Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

[Boy Bash] ‘Fly into Summer’ Plane Dessert Table!

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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, make themselves or already own.

When we imagined our Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge — it was with the thought that we could showcase a variety of talented woman who’d offer up their inspiration for a boy’s birthday party that’s held on a shoestring budget. I was thrilled when we got responses from party vendors, cake makers, bloggers, online retailers and even party loving moms of boys. It such a great mix. Today’s feature is from one of those fabulous moms — Kristen Toy. A mom of two boys, Kristen created this Vintage Plane themed birthday dessert table – aptly named “Flying into Summer.” I love all her wonderful details — and especially that she was able to incorporate true vintage pieces into her dessert table. Kristen’s description of her approach is below (in italics). Read on!



Being a mom that loves party planning and having 2 boys of my own, I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive dual purpose items for parties. With fall & winter birthdays, I often try to choose colors that will work for both of their (quite different) themes. The red stripe straws were used for both of their most recent parties, and since they come packaged in 25-50, I almost always have some leftover. The berry baskets were extras that we had packaged teacher appreciation gifts in last month. Washi tape is also an inexpensive item that can add a pop of color and detail, and the rolls seem to last forever! I love using maps for decoration, and the cost can’t be beat! Most of us have outdated maps lying around, and if not they can be picked up at most convenience stores and big box stores for just a couple dollars.

The Spaceships and Laser Beams Vintage Plane printable collection is so versatile. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to use the green pieces, but after adding in some red and small pops of yellow, I was really pleased with how well it all coordinated. I liked it so well, that I ended up using green fabric for the table covering. My favorite printable is the cupcake wrappers that look like airplanes! Easy to cut out, punch holes, add a brad to attach the propeller, and glue or tape the back. Simple & a great addition! The 1 inch circles were a perfect fit on Reese’s mini cups. I used double sided tape to secure the circles.

What I had:
vintage food scale (thrift store)
dessert stand (Target)
berry baskets (Etsy)
striped straws (Etsy)
vintage suitcase (thrift store)
Atlas map pages (Target)
washi tape (Target)
table cover (fabric store)
brown paper lunch bags
pixi stix
mason jar & repurposed pasta sauce jar

What I bought:
cupcakes: $6
ice cream cups: $6
chocolate covered pretzels: $2.50
M&M’s: $3
Reese’s mini cups: $4
Potato chips: $2
club soda: $6
white plastic cups: $3
foam airplane (Dollar Tree): $1
frame (IKEA): $1
Travel theme box (Home Goods): $6
wood spoons (The TomKat Studio): $1.75
brads (office supply store): $1.50

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.