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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
  • Mixology Bartenders Party Entertainment Mixology Bartenders 
    Event Suppliers
    Based in North Yorkshire
    Our Mixology Bartenders operate throughout the UK supplying unique bar and cocktail solutions for any social gathering. From 6 people in an apartment to 250 guests in a marquee, they can create a tailored and affordable solution for your event!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/11/2014
    "The mixologist produced a great range of cocktails including some off the list of his own creation! He was very friendly and really added to the overall atmosphere of the party ... "

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    Customer Review from Carrie Enever
  • 5 Star Fun Casino Party Entertainment 5 Star Fun Casino 
    Event Suppliers
    Based in Staffordshire
    Luxury Casino Hire for all events! Full size casino gaming tables available all supplied with friendly professional croupiers. Token slot machines, Las Vegas Showgirls, Las Vegas Backdrops and much more also available!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/11/2014
    "Everyone loved the casino, you couldn’t get them away from the tables! ... "

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    Customer Review from Carrie Enever
  • The Edge Party Entertainment The Edge 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Wiltshire

    The Edge are a dynamic, versatile, high energy covers band who ooze experience and stage presence. Industry professionals they have worked with and performed for some of the best in the business including Royalty! Chart Hits and Classic Party Tracks!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/11/2014
    "We would like to say a massive thank-you to The Edge for playing at our wedding. I was a little apprehensive booking a live band considering our small wedding party and the upper age range of many guests but the communication from the band in the run up to the day was reassuring and they were very p ... "

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    Customer Review from Ali Lisle
  • Shine On Party Entertainment Shine On 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in East Sussex
    If you're looking for a professional, fun & energetic party band for your wedding or function, then look no further! Shine On will have your guests jumping up & down & singing along to their exciting live sets which includes material from artists like Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Reef, T-Rex, Pulp, Blur & many more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/11/2014
    "They were fantastic! The guests loved them and they really helped make our wedding a success. They did a perfect job in picking the right songs, getting the crowd involved and all the guests dancing. Everyone was dancing all night and didn't want them to stop playing. They also put together a gr ... "

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    Customer Review from Jacob
  • Straight No Chaser Party Entertainment Straight No Chaser 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in Lancashire
    Straight No Chaser is a highly skilled jazz duo who will add sophistication and a great atmosphere to your event playing carefully selected jazz standards and popular songs. Variety of line ups to chose from duo to quartet to suit your event perfectly.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/11/2014
    "Everything was great, both we and the guests enjoyed them! We would definitely book them again. ... "

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    Customer Review from Steph Greasley
  • Carl May Party Entertainment Carl May 
    Wedding DJ
    Based in Berkshire
    Carl May has been a professional DJ since 1999. With over 35,000 tracks & counting, Carl covers all genres from the 60's to today's latest hits! Boasting a high end sound & stunning lighting, Carl guarantees to keep your dance floor busy all night!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/11/2014
    "We asked Carl to play a selection of dance music from 1960’s onwards. The music Carl played at our wedding was exactly what we asked for. Our guests were dancing until the last song, and there was not one track which we did not like. Carl was very professional throughout. Considering we had never me ... "

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    Customer Review from Gilly and Paul
  • Max Richards Party Entertainment Max Richards 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Kent
    Max Richards is a one-armed singer & guitarist from Kent. With bags of talent, a wealth of experience & a fantastic repertoire of acoustic covers, Max's soulful voice & true profesionalism brings you the ultimate live music experience!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/11/2014
    "We were absolutely delighted that Max was able to play at our wedding. He is both hugely talented and a pleasure to work with. So many of our guests commented on the fantastic music, and his singing was perfect for the relaxed, informal event we'd planned. Thank you, Max, for really helping to ma ... "

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    Customer Review from Andrew and Tasmin
  • Funkytown Party Entertainment Funkytown 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in West Yorkshire
    Funkytown are a 6 piece Funk/Pop/Soul band with fantastic female vocals. From Aretha Franklin to Mark Ronson's latest collaborations, they can provide great party music for all occasions. Available as an extended 8, 9 or 10 piece band on request!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/11/2014
    "Funkytown are an AMAZING choice of wedding band – they have a range of songs to suit every audience and they are excellent musicians. Funkytown created a lively wedding atmosphere and all our guests were up dancing all night – a very lively wedding! They even did 2 encore songs at the end as everyon ... "

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    Customer Review from Siobhan McGrath
  • Cameron Murray Party Entertainment Cameron Murray 
    Classical Guitarists
    Based in Glasgow
    Cameron Murray is an accomplished Classical & Fingerstyle guitarist. Performing Classical & Spanish to Jazz & Popular classics, Cameron will choose a selection of music from his wide ranging repertoire to tailor his performance to your requirements.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/11/2014
    "Cameron was punctual and very smooth in his approach with our day, he just fitted into his role perfectly and got himself up and running, with no fuss he was ideal 10 out of 10. Cameron is a number 1 addition to an event he made our day special and there were lots of positive comments from the guest ... "

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    Customer Review from Sadie
  • Ritz Lounge Party Entertainment Ritz Lounge 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in Hampshire
    Ritz Lounge is a jazz duo based in Hampshire with female lead vocals and piano or saxophone. Their classy sound makes them ideal for an evening's entertainment. For a more ambient backdrop Tom is also available as a solo pianist.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/11/2014
    "Tom & Rachel are absolutely delightful to work with. The most accommodating performers and very intuitive to the situation and atmosphere. They really were an important part of the success of the evening and I've received so many compliments about the band! ... "

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    Customer Review from Catherine Robinson
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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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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