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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 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 Wal ... "

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    Customer Review from Martin and Rebecca Wincott
  • The Walks Party Entertainment The Walks 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Norfolk
    A brand new Rock and Pop party band designed specifically for Alive Network clients! With a tried & tested repertoire spanning the Beatles to The Weeknd, plus years of hard work & gigging experience under their belts, The Walks guarantee a fun-filled party & a busy dance floor!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 30/06/2016
    "Great band, all our guests could not stop talking about how great you were. Thank you, we will definitely want you playing at our next party! ... "

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    Customer Review from Jack Barns
  • Luca Valentino Party Entertainment Luca Valentino 
    Based in Staffordshire

    Looking for a real showstopper? Fresh from getting all four judges to vote 'Yes!' on Britain’s Got Talent, Luca Valentino's cutting-edge, contemporary brand of magic blows old-style convention out of the water – and will leave your guests talking about your event long after he’s gone!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 28/06/2016

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Luca personally for performing at the Reaseheath Summer Ball last night. As always Luca you are a real pleasure to deal with and the students love you. You are great at your talent. Thanks for making their evening an amazing one.

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Lisa Harris - Reaseheath College
  • Gary - The Sultan of Swing Party Entertainment Gary - The Sultan of Swing 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in West Yorkshire
    One of the UK's most stylish vocalists, Gary - The Sultan of Swing is a versatile swing singer who can provide 'easy listening' background music as well as 'up tempo' songs for dancing. Whatever the occasion, Gary will make your event one to remember!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 28/06/2016
    "He was fantastic. Arrived two hours early, dressed very smartly. Fantastic voice which the guests loved. Made everyone feel included with his comments. The venue were also very impressed with him too. Would definitely recommend him 10/10 !! ... "

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    Customer Review from Lisa Raywood
  • Luca Valentino Party Entertainment Luca Valentino 
    Based in Staffordshire

    Looking for a real showstopper? Fresh from getting all four judges to vote 'Yes!' on Britain’s Got Talent, Luca Valentino's cutting-edge, contemporary brand of magic blows old-style convention out of the water – and will leave your guests talking about your event long after he’s gone!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/06/2016

    Luca came to our awards dinner and drinks reception. His charisma and confidence were infectious and soon he was amazing guests with his close-up magic tricks. I could hear gasps of surprise and clapping around the room as he went from table to table entertaining them. Everyone commented on how b ... "

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    Customer Review from Julia Cloke - Charity Retail Association
  • Acoustic Rascals Party Entertainment Acoustic Rascals 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Suffolk

    Acoustic Rascals are a female fronted acoustic trio with bags of talent & energy. Performing classics & contemporary hits from the 50s right through to the very latest charts, Acoustic Rascals can be chilled out or in full party mode!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 27/06/2016
    "Excellent performance – well received and loved by those attending our event. lady has an excellent voice. We will re-book Acoustic Rascals at a future event and would definitely recommend them to anyone. ... "

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    Customer Review from Darren
  • The Wize-Guys Party Entertainment The Wize-Guys 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in Nottinghamshire

    An intoxicating cocktail of Jazz and Swing and Kitsch pop anthems delivered with unique style, humour and jaw dropping instrumental ability! Available as a Duo, up to a 7 piece band!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 26/06/2016
    "The wize-guys were brilliant! They truly are amazing, great music, great vocals & a great bunch of guys. They really interacted with the crowd & got everyone up dancing. Great night, Thank you. Anita & mark ... "

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    Customer Review from Anita Carmody
  • Mariachi King Party Entertainment Mariachi King 
    Mariachi Bands
    Based in Surrey
    An exciting & vibrant Mariachi band who will engage and appeal to everyone who can hear them! With authentic costumes and a repertoire spanning from popular Mexican melodies to Latin American rhythms; Mariachi King will entertain your guests from the very first moment!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 26/06/2016
    "The mariachi band were fantastic, really brought the party to life and very flexible with the timings. ... "

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    Customer Review from Abi Wightman
  • Alex Caricatures Party Entertainment Alex Caricatures 
    Based in London
    Creating both black & white or colour portraits drawn in a realistic, funny or complimentary style; Alex is an established artist guaranteed to bring fun & humour to your event! Able to mix & mingle around your guests or work from a stationary position, Alex's illustrations are the perfect keepsake for you & your guests.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 26/06/2016
    "Your comments:My guests loved their pictures. Its a great novelty attraction and something that people least expect. He was complimentary in his work and picked out some great features in each of his sitters. ... "

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    Customer Review from Hazel Ball
  • Champagne On Ice Party Entertainment Champagne On Ice 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in East Yorkshire
    Adding a touch of class to any event, Champagne On Ice are a unobtrusive jazz duo featuring piano & double bass. Performing tunes from the American songbook plus more recent material from Nora Jones, Jamie Cullum & more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 26/06/2016
    "They were the perfect artists for my event as my brief was to have background ambient music and that is exactly what they delivered. They were punctual, friendly and professional and helped to make the occasion ... "

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    Customer Review from Louise Martin
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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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
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Rock & Pop Live Party Bands
Live Party Bands
From £450 (Avg: £1499)
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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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