I really don't mind Chuck E. Cheese's. You know, its a place where a kid can be a kid and all that jazz :)
Their pizza is pretty good, their store is pretty clean, and if you go during the week, its practically empty anyway.
Yet I've never encouraged my children to have a birthday party there. To me, it just screams "Expensive Chaos!". And besides, I like to throw "theme" parties and they don't include a giant mouse in a purple shirt.
We got away with not having any parties last year. That was in exchange for the wooden Rainbow playset that I nagged my husband into buying for the kids.
This year, however, we let the kids pick whatever they wanted for their birthday.
And Jayce picked Chuck E. Cheese.
I guess you are worth a little expensive chaos :) Love ya babe...