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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
  • Jaques Discos Party Entertainment Jaques Discos 
    Wedding DJ
    Based in London
    With an excellent reputation and a range of music from the 60's to present day, Jaques Discos have been providing first class Discos and Karaokes for over 40 years!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/08/2016

    I booked Colin last minute for a surprise 40th birthday and it was brilliant! He played all kinds of music to cater to the crowd! He was very accommodating with everything I asked! He was set up on time and everyone really enjoyed themselves! I would definitely recommend and I will use again for ... "

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    Customer Review from Gemma Blake
  • Hipster Party Entertainment Hipster 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Shropshire
    Hipster's repertoire contains classic & vintage artists; The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac & The Rolling Stones, plus modern indie & pop from Kings of Leon, The Killers & Pharrell. Over 1000 wedding & corporate bookings including; M&S, Wella, RBS, Lloyds, NSPCC, Oxford Uni Press & Claire's Accessories. Over 300 positive customer reviews!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/08/2016

    My daughter and son in law Teresa and Oliver had you playing at their wedding this last weekend. I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your sets. As you saw, you had everyone dancing and were in my opinion the best live band we have come across (apart from Coldplay.... Sorry!) I loved ... "

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    Customer Review from Nick Brew
  • The Hot Shots Party Entertainment The Hot Shots 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Essex

    WINNERS!!! The Wedding Industry Awards 2015 & 2016, The Hot Shots, are an award winning modern rock & pop party band. Their repertoire features Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran & Maroon 5, as well as rock & indie by Foo Fighters, Killers & Kings Of Leon. Members have played at V Festival, BugJam, London Astoria & the O2 arena. Previous clients: Britvic, Surepass, Checkatrade. Over 230+ positive reviews.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/08/2016

    The level of commitment these guys put in is phenomenal. The song choice you have is vast and ranges all the way from the 50's up to today, including all genres as well. We asked for songs by Muse and the Foo Fighters etc for the second act which they were more than happy to do. They al ... "

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    Customer Review from James Stainforth
  • Jessica Louise (Harpist) Party Entertainment Jessica Louise (Harpist) 
    Based in Staffordshire
    Jessica Louise is an advanced level Harpist performing beautiful, elegant music perfect to give any occasion that unique, special touch!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/08/2016

    Excellent performance & very professional, well played.... Everyone wasvery pleased.

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Sheila McKnight
  • Holly And The Heels Party Entertainment Holly And The Heels 
    Solo Duo and Trios
    Based in Bedfordshire

    The finest female fronted roaming acoustic act in the UK! Guaranteed toe tapping, smile inducing, bootie shaking stuff that everyone from Grandads to Grandkids will enjoy. From a traveling trio to a roaming quartet, Holly & The Heels will mingle & meander their way around your event treating you & your guests to music from Jessie J, The Lumineers, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac & more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/08/2016

    Outstanding young band with great range who entered into the spirit of my event and made it special. I would hire them again in a heartbeat.

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Steve Lewis
  • 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 20/08/2016

    LJ is a delightful, bubbly character who is a consummate performer both vocally and with her guitar; her vocal range is amazing! The sets she performed during the evening were the perfect blend of old and contemporary and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present. She was not at all phased when one ... "

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    Customer Review from Steve Benn
  • Festival Anthems Party Entertainment Festival Anthems 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Essex
    Recreating some of the biggest sounds on the festival circuit, Festival Anthems guarantee to get your party rocking! Their set includes music you’d expect to hear at Glastonbury with tracks from Kings Of Leon, Rizzle Kicks, Foo Fighters & more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/08/2016

    Festival band, top guys. Really good sound, lovely to liaise with. They seemed to really enjoy playing for us and weren't too phased by our inebriated guests! (Who I might add were dancing in an array of random fancy dress!) We're die hard Glastonbury fans and these guys ... "

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    Customer Review from Geoff Hunt & Hannah Cooper
  • Classical Guitarist Stephen Stanley Party Entertainment Classical Guitarist Stephen Stanley 
    Classical Guitarists
    Based in South Yorkshire
    Versatile and talented young guitarist Stephen Stanley is available for private parties, weddings and corporate events. His vast and varied repertoire covers Classical, Spanish, Romantic and Popular music.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/08/2016

    Stephen is unbelievably modest given his incredible talent and versatility. He has a natural gift and is able to deliver an impeccable performance. His mastery of the classical guitar and choice of music was perfect for our wedding ceremony and reception. He has a comprehensive repertoire to suit ... "

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    Customer Review from Don Surtees
  • James Lewys Party Entertainment James Lewys 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in Surrey

    Swing is back! Up and coming jazz sensation James Lewys epitomises the sound and charm of the 1950's. Featuring the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett and Michael Buble amongst others. With his one of a kind voice, James is perfect for an evening of dancing, laughter or relaxing entertainment.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/08/2016

    James is a fantastic singer who performed at my daughters wedding Saturday, he comes highly recommended by myself, my daughter and all our guests at the wedding. Such a lovely young man with a beautiful voice.

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Sharon Ward
  • Jester Party Entertainment Jester 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Hertfordshire
    Jester are a professional 5 piece band comprising some of the UK's finest musicians! With material from artists like The Beatles, Kings Of Leon, Jackie Wilson, Jessie J, Stevie Wonder & more, Jester's versatile repertoire provides something for everyone!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 20/08/2016

    Jester performed at our wedding in August 2016 and we were very happy with their performance and I highly recommend them. They were well organised, punctual, professional, they sounded and looked awesome, our guests loved them and the dance floor rocked. They are talented bunch who deliver a high ... "

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    Customer Review from Lachlan Mellings
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
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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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