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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
  • DJ Jewels Party Entertainment DJ Jewels 
    Wedding DJ
    Based in Kent
    DJ Jewels has been in the industry for over 30 years so he knows DJ'ing inside and out! You're guaranteed a 1st class night thanks to DJ Jewels' huge collection of music and his ability to read any kind of event.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 18/10/2014

    Hi Jules just wanted to say a huge thanks for making our party into a hollywood dream! We had such a good time. Best DJ ever!

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Margaret Loughran
  • Big City Swing Party Entertainment Big City Swing 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in London
    Stylish & sophisticated duo that features fantastic male vocals & smooth saxophone solos. With an extensive repertoire of classic music from Frank Sinatra & Michael Bublé to Motown & Soul/Disco Hits, Big City Swing offer a complete entertainment package.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 18/10/2014

    WOW!! The band were absolutely brilliant!! Just wanted to thank them SO much for Saturday night - They really made the night and everybody was so impressed with them, us especially. Already we heard yesterday from our friends was how good they were and they made it such a good party. I must admit ... "

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    Customer Review from Kim Thrussell
  • Tommy The Magician Party Entertainment Tommy The Magician 
    Based in West Midlands
    One of the most sought-after young magicians in the country, Tommy performs mind-baffling magic, amazing slight of hand & breath taking mind reading. Perfect for audiences both young & old, Tommy will astonish your guests & leave them speechless!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 11/10/2014
    "Tommy was just what we were looking for - friendly, amazing and brilliant. He was perfect for our event and he performed really well and very confidently. His manner is very good. He was better than we expected. Another brilliant event! ... "

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    Customer Review from Patrick
  • Swag Party Entertainment Swag 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Lancashire
    Swag are a fun three piece party band bringing you the best music from the sixties to present day. With rich vocals & excellent musicianship, Swag produce a full, energetic sound that will steal the show!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 11/10/2014
    "Great gig last night! Thanks to Swag, who helped make it a very memorable evening for us. Everyone had a great time (much better than a disco) and I'll recommend them in the future. ... "

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    Customer Review from Tim and Sheila
  • 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 11/10/2014
    "Thank you so much for Saturday's wedding entertainment, Stuart. You were brilliant and I have already recommended your services to others. Well done mate. ... "

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    Customer Review from Courtney and James
  • Vintage Miss Rae Party Entertainment Vintage Miss Rae 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Surrey
    Vintage Miss Rae is a glamorous vintage singer with stunning vocals, effortless style & a repertoire spanning the 1930's to 1950's! Spanning up beat jazz to wartime ballads, Vintage Miss Rae covers material from Billie Holiday, The Andrews Sisters, Etta James, Sinatra and much more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 11/10/2014
    "Vintage Miss Rae sang at my champagne reception for my 10 year wedding anniversary. She was superb! We had so many people ask us where we found her as she was so brilliant. I would highly recommend her to set a great ambience at your party and really make your event. ... "

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    Customer Review from Kath Hutcheon
  • The Comedy Illusionists Party Entertainment The Comedy Illusionists 
    Based in Staffordshire
    The Comedy Illusionists bring you a show you'll remember forever! Original and exciting, this unique act will leave your guests in astonishment with amazing illusions and laugh out loud comedy!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 11/10/2014
    "Comedy Illusionists are a friendly, efficient and energetic and good value group. Their performance throughout is of the highest standard and their close magic is frighteningly good. I thank Graham and his team at Alive Network very much and would certainly use them again and recommend them without ... "

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    Customer Review from Stuart Selwyn
  • Diva Divine Party Entertainment Diva Divine 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Staffordshire
    Diva Divine is a tribute to Diva's from the 60's to present day. With impeccable vocals, stunning costumes & audience participation, the show includes classic songs from Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Madonna, Alicia Keys & many more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 11/10/2014
    "Diva Divine was great. She was friendly and she performed for the audience. She was extremely professional and I would most definitely recommend her for any event. Her performance made the evening. Many thanks to Diva Divine. ... "

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    Customer Review from Catherine Wray
  • 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 11/10/2014
    "We hired Stargazer for my daughter's 21st and they more than added to the occasion. They sounded fantastic, performing a range of songs which all the guests thoroughly enjoyed. Since the event we've had loads of feedback all of it very complimentary. We would definitely recommend Stargazer to anyone ... "

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    Customer Review from Neil Swarbrick
  • The Dukes Party Entertainment The Dukes 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Buckinghamshire
    The perfect band to get your party going, The Dukes are fun, lively, cool and highly professional. Performing classic tracks from the 50's right up to 00’s, The Dukes guarantee to keep your dance floor filled all night.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 11/10/2014
    "What a night, all we hoped for and more! The Dukes had a fantastic range of songs, they responded to the audience and gave us a night to remember, we would definitely recommend. They went down a storm. Thanks for all your help, we will be recommending yourself and them. ... "

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    Customer Review from Jon Philpott
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
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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
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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)
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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