Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

Vintage Fishing 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 was super excited to see what Candace of Lillypaul Designs would do for her Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge submission, as our Vintage Fishing Birthday collection is one that is near and dear to my own heart. I used it for my own son’s second birthday. I love what she did. The desserts are clever and the set-up is breezy and carefree. Candace says “When I first saw the Vintage Fishing Collection, it instantly reminded me of my summers spent in Michigan at our family’s cottage and all of those quiet hours in the metal rowboat hoping to catch a fish!” You can read more about the table in her own words at the end of the post!

I wanted to keep the dessert table rustic and vintage so I rummaged through my dad’s garage for some vintage lures and an old bait box and called up my good friend who has a collection of wonderful treasures!  I made some paper fish that coordinated with the printable collection and hung them from fishing poles made out of dowel rods to use as the main centerpiece of the dessert table.  I had a brown tablecloth and burlap runners already so I decided to use those as my table coverings.  I then started brainstorming dessert ideas and here’s what I decided on:  Marshmallow Bobbers, Bait Cupcakes complete with ‘dirt and worms,’ Motor Oil bottles, Catch of the Day Whoopie Pies, jello Minnow Buckets, Fresh Fish buckets of goldfish, and pretzel rod Fishing Poles.  Since this was a budget challenge, I decided to make all the dessert myself.

To add a bit of a rustic look, I wrapped the metal tins and bottles with jute rope and added a printable punch out.  I also had mini chalkboard signs that I used and labeled them “Worms,” “Minnows,” and “Fresh Fish.”  I also had a few kraft gable boxes left over from a previous party so I wrapped them with some brown ribbon and an old lure and turned them into “Tackle Lunch Boxes.”

Items I purchased: TOTAL SPENT – $42.44

-Paper for fish centerpieces, layer behind food labels – $5.00
-Paper Straws – $2.00
-3 small metal tins – $1 each ($3.00)
-Wood wrapping paper – $1.00
-Goldfish (3 kinds) – $5.94
-Cupcake mix – $1.18
-Frosting – $1.64
-Oreos – $2.98
-Skittles – $.98
-Pretzels – $2.98
-Pull and Peel Licorice – $1.86
-Swedish Fish – $1. 28
-Marshmallows – $.96
– Jello – $.74
– Professional Printing – $10.22

Items I had:

– Vintage/rustic décor (wooden box, crate, screen, large metal tin, lures, etc)
– Jute Rope, Brown Ribbon, chalkboard signs, dowel rods, googly eyes, burlap runners and tablecloth
– Kraft Gable Boxes, Push pop containers, soda bottles
– All basic baking ingredients and red candy melts

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.