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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
  • Martin Reed Party Entertainment Martin Reed 
    Magicians
    Based in West Sussex
    With over 2000 shows & 13 years of worldwide experience, Martin Reed has performed as a Professional Close-up & Comedy Stage Magician to audiences from as little as 2 to 4000! A Highly Experienced & Entertaining Performance for your Upcoming Event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 15/09/2015
    "

    Exactly what we wanted for our wedding! Stage magic & close-up around the tables/outside on the balcony was amazing, we all had a great night! Thanks again Martin.

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Kylie May and Ashley Jeaves
  • Martin Reed Comedy Cabaret Magician Party Entertainment Martin Reed Comedy Cabaret Magician 
    Magicians
    Based in West Sussex
    With over 2000 shows & 14 years of worldwide experience, Martin Reed has performed as a Professional Comedy Cabaret & Stage Magician to audiences from as little as 2 to 4000! A highly experienced & entertaining performance for your upcoming event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 15/09/2015
    "

    Exactly what we wanted for our wedding! Stage magic & close-up around the tables / outside on the balcony was amazing, we all had a great night! Thanks again Martin.

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Kylie May and Ashley Jeaves
  • The Fanatics Party Entertainment The Fanatics 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Staffordshire
    “They’re hot. They rock. They get the party started!” Carving a reputation as one of the best party acts around, The Fanatics are the band of choice for hundreds of brides, grooms and event planners all over the UK. Young and cool with show-stopping vocals and awesome guitars, The Fanatics are a powerful, punchy party band guaranteed to rock your dancefloor!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/08/2015
    "Awesome at the milnes wedding last night! Love the acoustic 'You've Got The Love' for the newly weds when the power went down! And Clare, you nailed Dolly Parton! Can't wait to see you again. ... "


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    Customer Review from Natalie McGuire
  • Sam Stuart Party Entertainment Sam Stuart 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Kent
    A highly experienced Piano Vocalist who has worked with acts such as Goldfrapp, Keith Urban and Haley Westenra, as well as securing residencies at prestigious venues like The Four Seasons Hotel. Playing a diverse repertoire from classic Jazz Standards to The Beatles & Ed Sheeran, Sam Stuart will ensure your special occasion has the perfect musical backdrop!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 22/08/2015
    "

    Sam is an amazing talent, so professional and a genuinely nice guy. His vocals and keyboard skills left us spellbound and his performance played a huge part in making our River Cruise such a success. I would not hesitate to recommend Sam to anyone, but be quick, as he must surely be destined for ... "

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    Customer Review from Bryan Saunders
  • Ruth Party Entertainment Ruth 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Kent
    Ruth is a strong vocalist with a huge range, performing some of the best songs from over five decades- including soul, disco & chart hits! After a decade of experience in musical theatre, Ruth will provide you with a night that you won't forget!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 22/08/2015
    "

    Brill, brill, brill, amazing voice and by god you can sing you deserve to be a star xxx

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Lesley White
  • Ruth Party Entertainment Ruth 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Kent
    Ruth is a strong vocalist with a huge range, performing some of the best songs from over five decades- including soul, disco & chart hits! After a decade of experience in musical theatre, Ruth will provide you with a night that you won't forget!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 22/08/2015
    "

    Ruth you were awesome on Saturday night thank you so much for not calling time on us and hearing our 'more, more' plea's!!!!! Good luck for your future!!!! Xx

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Sarah Veale
  • Ruth Party Entertainment Ruth 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Kent
    Ruth is a strong vocalist with a huge range, performing some of the best songs from over five decades- including soul, disco & chart hits! After a decade of experience in musical theatre, Ruth will provide you with a night that you won't forget!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 22/08/2015
    "

    I second and third that Ruth, amazing voice and yes thank you for keeping going, it made the party, although seeing my drunken dancing on here yesterday maybe you should have stopped earlier!!!! You have a promising career ahead!

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Sarah Ross
  • Ruth Party Entertainment Ruth 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Kent
    Ruth is a strong vocalist with a huge range, performing some of the best songs from over five decades- including soul, disco & chart hits! After a decade of experience in musical theatre, Ruth will provide you with a night that you won't forget!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 22/08/2015
    "

    Aw Ruth you were the best, you really made our party, we all fell in love with you, unbelievable singer, such a lovely person, and really up for a great great time, we can't thank you enough, everyone was texting me yesterday telling me how amazing you were, fingers crossed for your fut ... "

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    Customer Review from Lisa White
  • Ruth Party Entertainment Ruth 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Kent
    Ruth is a strong vocalist with a huge range, performing some of the best songs from over five decades- including soul, disco & chart hits! After a decade of experience in musical theatre, Ruth will provide you with a night that you won't forget!



    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 22/08/2015
    "

    I'm going to also comment ...you were amazing Ruth in fact fabulous xxx

    ... "


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    Customer Review from Alison Maestri
  • William May Party Entertainment William May 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in Warwickshire

    Performing solo or as part of his 8 piece swing band, William May is a vastly experienced professional singer with a passion for entertaining. William covers all the Sinatra,Bublé & Robbie swing and pop numbers and is available only via Alive Network





    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 22/08/2015
    "

    William May sang at our wedding last night and was absolutely amazing! As well as perfect performances he announced everything for us (myself and my new husband feel uncomfortable about public speaking) which helped our special day move even more smoothly. 5 star all round. Thank you again Willia ... "

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    Customer Review from Deborah Lovell
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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Dancers
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
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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
Magicians
From £250 (Avg: £350)
View Magicians >
Party Caricaturists
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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