Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

[Boy Bash] Vintage Train Birthday Dessert Table

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Every Tuesday till early September we’re going to be featuring a budget themed dessert table or tablescape as part of our Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge. 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 or make themselves. We said that from time to time it was only fair that we’d also throw our own hat in the ring. A $50 budget is hard!!! This post features a train themed dessert table I did using our Vintage Train birthday party collection, which was desgined by Janelle. I’ve got all the budget information at the end of the post!

I surrounded the cake with candy cigars and licorice strings to create a railroad effect. Then placed one of Sam’s trains and our six inch decal on the top. Soooo easy.

Another super easy “DIY dessert” – topping the brownies with candy to create suitcases to go with the train party theme.

Here’s a breakdown of what was spent:
Cookies + Brownies: $8
Cake: $11
Cupcakes: $4
Candy: $8
Rice Chips: $1.00
Water: $1.50
Poster Printing: $14
I used items my son has in his toy chest including the wooden box the cake sits on (it originally was packaging for a toy drum), the train tracks, train on the cake. In addition, I already owned the tablecloth glasses, white tray and muslin bags from previous parties — and the green crates are from my kitchen. These are all things that people could search their houses for or borrow and get creative with what they actually end up with. For instance, instead of the green crates, you could use clementine crates free from the grocery store.

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.