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
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.
For a rocking party, you could book a band to play songs fitting to that theme or just a general rock and pop, swing, soul or jive band to keep your guests dancing all evening long.
Irish bands 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!
A night to remember
If you’re asking guests to wear fancy dress then your room should be decorated in a similar theme.
Consideration can also be given to the use of balloon displays, historic memorabilia, unusual cocktail ideas and table decorations.
Based in Brisbane or the Gold Coast? Then for Birthday party entertainment, wedding entertainment or corporate entertainment, call Bespoke Entertainment agents.