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El Cinco de Marlowe

The Martino Family at daughter Marlowe's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta

We had the best time at Marlowe’s fifth birthday party, celebrating her love for Mexico! Since she was finally “Cinco” this felt like the perfect birthday to bring out all her faves, and my baby girl had the best day ever.  We loved celebrating with everyone, and the kids danced all afternoon to the DJ.  Marlowe handpicked most of the Disney songs herself, and it was so fun watching all the kids sing every single word.  I wish I could be at “The Club” twenty years from now when all these kids are partying and the DJ puts on “Baby Shark” for a throwback.  The crowds go wild! LOL. 

Donkey Pinatas at Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Revelers at Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Cake Pops at Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Marlowe Martino and brother Major at her Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta

For food, we had Taco Loco, a delicious family-owned operation out of Connecticut serving up delicious tacos and frozen margs.  We also had the most gorgeous cake by Confections By Crystal.  She always knocks it out of the park, but I loved the detail on Marlowe’s cake this year! I really wanted to display it at the party instead of keeping it in the fridge all afternoon, but it did start melting in the 100+ degree day. Don’t worry, it still tasted perfect! This was the first year Marlowe didn’t freak out when we sang her Happy Birthday, and was actually beaming during the whole thing.  As her Mama, I so love seeing her celebrated by the people she loves, it makes my heart so full!

Eva Amurri Martino with daughter Marlowe at her Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Major Martino runs around the bubbles at sister Marlowe's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Tim Robbins holds grandson Major Martino on his shoulder at granddaughter Marlowe's Cinco de Marlowe 5th birthday fiesta
Marlowe Martino and brother Major at her Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta

The kids danced, played, had cake and tacos, jumped around in the bubbles from a bubble machine, and got their faces painted in a mix of Dia De Los Muertos skulls, and beautiful delicate flowers with glitter. I couldn’t believe how people hung and partied in the sweltering day, it was the sweetest show of support for our girl! 

Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday cake
Eva Amurri Martino dances with son Major at daughter Marlowe's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Eva Amurri Martino holds daughter Marlowe's birthday cake at her Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday party
Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta

As a thank you, I love giving a family party favor that kids will really use.  Melissa and Doug is our fave toy company, and we gifted each family with a box of instruments to keep the party going at home.  My kids have loved this toy set for years, so it made me happy to include it for our guests! 

Marlowe Martino dances with a friend at her Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Kyle Martino lights daughter Marlowe's birthday cake at her Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Blogger Julia Dzafic of Lemon Stripes and daughter Amalia dance at Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta

My favorite part of the party was watching Marlowe and Major dance together and play so nicely with all of their friends.  Even though this was a party for Marlowe, it made me so happy and proud that she included her little brother so sweetly in all the festivities and made sure everyone played with him too.  I just love her so much, and I can’t believe she’s FIVE!  Now to freeze time…

Major Martino dances at sister Marlowe's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Major and Marlowe Martino dance at Marlowe's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Major Martino dances with The Girl Guide Blogger Stephanie Trotta and son Harry at sister Marlowe's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Major Martino enjoys birthday cake at his sister Marlowe's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
The Martino family singing Happy Birthday to daughter Marlowe Martino's Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Children play with bubbles at Marlowe Martino's El Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
The inside of Marlowe Martino's El Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta
Marlowe Martino at her El Cinco de Marlowe party blowing out her candles
Children dance at Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe's 5th birthday party
The Martino Family at daughter Marlowe's El Cinco de Marlowe themed 5th birthday fiesta

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Photography by Julia Dags

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34 Comments

  1. Whitley says:

    The progression of Major’s face paint LOL

    08.30.19 Reply
    • hahahaha omg I’m so glad somebody noticed that. It was so hilarious…

      08.30.19 Reply
  2. Lizzy says:

    Gorgeous party! We did “1st fiesta” for my daughter’s 1st birthday.

    08.30.19 Reply
  3. Ravelle says:

    What a happy day!!! Your family’s joy is infectious. Love the theme! Hahaha Major’s sweaty face paint 😂

    08.30.19 Reply
  4. Jill says:

    Love the theme, such pretty colors.

    08.30.19 Reply
  5. Karen Martin says:

    What a beautiful party! So colorful and just makes you happy. I agree – so nice to see that Major had just as much fun celebrating Marlowe. They are lucky to have each other.

    08.30.19 Reply
  6. Britta says:

    Adorable! So special for your daughter and family.
    What would you have done if it rained? We want to have an outdoor party for my soon to be 4 year old but her birthday is in late September and the weather can be so up in the air that time of year in Chicago.
    What was the time frame of you party and was there a main event or games or kids playing on their own?

    08.30.19 Reply
    • Thanks! We had tents, so unless it was a lightening storm we would have just stayed under the tents. Major’s bday parties are always the third week in october, and I usually have them indoors, or an indoor/outdoor vibe so we can enjoy a nice day if we happen to have one!

      09.05.19 Reply
  7. Nicole says:

    What a wonderful party! Everything was beautifully done and it looks like everyone had such a great time. I keep going back to look at that cake. Yum!

    08.30.19 Reply
  8. Samantha P says:

    I love Julia photobombing you guys in the last photo! Such a great idea for Marlowe’s birthday party! Happy 5th birthday!

    08.30.19 Reply
  9. Glenda says:

    Beautiful party… pics… and vibrant colors… love it all! Woo Hoo Marlowe is 5!!!

    08.30.19 Reply
  10. Molly says:

    The face paint coming off Major’s face is the sign of a GREAT PARTY. I freakin love it! All of this is so colorful and beautiful and happy!!

    08.30.19 Reply
  11. Ann says:

    Loved all.the decorations. So fun! Great job Eva. You outdo yourself every party.

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  12. Dana says:

    Such a sweet idea! She looked so happy and you can tell everyone had a blast!

    PS Are you sure Prudence didn’t help pick out the cake 😉 it has all those gorgeous colors just like your home!

    08.30.19 Reply
  13. KT says:

    Marlowe holding Kyle’s face 💗💗 Such a fun, colorful party!

    08.30.19 Reply
  14. Leslie says:

    Love, love, love the idea – the cake, the colors, the food – Yum!!! I could have Mexican food like, Err-Day!!! My friend loves Melissa & Doug for her son too – I got him a similar gift for Hannukah. Great party, as always. Thanks for sharing.

    08.30.19 Reply
  15. Azalia B. says:

    Loved the pictures the first time I saw on your IG and love even more now that there is more detail on how beautiful it all turned out.
    There is nothing like seeing the joy of a 5 year old on their special day. Great job mama! 👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎂

    08.30.19 Reply
  16. Tracy Moore says:

    Eva,

    I absolutely love following your family! I know you have experienced a lot of negativity regarding this party theme and I find it unwarranted. I don’t understand why people think they can be so unkind just because they are anonymous online. Please know that most of your followers are kind. I try to only use Social Media for positive – as I feel you do.

    P.S. Happy Birthday Marlowe!

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  17. Suzie says:

    Always a gorgeous party! You know how to do it up! Happy birthday, Marlowe!

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  18. Prudence says:

    Best Birthday party ever!! Loved every minute of it and thank you for including me and Olivia!!
    PB xxoo

    08.31.19 Reply
  19. Vicky says:

    What a Beautiful Party filled with love & celebration for your girl! Such fun ideas!

    08.31.19 Reply
  20. Maureen Jenne says:

    I love all the pics and theme! The cake was perfection. Such great birthday inspo!

    08.31.19 Reply
  21. Mickala says:

    What a cool theme! Love the decorations and the cake is to die for!

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  22. Lisa says:

    Absolutely lovely! What an amazing theme for your amazing daughter. Love that this theme could work for any age, but fitted Marlowe’s 5th Birthday to a tee!

    09.02.19 Reply