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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
  • Melissa (Harpist) Party Entertainment Melissa (Harpist) 
    Based in London
    Having performed for many prestigious clients from Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Coronation Festival, to Dolce & Gabbana; Melissa is a versatile musician who encompasses Classical & Contemporary music, through to Bollywood. Whatever your event, Melissa will add a touch of magic & enchantment that will be remembered by all!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 30/11/2016

    Thank you so much for your wonderful performance on Friday night. Our staff and customers thoroughly enjoyed the music.

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    Customer Review from Emson Haig Jewellers
  • The MBB Band Party Entertainment The MBB Band 
    Big Bands and Jazz Orchestras
    Based in Durham
    Magnificent 10 piece act specialising in Jumpin' Jive, Supercool Swing & R'n'B! Covering music from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Buble & even Estelle, The Mini Big Band's extensive repertoire is set to entertain all night long!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 06/02/2016

    Hi Chris. The Mini Big Band were the PERFECT choice for our event and for the venue. The band were superb, we had great feedback from our guests and would no hesitations in booking you again or recommending to others. The Children's Heart Foundation are having their 30 year anniversary shortly an ... "

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    Customer Review from Simon Carrol
  • TR Party Entertainment TR 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Essex
    From atmospheric acoustic lounge music to reworked dance anthems, TR provides an entertaining and captivating performance with his dynamic guitar playing and versatile vocals!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 06/02/2016
    "Thank you so much for playing such great songs. It was one of the best parts of the day and all of the guests loved you. They said to me before they saw you that they thought it was a record playing on a machine and were so surprised when they saw you singing! Your vocals are simply flawless, thank ... "

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    Customer Review from Fiona and Tom Donald
  • Cool Notes (saxophonist) Party Entertainment Cool Notes (saxophonist) 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Merseyside
    A fantastic saxophonist with a repertoire including Jazz classics, Motown & current Pop hits. Cool Notes has played with Steve Winwood to Craig David & will always tailor his act to suit your needs. Video Onine!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 06/02/2016

    "Amazing music, very talented and professional. Would highly recommend" Thank you Angela

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    Customer Review from Angela
  • Anthony Parella Party Entertainment Anthony Parella 
    Wedding DJ
    Based in Staffordshire

    An experienced & professional DJ playing music that is determined solely by the people in attendance. Confidently covering the last 50 years of soul, funk, motown & rock through to 80s, 90s club & pop, indie, house, garage, RnB, dance music & more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 05/02/2016
    "Anthony was a consummate professional throughout the evening without being at all stuffy or aloof. He chose a fantastically appropriate playlist for the audience and he made sure that the music was always running throughout the time he was with us. I would have no hesitation at all in recommending A ... "

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    Customer Review from Martin Chick
  • (ABBA) Abba Express Party Entertainment (ABBA) Abba Express 
    Tribute bands
    Based in West Midlands
    A truly authentic tribute to the world’s greatest pop band! Their unique blend of polished vocals, quality musicianship, carefully sourced '70s costumes, realistic accents and thoughtful choreography ensure a night to remember!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 05/02/2016
    "Everyone of our guest said they were first class and made the party for all age groups ... "

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    Customer Review from Alan Wheeler
  • Hypertones Party Entertainment Hypertones 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Nottinghamshire
    Hypertones are by far one of the most exciting party bands currently performing at events all over the UK… Young, talented and unique in every way, they are everything you need to make your night! Promotional Offers Available!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 03/02/2016
    "I thought they were very good. Tight excellent musicians. Great singer and solid bass player. Guests all know me for playing in band for a job so know I'm hard to please and everyone was commenting on how excellent they were. They were very friendly and polite, smartly dressed........ They impressed ... "

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    Customer Review from Christopher Webb
  • Marilyn Monroe  (Suzie Kennedy) Party Entertainment Marilyn Monroe (Suzie Kennedy) 
    Look a likes
    Based in London
    London based Suzie is one of the UK’s top Marilyn Monroe look-alikes. Suzie has been all over the world impersonating the Hollywood sex symbol and never fails to turn heads and attract media attention wherever she goes.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 01/02/2016
    "Suzie Kennedy is first class professional! We all loved her at our event. Thank you ... "

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    Customer Review from Lana Thompson
  • Starlight Party Entertainment Starlight 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in London
    Starlight are a young and stylish female fronted 4 piece, who will be the perfect complement to any party or celebration. With a repertoire packed with the best Pop, Rock, Funk and Soul hits, Starlight will guarantee to fill your dance floor!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 31/01/2016
    "Do not hesitate to book these guys, they love what they do and they do it so well. Sarah, the lead, came out onto the dance floor and joined in. Everyone had a great time. We will use them again if we ever get the opportunity. ... "

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    Customer Review from Peter Hayward
  • The Chansonettes Party Entertainment The Chansonettes 
    Tribute bands
    Based in London
    Three exceptional female singers who compose meticulous harmonies and breathe new life into the timeless Motown classics you all know and love. Full of class, excitement and talent; The Chansonettes will not fail to entertain!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 31/01/2016

    Well, what a night……….we had a fantastic evening, thank you for entertaining us….it exceeded our expectations. Everyone will not stop talking about it…..and if I hear that song again! We are pleased that you enjoyed it also.

    ... "

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    Customer Review from John and Rob
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

Hire Dancers for your party
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
Firework Displays
From £1000+
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Chocolate Fountains to Hire
Chocolate Fountains
From £600
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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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