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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
  • 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 24/04/2015
    "Hipster performed at our wedding in Devon and were beyond amazing! Our first dance to Eric Clapton's 'Wonderful Tonight' was magical and they sounded incredible! They were a lovely group of guys and our friends and family barely left the dance floor the whole time they were on! My hubby used to be i ... "

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    Customer Review from Megan and Tim
  • 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 20/04/2015
    "We danced all night to Happy Hour at a friends wedding and had the best night so HAD to have them at our wedding :)!! And soo happy that we did :) They are AMAZING!! They create a fun, happy atmosphere :) sing a GREAT mix of tunes and keep the dance floor full!! Even our guests of all ages were sayi ... "

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    Customer Review from Emily-Jo
  • Calithea String Quartet Party Entertainment Calithea String Quartet 
    String Quartets
    Based in Middlesex
    Calithea String Quartet will transform any event into a spectacular occasion with a varied repertoire of Classical, Pop, Jazz & more! Members of the quartet have been educated in the highest institutions & have performed with many celebrity names.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 18/04/2015

    A big thank you from Misbah my daughter and the rest of the family. We all loved the music. It complimented our evening very nicely. Many of our guests commented on your performance. They enjoyed the repertoire you played very much. Once again thank you very much.

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Shanaz
  • Electric Tones Party Entertainment Electric Tones 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Surrey

    Electric Tones are a young, fun & modern 4 piece band oozing style & class! With a killer repertoire full of the latest chart hits (Jessie J, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk) & unforgettable classics (The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones), you & your guests will be dancing all night long!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 18/04/2015

    Absolutely brilliant! You are an incredibly good band playing all the great songs. You got everyone up and dancing! It’s been incredible, thank you so much!

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Mark
  • The Stupid Cupids Party Entertainment The Stupid Cupids 
    Swing and Jive
    Based in Berkshire
    The Stupid Cupids are an exciting 50’s/60’s showband, specialising in bringing Classic Pop hits from the Golden Era of music back to life. With authentic costumes, strong vocals & perfect harmonies, The Stupid Cupids will whisk you back in time!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 16/04/2015

    The Stupid Cupids were great! They came and played at a Mad Men themed charity do at work and really made the event, a great selection of songs which had everyone up dancing – they’re still being spoken about ever since! On top of this, Nikki and Adrian were both really nice and genui ... "

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    Customer Review from Nick Barron
  • 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 12/04/2015
    "Booked Matthew for my wedding reception on Sunday... Oh my god! Everybody loved him. He went from table to table and did some amazing tricks. My favourite being taking my wedding ring, making it disappear and then turning up in a SEALED and taped envelope in pocket. Fab fab fab. Would defiantly recc ... "

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    Customer Review from Sharmaine Britton
  • 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 11/04/2015

    Vinyl Beats absolutely made my night! I requested a couple of tunes and they already knew how to play them, making my first night in London something I will never forget! Danced all night long, I will definitely be booking them for my birthday this year!

    ... "

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    Customer Review from James Bratt
  • Samantha Marie Party Entertainment Samantha Marie 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Cornwall
    Samantha Marie is a singer/pianist performing an extensive repertoire of jazz standards & popular pieces from artists such as James Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Snow Patrol, Frank Sinatra, Adele and more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 11/04/2015

    Sam is not only incredibly talented as a pianist and singer but she is a lovely calm, cool and collected person which makes having her at, in our case, a wedding, just perfect. Couldn't have asked for more!

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Sarah Arnold
  • (Roy Orbison) Vintage Orbison Party Entertainment (Roy Orbison) Vintage Orbison 
    Tribute bands
    Based in Surrey
    Vintage Orbison is an internationally renowned tribute to the Big 'O' himself, Roy Orbison. With a staggering 4.5 octave vocal range (matching Roy's own range) , he sings all the hits from Crying to Pretty Woman and Only the Lonely. Not to be missed!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 11/04/2015

    Thank you for a terrific performance at our social club on 11 April 2015. A packed audience was in awe of your stunning re-creation of Roy Orbison....all the octaves and richness of his voice were perfectly recreated in an hour long first set. You followed this with a second set that ranged throu ... "

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    Customer Review from west end social club, surrey
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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Firework Displays
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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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