Chuck E Cheese Birthday Party Review

Chuck E Cheese Birthday Party Review

I’m so excited to share my experience with hosting our first Chuck E Cheese birthday party! I’m a bit of a control freak, so I can’t say I wasn’t worried about how this party would go down, but it was even better than I could have expected.

It’s important to note here that I’m in no way affiliated with Chuck E Cheese nor am I receiving anything in return for this post. It’s simply an experience worth sharing with other mommas in need of party planning help!

How does a Chuck E Cheese birthday party work?

When my daughter announced she wanted to hold her 4th birthday at Chuck E Cheese, my frugal brain immediately went to the cost. So I went on the Chuck E Cheese website and was pleasantly surprised by the affordable options. Even when we go the party-at-home-DIY-route (like we did for our Dr. Seuss birthday party!) there’s still the stress and time planning it all.

I truly love to throw parties, but not necessarily during the cold days of February, which happens to be my daughter’s birthday month. So this time I handed over the party planning reigns and here’s what happened…

Chuck E Cheese Birthday Party Review

chuck e cheese birthday party

What’s the schedule like?

We arrived at Chuck E Cheese about 15 minutes before the party was set to start. Everything was set up in the back already and our host greeted us. She handed over a bag of play passes as well as a birthday bracelet for my sweet birthday girl.

Our host then went over our order (we opted for extra pizzas and drinks for the adults). From there, she went over the schedule, which looked like this:

12pm – party starts, kids play

12:45pm – pizza time! Our host served the children and made sure they all got what they needed.

After pizza, Chuck E himself came out to dance with the kids. We then sang “Happy Birthday” while the host cut and distributed the cake. Since we got the Mega Super Star package, it also included Dippin’ Dots (yum!!)

Chuck E Cheese dippin dots birthday party

From there, it would’ve been gift time, but we nixed that to do gifts at home.

After cake, it was ticket blaster time! My daughter wasn’t too keen on it, so her big brother stepped in.

Do they have to do the ticket blaster?

Our host was kind enough to show my daughter how the ticket blaster worked, but even then, my daughter wasn’t interested. My 5yr old son was all about it, though, so he stepped up to get those tickets. That said, there was also the option to skip the ticket blaster and simply collect 200 tickets (plus her 1000 bonus tickets as a part of the party package).

After the ticket blaster, the kids are then welcome to go back to playing.

Chuck E Cheese Ticket Blaster

Can you bring your own cake to a Chuck E Cheese birthday party?

Absolutely! While Chuck E Cheese offers a number of gorgeous cake options, you can also bring in your own cake and ice cream.

Do you tip for a Chuck E Cheese birthday party?

I’ve actually reached out to Chuck E Cheese to see if they have a policy/common practice on this. While I in no way felt pressured to tip, there’s no doubt our hostess deserved it! Our total party cost was $300, on which we tipped $40. This might seem like a bit much to some (like my husband…hehe) but I’ve worked in food service before and the tip was well earned.

Is the Mega Super Star package worth it?

It really, really is. It was so nice to not have to worry about goody bags or ice cream, plus the unlimited play for the 2 hours really helped parents better enjoy the experience and not worry about watching (or having to re-up!) their child’s play points. I also love that the goody bags allow for every child to leave with something, regardless of how many tickets they earned.

chuck e cheese goody bag

What happens if you have no-shows?

Sure enough, on the day of the party we had a couple children who suddenly couldn’t make it. Luckily Chuck E Cheese offers a 2-child no-show policy so we weren’t charged for the absent children.

The Easiest Birthday Party Ever

Overall, I truly could not have been happier with the whole experience. I did EVERYTHING online on my own schedule and it was the smoothest, most relaxed party I’ve had. Frankly, I’m considering hosting my own next birthday party there – they do have beer, after all! 😉

chuck e cheese birthday party review

Have you had a Chuck E Cheese birthday party experience?

Would love for you to comment below and share your thoughts!

Dollar Tree Greeting Cards

Dollar Tree Greeting Cards

I shop at Dollar Tree a lot – maybe not as often as I shop online, but when it comes to creating a Dr. Seuss birthday or frugal Halloween party, Dollar Tree is always my one-stop shop! So let me just tell you – when I found out they were going to soon be carrying greeting cards from Hallmark, I was ECSTATIC!!

dollar tree birthday cards

Now I do want to mention that I am being compensated for this post and the links below may be affiliate links, but this in no way impacts my opinion of this awesome product release.

Dollar Tree Greeting Cards

Normally my thrifty self is all about having the kids create cards, but they’re not always in the mood to color when I want them to color (go figure, right?) So now that I can pick up adorable greeting cards from Dollar Tree, I never again have to force creativity when the kids are feeling anything but! It’s also great that I can pick up a greeting card when I want something a bit nicer (like sending a thank you note) and not have to feel guilty about spending $5 on something most people don’t actually hang onto.

dollar tree greeting cards

 

There are over 6,500 Dollar Tree stores nationwide and starting today (August 30th) every store will have cards from Expressions From Hallmark ($1 each) as well as cards from Heartline, which is a Hallmark company, and those will actually be TWO for $1!

Personally I kept all the cards given to my children on their first birthdays and I still love pulling them out every once in a while to reminisce. It’s nice to think that I’ll be able to pick up quality cards so others can do the same and I can do it without breaking the bank. As I looked through the cards offered, I was blown away by how great they are given the price. Another great thing about Dollar Tree is that you can even shop online so you can pick up these amazing greeting cards without having to even leave the house! I very much recommend checking out all the different cards offered and maybe buy yourself a coffee with the extra money you’ll save. 😉

Do you shop at Dollar Tree often? What’s your favorite thing there? Comment below and let me know!