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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
  • Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks Party Entertainment Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks 
    Swing and Jive
    Based in West Riding of Yorkshire
    If it's a party you want, Blue Note Mitch & The Red Hot Jacks will be in their element! This quality act perform Jazz, Swing & Jive hits of the 1930s to the 1960s plus Rock ’N’ Roll, Indie, Funky Disco & Soul hits of the 1960s to the present day!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 25/10/2015

    We just wanted to say a big thank you for last Saturday night you were all fantastic, friendly and very professional. We really appreciate how you got everyone on the dance floor having a great time. Brilliant!

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Catrina Barnwell
  • Vinyl Beats Party Entertainment Vinyl Beats 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    Vinyl Beats are a slick & stylish 4 piece band with a varied repertoire offering something for everyone! With chart hits from Rudimental, Taylor Swift & Bruno Mars to old school classics from AC/DC, Stevie Wonder & Chic, Vinyl Beats live sets include Pop & Rock anthems everyone wants to get up & dance to! A talented band whose members have all studied music to degree level, Vinyl Beats are the perfect live band for any event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 07/10/2015

    Hils and I just wanted to say a huge thanks to Vinyl Beats for making such a great evening. Our hopes when we booked were that you'd fit well with our 40th party, play a good blend of music - and generally make sure everyone had a good time. You couldn't have exceeded them more - you were great a ... "

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    Customer Review from Colin & Hilary Smith
  • Munch Party Entertainment Munch 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Cheshire
    Munch play a wide variety of party music, drawing influence from The Beatles as well as Oasis & Paolo Nutini. Members of the band have performed with Oasis, Echo & The Bunnymen, Del Amitri & more! Previous clients include: BMW, Tesco, NHS, & HRH Princess Margret. 200+ positive reviews! Acoustic line ups available.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 06/10/2015
    "I honestly can’t tell you how Amazing you guys were from start to finish… keep the dance floor full ALL evening takes some doing whoever you are, but you guys absolutely rocked the whole night!!!! Everybody at the wedding and since has commented how professional, fun and seriously entertaining y ... "

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    Customer Review from Lucy Ettridge
  • Vinyl Beats Party Entertainment Vinyl Beats 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    Vinyl Beats are a slick & stylish 4 piece band with a varied repertoire offering something for everyone! With chart hits from Rudimental, Taylor Swift & Bruno Mars to old school classics from AC/DC, Stevie Wonder & Chic, Vinyl Beats live sets include Pop & Rock anthems everyone wants to get up & dance to! A talented band whose members have all studied music to degree level, Vinyl Beats are the perfect live band for any event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 05/10/2015

    I hired Vinyl Beats for a laid back style acoustic event and they were fantastic! The set-up was quick and quiet and they are just simply a professional bunch of musicians! What started as 'laid back' turned into a more up tempo concert as the crowd was loving the music being played! Will definit ... "

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    Customer Review from Jerry Treborne
  • The Victory Rolls Party Entertainment The Victory Rolls 
    Vocal Groups and Choirs
    Based in London
    A World War 2 themed vocal harmony trio who will dazzle with their dulcet tones. The Victory Rolls will charm guests with their unique 1940's sound and vintage look. A perfect nostalgic twist for any type of event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 04/10/2015

    A big thank you from The Priory for your impeccable performances yesterday at our Silver Sunday event. I know the team on the day and many of the shoppers left the centre with smiles on their faces.

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Priory Shopping Centre
  • Academy Party Entertainment Academy 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    A cool & contemporary 3 piece band who will bring your event to life with their powerful selection of rock and pop hits from the sixties to the present day. From The Kinks to Kings Of Leon, Academy's professional & entertaining shows will suit all!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 03/10/2015
    "We booked Academy for our wedding in October, having never booked a band before we went entirely on the mp3s and videos of the guys saved within their profile on the Alive Network website so were a little apprehensive. Once in contact with the band in the run up to the event I felt confident that th ... "

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    Customer Review from Donna Harford
  • Rabscallion Party Entertainment Rabscallion 
    Ceilidh Irish and Traditional
    Based in West Midlands
    A ceilidh band, with a charismatic caller, who will get all the audience on the dancefloor from the word go, the onus is on fun! Dances suit all ages and levels of experience.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 03/10/2015
    "Hi there! Rabscallion were so much fun I loved it! Made my 30th Birthday one to remember for sure. I will defiantly recommend them to friends and family 10/10 :) Thank You soo much Joshua and all friends and family ... "

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    Customer Review from Josh Robarts
  • Joel Davies Party Entertainment Joel Davies 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in West Yorkshire
    Joel Davies is an exciting performer with a varied repertoire spanning modern, classic & jazz songs. From unforgettable favourites like Fly Me To The Moon to contemporary hits like Get Lucky, Joel offers something for everyone!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 03/10/2015
    "Joel was fantastic singer. A lot of guests were asking me where we got him from. Excellent all round! Aaron ... "

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    Customer Review from Aaron Tomkinson
  • Vintage Lianna Party Entertainment Vintage Lianna 
    Swing and Jive
    Based in West Sussex
    Full of timeless elegance, beautiful vocals and authentic attire; Vintage Lianna is the perfect choice of entertainment for any type of event! Performing 50's and 60's Rock'n'Roll, Jazz & Doo-Wop, Lianna will take you back in time with her classic performances!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 03/10/2015
    "This was our first concert that we had put on for the public, and can only say what a pleasure it was to have Vintage Lianna to be the first. She was delightful and most helpful! She excedited our expectations and had our guests dancing by the end of the show! ... "

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    Customer Review from Robert Wall
  • Jake Monroe Party Entertainment Jake Monroe 
    Based in Essex
    Jake Monroe is a cool, stylish magician with talent, charisma & quick wit! Combining sleight of hand, charm & humour, Jake provides truly unique & fun entertainment for any occasion.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 03/10/2015
    "So many of our guests have said how fantastic he was and I know he'll be getting plenty of calls for more bookings. He gave our wedding that extra special edge. Thanks Jake! ... "

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    Customer Review from Louise Hall
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)
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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