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I agree with 6 yo's you don't need to plan much at all. The pizza thing sounds fun - but isn't even necessary, IMO. You could order, make homemade ahead of time, or cook a frozen pizza and they'd be happy. I'm sure the kids would love to make their own, though.
Definitely do specify on invites if parents/siblings are welcome or expected - or if drop-off is fine. 6 seems to be an in between age for parties. Some parents may not be comfy leaving their kid unless they know you well, and others may not be the slightest bit interested in staying the whole time.
Really, though, they will have fun eating a snack or light meal, singing happy birthday and having cake/ice cream, and watching your DS open presents. All that takes up a bit of time as it is - and any open time, they will find ways to keep busy (playing w/new stuff, your DS's toys, in his room, playing with balloons if you have them, and so on).
One more thing, IME, if you invite 6 children - chances are only half of them will come so your home might not be as noisy as you are thinking (though, you could be surprised, so plan for all 6).