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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
  • 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
  • Matthew Anthony Party Entertainment Matthew Anthony 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in London
    With a unique, powerful & soulful voice, Matthew performs a mixture of impressive electric guitar numbers, off-the-beaten-track acoustic versions & dance floor-filling party tunes! A versatile, talented artist perfect for your event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/01/2015

    Hi Matthew, We just wanted to say such a huge thank you for last night! You were fantastic and we had such a great time!!! We've been inundated with texts from people saying how great you were and how much they enjoyed the evening, so thank you!! Hope to see you again sometime! Many thanks and be ... "

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    Customer Review from Amy O'Keefe
  • 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 17/01/2015

    Hi William, I wanted to thank you for your performance on Saturday. You started singing under difficult circumstances, but you overcame those and really got the party off to a great start I will definitely recommend you and so many of my guests made compliments about your performance, thanks agai ... "

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    Customer Review from Steve Swift
  • Disco Chic Party Entertainment Disco Chic 
    70s and Funk
    Based in Hertfordshire

    Available to hire for private functions, weddings, parties, public and corporate events, Disco Chic have been one of the top UK party bands for over 10 years. Disco Chic have played on major bills with Rose Royce, The Real Thing, Toyah and many more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 17/01/2015

    Thank you for helping to make Ian's party so fantastic. We've raised a fabulously funky £610 for the Isabel Hospice, so far, with a couple more donations still to come. Thank you so so much. X

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Denise McCole
  • St Louis Blues Jazz Band Party Entertainment St Louis Blues Jazz Band 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in Oxfordshire
    This dynamic band creates an atmosphere that echoes the sophisticated sounds, look and feel of the classic jazz era; they are happy to play as a trio for your swing dance party, or as a quintette to entertain with a full evening of jazz song and dance.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 17/01/2015
    "We have the greatest of pleasure in writing to let you know what a wonderful evening we had at our party on Saturday. To have the St Louis Blues Jazz Band play for us proved an excellent choice. Their music was enjoyed by all the age groups there and suited the theme of our evening brilliantly. They ... "

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    Customer Review from Ron & Mary Gauntlett-Munn
  • Sinatra And Friends Party Entertainment Sinatra And Friends 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in Dorset

    With an amazing voice & a passion for the sound of Swing & Rat Pack, Sinatra And Friends is a solo show featuring the very best music of Sinatra, Buble, Nat King Cole & many more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 16/01/2015
    "Very lovely, extremely professional and very smart. Everybody loved him! ... "

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    Customer Review from Diane Bennett
  • Mathew Knight Party Entertainment Mathew Knight 
    Based in Nottinghamshire
    Specialising in modern magic, Mathew Knight is a highly rated, professional & unique performer. Available for any occasion, Mathew can entertain guests with close-up magic, mix & mingle & table magic packages.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 16/01/2015
    "10 out of 10 , exceeded our expectations. Mathew has a really nice manner about him , he really puts people at ease. Delighted to recommend Mathew to other people. ... "

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    Customer Review from Peter Cronin
  • Nancy and Pearl Party Entertainment Nancy and Pearl 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Merseyside
    Nancy and Pearl are a quirky, vintage ukulele & vocal duo. Performing classic songs from the 1940s & 1950s, the girls also love to give hits from the 21st Century some of their retro treatment. A great charming & loveable act perfect for any event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 16/01/2015
    "What lovely girls!! Absolutely charming. Looked fab, and had discussed with me which of their outfits would look best with the rest of the wedding theme. Completely exceeded all expectations! We had guests aged from 6 to 90 years of age with wide variations in musical taste and every guest though ... "

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    Customer Review from Jane Riley
  • 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 16/01/2015
    "We absolutely loved him and had an amazing time at our Christmas venue. We are planning a summer party and I have been ordered to hire him again so smiles all round! Again thanks so much for your help and in addition thanks so much to Keven for making our night. ... "

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    Customer Review from Cassandra Weekes, Recommind
  • The Edinburgh String Ensemble Party Entertainment The Edinburgh String Ensemble 
    String Quartets
    Based in Edinburgh
    A highly professional group with 25 years experience of providing music for weddings, receptions, conferences and dinners. Based in Edinburgh but willing to travel throughout Scotland and the North of England.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 15/01/2015
    "From the moment I contacted Alive Network with my request for a surprise for my wife on our wedding day to the Edinburgh String Quartet completeing their set I can honestly say that I have had the most amazing customer service from start to finish. I cannot thank Graham from Alive Network and Lawre ... "

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    Customer Review from Graham & Lawrence
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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From £450 (Avg: £1200)
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Childrens Party Entertainment
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From £350+
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Firework Displays
Firework Displays
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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)
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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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