    Customer Review from Vicky & Michael
  • Chelsea Swagger Party Entertainment Chelsea Swagger 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in North Somerset
    A firm favourite for getting the party started, Chelsea Swagger perform energetic hits from across the decades including songs from The Kinks, Kings Of Leon, The Killers, The Beatles and much more!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/08/2014
    "WOW!!! We both have to say that you were amazing!! The song choice was brilliant. Everyone from my 7 year old god daughters to my 80 year old great auntie and everyone in between were up dancing! Thank you so much for making our special day even more superb and memorable. ... "


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    Customer Review from Gavin & Sarah
  • Lady Soul Party Entertainment Lady Soul 
    Soul RnB
    Based in South Yorkshire
    Lady Soul are the latest big thing to hit the private & corporate circuit. With a powerful brass section & stunning female vocals, they perform the best classic & modern Soul from artists such as Adele, Etta James, Amy Winehouse & more!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/08/2014
    "Thank you Mark! We had a perfect day it was fantastic start to finish. The music was a huge hit with the guests they were obsessed with you guys and everyone commented on how brilliant the band was. You guys really did make our day amazing and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ... "


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    Customer Review from Dan & Karla
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)
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Party Caricaturists
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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