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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 Medleys Party Entertainment The Medleys 
    Rock and Pop
    Based in Surrey
    With a fine blend of male & female vocals, 4 part harmonies and a vast repertoire spanning across the decades, The Medleys will help elevate any type of event and make sure it is an unforgettable experience for you and your guests!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 31/12/2015

    “New Years was awesome thanks to you guys. Such good music, energy and good humour... best function band I’ve ever heard!”

    ... "

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    Customer Review from Mark Herbert
  • James Sings Party Entertainment James Sings 
    Rat Pack Singers and Swing
    Based in Lancashire
    Performing a range of music from classic Frank Sinatra to the very latest Bruno Mars, James Sing's is a versatile & professional artist who will astound you with his vocal ability! Whether you require sophisticated background music from Buble to Tony Bennett or an upbeat party with The Killers to Take That, James Sings can tailor his performance to suit your requirements!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 26/11/2015
    "Not really sure where to start James! Our second year of the Mariposa Snowball Liverpool, and i don't think we could do it without you!! Such a talented singer, but more than that, a fabulous entertainer that got completely involved with our event, great with all our guests, and even more importantl ... "

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    Customer Review from Sarah Walker
  • Lily Davies Party Entertainment Lily Davies 
    Based in London
    Stylish & versatile singer-pianist with an extensive repertoire covering classic jazz, swing & bossa nova as well as unique versions of classic & contemporary Rock & Pop. Also available as a duo, trio or quartet & can also perform classic piano recitals.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 25/11/2015
    "Lily performed at our University’s Thanksgiving Dinner and made the event truly memorable. She read the mood of the room perfectly and played songs to accompany both dinner conversation and after-dinner dancing. Her repertoire was very diverse, and many of the students commented on the great choice ... "

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    Customer Review from Katy Nevett
  • The Cool Jazz Quintet Party Entertainment The Cool Jazz Quintet 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in East Sussex
    Whether you require a sophisticated & intimate dinner set or a vibrant energetic set; The Cool Jazz Quintet bring thoughtful and subtle variations on the Jazz theme to encompass Bossa Nova, Swing, Be-bop, smooth grooves and cool jazz styles of Miles Davis’ golden era!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/11/2015
    "The Cool Jazz Quintet have consistently provided high caliber musicians, tailored groups and unique styles to complement our special events. They are a pleasure to do business with! Kara Nesimiuk – London School of Economics ... "

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    Customer Review from Kara Nesimiuk
  • The Cool Jazz Quintet Party Entertainment The Cool Jazz Quintet 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in East Sussex
    Whether you require a sophisticated & intimate dinner set or a vibrant energetic set; The Cool Jazz Quintet bring thoughtful and subtle variations on the Jazz theme to encompass Bossa Nova, Swing, Be-bop, smooth grooves and cool jazz styles of Miles Davis’ golden era!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/11/2015
    "We had The Cool Jazz Quintet at our wedding reception. It added a touch of class to the proceedings and they performed beautifully without ever being too imposing” Mrs S. Nightingale, Havant, Hampshire ... "

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    Customer Review from Mrs S. Nightingale
  • The Cool Jazz Quintet Party Entertainment The Cool Jazz Quintet 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in East Sussex
    Whether you require a sophisticated & intimate dinner set or a vibrant energetic set; The Cool Jazz Quintet bring thoughtful and subtle variations on the Jazz theme to encompass Bossa Nova, Swing, Be-bop, smooth grooves and cool jazz styles of Miles Davis’ golden era!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 24/11/2015
    "I have been dealing with Chris from The Cool Jazz Quintet for the past 5 years and I would like to thank him for his extreme professionalism and for always accommodating our specific event requirements. I am also very satisfied with the band, they are all very skilled and talented. Anwar Hosn – Dir ... "

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    Customer Review from Anwar Hosn
  • Chakrada Party Entertainment Chakrada 
    Indian Music and Bollywood Bands
    Based in Devon
    A sitar and tabla duo who are know nationally and internationally for their engaging performances. From slow, meditative melodies to complex exciting rhythmical interplay, Chakrada are able to create playful musical dialogues that will intrigue and delights their audience!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 23/11/2015
    "Thank you both so much for playing the sitar and tabla on our wedding day, to welcome our guests and during our wedding ceremony. The music was utterly beautiful and you both did a perfect job of being sensitive to the Indian ceremony, playing at exactly the right volume to create a magical atmosph ... "

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    Customer Review from Sonia Mohindra
  • Secret Servers Party Entertainment Secret Servers 
    Singing Waiters
    Based in Warwickshire

    Combining the talents of West End artists to bring you the best in entertainment for your event, Secret Servers will integrate themselves into your special day, usually taking on the role of the waiting-on staff before bursting into song! Music includes classical standards, musical theatre and classical crossover pieces.

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 22/11/2015
    "Very professional, friendly, well presented, a great asset to your company! They gave a WOW factor to the event. Everyone loved them! Libby and Lucy were brilliant. Highly recommend them for any events. ... "

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    Customer Review from Susan Wells
  • 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 21/11/2015
    "LJ gave a great performance at my 50th birthday party, playing a good mix of older and more contemporary songs. There were professional singers who were guests who remarked on how good her voice is. I would certainly book her again. ... "

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    Customer Review from David Macdonald
  • Megan And The Bourbon Boys Party Entertainment Megan And The Bourbon Boys 
    Jazz and Blues
    Based in London
    Vintage style covers of modern rock & pop songs performed by Alive Network's exclusive swing jazz quintet! Megan and the Bourbon Boys give a retro spin to their repertoire which includes hits from Meghan Trainor, Oasis, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and much more!

    Recent review:
    Entertainment Agency reviews 21/11/2015
    "The Band were GREAT! I couldn’t fault them for anything, they were exactly how I had envisaged it to be and more. The feedback I got from others, both on the night and subsequently has been all very positive. I’m actually sorry I couldn’t enjoy them more myself. I was rushing from one pillar ... "

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    Customer Review from Simon Harris
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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