Consider the Age If you are having a birthday party for a one year old it is usually a bigger event for Mom & Dad than it is for the child. I know my kids had a great time just playing with the boxes rather than the gifts. So if you have entertainment you should be aware that you will mainly be entertaining the older guests and there is nothing wrong with that idea! Consider having a Theme Party For children 5 and up a themed party would be a great idea since by that time they may have developed a particular interest for one thing or another. Having their special day filled with their special interest items would make the day very memorable.