Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

[Boy Bash] Mad Science Birthday Party – The Food!

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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 think I have mentioned before that the Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge is one of the most amazing things I have ever done as part of Spaceships and Laser Beams. To “meet” so many talented women from around the world and then see how they interpret your work is truly inspiring. And today’s feature from Mindy of Creative Juice is a prime example of that. It’s a mad science themed birthday party that she threw for her son’s second birthday — using our mad science collection, which Lindsay designed, as the foundation. As I have been raving on our Facebook page, I think this is the best mad science party I have seen yet. Today, I’m featuring the photos of the food + dessert table in this post and I’ll have the favor bags a little later on. I’ll cover the activites in a post tomorrow. Mindy’s own words (the text in italics) are below. Because it had more elements than a dessert table or tablescape, the budget for her party was more than $50 but she has tons of budget saving advice!

 

I am so completely mesmerized by these cupcake toppers from Lynlee’s Petite Cakes. I never thought I would be enamored  with something like a fondant brain!

 

 

 

 

I had to include a picture of the cake because it looked soooo good. Mindy got it from Traylor Made Treats.

 

And here’s what Mindy had to say:

I am not always great when it comes to budgets — dont get me wrong – I am always on the lookout for a great deal or a cheap way to make something fabulous. But I should just admit now that even with begging, borrowing, and stealing {just kidding I didn’t steal} this party was not under $50. But it didn’t break the bank either. As a previous high school science teacher I have more science materials than the average person which didn’t hurt either. Using printables is a great way to keep your budget low and still make everything feel cohesive. I loved the green in the printables and wanted to give it another pop of color so I included a lot of orange too.
 
Here are some of our budget tips for this party:
– The food can be really simple and cheap if you make it clever – “DNA” pasta & “double helix” cheese, and fruit “molecules” made from melons.
– Chocolate molds are a big bang for your buck – I found the brain pop mold for $1.50 & it was perfect!
– Use candy that color coordinates – i used skittles and mike & ikes separated by color – about $4 worth {a task which will keep your 3 year old busy for a good hour by the way… just know you will loose a few in the process}
– You don’t need a MILLION decorations. Focus on ONE big impact decoration. In this case, I made a large scale atom using a hula-hoop, wire wreath, paint, and styrofoam balls.
– MAKE your own desserts!! – although i left the cake and the cupcake toppers to the experts, I made everything else! including the cookies and macarons. They were far from perfect but 2 year olds don’t really mind.
– Be clever – there are lots of cheap/free ways to have creative ideas! For example: the markings on the clear drinking glasses, the “anti-biotic” before entering, and the “laboratory waiver”
– Hit the dollar spot for favors- you dont’ need an overflowing favor bag to make a kid happy. Keep it simple and they will still love it.
– The glasses were from walmart – $1 for a pack of 6 sunglasses. At first glance they didn’t match, but once I cut the corner decals off, punched out the shades, and added a little masking tape they were perfect!
– The bowties were made following a simple ribbon bowtie tutorial online. ALL of them only cost me $5 worth of ribbon {but it did take a good hour to make them}
– Stick with simple experiements. No need to buy fancy science kits. Using simple cheap household ingredients you can still wow them.
– Use plastic tablecloths! Many fellow party people will gasp at this, but I love them. I used them for the backdrop, the lab table, the food table, and the “sanitizing zone”. They are cheap, easy clean up and easy to manipulate into creative ideas. ANY time I am on a budget I will include them.
– And again, use printables. They are a GREAT way to make the party feel cohesive in color and theme without breaking the bank.
I will be posting tutorials, recipes, and the experiments we did as well as a few more photos on my blog http://getcreativejuice.blogspot.com/ in the near future so be sure to check us out or follow us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/getcreativejuice

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.