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Birthday Party Entertainment

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 Go Go Duo Party Entertainment The Go Go Duo 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Essex
    Performing a set which reworks and rearranges classic party hits, The Go Go Duo will make sure your guests are dancing all night long. Suitable for indoor or outdoor events, the duo have previously worked with the likes of Canary Wharf Management, Help For Heroes, Thames Luxury Cruises & more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 15/08/2016
    "Hey Jef and Rosie Just a quick email to say a massive thank you for your outstanding performances Saturday, we are still talking about it and all the guest loved you guys. You made my day more perfect than I thought it could have been. I hope you are both well annealing a good week. We are in Wales ... "

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    Customer Review from Martin and Rebecca Wincott
  • Huw Jones Party Entertainment Huw Jones 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in London
    Influenced by Soul, Swing and Samaba, Huw Jones is a talented singer and guitarist who can play a range of Jazz, Latin, Pop and Soul Classics. With previous performances at Claridge's, Electric Ballroom & Hampton Court Palace, and previous clients including Take That, Lord Seb Coe, Banksy, Audi, John Lewis & Microsoft; you are guaranteed nothing short of top quality entertainment!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/07/2016

    Huw exceeded even my expectations. A lot of people asked where I had found him and I of course directed them in your direction.

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    Customer Review from Chris Hanson
  • Burgundy Boater Band Party Entertainment Burgundy Boater Band 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in Hampshire
    Burgundy Boater Band are an experienced, professional, traditional jazz quartet providing music for any occasion. Their tunes, jazz, ballads and 20’s pop songs have a beginning, middle and, end which most people like.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/07/2016

    Lovely music, well played, lots of diversity

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    Customer Review from Gaelle De Sola
  • Jade Party Entertainment Jade 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Merseyside

    Providing stylish, chilled out entertainment in a soulful & original style, solo singer/guitarist Jade performs a repertoire covering the latest modern pop/indie covers as well as classics from The Beatles and Marvin Gaye.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/07/2016

    I was happy with jade and alive network. Both very helpful and made our day special.

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Abbie Hooton
  • Kiara Party Entertainment Kiara 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Surrey

    With recent support from BBC Introducing and BBC Radio2, Kiara is an exceptional performer and can deliver a mixture of Contemporary Chart Songs with Old School Jazz Classics - Perfect for creating a beautiful atmosphere at your event! 

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/07/2016

    Kiara was amazing and professional throughout. Prior to our event she was very communicative and helpful and produced a top class performance. We would be very happy to work with her again should the opportunity arise and would definitely recommend her

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    Customer Review from Don Orike
  • The Dynamic Duo Party Entertainment The Dynamic Duo 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Hertfordshire
    The Dynamic Duo are a versatile act: polished, experienced & professional. They cover a wide range of styles – Easy-listening, Jazz and Bossa, Pop, Rock and Funk. Great for subtle background music or an upbeat party! Available as Duo, Trio & 4-piece.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/07/2016

    Adam and Dave were super friendly, and mingled with the crowd. They were a pleasure to have around!Everybody loved them. They had boundless energy and really made the party come to life!

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    Customer Review from Caia Dominicus
  • J M Guitar Party Entertainment J M Guitar 
    Classical Guitarists
    Based in Merseyside

    Experienced classical guitarist performing a wide range of music suitable for all occasions. J M Guitar can create the perfect ambience for your event and is also available within a duo or trio featuring violin or/and cello.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/07/2016

    We would recommend John to others without any hesitation whatsoever. Although he was only contracted to play when guests arrived for the reception, he kindly continued to play for the start of the wedding breakfast as well, which involved moving to a different room. The guests ... "

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    Customer Review from Christopher Dodd
  • The Mightys Party Entertainment The Mightys 
    Ceilidh Irish and Traditional
    Based in Middlesex
    Mixing traditional Irish classics like Galway Girl & Fields Of Athenry with popular music from Van Morrison, Mumford and Sons & more, The Mighty's are a crowd pleasing Irish band guaranteed to impress!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/07/2016

    Massive thanks to you and your band mates for a brilliant performance at Ciara’s 21st party. Everyone was blown away by how good you guys were. Playlist was spot on for our Irish festival themed party with excellent covers of Mumford, Amy, Van, Johnny Cash, Oasis along with all t ... "

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    Customer Review from Anne Lacey
  • Joe William Party Entertainment Joe William 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Wiltshire
    Professional singer/guitarist Joe William is a versatile musician who can tailor his performance to suit your event! Whether you want a fun filled, upbeat party atmosphere (complete with high quality backing tracks) or a relaxed acoustic backdrop, Joe has the skills & repertoire to compliment any occasion. Covering classics from The Beatles & Chuck Berry to the very latest Arctic Monkeys & Bruno Mars, Joe has previously held residences at some of the world's leading hotels & cruise liners!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/07/2016

    Joe was excellent, on time and played brilliantly. Thoroughly recommend him

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    Customer Review from Alan Wheatley
  • Room On Fire Party Entertainment Room On Fire 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Buckinghamshire
    With a constantly updated repertoire of the latest and greatest songs, Room On Fire are a 3 piece band made up of highly qualified, enthusiastic, professional musicians who will guarantee you an evening to remember!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/07/2016

    Stu and the guys were great, professional and polite, nothing was too much trouble and they really made our wedding party a truly great night. They had the dance floor filled from start to finish and no one wanted them to finish.

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Liam Gurr
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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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)
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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)
View Look alikes >

Best selling birthday party entertainment
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