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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 Wedding Crashers Party Entertainment The Wedding Crashers 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    The Wedding Crashers are a charismatic, super-talented, modest all-male 3 piece who specialise in delivering classic hits from the 80s, 90s, 00s and beyond!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 31/10/2014
    "I've left some feedback on your site, but I just wanted to say thank you so much for your excellent service, and please can you pass on a big thank you to the band who were incredible. We got lots of compliments after the wedding about how good they were. It was so hot in the tent but they played wi ... "

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    Customer Review from Harriet and Herve
  • The Wedding Crashers Party Entertainment The Wedding Crashers 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    The Wedding Crashers are a charismatic, super-talented, modest all-male 3 piece who specialise in delivering classic hits from the 80s, 90s, 00s and beyond!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 31/10/2014
    "Top blokes!! Couldn't help enough. Were super tight and played a great set. Everyone commented on them. Thanks so much! ... "

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    Customer Review from Adam Clements
  • The Wedding Crashers Party Entertainment The Wedding Crashers 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    The Wedding Crashers are a charismatic, super-talented, modest all-male 3 piece who specialise in delivering classic hits from the 80s, 90s, 00s and beyond!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 31/10/2014
    "The Wedding Crashers are legends! They were a fantastic wedding band and had everybody dancing all night. Their song selection was perfect - different from most wedding bands and much more fun. They were great to work with before the wedding and really friendly, and very professional on the day. All ... "

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    Customer Review from Steve Morgan
  • The Wedding Crashers Party Entertainment The Wedding Crashers 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    The Wedding Crashers are a charismatic, super-talented, modest all-male 3 piece who specialise in delivering classic hits from the 80s, 90s, 00s and beyond!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 30/10/2014
    "The Wedding Crashers were absolutely amazing and got everyone up on the dance floor. We had the most incredible day and it was all topped off by this perfect band. We could not have had a better time or have asked for more. Thank you so much. ... "

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    Customer Review from Harriet Stone
  • 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 30/10/2014
    "From everyone at Dougie Mac, a huge thank you to Hipster for headlining our 10th Anniversary Enchantment Ball. On the build up, to the event to the end of your performance I can’t thank you enough for your professionalism and support in getting all the details sorted. Your performance was a pe ... "

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    Customer Review from Suzi Smith (Fundraising Manager, Douglas Macmillan Hospice)
  • Happy Hour Party Entertainment Happy Hour 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Kent
    Young, energetic four piece party band from Essex, covering the Beatles to the present day greats such as The Killers & Bruno Mars! Their tight harmonies and professional sound come with years of experience in the live music industry. A great party band!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 30/10/2014
    "If you ever want to find the best music with the best personalities then look no further than Happy Hour. You will not find better than these guys. Worth every penny and more and would not hesitate in booking them again! ... "

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    Customer Review from Kevin Cooper
  • 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 30/10/2014
    "Just a quick note to say thank you for such a great party last night! It all went too fast! The music all through dinner was lovely, and perfect for our day! The dance floor looked great with the lights and everything, we were really delighted with it! We appreciate all your effort that went int ... "

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    Customer Review from Karen Doyle
  • Velocity Party Entertainment Velocity 
    Soul RnB
    Based in London

    Velocity are a young, fresh & contemporary 5-piece party band. With incredible vocals, amazing musicianship & an energetic stage presence, Velocity deliver an electrifying performance every time!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 29/10/2014
    "They were excellent. The band were very polite and professional. They were also very accommodating. A few of the band members joined in when my wife wanted to perform an air guitar session. Likewise the band helped out two of the guests perform their very drunk rendition of ice ice baby. Very plea ... "

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    Customer Review from Colin White
  • The Rips Party Entertainment The Rips 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in North Yorkshire
    If you’re looking for a cool, edgy and exceptionally talented rock and pop band, with huge four part harmony vocals, then look no further! The Rips guarantee to get your party rocking with covers from The Stones to Kings Of Leon and even Lady Gaga!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 28/10/2014
    "The Rips were excellent, their performance got everyone dancing! It was brilliant, we had a magical day! ... "

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    Customer Review from Emily Young
  • The Chimes Party Entertainment The Chimes 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Buckinghamshire
    The Chimes are a top class 5 piece function band with male and female vocals. They provide a highly energetic and polished show and have bags of enthusiasm as well as a huge repertoire.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 28/10/2014
    "The Chimes were absolutely fantastic for our wedding day, I had reservations booking without having heard them play but I need not have worried, they exceeded all my expectations. The dance floor was full all night and the range of music kept my 60 relatives on the dance floor as well as my friends ... "

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    Customer Review from Clare Griffiths
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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Firework Displays
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Chocolate Fountains to Hire
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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)
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Party Look alikes
Look alikes
From £470 (Avg: £550)
View Look alikes >

Best selling birthday party entertainment
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