Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

Snowman Themed Winter Tablescape [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.

It’s hard to believe that it’s THAT time of year already when we’re looking at parties with snowmen in them. I cannot believe it’s already November. Today’s Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge submission is a snowman themed winter tablescape from Dawn of Not Just a Mommy. She incorporated Nicole’s Flurry of Fun Collection into a veritable winter wonderland. I’ve been trying to pick my favorite part of the tablescape and it’s hard. I think it’s the make your own snowman cookies. But those melting snowman veggies are also calling my name! You can learn more about Dawn’s entire set up, in her own words, at the end of the post.

IN DAWN’S OWN WORDS:

Partying on a budget is my middle name!  Finding new ways to make a fun presentation with limited funds can really stretch the imagination. I couldn’t wait to work with this collection because I can’t believe I have to start thinking about holiday entertaining. There are so many fun snowman ideas I wanted to incorporate.  But, as with any party, you have to work within your budget so I really had to scale down to a few affordable ones.  One of my favorite types of parties to throw is a glorified play date party; when my boys were younger, I loved coming up with new ways to party just because. The focus is always on the table so for this challenge, I went with a gathering perfect for a small group of kids.

As a party planner, I’ve got a serious stash of reusable décor items like paper lanterns, fans and honeycomb balls, so the majority of my budget went into the food.  I recommend everyone start building up their own stash so they have them ready for every occasion.  I hung my white paper items over the table with snowflakes I purchased from Dollar Tree years ago.  They still carry them. I also threaded small Styrofoam balls onto yarn for a fun ‘snowman’ tie-in.

I always start with the table’s base and work my way up in layers. It adds interest to your table.  You can never go wrong with kraft paper; it’s the perfect neutral and very affordable. Lately, I’ve been using fun tape for decorating and this time I used blue painter’s tape and washi tape for easy and fun details across the table. You can find masking tape in a variety of colors and they won’t damage your table.

For a holiday party, a stack of gift boxes always makes the perfect centerpiece. I used my 3 tier stand to display small gift boxes and off-set the other party treats, doughnut snowmen and melted snowmen veggies (baby carrots and olives in dressing).  I have to have some type of healthy treat to balance out all the sugar!

Each place setting was armed with the ingredients needed to decorate a snowman cookie and I painted snowman faces inside each glass with candy melt. Add milk, and voila!

You have to send every guest home with a smile…I cannot end a party without some kind of thank you. When I saw One Charming Party’s snowman bowl tutorial, I knew they would make the perfect party favor! I filled them with snowmen marshmallows and added the collection’s thank you tag to a simple appetizer pick.

Budget Breakdown:

Items I bought:
Styrofoam balls – $3.24

Carrots – $1.00
Donuts – $3.00
Shredded coconut – $1.50
Gift boxes – $3.24
Marshmallows – $1.50
Cookies – $2.00

Total spent: $15.48

Items I had:
All the hanging décor

Kraft paper
Painter’s and washi tape
Olives
Candy melts
Chocolate chips/candy corn
Frosting
Plates/cups/glasses
Fake snow/crystals
Appetizer picks

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.