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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
  • Stuart H Party Entertainment Stuart H 
    Wedding DJ
    Based in West Midlands
    Stuart H has been DJ'ing & running his own mobile disco for over 20 years. He can provide superb, specially tailored music, lights & brilliant disco entertainment for all occasions. Stuart guarantees to create the perfect party atmosphere for your event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/08/2014
    "Thanks Stuart for a great evening - we had a wonderful time, and the music selections really hit the mark! ... "

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    Customer Review from Vicky & Michael
  • Chelsea Swagger Party Entertainment Chelsea Swagger 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in North Somerset
    A firm favourite for getting the party started, Chelsea Swagger perform energetic hits from across the decades including songs from The Kinks, Kings Of Leon, The Killers, The Beatles and much more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/08/2014
    "WOW!!! We both have to say that you were amazing!! The song choice was brilliant. Everyone from my 7 year old god daughters to my 80 year old great auntie and everyone in between were up dancing! Thank you so much for making our special day even more superb and memorable. ... "

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    Customer Review from Gavin & Sarah
  • Lady Soul Party Entertainment Lady Soul 
    Soul RnB
    Based in South Yorkshire
    Lady Soul are the latest big thing to hit the private & corporate circuit. With a powerful brass section & stunning female vocals, they perform the best classic & modern Soul from artists such as Adele, Etta James, Amy Winehouse & more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/08/2014
    "Thank you Mark! We had a perfect day it was fantastic start to finish. The music was a huge hit with the guests they were obsessed with you guys and everyone commented on how brilliant the band was. You guys really did make our day amazing and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ... "

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    Customer Review from Dan & Karla
  • Chelsea Swagger Party Entertainment Chelsea Swagger 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in North Somerset
    A firm favourite for getting the party started, Chelsea Swagger perform energetic hits from across the decades including songs from The Kinks, Kings Of Leon, The Killers, The Beatles and much more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/08/2014
    "You guys are awesome!! ... "

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    Customer Review from Dominic Howard from Muse
  • Neive Jordan Party Entertainment Neive Jordan 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Lancashire
    A truly talented singer with an exceptional voice! Performing with passion & and engaging stage presence, Neive can perform to quality backing tracks or as part of an Acoustic duo. Pop & Rock set or a stunning Jazz & Blues available!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/08/2014
    "The event was great and Neive was by far the highlight of our day! She has an absolutely fantastic voice and I don't think I've ever seen such a huge crowd before. ... "

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    Customer Review from Gay Pride
  • AKA 2 Tones Party Entertainment AKA 2 Tones 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Staffordshire
    AKA 2 Tones - One Step Beyond your average male 3 piece rock and pop band, performing hits from the 80s British Ska & Pop movement including Madness, The Jam, The Specials, as well as rock & pop hits from The Ordinary Boys & The Fratellis.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/08/2014
    "What a great sound from a classic party Ska band, so many great songs from a top group of performers. You entertained us and our guest so well, we have some really great memories to take from the night so thanks for everything and we hope to see you again sometime! ... "

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    Customer Review from Gra & Jill
  • The Hot Shots Party Entertainment The Hot Shots 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Essex
    Young, energetic band The Hot Shots guarantee to get your party rocking with their eclectic selection of rock & pop covers. From Kings Of Leon, Queen, The Beatles, The Killers & even Bruno Mars! There's something to get everyone on the dance floor.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/08/2014
    "The day was great and so were the band. The Hot Shots were outstanding in every way. We would highly recommend them and so would every person present as they all said how amazing they were. ... "

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    Customer Review from Stuart Gallacher
  • Sara Llewellyn Party Entertainment Sara Llewellyn 
    Classical Singers and Opera Singers
    Based in Hertfordshire
    Soprano Sara Llewelyn performs a repertoire of opera, classical & modern popular arrangements. Available for weddings, corporate & private events, Sara can perform with quality backing tracks or alongside a selection of talented musicians.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/08/2014
    "Sara Llewellyn is an outstandingly talented soprano who was the highlight of my 40th birthday party. Not only does she sing superlatively but she gives an overall rounded performance, throwing herself into the character of the opera songs, and proved to be quite a mover too with “I could have danced ... "

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    Customer Review from Stuart Blakley
  • Soul Patrol Party Entertainment Soul Patrol 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in East Sussex
    Soul Patrol is a female fronted 5, 6 or 7 piece band with raw talent! With a unique selection of hits from the 1960's to present day, Soul Patrol perform live with an energy and versatility that will guarantee an evening of top class entertainment!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 22/08/2014
    "I can honestly say Hannah and her band were absolutely fantastic. I can only describe the experience as faultless. The band really are a class act, absolutely incredible standard. Hannah's vocals are beyond what you would expect for a wedding band, she is absolutely superb. The band even learnt 'our ... "

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    Customer Review from Edd Jeffery
  • Tommy The Magician Party Entertainment Tommy The Magician 
    Based in West Midlands
    One of the most sought-after young magicians in the country, Tommy performs mind-baffling magic, amazing slight of hand & breath taking mind reading. Perfect for audiences both young & old, Tommy will astonish your guests & leave them speechless!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 22/08/2014
    "I contacted Tom at short notice to provide entertainment for my charity night. Tom was happy to help. All the guests were amazed. Thank you for all your help. ... "

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    Customer Review from Kayla Ball
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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Circus Performers for your Party
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Childrens Party Entertainment
Childrens Entertainers
From £350+
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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)
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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