Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

[Boy Bash] Cowboy Tablescape on a Budget!

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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 or make themselves.

Today’s Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge party is a follow up to the combined effort betweeen Amanda of Red Wagon Events and Larissa of Sweet on Parties that I featured last Tuesday. They joined forces to do an incredible dessert table using our Cowboy Cool Collection, which was designed by Catherine.

Amanda did such a great job summarizing what she and Larissa did that I am going to let her tell you all about it (her words are in italics). 

My parents are based on 6 acres of land so an outdoor setup was perfect for this theme but I think it could be easily adapted to inside a shed, against a wooden paling fence or even indoors. I have some very kind neighbours who leant us some hay bales for the event. They were  the perfect size to make a hay bale table. Hay bales come pretty cheap $3-$5 dollars each so even if not using these for the table they make the perfect setting.


An idea we had was to use the placemat paper and sew it together to make a table runner. Larissa is a fabulous crafter so she did this. Red material cut-offs were used for placemats, plastic silver cutlery is inexpensive and can be thrown away after the event, or washed and used for next time. Silver sheriff badges were the perfect napkin holders and a cheap find at the shops. As were tin pie dishes that Larissa stuck the extra large cowboy images to.

A wall was made out of the remaining hay bales and was the perfect support for the juice dispenser, an old saddle and bridle (which were again borrowed from a neighbour) and a woody hobby horse found for next to nothing at a op-shop.


An old photo frame of Larissa’s was dressed with hessian and a Yeehaw and star attached to carry through the cowboy theme. Most opportunity shops have an abundance of old frames that can be used as backdrops in parties and purchased for under $5 each.



Finally although this was a purely styled shot we dressed up out children in cowboy/cowgirl clothing which again can be purchased at the mall or improvised with jeans, and check shirt making it a very inexpensive outfit for a party.


All photography was done by Cassandra Stubbs Photography  

Tablescape designed by Larissa Muir of Sweet on Parties and on Facebook

Cowboy boots on loan from Kawaii Kids

Overall collaboration done in conjunction with Amanda De Santis from Red Wagon Events

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.