Birthday Party Ideas

Birthday Party Ideas

& 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? Well... with over 1,750 live party bands and amazing party entertainers available to hire UK wide, Alive Network helps to make planning a great birthday party easy!

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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!!

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Birthday Party Ideas For Adults / Grown-Ups

As an adult, the possibilities are endless with regards to how you can celebrate your birthday. Here just a few examples:

Murder Mystery Come Dine With Me Party
Board/Card Game Party Gambling Party
Karaoke Party Ice Skating Party
Beach Party Film Night Party
Hollywood Star Party Drinking Games Party
Tea Party Wine and Dine Party
Please see the Popular Party Themes box below >

Adults' Birthday Party Entertainment Ideas >>>

Bands Who Offer Bandeoke

  • The Dukes Function Band London

    The Dukes

    5 stars - The Dukes are Highly Recommended 296 Rock & Pop Function Bands London

    Fun, dynamic, energetic & experienced band guaranteed to get everyone dancing! Hits from The Killers, Kings of Leon to classics like Bowie, Queen & Beatles. Dance off's encouraged! The Dukes will not stop rocking until everyone is on their feet!
    Price from £1,505

  • The Blueprints Function Band London

    The Blueprints

    5 stars - The Blueprints are Highly Recommended 15 Rock & Pop Function Bands London

    The Blueprints mantra is, if they are having a party on stage, you will certainly be having one on the dance floor! Providing acoustic, electric and now BANDEOKE sets. (or all 3!) The Blueprints play all your favourites from Rock, Pop, Soul and RnB.
    Price from £1,503

'Night Out' Themed Events

  • Campervan Cocktail Bar Food & Drink Supplier Surrey

    Campervan Cocktail Bar

    5 stars - Campervan Cocktail Bar are Highly Recommended 1 Surrey

    Starting life as a 1970's VW, these amazing campers have been fully restored & converted into the coolest self-contained cocktail bars! Full of colour, personality, a built in sound-system, lighting, & amazing mouth-watering cocktails, these mobile bars are designed to deliver a fun, exciting & totally quirky bar experience!
    Price from £1,447

Vegas / Hollywood Themed Events

  • 5 Star Fun Casino Casino Merseyside

    5 Star Fun Casino

    5 stars - 5 Star Fun Casino are Highly Recommended 13 Merseyside

    Luxury Mobile Casino Hire for all events! Full size casino gaming tables available, all supplied with friendly, professional croupiers. James Bond, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Gatsby theming packages with Mini Magic Mirror, Las Vegas Showgirls, and much more also available!
    Price from £621

  • Marilyn Monroe  (Suzie Kennedy) Lookalike London

    Suzie Kennedy as Marilyn Monroe

    5 stars - Marilyn Monroe (Suzie Kennedy) are Highly Recommended 20 Look-a-likes & Impersonators London

    London based Suzie is one of the UK’s top Marilyn Monroe look alikes, travelling all over the world impersonating the Hollywood sex symbol. She never fails to turn heads and attract media attention wherever she goes, making her the perfect choice for PR events, product launches, meet and greet as well as awards presentations and walk about entertainment.
    Price from £527

  • Mr T Lookalike Lookalike Northamptonshire

    Mr T Lookalike

    5 stars - Mr T Lookalike are Highly Recommended 1 Look-a-likes & Impersonators Northamptonshire

    The UK’s best Mr. T Lookalike & Soundalike Impersonator, as seen on Britian’s Got Talent 2010!
    Price from £653

  • Daniel Craig (Steve Wright) Lookalike Suffolk

    Steve Wright as Daniel Craig

    5 stars - Daniel Craig (Steve Wright) are Highly Recommended 2 Look-a-likes & Impersonators Suffolk

    Steve Wright is a Daniel Craig/ James Bond look-alike who can mix and mingle or meet and greet at any event at which you require a Look Alike with a Licence to Kill.
    Price from £588

  • Audrey Hepburn Lookalike Lookalike Powys

    Audrey Hepburn Lookalike

    5 stars - Daniel Craig (Steve Wright) are Highly Recommended 2 Look-a-likes & Impersonators Powys

    Working as a celebrity Audrey Hepburn Lookalike for many years our lookalike has developed the movements, voice, style and graceful attitude of Audrey Hepburn. The perfect choice for adding glamour, fun and sophistication to any event!
    Price from £653
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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

Childrens' Birthday Party Entertainment Ideas >>>

  • Face Painters Face Painter London

    Face Painters

    5 stars - Face Painters are Highly Recommended 1 London

    Facepainting is a great way to ensure your children have a memorable day, whatever the party. They can be transformed into anything from wild animals to kooky clowns; from beautiful butterflies to their favourite superheroes!
    Price from £353

  • Miss Balloonist Childrens Entertainer Hertfordshire

    Miss Balloonist

    5 stars - Miss Balloonist are Highly Recommended 18 Childrens Entertainment Hertfordshire

    Miss Balloonist is an incredible balloon artist who keep everyone entertained and give you something to take home. She can craft anything from monkeys to pirates and jetpacks to jewellery. The limits are endless when Miss Balloonist gets to work!
    Price from £229

  • Martin Reed Magician London

    Martin Reed

    5 stars - Martin Reed are Highly Recommended 62 Magicians London

    *London Magician of the Year Award 2023* – As seen on BBC 1, LIVE on Channel 4 and at over two thousand events worldwide! 20 Years Professional - Martin Reed will make your event truly unforgettable with incredible Close-up Magic and/or a Stage Show.
    Price from £568

  • Mime Artists Inc Street Performer Oxfordshire

    Mime Artists Inc

    5 stars - Mime Artists Inc are Highly Recommended 6 Street Entertainers Oxfordshire

    Animate your event & delight your guests with our hand-picked, company trained, extremely experienced & highly entertaining Mime Artists.
    Price from £396

  • Living Human Statues Street Performer Oxfordshire

    Living Human Statues

    5 stars - Living Human Statues are Highly Recommended 3 Street Entertainers Oxfordshire

    Living Human Statues provide mesmerising stillness which melts into surreal comedy moments and high drama. Perfect for providing entertainment in small areas and adding artistic kudos to your event!
    Price from £392
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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.