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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
  • Swag Party Entertainment Swag 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Lancashire
    Swag are a fun three piece party band bringing you the best music from the sixties to present day. With rich vocals & excellent musicianship, Swag produce a full, energetic sound that will steal the show!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 19/07/2014
    "Absolutely amazing band. They produced a fantastic party atmosphere at our wedding. Friendly approachable guys, seemed happy to please. We would recommend them to anyone we know and they were an absolute bargain. Great communication and easy to deal with. ... "

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    Customer Review from Sean McCabe
  • Miss Sax Party Entertainment Miss Sax 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in South Yorkshire
    Miss Sax is a talented female saxophonist ideal for any event, whether you want smooth background music for your drinks reception or a lively and energetic performance for a party. Miss Sax has performed at all kinds of events across the globe!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 19/07/2014
    "Thank you so much for playing at Phil and Kayleigh's wedding reception. Your music added to the atmosphere of the wonderful occasion and was appreciated by everyone. There were many really nice comments made to us by the guests afterwards - many would have preferred to have continued to dance and li ... "

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    Customer Review from Phil and Kayleigh
  • Reel to Real Party Entertainment Reel to Real 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in West Yorkshire
    Reel to Real are a guitar duo that creatively blend acoustic and electric guitars to form their unique, expansive sound. Their set combines traditional Jazz tunes with classic popular songs, by artists such as James Taylor, Norah Jones and The Beatles; creating a sophisticated musical soundtrack to your event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 19/07/2014
    "Reel to Real have played several times at our venue. They provide the perfect background music for dining & relaxed atmosphere. Their sound is extremely melodic and all our clientele thoroughly enjoy their music. They are always welcome to play at our venue anytime. Thoroughly recommended! ... "

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    Customer Review from James Holloway
  • Scott Grant (Pianist) Party Entertainment Scott Grant (Pianist) 
    Based in London
    Scott Grant is an accomplished singer/pianist with a repertoire spanning eight decades. Performing professionally since 2003, he specialises in swing and jazz standards as well as the very best in piano based rock and pop. Available with 3-4 piece band.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 19/07/2014
    "Thanks Scott for making my father in laws 80th birthday a day to remember. The weather was not the best but the music was perfectly pitched for the vast age range that was present. The performance was very professional and we would not hesitate to book you again. ... "

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    Customer Review from Phil Cayton
  • William May Party Entertainment William May 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in Warwickshire
    Amazing Rat Pack singer available to entertain & suit any occassion. Performing all rat pack classics by artists such as Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davies Jr. as well as more contemporary material by artists such as Michael Buble & Robbie Williams.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 19/07/2014
    "We just wanted to say a massive thanks for Saturday. Couldn't have asked for a better performer. Everyone has said how great you were. We'll definitely be recommending you to any friends or family who have a wedding or party in future. Thanks again. ... "

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    Customer Review from Claire and Matt Onions
  • (Abba) Abba Sound Party Entertainment (Abba) Abba Sound 
    Tribute bands
    Based in Lancashire
    Abba Sound is a convincing & theatrical tribute to Abba & the smash hit musical Mamma Mia! This critically acclaimed duo has performed to sell out audiences across the globe for over 7 years adding a bit of 70’s glitter and glamour to every event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 18/07/2014
    "Bring the music of Abba to life in this stunning live show encapsulating the heart, soul and true essence of their music in a performance only second to Abba themselves. ... "

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    Customer Review from Robert Gemmell (Lancashire Life Magazine)
  • Miss Sax Party Entertainment Miss Sax 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in South Yorkshire
    Miss Sax is a talented female saxophonist ideal for any event, whether you want smooth background music for your drinks reception or a lively and energetic performance for a party. Miss Sax has performed at all kinds of events across the globe!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 18/07/2014
    "Miss Sax's music at our Charity Dinner & Champagne created the perfect atmosphere and ambience for our guests to relax and enjoy the beautiful summer evening. The feedback from guests about the music content of the evening was superb, which is so very important at this type of exclusive event as it ... "

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    Customer Review from Annabel Massarella
  • Electrica String Trio Party Entertainment Electrica String Trio 
    String Quartets
    Based in London
    A beautiful all-girl ensemble of internationally renowned and award winning musicians, Electrica String Trio are an electric string trio offering the perfect fusion of glamour, elegance and world class skill!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 15/07/2014
    "I just wanted to thank you and the girls so much for your amazing Electrica String Trio performances at Charlotte and Max's wedding on Saturday. Your background music during the afternoon tea was beautiful and the electric show later on was stunning and impressive. So many guests said how much they ... "

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    Customer Review from Josephine Hall
  • 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 14/07/2014
    "I just wanted to say a mahoosive thank you for being our entertainer on Friday night. The kids had a magical time!! They are all talking about how you did what you did! ... "

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    Customer Review from Tracey Rose
  • Joe Stone Party Entertainment Joe Stone 
    Based in Lincolnshire
    Joe Stone is a professional close up magician and sleight of hand artist. Joe uses his distinctive skills to entertain and astonish and will provide you and your guests with an unforgettable experience!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 13/07/2014
    "Joe Stone was absolutely brilliant, if I knew how good he was going to be I would have booked him for the full day. All my guests have talked about are Joe's tricks and what a nice person he was. I can't recommend him enough or your website where I found him. ... "

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    Customer Review from Paul & Lucy
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.

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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
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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)
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Party Magicians
From £250 (Avg: £350)
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Party Caricaturists
From £250 (Avg: £350)
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Party Look alikes
Look alikes
From £470 (Avg: £550)
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Best selling birthday party entertainment
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