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Major’s Construction Zone Birthday Party

The Martino's at son Major's 3rd Birthday Party

In case you missed it, Major James turned three last week!! And in case you missed the last year of my life, we have been living in a construction zone for a third of my son’s life.  So it should have come as no surprise that all Major wanted for this third birthday party extravaganza was a construction themed birthday party.  I heaved a big ‘ol sigh of relief when he told me that one, since it is still legitimately a construction zone at my house. Easy decor! Ha! He’s so obsessed with all things construction: the trucks, the cranes, the excavators, and all the tools under the sun.  So, a construction birthday party is what we had– and boy it was a blast!

Marlowe Martino laughs while eating a hot dog at brother Major's Construction Zone themed birthday party
Eva Amurri Martino lovingly holds son Major on her lap at his Construction Zone themed birthday party
Eva Amurri Martino stands in front of a table full of snacks cleverly served inside of tractors to match the Construction Theme of her son Major's 3rd Birthday party

My number one requirement when I throw a party is great food (It’s always important to me to serve a full meal, not just snacks) and a bar setup of course! We like to do our parties in the late afternoons so that Kyle can make it on his way home from work (He works every weekend until the late afternoon).  I really love the dynamic created by a late afternoon/evening party, though!  It was born out of necessity but I don’t think I would change it.  I love that the kids get to run around, everyone eats dinner, and then the parents can load them in to the car right in time for bath and bed time.  Everyone wins! We love the Super Duper Weenie truck, it’s so yummy and they take care of set up and clean up so beautifully. I also set up some snacks near the bar…being dropped off by some handy dump trucks of course…

Major and Marlowe Martino play in the sand table at Major's 3rd Birthday Party
Major Martino plays in the sand table at his 3rd birthday party
Major Martino plays in the sand table at his 3rd birthday party
Kids playing in the sand table at Major Martino's Construction Zone themed 3rd Birthday Party

We had a sand table for the smaller kids with little vehicles to play with, two real construction vehicles for the kids to climb all over and sit in (touch-a-truck style), and a big jumpy house with slides!  I also set up a tent with tables to eat and chill in.  Last but not least, we had a balloon artist making balloon creations for the kiddos!

Kids enjoying the Bounce House at Major Martino's Construction Zone themed birthday party
Major Martino slides down the side of the Bounce House at his Construction Zone themed birthday party
Major Martino slides down the side of the Bounce House at his Construction Zone themed birthday party
Major Martino slides down the side of the Bounce House at his Construction Zone themed birthday party

It was so fun to see Major having a total blast at his party– and it was the first time I really saw him fully interacting with all of his friends from school.  It was beyond adorable! As the “little brother” he normally gets to tag along with all of Marlowe’s friend groups, and I hadn’t really noticed until the party that this is the first time he has his own friends! I kept looking over at him and smiling watching him having the time of his life.  After playing and eating for a bit, we had the kids crack open a truck piñata, and then went right in to cake time.  I was legitimately in love with Major’s cake this year.  Crystal from Confections by Crystal always hits it out of the park, but this construction vehicles cake was so chic AND adorable.  We chose a chocolate cake with cookies and cream filling. She also made the cutest cake pops in the shape of dirt balls, cones, and construction hats.  

Major Martino's Construction Zone Birthday Cake and Cake Pops
Major Martino's Construction Zone Birthday Cake and Cake Pops
Kyle Martino offers partygoers Cake Pops at his son Major's Construction Zone themed birthday party
Marlowe Martino enjoys a traffic cone shaped cake pop at brother Major's Construction Zone themed birthday party
The Construction Zone Themed Cake Pops at Major Martino's 3rd Birthday Party

As everyone was leaving we handed out a “family favor”, which was a construction themed puzzle and one of Major’s favorite books “Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site”.  It always makes us happy to send our guests home with some of our favorite things.  Kyle and I sat down at the end of the night after the party and both said how much it meant to us to have that celebration for our sweet Major boy.  As the youngest sib, now turning in to our Middle Child, he ends up with a lot less attention and having a super special day to celebrate everything magical about him really did so much for the two of us also.  We are so proud of our little man, and I can’t wait to see what theme he chooses for next year’s festivities! LOL. 

Major Martino reentering the Bouncy House at his 3rd Birthday Party
The snack table at Major Martino's Construction Zone themed 3rd birthday
A partygoer playing with a construction truck toy at Major Martino's Construction Zone themed birthday party
Marlowe Martino and friends slide down the side of the Bounce House at brother Major's Construction Zone themed birthday party
Marlowe Martino and friends slide down the side of the Bounce House at brother Major's Construction Zone themed birthday party
Major Martino and a friend at his Construction Zone themed birthday party
Major Martino and a friend at his Construction Zone themed birthday party
Major Martino swings at the truck shaped piñata at his Construction Zone themed birthday party
The Martino's sing happy birthday to son Major at his Construction Zone themed birthday party
Major Martino shows down on his birthday cake at his Construction Zone themed birthday party
Major Martino's 3rd Birthday Party

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Photographs by Ellyett Photography

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11 Comments

  1. Glenda says:

    Those cake pops !!!

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  2. Allison says:

    Love everything about this!! My son is also 3 and is obsessed with goodnight goodnight construction site and anything construction related! Totally stealing these ideas -thanks for giving us a glimpse !

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  3. Lauren says:

    I love this! I especially connect to your posts about Major since I have a 1 year old (Teddy) who is the little love of my life. And I can’t wait for his 2 year Toy Story Party coming next spring!

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  4. Camilla says:

    The snacks in the trucks are just too cute!! Glad he had a fun birthday. Goes by so fast. Seems like he was just born! Have a fun Halloween with the kids! 🍭🍫👻🎃

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  5. Kadriana says:

    I’ve noticed that Major’s posts are always so bittersweet. Like here noting that he’s not gonna have the most attention among his siblings, and on that post about deciding to have a third child where you guys want to “redo” that part of babyhood because you guys weren’t around as much with Major. Idk, such sad anecdotes. It makes me sad. Please can you have some alone time adventure with Major just as what you do to Marlowe, he deserves it. I just wanna hug him. #pregnancyhormoneskickingin

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  6. Esme says:

    What a great party and theme! Happy birthday Major! My little guy is turning 5 in a few months and this is giving me ideas:)

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