My boys are half Korean, so the first birthday is a BIG deal. DS1's party was in a rented out restaurant (hosted by SIL as it was her daughter's doljanchi too). DS2's was at home, but it was 40ish people in our 1200 sq ft house. Then again, we love throwing parties, so neither was much of a stretch.
That said, I don't generally do a lot for entertainment at parties. I find that most people, kids included, are plenty content to hang out and make small talk. With some music in the background and the occasional interjection of required party activities (gifts, cake, etc), the party flows just fine. I will say though, our friends are all very outgoing and happy to chit chat.
Hi! I'm Shannon
Wife to J
Mama to a couple of crazy boys - L (12/07)
and E (2/11)
and Meatball coming 4/14