Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

[Boy Bash] Baseball Birthday Party!

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Can you believe that this classic baseball boy’s birthday party, which was styled by Rebecca and Kimberley from This Nest is Best is a budget party?

Every Tuesday till early September we’re going to be featuring a budget themed dessert table or tablescape from the talented women who have graciously volunteered to take on our Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge. And we’re even going to throw our own work into the ring from time to time and follow the same budget confines. Every participant gets the Spaceships and Laser Beams Collection of their choice + $50 for a dessert table or $20 for a tablescape. They can also use anything they are able beg or borrow, make themselves or already own.

I love all of the details including in this classic baseball boy’s birthday party, which was styled by Rebecca and Kimberley from This Nest is Best. I love all of the great details of this party but particularly their commitment to incorporating the artificial turf. They took it from the table all the way up the wall to the ceiling — for a look reminiscent of the Green Monster at Fenway Park! I also love their budget friendly idea of using gift wrap instead of fabric to create a table runner. I have to try that! So many great ideas in the photos below — and Rebecca’s own words are in italics!

When trying to keep within a budget, I always focus on what will make the biggest impact for the least amount of money.  When using the Spaceships and Laserbeams Classic Baseball Party Collection, artificial turf seemed the way to go!  I was able to convince my good friend to help me with this party (and hijack her house for the set-up since my house is currently under construction!).

I used my chalkboard (an old DIY project from a thrift store frame and chalkboard paint) to create a scoreboard.  Coordinating Dollar Store wrapping paper I had on hand to covered the buffet.  Snacks included pretzel bats, donut baseballs, pop fly popcorn, pop, double header peanuts and of course, birthday cake!  The Spaceships and Laserbeams food signs were one of my favorite parts of the collection, so we were excited to let them shine on the table!  To top the cake, we created three pennants from the printable collection to make an affordable but very fitting Happy Birthday cake topper.

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We cut a “tablecloth” from the green turf and turned the table into a mini baseball diamond with square plates as bases and dirt running lanes – easily made with kraft paper and chalk I had on hand (brown paper bags would also work perfectly for this!).  The centerpiece for the table featured a tiered bowl of peanuts, Cracker Jack favors and a spray painted baseball trophy Mr. Lemon dug out from the basement.  Each place setting also had a Spaceships and Laserbeams party hat, complete with artificial turf “pom” on top!

What I had:

Chalkboard
Wrapping paper
Glass bowls
Skewers for food signs
Popcorn containers
Glasses
Plates
Kraft paper
Two-tier centerpiece bowl
Baseball trophy
Popcorn kernels
Eggs & butter for cake mix
 
What I bought:

Cake mix & frosting – $2.25
Peanuts – $4.00
4 Pops .90/each – $3.60
4 Cracker jacks .80/each – $3.20
Pretzels – $2.00
Donut holes – $3.49
48 square feet of artificial turf – $17.30
 
Design and Styling: Rebecca & Kimberly of This Nest is Best

 

More Baseball Party Ideas

If you like this post, you also might like one on a healthy (ish) concession stand we created for a baseball birthday party. Click on the link below to see more.

 

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.