[VIDEO] How the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Made Big Boy Birthday Party Planning a Breeze

Celebrating A.J.’s 7th birthday took on a whole new feel this year. He’s no longer a little guy. He’s officially a big boy with big boy wishes and big boy energy. So we reserved a gazebo at one of his favorite parks in the Atlanta-area and I booked a special surprise you’ll see below. The week of planning his birthday party I reviewed the 2017 Mazda CX-9 with third row seating for seven. We’re a small family of three, so the third row stayed folded for much of our week. But we did need to extra space to transport items for the party.

Packing the Mazda CX-9

Unlike hosting a birthday party at a venue, you have to bring everything you need to a birthday party at a park. I packed the back of the 2017 Mazda CX-9 with table cloths, plates, napkins, and drinks. I arrived before our guests to cover the tables and set up for serving them. You can see there was plenty of room left in the back of the CX-9 for gifts too.

2017 Mazda CX-9 Hatchback

Once our guests arrived, they hit the playground with A.J. for plenty of climbing and spinning on the merry go round.

I kept the menu simple with pizza, fruit and chips. Isn’t that what most kids want?

Since our big boy is such a huge sports fan, we requested a sports-themed cake from our favorite designer.

Big Boy Birthday Party


Party Surprise

A.J. didn’t know I booked an hour of play with the Game Fury Atlanta video game truck thanks to a Living Social deal. The video game truck arrived on time and allowed the kids to choose their favorite games to play like Minecraft, Madden and more. Inside there five, 46-inch flat screens. The Game Fury Atlanta website recommends booking parties for ages seven and up. Since A.J.’s friends are around that age, they had a great time.

Mobile Gaming Trailer

Game Fury Atlanta


Atlanta Mobile Gaming Truck

Joyce 2017 Mazda CX-9

Carpool Lane Love

Every day, when I pulled up to the carpool lane, the school monitors were in awe of the look the 2017 Mazda CX-9. First of all the Soul Red Metallic Eye color is attention-grabbing, there’s 20-inch alloy wheels, a rear roof spoiler and more.

Other features include:

  • SkyActiv 2.5 Turbo Engine
  • 20 Inch Alloy Wheels
  • Power Moonroof
  • LED Headlights, LE Daytime Running Lights & Taillights

2017 Mazda CX-9 Safety Features

Watch: 2017 Mazda CX-9 Safety, Story & Seating Video


Connect with Mazda on Facebook or tweet your questions @MazdaUSA.

See A.J.’s past birthday parties: Dinosaur Birthday Party Theme Video |5 Ways Martial Arts Birthday Parties Rock | HippoHopp Birthday Party Stars and Strikes Birthday Party

Martial Arts Birthday Parties


HippoHopp Birthday Party ~ MommyTalkShow.com

About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. That is a really sweet ride. My dad has one and loves his.

  2. I cannot get over how much trunk room the 2017 Mazda CX-9 has! No wonder you used it to help plan that party!

  3. There is SO MUCH room in that bad boy! With my brood, I need a car with a ton of space.

  4. I am amazed at how much storage that car has! It’s SO BIG in there! Storage is always the biggest selling point for me.

  5. That CX-9 looks super sweet! I love all that space, and I love the styling. Having a family doesn’t mean you have to be lame! Love it!

  6. I’m definitely impressed with the CX-9 and I’m glad it got the job done for the week! The party sounded so fun!

  7. We loved our Mazda. It finally bit the dust back in 2014 after fighting the good fight.

  8. Trunk space is so important – especially when you have kids / you’re always running errands / planning events. This car would fit my lifestyle so well!

  9. This car looks amazing! I love the safety features! I also love the style! Awesome!!

  10. That is one great looking car! And can we talk about the cake!

  11. It does look pretty awesome. I would be jealous when you pulled up in it too. I would like to try one of these Mazda cars out too. I think I would feel so privileged if I got to someday.

  12. That car is absolutely fantastic!How awesome that it is not only a great looking vehicle but it is equipped with fantastic safety features too!We are in the market for another car and this CX-9 could be on our short list!

  13. It’s a beautiful car that’s also very functional. Good to know that you’ve been having a great time using it, it sounds like it makes life convenient for parents!

  14. The car is really stunning! It stands out, there’s no doubt there. I like the design and the space as well. It’s perfect for going on trips as well.

  15. Our Family Worldo

    I love the roomy interior of the Mazda CX-9! I don’t like being cramped up in a small car when doing road trips. This CX-9 is the ideal family car. Good for couples or single individuals too who just need a lot of space!

  16. It definitely has plenty of room to haul things! Much nicer looking than a truck!

  17. That Mazda SUV is perfect for families with kids! And looks like your birthday party was successful. We rented a similar game truck party a few years ago for my son’s birthday and boy, the kids were all glued to those flat screen tvs playing with their fave video games, lol.

  18. Birthdays are the best!! That cake is everything!!! And yep, the Mazda is pretty sharp!

  19. The Mazda CX-9 looks like an awesome machine! I love that it has plenty of room in it but also looks stylish on the outside.

  20. Yay you were next to get this! I review this car earlier this month and took it to Myrtle Beach I had a smooth road trip in this car!

  21. That sounds like a great car! And happy birthday to your little guy! They will always be our little guys, right??!!!

  22. Drive Shop is delivering the CX-9 to us next week. Your review has been helpful. Can’t wait to take it out on the road. 🙂