Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

Monster Circus Birthday Dessert Table [Boy Bash]

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Every Tuesday, 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’m always super excited when I am able to follow the Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge rules with one of my own parties. This is a “Monster Circus” themed party that I threw at our house a couple of weeks ago. When I was on maternity leave with Sam (it’s a year in Canada), I met a fabulous group of women who were also on mat leave. We did a lot of mommy and baby activites throughout the week so I saw them all the time. When we all went back to work, we swore we would keep in contact. And we all have to varying degrees, which has been awesome. One of the things that has become a tradition is holding a party near Halloween so that we can all see the kids in their costumes, get a group photo and catch up. This was our third year for the party, and the first time it was out our house. 

I decided to do a Monster Circus theme as it lent itself to both boys and girls — and incorporated our Monster Fest Collection, which was designed by Andrew. I also wanted to make treats that would resemble circus acts. Some of them were more successful than others but overall I was happy with the result given my limited skills in the kitchen. 🙂 The whole table cost about $45 out of pocket (including $18 for the poster and bristol board backdrop) and I reused as much as I had from other parties.

I ended up giving play-doh as favors, given all the sweets that were at the party.

The barbells are cake balls.

Since the kids are getting older, I had a couple of activities planned out. One was creating monsters from large pipe cleaners.

The other was coloring the page that comes with our collection. And of course, the kids rocked Sam’s toy box.

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.