New Orleans ‘celebrates’ one-year of road work in front of her home with a ‘first birthday’ party


‘Happy first birthday to our street construction!’ New Orleans woman passive-aggressively ‘celebrates’ torn-up road in front of her home with a party complete with cake and balloons

  • Natalie Harvey, 35, took to Facebook on March 16 to share photos of the birthday bash, which was hosted on 20th Street in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood
  • The New Orleans resident posed in front of a bulldozer and construction signs wearing a party hat and holding balloons to mark the one-year anniversary 
  • She even made a cake topped with Lego construction workers, bulldozers hauling peanuts and chocolate, and a ‘Road Closed’ sign 
  • In the caption, Natalie explained that the road was ripped up last March, and ‘half the street is impassable’ a year into the project 
  • Fans of the post loved how Natalie let her frustrations with the road work be known in the most festive way possible 

A Louisiana woman passive-aggressively celebrated one year of construction on the street in front of her house by throwing a ‘first birthday’ party complete with a themed cake and balloons. 

New Orleans resident Natalie Harvey, 35, took to Facebook on March 16 to share photos of the birthday bash, which was hosted on 20th Street in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood.  

‘Happy first birthday to our street construction! It was one year ago this week when they first began to rip up our street,’ she captioned the tribute mocking the lack of progress on the neighborhood project.  

Hilarious: New Orleans resident Natalie Harvey, 35, threw a ‘first birthday’ party to ‘celebrate’ the one-year anniversary of the incomplete road work on her street 

Brilliant: Natalie, who baked a cake for the occasion, wore a party hat and held balloons while posing next to a bulldozer on the torn-up street

Brilliant: Natalie, who baked a cake for the occasion, wore a party hat and held balloons while posing next to a bulldozer on the torn-up street

‘One year later, half the street is impassable — just last week, we had a massive, 6-foot-deep hole!’ she wrote. ‘To celebrate, I created a replica of the street scene in cake form: two layers of chocolate sponge with peanut butter frosting.’

The hilarious cake was topped with Lego construction workers, orange cones, bulldozers hauling peanuts and chocolate, and a ‘Road Closed’ sign. 

Natalie went all out with the celebration and even posed for a mini-photo shoot on her torn-up street. She stood in front of a bulldozer and construction signs while showing off her baked creation. 

Keeping with the theme, she donned a party hat and an orange construction vest over a shirt featuring the fleur-de-lis symbol. In addition to the cake, she held orange and yellow balloons. 

Yikes: In the caption, Natalie explained that the road was ripped up last March, and 'half the street is impassable' a year into the project

Yikes: In the caption, Natalie explained that the road was ripped up last March, and ‘half the street is impassable’ a year into the project

Fans of the post loved how Natalie let her frustrations with the ongoing road work be known in the most festive way possible.  

‘You are very creative with your frustration. Love it!’ one person wrote, while another. added: ‘This is brilliant!! Thanks for the laugh, and quality job on that cake!’

‘Thank you for the light-hearted complaint. You have style and skill,’ someone else commented.

While people have gotten a kick out of the party, her source of frustration is very real. Natalie told WKRG that the street construction directly in front of her house has been wreaking havoc on the neighborhood all year.

Yum! Natalie's construction-theme cake featured two layers of chocolate sponge with peanut butter frosting

Yum! Natalie’s construction-theme cake featured two layers of chocolate sponge with peanut butter frosting

Amazing: The confection was topped Lego construction workers, orange cones, and bulldozers hauling peanuts and chocolate

Amazing: The confection was topped Lego construction workers, orange cones, and bulldozers hauling peanuts and chocolate

‘Our driveways on my side were blocked for about three months this summer,’ she explained. ‘Now, the other side is blocked, so nearly every house on the opposite side of the street from mine, has their driveways blocked.’

Natalie blamed the delays on the project on the sporadic work schedule, which changes from week to week.  

‘As an example, they’ll work every day for a week, then there will be two to three weeks with nothing,’ she said. ‘The work has definitely picked up in the last couple of weeks. But you never know when it’s going to stop and when it’s going to start back up again.’

Hopefully, Natalie won’t be celebrating the street’s second birthday next March.  

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