Re: s/o: You got me excited to skip the birthday party
I assume you live in an apartment complex, does the complex have a clubhouse or something similar that you could rent out. Or do you go to a church with room you could use? Does a family member? OR....could you pay off your neighbors downstairs to just deal with it for a few hours? Maybe give them a gift card to go out to eat on you for a few hours during the party. I realize that does cost money, but for sure less than renting some sort of party room somewhere.
You could always go to chuck e cheese lol. You don't have to rent anything, bring your own cake, and tell everyone if they want pizza, they can order it themselves lol. You can do it in the middle of the day on a weekday so that it's not busy at CEC, not crazy...and then the family that's all put out about the idea of not having a party at all has to deal with taking their own time off work if they want to go lol