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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
  • Whole Lotta Shakin Party Entertainment Whole Lotta Shakin 
    Swing and Jive
    Based in Warwickshire
    The band Bryan Adams chose to play at his birthday party, Whole Lotta Shakin are the ultimate Rock n' Roll party band. Ideal for youngsters & oldies alike, they play great tunes for dancing, from Elvis & Buddy Holly to Beach Boys & Jerry Lee Lewis

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 17/09/2014
    "A great bunch of guys – obviously love what they do and you get a great musical experience with a comedic side-line as they interact with their audience. I certainly enjoyed their performance and there was nothing but great comments from everyone I spoke to. The real marker is that this was an 80th ... "

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    Customer Review from Shelagh Otway
  • Christie Prentice Party Entertainment Christie Prentice 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Essex

    One of the UK's most popular vocalists today! Whether you're looking for sophisticated background music or an upbeat party atmosphere, Christie's versatile repertoire covers everything from Musical Theatre, Motown, Soul plus 50's to present day classics!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 17/09/2014
    "Thank you for helping make our event such a memorable evening. I'm just sorry we didn't book you longer as you really got people up dancing and they loved you - you were so interactive with everyone. The feedback on your performance has been fantastic. Thanks again. ... "

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    Customer Review from Debbie Vidler
  • The Dukes Party Entertainment The Dukes 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Buckinghamshire
    The perfect band to get your party going, The Dukes are fun, lively, cool and highly professional. Performing classic tracks from the 50's right up to 00’s, The Dukes guarantee to keep your dance floor filled all night.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 14/09/2014
    "5th time these guys have played for us! Wow! They must be doing something right. ... "

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    Customer Review from Jess
  • Aloud Out Party Entertainment Aloud Out 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Bedfordshire
    Aloud Out are outstanding, friendly, professional musicians who guarantee to make your event memorable. They bring parties to life playing a mix of classic and popular hits that everyone will love to dance to. DJ service also available. South/Central UK

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 14/09/2014
    "We can't thank Aloud Out enough for their performance at our Golden Wedding Anniversary Party at Hazlemere Golf Club on Saturday. They arrived early to set up, contacted us in advance for any special requests and were absolutely fantastic at the party. They were very friendly and played a wide varie ... "

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    Customer Review from Sue Broad
  • Sapphire Party Entertainment Sapphire 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Hertfordshire
    Sapphire are a fun, energetic & professional 4 piece band with amazing female vocals! Their fantastic repertoire covers a range of hits from the 50's to present day & is sure to have your party on the dance floor all night long!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 13/09/2014
    "All members of Sapphire were an absolute pleasure to deal with. They had a truly professional approach in everything they did and nothing was ever too much trouble. I would recommend this band to anyone and trust me you will not be disappointed. Once again a big thank you for making our event such a ... "

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    Customer Review from Paul Dingley
  • The Fanatics Party Entertainment The Fanatics 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Staffordshire
    The Fanatics are an energetic party band guaranteed to fill the dance floor! With amazing male & female vocals, this cool band cover music from Aretha Franklin, Jessie J, The Beatles, Kings Of Leon & more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 13/09/2014
    "We booked The Fanatics for a private party and they were brilliant! All the band members were really polite and friendly and very keen to make the night a good one! They were very professional and were thoroughly enjoyable. Our guests have all said how excellent the band was and how brilliant the vo ... "

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    Customer Review from Pauline Dickinson
  • Silver St Dixie Trio Party Entertainment Silver St Dixie Trio 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in Hertfordshire
    Silver St Dixie Trio are a superb combination of excellent musicianship and wonderful visuals. Their traditional attire adds that authentic feel to any special event.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 13/09/2014
    "Silver St Dixie Trio were professional and friendly, easy to work with. Everyone really enjoyed their outfits and music. ... "

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    Customer Review from Hortense Marandet
  • LJ Party Entertainment LJ 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in London
    An experienced singer who accompanies herself on guitar, with live loops, vocal harmonies & beat boxing! Performing upbeat classic pop & current chart hits plus chilled out acoustic tracks, LJ offers something for everyone!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 13/09/2014
    "LJ was very reliable and professional, she got everyone up and dancing and played the songs we asked her to play. Would definitely recommend her. ... "

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    Customer Review from Becky Cadman
  • C Shapland (Harpist) Party Entertainment C Shapland (Harpist) 
    Based in Cumbria
    C Shapland is a harpist who can add the perfect accompaniment to any event such as weddings, christenings and parties. Her repertoire ranges from folk to popular and musicals. Please note, this harpist only quotes for dates that are less than 6 month

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 13/09/2014
    "I was entirely satisfied with the support and organisation from Alive Network and would not hesitate to recommend you to a friend or to call you again on our own behalf. THANK YOU! I am glowing in my praise of C Shapland. She is exceptional as a musician and a delight to work with. Wonderful! Total ... "

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    Customer Review from Norma Kirwan
  • The Cubanaires Party Entertainment The Cubanaires 
    Latin and Salsa
    Based in London
    Bringing red hot rhythms straight from the streets of Eastern Cuba, The Cubanaires play authentic Cuban son, the fusion of Spanish and African rhythms that is the root of all salsa music. With optional costumed dancers, they will spice up any event.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 13/09/2014
    "The Cubanaires were so much better than I expected, really super band and a very big hit with guests (many of whom were musicians). ... "

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    Customer Review from Gavin Greenaway
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
Firework Displays
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Chocolate Fountains to Hire
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)
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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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