Chuckie Cheese is for older kids - I agree. We looked into it for my daughter's 2nd birthday and didn't think it was age appropriate even then.
For my daughter's 1st birthday, we invited about 4 other little kids over who were in a playgroup with her - I had cupcakes and goody bags with fun stuff from the dollar store. The kids played with the toys at our house, and thought it was great! I plan on doing the same thing for my son's 1st birthday later this month. For DD's 2nd birthday, we decided to have a combined party with 3 other friends who turned 2 within 2 weeks of her - - we had it at the local gymnastics gym and invited a ton of kids. They played on the equipment, had time on a party room for cake and pizza, and we weren't responsible for the decorating or clean-up! :) Everyone had a blast and we are planning on doing the same thing this year.
at 2:48 PM on Dec. 1, 2009