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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
  • Joe Cool Party Entertainment Joe Cool 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in Kent
    Whether it’s your Wedding Reception, Anniversary, Birthday Celebrations or a Corporate Event, Joe Cool will add a touch of class to any occasion with his fabulous singing, charm & charisma. Let him take you back in time to those cool and glamorous days of the Rat Pack!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 11/10/2015

    We've just about recovered from the weekend's celebrations! Please feel free to use any (or all) of the following as a testimonial for your website. Thank you for entertaining us so brilliantly on Saturday evening. All our guests (the young and not so young!!) thought you were fantastic! From our ... "

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    Customer Review from Mick and Norma
  • Bollywood Mantra Party Entertainment Bollywood Mantra 
    Indian Music and Bollywood Bands
    Based in Middlesex
    Bollywood Mantra fuses the charm of Bollywood with a fresh & dynamic urban sound. With a huge repertoire spanning Bollywood to Bhangra plus some selected English songs too, previous clients that have been wowed by this 8 piece band's live performances include World Punjabi Association, Bradford City Council & Zee TV!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/09/2015

    I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Navnat Vanik Bhagini Samaj & our entire team to congratulate you for your outstanding performance on September 20th 2014. We have received hundreds of positive comments, not only for your music, but also for the way you got the audience i ... "

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    Customer Review from Navnat Vanik Bhagini Samaj Committee
  • Will Duncan Party Entertainment Will Duncan 
    Based in Nottinghamshire
    Be it telling you your bank PIN, unlocking your mobile phone, changing your borrowed £5 into £20, or telling you the name of your first kiss, Will Duncan’s magic is contemporary, unique and most of all fun! Guaranteed to leave your guests laughing in amazement and make your event as memorable and as unique as you had dreamed of!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 28/07/2015

    Very impressive!! You should go on Britain's Got Talent!

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Anhila Hoxaj
  • Mark F Party Entertainment Mark F 
    Based in Lincolnshire
    Mark F is a uniquely talented and competent pianist covering classical through to modern pop and rock arrangements. From Bach & Mozart to Adele & Coldplay, Mark can provide the music you really want to hear at your event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/07/2015
    "Superb, brilliant, great, fantastic.... just a few words to describe Mark at our wedding reception. Not only did he play a great range of wonderful music, he was brilliant guy to get along with too. We couldn't have been more happy with him and were thrilled to bits that we booked him for our big da ... "

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    Customer Review from Louise Harkin
  • The Sparks Party Entertainment The Sparks 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Dorset

    The Sparks are a professional and energetic Rock & Pop Party band! Exerperienced professional musicians with a big sound, The Sparks cover the very best music from the 1950's to Modern day! Expect hits from The Beatles, Elvis, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Journey, Gun's N Roses, and many more dance floor fillers!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 26/07/2015
    "The band arrived and set up on schedule, even though we weren't! Barely noticed them set up, they were very quiet and were careful not to interrupt speeches etc. Very professional and polite and great communication. Amazing band, we were so pleased. I would definitely book them again for future fu ... "

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    Customer Review from Laura MacDougall and Thomas Moore
  • Thomas Party Entertainment Thomas 
    Electric Violinists
    Based in London
    Thomas is a violinist with a varying repertoire ranging from classical to show tunes & more! Perfect for providing ambient background music at your event, Thomas is accompanied by high quality backing tracks & is happy to tailor his performance to suit!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 25/07/2015

    Thanks so much for playing for the wedding reception at Taylor's farm in Sussex on saturday - everyone really enjoyed your playing - it was great!

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Neil
  • The Heaven Connection Party Entertainment The Heaven Connection 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Nottinghamshire
    The Heaven Connection are an acoustic covers duo guaranteed to entertain! This talented all male duo perform an extensive repertoire of songs from The Beatles and Rolling Stones, through 80's and 90's pop and Indie classics, right up to present day hits.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 25/07/2015
    "Thank you we had a lovely Wedding Day and Heaven Connection were perfect for our day! ... "

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    Customer Review from Zoe Langton
  • Mr Bojangles Party Entertainment Mr Bojangles 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in Essex

    Mr Bojangles is a Rat Pack Tribute bringing a lively fresh feel to all the legendary classics! With high quality backing tracks, Mr Bojangles covers Rat Pack & Swing favourites from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole & Michael Buble!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 25/07/2015

    Mr Bojangles was outstanding. To use a Cowellism, he sang well known swing songs so well, that he made them his own. Everyone was amazed at how well he could sing and left our guests and us, wanting more. His act added to the overall experience of the day and made the evening so much more en ... "

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    Customer Review from Nicola Taylor
  • Daryl Welsh Party Entertainment Daryl Welsh 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Staffordshire
    Talented solo artist Daryl Welsh performs a perfect mix of modern & retro acoustic covers. Whether upbeat or relaxed, from the classic Beatles to the latest Ed Sheeran, Daryl guarantees something for everyone!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 25/07/2015
    "We had an amazing day! Daryl was 10 out of 10 for everything! We thought he was fantastic. Would definitely recommend him. Thanks, sarah ... "

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    Customer Review from Sarah Wright
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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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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